Unlock The Potential of Your Lot With Knock Down Rebuild
Knock down rebuild - the perfect solution when you love 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 the same place. A knockdown rebuild means you can keep your lifestyle and build the home on the same land.
Why New South Homes?
We don't just hire a trade; they join our construction team. We look for the quality and craftsmanship that ensure every home we create is a masterpiece.
Building with honesty means we prioritise being open and transparent with you at every step of the process. Our focus is on doing the right thing to ensure the longevity of your new home.
You aren't just a number in our system; we work with you to create a home that suits your needs and guide you every step from design to construction. We're a team.
We're a Multi-Award Winning Builder thanks to our incredible team, who ensure we build with the highest quality. Our suppliers are household names, and our processes are ISO accredited.
Your home is our brand, and that's why when we make a promise, we follow through, we wouldn't build something we weren't proud of, and we want you to feel the same.
As experienced builders with over 35 years in the industry, we understand how to create a risk-free build. We offer progress payments, and our sister company Granny Flat Solutions, backs us.
Completed Projects: Before and After
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Knock Down Rebuild Benefits
If you love where you live but not the home you live in, there’s no need to unenroll your kids or say goodbye to your favourite barista. With a knock down rebuild, you can create a custom home design that is perfect for your lifestyle and family without compromising location.
Some of the main benefits of a custom knockdown rebuild include the following:
- It’s often cheaper than renovating or moving, and you’ll get precisely what you want
- Stay in the location that you love
- Freedom to design your home down to the finest details
- Huge potential payoffs as an investment or increased equity over time
- A great way to enter the market or capitalise on your location
Whether you’re a first home buyer, a family looking to expand, or a smart investor wanting to put the time in to make the most of their investment – a knockdown rebuild provides the perfect solution.
Making The Most Of Your Land
Sydney has a rich history in housing and architecture. Back in 1788, as residential Sydney was marked by the arrival of the first fleet of British ships, there was still plenty of land available to build a house; anywhere you liked. Unfortunately, this is not the case today.
Good land is harder to find has resulted in Sydneysiders becoming more creative to end up with their dream home in the perfect location. A knock down rebuild makes this possible, giving more options and freedom to buyers, with the ability to knock down an older, outdated or poorly built home before building a custom property from scratch on their perfect piece of land.
Choosing to do a knock down rebuild is becoming even more popular than renovations, allowing buyers to get the best of both worlds with a home and property they love, with less hassle and often a lower cost.
A knock down and custom rebuild means staying on your block of land, avoiding the extra charges of finding a new one while getting a brand-new dream home designed with complete freedom. Get all the benefits of a custom build while making the most of your location with a knockdown rebuild.
Things to Consider with Knock Down Rebuilds in Sydney
Sydney’s regulations related to knockdown rebuilds
While there are some restrictions in NSW regarding a knock down rebuild, they tend to be minimal and vary on location and project. Every council and district are different; however, due to the lack of land available and a desire to encourage low-density rejuvenation, councils are warming up more and more to the idea of know down and rebuilding houses.
The average council approval time in Sydney is 8-12 weeks, so tackling the red tape is a great place to start your knock down rebuild process. If you would like help with this, our team knows the ins and outs to get your build started quicker.
Population, culture & recreation in Sydney
The flow-on effect is that Sydney’s already dynamic and multicultural attractions will continue to expand, making it an excellent place for locals and migrants. Furthermore, this demonstrates that demand for land and housing doesn’t look like it will slow down dramatically soon, making a knock down rebuild a very attractive choice for families and investors alike.
With this population boom, taking advantage of opportunity and excitement close to the city where culture & recreation abounds will get harder and harder. While blocks of land will become available further out from the city, getting close to the action leaves you only with one option - to knock down an existing house and rebuild it.
While the cost of buying a home and construction economics continue to rise, completing a knockdown rebuild remains a steady investment, getting a higher yield from your modern, custom home design to secure a confident place in Sydney's housing market.
How climate & geography affects your rebuild
Sydney’s general climate will have minimal impact on your knockdown rebuild. New South Home’s builders work all year round; if it is safe, our team will continue to work on your build, rain or shine.
The areas in and around Sydney consist of many low-rolling hills and wide valleys. If your block is unique – steep, sloped or curved – a custom home builder allows you to do a knock down rebuild and create your dream home that is perfectly suited to make the most of your land. Your home builders can also help with the knock down of your current house.
The quickest way to discover (and conquer) your suburb's geographic challenges is to get in touch with one of our consultants. As home builders we have built across Sydney, the Central Coast and Illawarra for almost four decades and would be happy to answer any knock down and rebuild questions.
Knock Down Rebuild Process
If you’ve decided to take the plunge and knock down your current home so you can enjoy your piece of paradise, you want to make sure the house you rebuild is nothing short of perfect.
With New South Homes, you will have a custom-designed dream home that perfectly matches the orientation of your block (make the most of those views!), your family's needs, style choices and future plans. With a depth of experience in the knock down rebuild process, and making dream homes come to life in dream locations, there is nobody more qualified than our team to walk you through your custom home journey. With the ability to customise the floorplan, finishings, style and design right down to the finest details, we can work with you to make the home design and build journey exciting, flexible, and filled with confidence. From architecturally designed floorplans to high-quality finishings and luxury inclusions, we can complete a knock down rebuild and create a home you will love even more than the block it sits on.
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Knock Down Rebuild Inspirations
What are the benefits of knocking down and rebuilding a house?
In 2021, RealEstate.com.au reported a block shortage in Sydney. It's getting harder and harder to secure a vacant block across Sydney, let alone in the area you actually want to live in.
Opting for a knockdown rebuild allows you to live in an area that you love AND enjoy the benefits of a brand-new house.
If you already own the land, you won't have to pay for the land twice.
It is often much cheaper to knock down and rebuild your current home rather than try to renovate.
You can speak to New South Homes about your project, as we pride ourselves in being Sydney's No.1 knockdown rebuild specialist.
What costs can I expect with a knock down rebuild?
There are a few additional costs with a knockdown rebuild, as you're not starting with a vacant piece of land.
Costs to expect include:
- Demolition costs
- House build costs
- Site preparation costs
- And other associated fees.
To get a precise idea of the costs involved for your project, call our team as we can look at your whole rebuild and provide concisely consigns and a quote to knock down and rebuild your home.
What are the council requirements for a knockdown and rebuild in Sydney?
Various council regulations are required to be met for a knockdown rebuild.
Each local government area has its own regulations.
As of September 2022, there are 128 local government areas across New South Wales and 29 in the greater metropolitan Sydney area.
It's important to check the requirements of each local government area.
Here are a few general requirements we have come across:
- Development Application (DA)
- Work with local council planning controls
- Site suitable for a proposed development
- Proposed development is to be structurally sound and comply with the building code of Australia
What are the building code requirements for knockdown rebuilds in Sydney?
There are several building code requirements your build will need to meet.
The most common ones include the following:
- Fire safety
- Access and egress
- Health and amenities
What are the planning requirements for a knockdown rebuild to be approved in Sydney?
The planning requirements are pretty much the same as a normal new home build.
The planning system in NSW consists of
- Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1978
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
- Environmental Planning Instruments (EPI)
- Development Control Plans
Learn more about these at the Planning NSW Government website.
As knock down rebuild specialists, we have experience putting together a plan that meets all local council requirements. Get in touch if you would like help with these steps.
What are the demolition requirements for a knockdown and rebuild in Sydney?
As set by safework.nsw.gov.au, a license is required to conduct certain types of demotion work. When it comes down to demolishing an existing house, you will 100% need a license as a first step.
Then you will need to notify the relevant local authorities, prepare a safe work method statement and check for asbestos.
These are the initial steps. We encourage you to contact us to let a professional help you with this process.
What are the construction requirements for a knockdown rebuild in Sydney?
Knock Down Rebuild falls under the National Construction Code. This code ensures certain buildings meet minimum requirements to:
You can learn more about this at the National Construction Code website. However, if all this information gathering is too hard for you, please contact us. As knock down rebuild specialists, we can take care of the entire process to make rebuilding your home a no-stress experience.
In addition to the above, in Sydney, the following are required:
- Minimum of 2 quotes obtained from registered builders for the proposed work.
- DA lodged and approved before work commences
- Building permit obtained from the council before work commences
- Homes must be designed with specific considerations, including street frontage, access, connections, planning regulations, drainage and the needs of your neighbours. This is where a custom home builder such as New South Homes becomes invaluable to ensure your new dream home is perfectly designed.
Are there specific fittings and finishes available for a knockdown rebuild?
These all depend on your preference. Since you're building a brand-new house, all types of fittings and finishes are available.
You need to consider if you're going for more of a modern or traditional home design and look.
You should also consider your budget.
For example, you can pay $100 or $500 (or even more) just for a tap. The types of fittings and finishes you choose depend on the above two decisions.
What landscaping options do I have or are included with a knockdown rebuild?
New South homes can take care of all your landscaping needs. While a knockdown and rebuild usually consists of knocking down an existing house and rebuilding a new one, we can also package landscaping into your build.
When choosing plants and gardens, it's important to be educated.
Since Sydney has more or less a temperamental climate (scorching and freezing seasons), choosing plants that lend themselves to all weathers is essential in your landscaping section. You should also consider the soil type of your property to ensure the plants will thrive on the kind of soil you may have (soil types can range from sandy to clay around Sydney).
How long does a full knockdown rebuild project take?
It all depends on the complexity of the project.
The demolishing process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Once we have a clear site, construction of the new home can begin.
Again, the actual build time will depend on the size & complexity of your home design. Typically the process takes less than a year.
Where is the best place to buy a knock down rebuild in Sydney?
There really isn't one best place for a knock down rebuild. It all depends on your preference.
- Where do you want to live?
- What features must the location have?
- What are your budget constraints?
Based on our experience, some of Sydney's most popular areas to perform a knockdown rebuild include the Inner West, Eastern Suburbs, and Northern Beaches. These areas offer various housing options, from older homes that can be renovated to brand-new construction.
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