What to expect with a knockdown rebuild

Do you love your neighbourhood, the location of your street, the land your home is built on? So what do you do when you’ve outgrown your home but don’t want to move? A knockdown rebuild may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. 

Here is what to expect and look out for when doing a knockdown rebuild

  1. Engage an architect

If you would like to have an input into the design of your home, engaging the services of an architect can provide a bespoke design. Architects can also help you come up with curated designs you never thought possible for your home. Discuss costs upfront so you’re prepared and can factor this into your budget.

  1. Volume builder

A builder who has experience in knockdown rebuilds can guide you through the process. What’s more is a volume builder can help you to keep costs down as they offer a range of standardised home designs at a lower cost due to the standardised designs and materials they can purchase. 

  1. Do your homework

Before planning your knockdown rebuild you need to make sure your block is suitable.  Council restrictions vary across suburbs and there are a few factors that can make a difference, such as the land size, zoning, and the orientation of the lot. Some properties may also be covered by heritage overlays, which means your house may not be able to be demolished completely and the facade might have to remain.

  1. Track the money

It’s easy to lose track of money during the knockdown rebuild process, which is why budgeting is so imperative. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of council permits and any delays. Are you planning on selling your knockdown rebuild? It’s important here to take yourself and your design taste out of the equation and focus on who you will be targeting.