Knockdown & Rebuild

If you’ve found the perfect lot to build on, but it has an older home in need of demolition on site, then a knockdown and rebuild is the best option for you. We are knock down rebuild specialists that can help you with demolition services, residential architecture and design, construction, planning and approvals, and all associated services. Whether you are wanting to build your dream family home, or capitalise on the land as a development opportunity, a streamlined approach through one trusted building partner will save you time and money.

What Is A Knockdown Rebuild?

Simply put, a knockdown rebuild project is where an existing house is demolished and a brand new house is built in its place.

Many knock down rebuild homes are built on properties in tightly held locations, where the ideal block of land is likely to already have an existing structure on it that would be too difficult or expensive to renovate.

Create your dream home in your existing lot with a knockdown rebuild

Brand New Dwellings In A Location You Love

Are you planning on investing in an established suburb, but seem to only find lots with older home on-site that you neither want to live in nor rent out? Whether it needs a lot of work or is simply falling apart, purchasing these existing homes can be a prime opportunity for you to enter the market, particularly in areas that are more tightly held.

By demolishing the existing dwelling and building a brand new home – or even a few homes – on the lot, you’ll be able to develop the land for investment or even live there yourself. This is the key reason to consider a knock down rebuild. Sydney suburbs including (but not limited to) Cremorne, Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, and Waverton are among the areas we serve for our knockdown rebuild service.

Design & Build A New Home

Before you demolish a house, you need to plan what you’re going to do with your soon-to-be-empty lot. Whether you’re looking to build a home to live in, or planning to sub-divide the lot and create a few homes on the site, we can help.

As experienced custom home builders, we are able to work with you to create a home that is tailored to you and your family’s specific needs. Our house designs are fully customisable, with features and inclusions that suit your lifestyle to a tee.

We also offer complete turnkey home solutions, meaning that your contract can also include the construction of pools, driveways, landscaping, and even custom letter boxes.

Knock Down Rebuild Process

The process of a knockdown and rebuild project is nearly identical to our regular Build Process, except for the addition of demolition. 

We have long-standing relationships with the city’s best demolition contractors, who we work with to demolish existing buildings on site, recycle or collect for reuse all possible materials, and remove all waste from the site, leaving you with a clean slate for your project.

Once the building process commences, you can count on the same customer-focused approach we use for all our builds, including having a dedicated Project Manager to keep you updated on your knockdown rebuild, as well as monthly site visits to see the progress for yourself.

We have a variety of knockdown rebuild house plans to choose from
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Learn More About Knock Down Rebuilds

If you have secured a property with the intent of undertaking a knockdown rebuild project, we encourage you to book a free 15-minute discovery call with us to explore your options.

A simple discussion and analysis of your options in the very early stages of your planning can help open up opportunities and avoid common pitfalls.

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FAQs for Knock Down Rebuild Homes

The main advantage of knockdown rebuild homes is having greater freedom in the design and build of your residential project on a piece of land that already has a house on it. While a renovation can add value, functionality, and other benefits to a home, it is not always the best option.

Heritage, environmental, and other legislative overlays may affect your site. This is particularly common in well-established metropolitan areas. The teams here at Harlan Homes are very well versed and have great experience dealing with the wide range of overlays and will carefully navigate their way through them should they apply.

Another potential issue is possible contamination from existing structures, overflowing from adjoining sites. Fortunately, we have a raft of qualified consultants and trades to deal with and close out these types of minor issues.

Other considerations include access to the site, the gradient of the site, condition, and size of the building. These contextual factors will need to be considered by our team to not only ensure we plan for the right people, equipment, and program, but also to manage traffic and communicate with neighbours. We strive to be the very best neighbour we can be and are conscious that we may temporarily inconvenience the community directly surrounding your new home. Therefore, we proactively communicate with the neighbourhood on a regular basis.

We can help with knockdown rebuilds in Sydney and surrounding suburbs including Cammeray, Cremorne, Cremorne Point, Crows Nest, Kirribilli, Kurraba Point, Lavender Bay, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, St Leonards, Waverton, and Wollstonecraft.

The process for a knockdown rebuild is nearly identical to our signature 5-step Build Process, except for the additional step of demolition before commencing your home build.

The initial consultation and scope process will take about four weeks, followed by the design process which takes about twelve weeks. Once we’ve finalised the designs, you’ll have around six to eight weeks to make your spec and interior selections. Next is where the magic really happens – demolition and construction! This part will take around 10 months to complete. When it’s all done, it’s time for final inspection and handover which will take about two weeks. All in all, the knockdown rebuild process will take about 18 months to complete from start to finish.

We’re often asked to provide a rough knockdown rebuild cost to people planning to undertake this style of home building project in Sydney. The cost of rebuilding a house after demolishing the original home will depend on a variety of factors, including the size, finish, and inclusions of the new home.

To help with budgeting, it’s useful to know that a knockdown rebuild project will generally cost $800-$900k for a 330-350m2 home with 4 bedrooms & 2-3 bathrooms. A larger home of around 450-500m2 with 5-6 bedrooms and 3-4 bathrooms will cost around $1.5 million to build.

The answer to this question comes down to what you are hoping to achieve and what are the conditions of the existing property. We welcome you to give us a call to run through your options. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, with different budget and timeline considerations. With experience across knockdown rebuilds, renovations and extensions , as well as new custom home builds, we can provide some guidance around what might work best for you. 

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