“This extension to a single storey, brick veneer home in Brisbane’s east is an example of a new wave of alterations and additions projects in the city’s suburbs,” the firm said in its statement on the project.Award-winning architect Stuart Vokes who was one of the jurors on the panel for the awards, said they reviewed a massive 477 entries from around Australia.“There is evidence that contemporary residential architects in Queensland are showing a strong design leadership nationally,” he said.“There were works that instantly moved the jurors, others triggered lengthy debate, and some offered delightful surprises.”That’s strong praise coming from a firm that won 2017’s coveted Australian House of the Year award for a property in inner Brisbane’s Auchenflower.“Aaron Peters and I felt like the award not only recognised the Auchenflower House as a demonstration of contemporary local urbanism, but also our sustained interest in the Brisbane suburbs and the critical role the suburban field plays in the city making of Brisbane.” [email protected] JB House in Capalaba by architecture firm Reddog Architects. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones. Zuzana Kovar, who runs the small firm with business partner Nicholas Skepper, was thrilled that the awards allowed for smaller projects as well, which generally come in at prices around $150,000 to $200,000.“For us a lot of the times it’s about trying to do the most affordable thing possible,” she said.“With the Monash House it was very much about renovating everything in place rather than trying to shift services, that’s costly when you pick services up and move them around. We used opportunities to cut a hole in the wall for example rather than remove it all.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17Ms Kovar told The Courier-Mail that the most important factor towards reducing renovation costs was to “renovate in place”.“When you’re on a tight budget then trying to renovate in place is the best way to go about it,” she said. “and trying to minimise new build work where you are adding roof as that’s where it starts to get very expensive.”“Potentially if there are interesting spaces that can be included (highlighted) that would be a way of saving money as well and also by trying to be economical with materials.“Reusing and repurposing, that’s a possibility in the project. Sometimes clients like to source their own things as well which allows projects to be more affordable, like their own appliances and light fittings.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Monash Road House in Tarragindi by architecture firm Zuzana and Nicholas used the strategy of cutting a hole in a wall where costs prohibit removing the whole thing. Picture: Toby Scott. Terrarium House in Highgate Hill QLD, architect John Ellway, has been short-listed for the 2018 Houses Award for House Alteration & Addition under 200sq m. Picture: Toby Scott.RENOVATION figures have shot through the roof in Brisbane and now local designs are also drawing strong attention nationally with several projects making the final cut for national awards.Three Brisbane house transformations have been short-listed for Houses Magazine’s 2018 Houses Award for House Alteration and Addition under 200sq m, with the design work so impressive that the architects behind one of the finalists are also in the running for a coveted Emerging Architecture Practice award.Architecture firm Zuzana and Nicholas’ Monash Road House in Tarragindi made the smaller renovation final cut, using a strategy of “minimal intervention” — something Brisbane was like to see more of as more people choose to use the low rates environment and higher property values to upgrade their current homes. Having an expert pick out opportunities to maximise a property’s potential was important though, with architects often finding creative ways to make the most of space, including fellow small renovation finalist Terrarium House by architecture firm John Ellway.The firm turned a small 100-year-old cottage into the large family home via a sympathetic upgrade that made the dark undercroft of the property into a large living space.The design made the most of the retaining wall on the front boundary which dropped away 2.5m from footpath to yard to create a stunning living space under the house.“Concrete floors, rendered walls and perimeter ledge make you feel grounded, sitting ever so slightly below the garden level in a breezy undercroft, not sure if you are inside or out,” was how the firm described the project on their site.JB House in Capalaba by Reddog Architects, which looked at reutilising the existing home but “reconfiguring” it for passive environmental control, sought to use “ordinary materials to create extraordinary spaces”. Terrarium House in Highgate Hill by architecture firm John Ellway redeveloped the undercroft of the home. Picture: Toby Scott.