Knocking down an existing home and rebuilding it to suit your needs offers many advantages. You get to stay in the same neighbourhood and build a home that includes your always wanted features.

Rebuilding a home involves many steps. If you are planning a knockdown rebuild in Gold Coast or the surrounding area, you should take a moment to learn more about the process. From start to finish, here is how a knockdown and rebuild works.

🤔 Consult with Your Local Council

Before planning a knockdown and rebuild project, you need to check with the local council. It would be best if you verified that your plan to knock down your existing home and build a new one is a possibility.

You can learn more about whether your land is suitable for rebuilding by requesting a planning and development certificate (PDC). The local council for the City of Gold Coast issues limited, standard, and full PDCs.

The PDC offers a summary of the provisions for any planning scheme. It also lists any designations that apply to the property that may prohibit you from carrying out your plans.

🏡 Design Your New Home

Architect Sketch Knockdown And Rebuild ProjectIf there are no restrictions or issues that may keep you from completing your project, the next step is to plan your new home. You need to finalise the design to obtain a construction loan.

Lenders want a detailed construction plan, which includes the blueprints or schematics for the renovations or rebuilding plans. This is also your opportunity to build a home that consists of the most features you want.

You need to think about the size of the new home, the layout, and the architectural style. You also need to consider the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the design of the kitchen, and more.

If you want a completely customised home, you can work with an architect to design house plans from scratch. A more affordable option is to choose from a selection of blueprints that most closely match your needs.

💲 Obtain Financing for Your Rebuild

Obtaining financing is an essential step in the process, as you need funds to cover the demolition of your existing property and the construction of the new one.

As with building a new home on vacant land, homeowners typically obtain a construction loan for knockdown rebuilds. The project’s cost depends on various factors, including the size of your existing property and your plans for the new home.

Working with the right builder can ensure that prices stay within your budget. Your builder will also help prepare the documents needed when trying to obtain a loan. For example, you will need to know the cost of materials, the timeframe for construction, and many other details.

📃 Apply for Approval for Demolition

Gold Coast CouncilYou can apply for approval to demolish your existing home months in advance. In fact, you may need to wait months for approval.

Getting approval requires a demolition plan, waste management plan, insurance, and other details. This is another area where working with the right builders can simplify the process. At Risen Developments, we work with the local council to obtain all necessary permits and planning schemes.

🚧 Schedule the Demolition of Your Existing Property

The demolition and debris removal is completed before you start constructing your new home. You should arrange temporary living arrangements, as you may not be able to live on the land during the construction process.

Building a home in Australia takes an average of 4 to 16 months after construction starts. You can expect a timeframe of 4 to 6 months for a predesigned home and 10 to 16 months for a custom design.

Along with temporary living accommodations, you may need to find temporary storage. Using a storage facility can make it easier to find a place to stay during the construction of your new home, as you have fewer possessions to take with you.

🏗️ Monitor Each Stage of the Construction

After the existing home is demolished and the site is cleared, work starts on the new house. Construction is completed in multiple stages:

  • Preparing the site
  • Pouring the foundation
  • Completing the rough framing
  • Roofing, plumbing, and electrical
  • Insulation and drywall
  • Interior fixtures and fitting of appliances
  • Finish interior trim and exterior features

Depending on the new home’s layout, the land may need to be levelled or excavated to prepare the foundation. Slab foundations and basement foundations take time to cure. The rest of the construction cannot begin until the foundation is about 50 percent cured, which may take one to two months.

After the foundation is ready, workers complete the rough framing of the home. Subcontractors then come in to install the plumbing, roofing and electrical work. The walls are then insulated.

Drywall is hung throughout the interior. This is typically followed by installing interior fixtures, such as toilets, sinks, and lighting. The interior trim and final touches on the exterior are completed last.

🤝 Complete the Handover of the Property

The last step in a knockdown rebuild involves the handover when you’re handed the keys to your dream home and ready to move back in. You get to take a walkthrough of your new home and inspect every area to ensure that everything meets your needs.

The project is done after receiving the keys, and you’re ready to enjoy your new home. The funds used for construction are then typically converted to a standard home loan.

👍 How to Get Started on Your Knockdown Rebuild

Craig Preston Contract Builder

Craig Preston Contract Builder on the Gold Coast

If you want to begin the process described, the next step is to contact the experts at Risen Developments. We are a trusted choice for all your home renovation needs, including major projects such as knocking down and rebuilding a home.

With over three decades of experience, we are equipped to complete your project on time and within budget. We have helped hundreds of homeowners build their dream homes in Goldie and the surrounding region. Contact us today to start planning your new home!

At Risen Developments, we provide a stress-free experience. Our no-nonsense building process has helped make us the preferred choice for many Knockdown rebuild clientele bringing their ideas into reality.

We can build a worthy investment to add to your real estate portfolio or dream home to call your own. The next step is to contact us to start discussing your plans.

A Knockdown rebuild could be perfect for homeowners looking to define their lifestyle in the finer things offered when knocking down and rebuilding. Please don’t delay, and let’s chat soon! Risen, your local Building and construction company on the Gold Coast is only a click or call away, so please reach out to us today at 0404 REN OV8.

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