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What You Should Know Before Starting a Knock Down Reconstruction

Author: Riki William
by Riki William
Posted: Apr 07, 2022
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Without question, demolishing our old house and building new was one of the finest decisions we ever made, but if we could do it all over again, there are a few things we would do differently. We didn't have the experienced guidance of a builder to assist us or tell us what to do before embarking on a knockdown rebuild as owner builders. As a result, let's just say it was a steep learning curve (project managing the build and coordinating trades was a nightmare) and we absolutely blew our budget along the way!

Find a Constructor You Can Rely On

Unless you go the owner-builder route, you will need to sign a contract with a builder who will be responsible for building your home under their license. In order to finish the job, your bank will disburse sections of your loan to your builder in phases.

So, unlike other trades that you may have problems with and may change, your connection with your builder is binding and must be kept on good terms or things would become nasty.

We've all heard horror stories about builders who take three times as long as planned to do the job, or worse, never finish, and who cut shortcuts or try to amend contract conditions. Unfortunately, this appears to be the nature of the construction industry, which is why qualifications and reputation are so vital.

Consider Your Surroundings

One of the most common mistakes Greg sees people make when demolishing to build new is failing to consider their surroundings.

"The new home should be of appropriate size and quality for the neighborhood - otherwise, you risk drastically undervaluing the property," he says.

While it is common to hear that you should not over-invest in your sector, it is equally true that you should not under-invest. A property that is not up to par with others around it stands out for all the wrong reasons and might cost you in the long run.

Examine the Builder's Prior Work

Another approach to verify you've chosen the perfect builder for you is to look at their prior work and, if feasible, walk through it.

Many builders provide show houses, for example, Elderton Homes has display homes in the Sydney, Illawarra, and Central Coast districts so you can experience firsthand what their work is like.

Are you satisfied with the 'feel' of your house? Are the finishes up to your expectations?

I can't tell you how many show houses I've looked through and been disappointed with the quality of construction!

Visiting showcase houses may also help you decide on the colors and finishes you want to employ in your home.

The Importance of Orientation and Layout Cannot Be Overstated

When it comes to planning your house, the importance of appropriate orientation (such as na north-facing kitchen and living spaces) and layout cannot be overstated.

It is vital to have an architect or Design Team who understands how to build a plan that will work for you. A good design may also save you a lot of money since it makes optimal use of space, addresses land and size limits, and the designer can recommend more cost-effective methods of doing things. In my house, for example, we have a huge counter-levered awning that needed $5,000 in additional building expenditures, but a similar design might have been accomplished without that money if the awning size was lowered significantly.

If you are searching for Knock down rebuild sydney. Fowlerhomes is one of the best firms that will give you a perfect start if you decided to rebuild.

About the Author

Ricky is a graduate of computer science engineering, a writer and marketing consultant. he continues to study on Nano technology and its resulting benefits to achieving almost there.

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