Leaving the home you’ve come to love is not easy. After finding a good location and becoming friends with the neighbours, you just don’t want to leave. A house, however, gets old. Sometimes it’s the design; sometimes it’s the structure’s integrity that becomes the problem. But why look for a new home if you can demolish and rebuild? You’ll have the same address and a brand new house, plus you won’t have to do another house hunt. Here is more information that may convince you of the soundness of this idea:
Should You Demolish?
Demolition depends on different factors, like the severity of property damage or simply wanting to change the floor plan. Perth-based home contractor Vision One Homes notes that residential lots near or within the city are becoming scarce due to the continued urban population growth. You might not find land as big as the one you have now. Rather than going through the difficulties of finding a good location, why not rebuild instead?
Should You Apply for a License?
Any job that involves demolishing a structure like buildings, houses, or any other establishment, is “construction work,” according to the Safe Work Australia and the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act. Your home building and demolition contractors are likely familiar with, and abide by, the Code of Practice, as they have to follow regulations and apply for a permit.
In some states and territories, however, you can get an exemption if the contractor you’ll hire can prove their experience and expertise in the field. For instance, they need to present their previous projects.
Should You Recycle?
The Department of Environment states in a publication that building materials make up about half of solid waste generated worldwide. In an effort to reduce landfill waste, you should reuse demolition waste by any means possible. Ask an expert to perform a pre-demolition audit to identify materials that you can reuse or at least keep for construction projects in the future.
Rebuilding on an existing location gives you the opportunity to stay while renewing your home. You don’t have to change your lifestyle significantly. In a few months, you may have a new house, but the place is already home.