PlaceMate for Builders

In our experience, the best collaborative projects inspire everyone involved, which is why PlaceMate for builders, involves owners, designers, craftsmen suppliers, and the real estate industry. The most successful projects result in a finished product that leaves everyone involved proud and satisfied. They are a true collaboration.

The sound bones and fine details of a well-built home last beyond a lifetime. This is the quality we have achieved time and time again in the dozens of old homes we’ve been privileged to renovate. As such, a well-managed project presents innovative and exciting solutions to the challenges at hand. 

Builder Referrals

We want to make the job of building easier for our owners and for builders. One-third of PlaceMate Architects projects come to us via direct referrals from first-rate builders. One builder has been referring PlaceMate to his clients for over 20 years. Now, some of his apprentices now run their own teams and continue to refer clients to us. To date, we have designed the personal homes of seven builders. We highly value these important mutual relationships with our tried and treasured network of builders and other building trades.

We are always looking to grow our client base and develop relationships with new builders, so reach out to us.

Let’s make plans

PlaceMate Architects for Builders


Quality product

PlaceMate architects design properties to conserve space. We create homes that feel bigger than they appear and ensure every square metre of construction earns it keep. When constructing renovations, we design new work to sit well with the old. Our goal is to generate finished products we are proud to have invested working on.


Before beginning any new architectural design, PlaceMate architects consider what system will be most effective for building on a particular site. We fit the pieces of the puzzle together so we can explain it plainly to owners and builders. Where possible, we avoid box gutters, waterproof retaining walls and complex detailing. We aim to ensure the owners’ money is spent where it can be seen.


PlaceMate consults with builders to head off any building/budget problems early in the process. We are adamant about sticking to deadlines, and if a discrepancy, omission, or client change arises onsite, we will deal with it promptly. We aim to be as open and contactable as possible to build trust and speed up the construction process.

Easy to deal with

PlaceMate architects create housing solutions to suit a particular budget. We construct these designs with advice from builders and other experts so no one is left second-guessing cost estimates.  

Busy owners

PlaceMate takes care of all the design aspects of a project. From town planning to tile selection, we’ve got it covered. We provide simple, easy-to-read outlines for owners that explain what to expect in expenses, timelines etc. This ensures the guesswork is taken out of estimating costs and reduces the chance of on-site delays.


In documenting the design process, PlaceMate ensures the BA and DA plans are clear and accurate to match engineering and survey. Schedules are short and comprehensive to suit budgets, and simple fit-out drawings are created for all trades to understand.

What our clients say
  • For an architect, Jan’s not an idiot.

    Dave Maguire Builder
  • Jan Hogarth has the wonderful ability to listen and focus on the client’s brief enabling her to present a creative design, making certain to have incorporated the client’s requirements. Good communication is the essence of completing great projects. We feel that Jan’s communication with all parties involved in a project is exceptional; – subcontractors, engineers, the principal contractor, and clients.

    Jan always presents herself professionally and deals with any situation calmly and promptly. My company has always enjoyed working on a great number of projects in which we have been jointly involved, several of which have been Award Winning Designs.

    Tom Ryan (retired builder) Retired Builder
  • I have been working with Jan on small and large projects for over 15 years. These ranged from small extensions to very complex projects, one which was awarded the Master Builders best renovation over 250 k and the quality and workmanship award. Working with Jan has always been a pleasure, and despite whatever difficulties a large renovation throws your way, Jan always displays the ability to work though it, providing the best result and a pleasurable working relationship. Jan’s designs are practical, efficient and work for the needs of the client. I can speak for this as Jan designed my home in Camp Hill.

    Stewart Harris Builder
  • Jan has a great eye for detail. Her plans are very comprehensive and she thoughtfully considers every aspect of how her clients will live within the space she designs for them. She specialises in period homes and homes with character.


    Manley Homes Manley Homes