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Renovate Or Knockdown And Rebuild? Make The Right Choice

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Have you bought a house to renovate? Before starting the work, you should ask yourself whether Knockdown and Rebuild is a better option. The renovation has a lower impact than demolition and rebuilding, but in some cases, the quality of the house is such that it is better to start from scratch. But how do you know if this is the case for you? This step-by-step plan will help you make the right choice.

Step 1: Find out what is possible and allowed

Of course, it makes no sense to make plans that you may not be able to carry out afterwards. Therefore, first, go to your local authority and find out what is possible and permitted in your municipality in terms of planning and heritage regulations. 

For example, you may not be able to demolish your house because it is a listed monument or a site of heritage interest. Or you may be able to demolish your house, but you cannot build a new building there. So do not neglect this step!

Step 2: Check the condition of your house

Restoring a dilapidated house can be both laborious and expensive. It may be financially more attractive in practice to demolish the old house and build a brand new one. So call in an architect or KDR Northern Beaches experts to assess the condition of your house properly. 

He or she will check, for example, the condition of the supporting structure and the foundations, check for moisture in the walls or the presence of lead water pipes. Take the opportunity to examine whether it is possible to demolish without damaging neighbouring buildings and natural features.

Caution: Be aware that some defects are more serious than others. For example, major stability or moisture problems are more decisive than a leaking roof that you are going to renovate anyway.

Step 3: Determine what you want from your house

Some functions of the house are easier and quicker to create by building rather than renovating. However, it is also possible to simply demolish part of the old house and add an addition. So think carefully about what you consider important in your house and how you want to achieve the desired result. Do you have enough living space? 

Can the structure of the building support additional loads? Does your home meet your basic needs? But also ask yourself how, for example, you are going to bring in as much light as possible and what adaptations are necessary so that you can live in your home for the rest of your life.

Step 4: Consider whether you can meet the energy requirements by renovating

Are you planning to renovate? If so, your home must meet the energy requirements for renovation. First, examine whether it is feasible. In particular, pay attention to the orientation and compactness of your building, examine whether you can integrate the required heating and ventilation technology and whether the insulation of your house will make it sufficiently airtight. 

Not sure if you can meet the energy requirements? Knockdown and Rebuild is probably the best alternative.

Step 5: Make a financial comparison

Equally important: the budget of the different options. In order to make a financial comparison between renovation and demolition/reconstruction, you can once again call on the expertise of an architect or contractor. 

Take into account the investment, but also the possible additional rent, the ecological impact of the materials and the reduced VAT rate applicable to demolition/rebuilding. Also, add the added value you create afterwards: ask yourself how many renovation plans will increase the value of your home. If the land is more valuable than the house itself, demolition/rebuilding is more attractive.

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