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Knockdown Rebuild Vs Renovation

A must read insight to building a new home or renovating your current home

When it comes to creating your dream home, should you embark on a renovation or knock it down and start again?

There comes a time when your current house no longer suits your needs. This is either because there isn’t enough space, your kitchen isn’t functional anymore, or a second bathroom would be much more convenient. If, however, you love your neighborhood but hate your house, you will have to decide whether to move or fix it. Although you have considered moving, you cannot find another location that compares to your current house’s location in terms of proximity to schools, nice neighbors, family, and friends. At that point, you start to wonder, how do we proceed?

Your dream home can be created in two obvious ways: renovating your existing house or knocking down and rebuilding, both of which are extremely challenging. In order to determine which option is best for you and your family, you need to consider all of the factors.

If you are deciding between renovating or rebuilding, you should ask these questions. When renovating your existing house becomes increasingly expensive or the work gets so extensive that it is more appropriate to rebuild the house in order to prevent further hiccups like plumbing problems caused by old pipes and taps or old electrical work, there is what we call a “tipping point.” It is sometimes necessary to consider the era of the house, as well as the structural, electrical, and plumbing integrity of the house before renovating. 

Here at Davis Made we are here to help you be as informed as possible, to make the right choice for your family.

Renovate your existing house

If you love the bones of your existing house and just want to add a few extra rooms while keeping most of the existing floorplan, renovating might be for you.

In order to renovate an existing home, you need to be prepared for all the quirks and challenges of an old house. Due to the existing plumbing and the potential extra cost involved in moving the plumbing, there may be a lot of compromises that need to be made when it comes to the location of the shower or vanity. It is perfect if these things aren’t an issue, and you only want a slightly larger area or a few extra rooms. It is wise to do your research when selecting a builder, since you might need someone with experience with your style of home, depending on the heritage of the house. Make sure your builder informs you of any reports or investigations needed before you move forward. This will ensure that you don’t have to make major repairs to your house after you renovate it. During these inspections, your builder will put together a quote that will outline the cost and timeline of your renovation. Make sure you have some extra money set aside for the house’s quirks.

Knockdown Rebuild

If you have outgrown your house and you need a larger home and an extension won’t cut it, a rebuild might be right for you. With a custom design and décor, you will have the freedom to create the home of your dreams. Staying in your current location will allow you to get the home of your dreams. If you hire a custom builder, you will be able to choose from all the features you want without being restricted by what the builder has access to. It might be costly to demolish, but with a rebuild, the majority of the cost is upfront and there are no surprises. Using a custom builder like Davis Made will allow you to work directly with a builder/owner. This will make the process easier since there will be no middleman or multiple contractors who aren’t passionate about your new home.

Contact the friendly team at Davis Made Building today to discuss your building project today. Email info@davismade.com.au

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