Are you planning a knock down rebuild?

If you are looking to upgrade your home without leaving the suburb you love, a knock down rebuild may be for you.

Cost savings (from avoiding pricey renovations), flexibility to choose your own floor plan and energy efficient or sustainable features are cited as the top three reasons why homeowners are jumping onto the knock down rebuild trend.

If you're considering this as your next property move, you'll want to know exactly what's involved. So, we spoke to Porter Davis Homes Queensland Sales Manager, Alex Hill to get his top tips for preparing to knock down rebuild your home.

Consider the benefits

There are some fantastic benefits to knocking down and rebuilding. You will be able to move into the home you’ve always wanted, while staying in the street and neighbourhood that you love and know. It can also mean keeping the kids in the same school and not having to worry about the stress and cost of doing a renovation. Research into how a knock down rebuild may impact your current situation is advised before making your final decision.

Know your limitations

Doing a knock down rebuild can be quite a complex project. When assessing your block of land you will need to consider a number of factors such as the planning regulations of your local council, the slope on your block of land and any applicable overlays.

Any of these could result in extra costs as the block may require additional site works to ensure it is suitable to build on. Traditional overlays may mean you are limited to certain facade designs. Doing your research by engaging your local council and property consultant can assist in preparing you for each stage of the knockdown process.

Keep your neighbours in mind

Remember to be considerate to your neighbours throughout your build. Keep the lines of communication open and bear in mind that you may need to involve them in some discussions regarding construction, such as site access and street parking.

Be aware of your budget

Building your dream home is an exciting time and no homeowner wants to have to compromise on your must-have items during the knockdown process. While property consultants will often make allowances for costs associated with the build, it’s worth engaging with a construction finance broker to advise you from the beginning of your project to avoid any surprises halfway through.

For more inspiration, watch Sarah Beeny's Renovate, Don't Relocate, Saturdays, 7.30pm on Lifestyle or On Demand.

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