A Guide to Knock Down & Rebuild: What you Should Know


This is a form of construction that is gaining popularity, largely due to the rising land prices we are seeing here in Australia, rather than upgrading to a larger property, you can demolish your current home and rebuild your dream dwelling. It matters not how much space there is around your home, the custom builder uses a team of demolition experts who can quickly get the job done and remove all waste.

One shop solutions

Those looking for knock down & rebuild in Canberra have an established custom builder on the doorstep and they handle the entire project from start to finish.

That includes the following:

  • Acquisition of land (if required)
  • New home design
  • Obtaining planning permission
  • Removal of all waste
  • Ground preparation & utilities
  • Stage build

The final step would be for the client to inspect the finished job and with all legalities taken care of, the happy client releases the final payment to the builder.

Designing your new home

Well before your home is demolished, your new home has already been designed by the architect and this is a time when you should be proactive; nothing is too much trouble for a custom builder who is dedicated to creating your idea of the perfect home. Of course, the design team have a wealth of experience and can advise you on every aspect of the design; if you have ideas, share them with the team and see what they come up with.

Solar energy

You would be wise to install solar panels and a system that gives you energy independence with zero emissions; the builder would agree and has associations with government approved solar contractors. That allows you to disconnect from the power grid and you are no longer at the mercy of energy corporations when you have your own clean power plant. The Australian government offer homeowners financial incentives to switch to solar energy and the builder can help you to apply for a grant.

Planning permission

Of course, demolishing your home and rebuilding means obtaining planning permission, which the custom builder handles. There are, of course, certain restrictions and the architect is well aware of what is and is not possible, so you should have no problems with the state officials.

Think insulation

Energy conservation and maintenance-free are both important when building a house; good insulation keeps the cold out in the winter and the interior cool in the summer. Talk to the builder about composite materials and they can show you some innovative building materials for a 21st century residence.