In an ideal world, Australian families want a home that has it all. They want their dream home to be surrounded by great neighbours and have a strong sense of community. They want to live in a convenient location, close to schools for their children and recreational activities. Also with our rising obsession with home renovating TV shows, many Australians are abandoning the Idea of selling and moving and are opting for home remodelling or home rebuilding.
Before we consider the major influencing factors – let’s break down the differences between the two.
Remodelling and renovating refers to creating new home spaces within the structure that already exists. Rebuilding refers to demolishing the house and starting again.
But which option is more viable? Let’s consider the following.
Firstly, is home demolishing even an option?
Certain areas in Sydney may not permit home rebuilding. Before you consider this option check the rules and regulations with your local council and whether the property is heritage-listed.
In this case, remodelling is your only option.
How big are the changes you want to make?
Does the proposed structure of your home meet your needs regarding the number of rooms and changes to be carried out? This will determine whether you need a simple touch up or a major structural redevelopment.
Sales and Marketing manager for RILOW Property Group, John Castellano, stresses that new, or newly renovated, homes must comply with BASIX (the Building Sustainability Index.)
At this stage, ascertain what you want, while also keeping in mind what you need.
How much effort are you willing to put into the project?
While you have builders and tradespeople working with you, renovating gives you the opportunity to make many executive decisions. Rebuilding, however, means you’re generally not permitted on site while your new home is under construction.
Renovating allows you to oversee the process, but at the expense of giving up valuable hours of your own personal or professional time. So, ask yourself – are you a ‘hands on’ type of person or would you prefer to pay someone, such as a site manager, to do the work for you?
How long do you plan living there?
According to Channel 7’s House Rules judge, Wendy Moore, the average house ownership is 11 years. Therefore, consider what the next 10 or so years of your life will look like.
How old are your children? Are you planning on expanding your family? Or are your children at an age where they’re likely to move out soon? Do you need to create a new home space appropriate for toddlers, teenagers, or adults? Chances are, you will need to create an additional home space that can be used by multiple generations. To meet these different needs, consider a rumpus room or granny flat with adjoining ensuite, to provide more independence and autonomy. Saniflo can help you create this independent space by provide grey water and macerator pumps to make your wet areas possible. With Saniflo, your new rumpus room or granny flat can have an ensuite bathroom, as well as a kitchenette and even a laundry! The best thing is, this new space is not limited by the Existing Plumbing as Saniflo’s products connect via slim pipes to the existing plumbing, up to 100m away (depending on the chosen product).
An obvious one – what is your budget?
These days, the reality is that renovating tends to be more expensive than rebuilding. Generally speaking, labour costs accumulate when trying to achieve a more specific, individualised result.
Don’t forget to factor in the ongoing expenses. When you buy something new or, in this case, demolish and rebuild, you’re less likely to have accumulating expenses straightaway. In this case, rebuilding seems to be more worthwhile in the long run.
What do you value?
Some people value the history aspect of their home. They may fall in love with the character of the house for example, the cosiness of a fireplace. Or they may simply appreciate the idea of adding another chapter to it.
However, some people romanticise the idea of providing a new home to their families. A home that no other family has called their own.
Check a local expert’s opinion
It’s highly recommended to have a reputable architect, designer or builder look at your home to check for hidden or unforeseen problems or highlight future potential or its undiscovered value.
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