It’s no secret that we love a good renovation. We are delighted to turn our naughty ducklings into beautiful swans. But we gladly admit that not all houses are ripe for renovation, and some are actually much better suited for detonation!
Our CEO, Candice, planned the renovation of her family home well when we looked for a block to bring our dream home with three birds to life. Her charming family home (albeit too small) certainly had some redeeming properties that made the intention to renovate the whole house in an attractive way, but there were also a number of reasons why she would get a better bang for her buck to build from scratch with Rawson Homes, who specialize in “Knock Down Rebuilds” (aka “KDRs”) and are the experts we work with to build our dream home with three birds.
If you’re wondering if you should renovate your current home or demolish it and start over, there are a few important questions you should ask yourself:
1. IS THE ROMANCE OF PASS AWAY?
Just to be clear, we’re talking about your home, not your love life! How much do you love your home? Are there any endearing traits that it would hurt you to get rid of? Are we talking about high and / or decorative ceilings, historical details, sliding windows, wainscoting, wooden floors, original fireplaces, wraparound veranda, wrought iron or original sandstone? Maybe some “quality features”, like Double Brick. Or maybe it has a sentimental value for you and your family? If you shake your head and think ‘no way Down’ to all of the above, The love is gone and it’s time to break up with this house! A “Knockdown” could be a good Option for you. How to rate your home on our Romance Notary below?
2. DO YOU HAVE AN UNHEALTHY ONE AT HOME?
Is your house sick? If it is strewn with pain (termites), arthritis (mold) and a weakened immune system (bad basics and old services), it may be better to get it out of its misery and bring it down than to spend thousands on a renovation that cannot cure these underlying problems. Of course, some of these problems can be solved, but it comes at a price. And a very steep one for some conditions! The joy of a KDR is that you get a brand new home, with things like termite protection included.
3. DO YOU WANT YOUR BLOCK TO USE BETTER?
Can you use your block better? For most of us, the answer is probably yes! Many of the old houses were built in the middle of their blocks with the same large courtyards at the front and back. It just doesn’t fit in with modern life, where the back of the house has become a mecca for family interaction and indoor and outdoor living. Ideally, many of us want a swimming pool, a terrace, a barbecue and a piece of grass for Cricket in the backyard. These things are more important than a large and decorative front yard – who is throwing a party there? The advantage of a new construction is the ability to start over and make the block work for you.
4. DO YOU LIKE TO TRY IT BEFORE BUYING?
The appearance of your home (especially the facade) is damn important. Once you have created a Vision board, which is our first step in any Reno project, you know what your dream home should look like. But, the added benefit of a Knock Down Rebuild Home is that you can actually see, touch and feel some of these beauties in the flesh before buying in a home display or ‘village’. Even with the restrictions of staying at home, you can make virtual tours through most of the houses.
5. DO YOU REALLY WANT TIME, BUT WITHOUT ALL THE STRESS?
Having a known completion date is one of the best things about a KDR. 42 weeks is a pretty Standard timeline for a Knockdown rebuild of a Standard single-family home in Sydney, but of course it varies depending on the size. A construction manager will keep you informed throughout the process and answer any questions you have along the way. When you are renovating, this is the Phase when things can really warm up and where your input and vigilance are needed more than ever. However, with a KDR, you can really take advantage of the advantage that professionals take from here. You can literally sit back and let the experts build your home knowing that you’ve done all your due diligence and planned within an inch of your life. Well done, you! Your construction manager is responsible for the complete and timely delivery of the project, in accordance with all required construction codes and standards.