If you’re jumping on the knockdown rebuild bandwagon, you’re not alone! Hundreds of other Queenslanders are also choosing to replace their current house with a brand new home by knocking down the old and building a brand new home rather than taking on extensive and in some cases, more expensive options like renovating.
As tough as it can be to admit, sometimes your once little family can quickly outgrow your current family home. Perhaps you want a more functional layout for your kitchen that creates the perfect entertainer’s space with an open plan living and dining area, or maybe your bathroom is run down and has seen better days.
You’ve considered moving, but you can’t find a location within your budget that is as convenient as your current area and close to school, work, family and friends. So maybe it’s time to consider a knockdown rebuild! Starting from scratch might sound daunting, but it could prove to be a lot more cost-effective and beneficial for your family. Here are three things to consider before starting your knockdown rebuild project.
Future-Proof Your New Home
A knockdown rebuild allows for endless opportunities. Not only do you get to choose a brand new colour scheme for your home, you also get to select the perfect home design to suit your family’s lifestyle. If you currently store a lot of items in your garage and find that it isn’t working for you, ensure you incorporate some extra storage into your new home. If the kids are sharing a bedroom and you’re finding they need their own space, it might be best to look for a home design that has an extra room.
However if you have older kids that are moving out soon, it might be a good time to consider downsizing your home. Or if you have grandparents moving in, maybe a guest suite complete with their own ensuite is needed. Think about where your family will be in 5 - 10 years and future proof your new home!
Including sustainability features into your new home may be an easy consideration to forget, but is quite important when you realise why. Sustainable homes can lower the cost of running your home and require less energy to heat and cool, meaning that you can save energy, water and maintenance on systems and appliances.
To make your home more sustainable, consider adding solar panels to your roof to utilise the sun, upgrading the insulation in your walls to aid heating or adding a solar hot water tank in your backyard to lower your bills. Not only will a sustainable home help your pocket, it’s also a great step in the right direction to minimise your environmental footprint and become more eco-friendly.
Layout & Orientation
A knockdown rebuild provides you with a fresh slate for a brand new home, where you can really consider your new home’s orientation and layout. Not only should your home be beautiful, the design should also be functional and suit your family’s lifestyle. For example, if you often have friends or family over for a BBQ, an open plan kitchen, living and dining that connects to a spacious alfresco might be ideal. If your family enjoys coming together for weekly movie nights, you may want to consider a theatre room. Or do you or your partner run a home business? Perhaps a spacious study is needed to separate work from family life.
Lastly, it’s important to consider the orientation of your home. North-facing houses are preferred as they capture sunlight from the north, which acts as a passive heater in winter, while creating shade and cooling your home in summer.
A knockdown rebuild is a great way to build your dream home that perfectly suits your family’s lifestyle without moving from the location you love. For more information about starting your knockdown rebuild journey, head to your nearest Clarendon Homes display centre and talk to one of our professional sales consultants about your options.