The kids school, your friends, the local park, your favourite coffee shop and hairdresser… You don’t
give up any of the good stuff when you choose to pull down your old house and build a new one in its same place. A
knock down rebuild means you can keep your lifestyle, and build the house that you’ve always wanted.
When watching the DIY shows on TV, it’s easy to be taken away by the idea of renovating. However, when you take into account how quickly renovating becomes an expensive, emotionally draining and time consuming exercise, it’s easy to understand why so many people are now opting to knock down and rebuild instead.
Renovations are known to have unexpected surprises, which often lead to unexpected costs, especially in older homes. Knocking down and rebuilding eliminates repair costs and maintenance expenses from the beginning. You’ll also save long-term by adding improved power saving features, insulation and water-saving measures.
As mentioned above, not only do these unexpected surprises lead to financial costs, but time costs, increasing your stress levels. With a knockdown and rebuild, you know from the beginning how long it will take to complete.
& stress less
With a knockdown rebuild there is no need for compromise on your space and fixtures. You’ll get your dream kitchen, perfect sized rooms and so much more in your beautiful new home design – plus you’ll keep your favourite local conveniences and existing services.
The best part is that you’ll get to stay in the neighbourhood you love with all your friends and family. You’ll be able to design for a better orientation on your block, capturing natural light more effectively and increasing the equity and value of your land immediately.
10 things you need to know Before Undertaking A Knock Down Rebuild
1. It doesn’t have to be stressful and there are opportunities you mightn’t have considered
A knock down rebuild is an opportunity to build your dream home in your current neighbourhood.
Although it can seem like a big risk or stressful undertaking, with the right builder it needn’t be and there are loads of benefits including:
– saving on stamp duty, agent fees and other expense than if you were to buy elsewhere
– staying in an area you know and love (and keeping your children in their current school)
– building the exact home you want rather than renovating or extending and having many of the same issues with your current house.
The list of benefits keeps going but one you might not have considered is the opportunity to add a granny flat. New South Homes can build an attached or detached granny flat at the same time as building your dream home – giving you an investment property and means of earning an income when they hand over the keys. As block sizes in established suburbs are often much larger than new development areas, it is possible to do this in a way that doesn’t compromise on your plans.
2. Think about needs first
When you start a knock down rebuild, it’s easy to get caught up in the look and selection of finishes rather than taking a step back and considering how you want to live in your home.
As well as considering your current needs, you should also think about how your family circumstances may change over the coming years and planning for that future. Perhaps you’re planning to start a family or your children might be getting to an age where they will move out of home.
We also suggests thinking about why your current home doesn’t meet your needs. Are you desperate for an extra bedroom or more storage? Everyone’s needs and life situation will be different.
“DESIGN FOR FUNCTIONALITY”
Before stalking Pinterest and Instagram for photos of beautiful interiors, create a dot point list of your needs as this will form a ‘brief’ for your new house that must be met. And it’s important the house plan ticks all the boxes before you submit it for approval or there would be added costs and time delays. There’s plenty of time for all that fun stuff later!
3. Set a budget
The dreaded ‘B’ word and the biggest hurdle I faced when we built.
Fortunately if you use a builder, they will be responsible for managing the budget, which will take a huge weight off your shoulders but it is something you need to decide on before you build.
It’s only natural to want the best of everything in your home and to take all the upgrades but a few thousand dollars here and there can quickly add up and blow your budget.
Look at your list of ‘must haves’ that you set (that’s your brief that I mentioned above) and allow yourself the things that are most important to you. Then if there’s still a little left in the kitty you can add more.
If you’re finding it hard to decide what’s worth splurging vs saving, I found it helpful to think about the things that really MUST be done during the build vs upgrades we could make ourselves down the track. Therefore splurging on fixed materials such as windows and tiles and saving on items such as lighting that could be added or upgraded in the future.
4. Sustainability features
Nowadays there are so many sustainable design features you can incorporate into your house. Some of them won’t cost a thing (such as good orientation which we talk about next) and others can pay off in the long term — not to mention they reduce your footprint and help the environment!
Consider talking with your builder about some of these design features:
– solar panels
– LED lighting throughout
– solar hot water with electric boosting
– LowE glass
– upgrading your insulation.
There are many more ways you can incorporate solar passive design and sustainability features into your home — even down to your landscaping plan by using deciduous trees close to your house that offer full shade in summer and abundant sun in winter.
Talk with your builder about ways you can incorporate features that will ultimately benefit you and the environment by creating a home that’s more comfortable to live in and has less ongoing heating and cooling costs.
5. Orientation and layout are important
When it comes to designing your home, you can’t underestimate the value of good orientation (such as north-facing kitchen and living areas) and layout.
Having an architect or Design Team that knows how to create a plan that will work for you is critical. Good design can also save you a lot of money as it will use space efficiently, address land and size constraints, and the designer can suggest more cost effective ways of doing things.
Take the time to review and get the design right. Don’t let the excitement to start building rush the design process and diminish the end result.
6. Consider your area
One of the most common mistakes people make when knocking down to build new is that they fail to consider their area.
The new house should be at a size and quality that fits the neighbourhood – otherwise you could significantly undervalue the property.
While we often hear people say you shouldn’t over-invest on your area, it can also be said that you shouldn’t under-invest. A house that’s not at the standard of those around it sticks out for all the wrong reasons and can cost you in the long run.
7. Find a builder you can trust
Unless you take the path of owner builder, you will need to sign a contract with a builder who is responsible for building your home under their licence. Your bank will also release portions of your loan to your builder in stages to complete the work.
So unlike other trades you may experience issues with and can replace – the relationship with your builder is binding and needs to remain on good terms or things will get messy.
We’ve all heard horror stories of builders who have taken three times longer than agreed to complete the work or worse never finish, who cut corners or try to change contract terms along the way. Unfortunately this seems to come with the territory of the building industry, which is why credentials and reputation are so important.
Before you sign any contracts, do your research and then do it again!
Some things you could ask are:
– their licence number: so you can run a check with your state’s online licence checker, It will tell you if there are any red flags, such as public warnings
– the size of their team and the number of jobs they have on at the moment: to give you an understanding if they are resourced to take on your project and give it the attention it deserves or if there will likely be delays
– their process for resolving issues should they arise.
8. Look at the builder’s previous work
Another way to ensure you’ve found the right builder for you is to look at their previous work and walk through it if possible.
Many builders have display homes, At New South Homes whilst we are currently completing our permant display homes, we like to show real world examples of our work by showing you thru some of our current customer’s builds which are located throughout the Sydney metro area.
9. Review your contract and make sure you keep the builder up to date with your thoughts
As we mention earlier, the contract with your builder is so important. Not only should you review it carefully and make sure you understand it, whatever changes or upgrades you want to make should also be articulated to the builder – the earlier, the better.
Door hardware, tapware and tiles are just three areas we think are worth upgrading as for a small additional expense (in the overall build cost) you can create serious wow factor in the main zones of your home that will add value — it’s all about bathrooms and kitchens, isn’t it?!
10. Open communication
The final thing you should know is that a key factor in helping a knock down rebuild to run smoothly and efficiency is open and friendly communication.
Building your dream home takes time and there’ll be a lot of communication back and forth. If both parties remain open, responsive and pleasant, the whole process can be a lot more efficient and enjoyable.
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