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If you love the area you live in but not your home, you generally have three options: sell your house and move, renovate/extend your home, or knockdown and rebuild.

While all three options have benefits and drawbacks, considering a knockdown and rebuild project can be highly beneficial and profitable in the long run. It can also save you from the stress and costs involved in renovating or extending your existing home.

You don’t need to compromise on your dream home. Committing to a knockdown and rebuild project will mean you have the opportunity to create a home to suit your current taste and lifestyle, without having to move away from a location you love. It will also mean your home will be in line with current building and design standards.

 

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Whether you want a cutting-edge modern design, a coastal-themed home or something with a bit of country charm, you can build it to your liking. You can also include features in the home that support your lifestyle such as an alfresco area for outdoor entertaining, an open-plan kitchen, a dining and living area, a study nook or extra bedroom for visiting guests.

Here are three other compelling reasons to knockdown and rebuild your home:

IT CAN BE LESS COSTLY

A knockdown and rebuild project can be cheaper than extending or renovating your current home. Why? Because a big renovation often means working in and around existing structures which can be costly.

Building a new home on your current block of land can also save you money when it comes to your heating and cooling bills. Installing new energy efficient products and appliances can save you thousands. You will also have the chance to introduce passive home design elements, which can further influence your bills.

THERE IS LESS RISK INVOLVED

Renovating or extending your existing home can be a risky process because they can often run over time and over budget. It’s often impossible to know what lies under the surface of your home or land until you rip it up, therefore you can run into unknown costs and time delays.

You may also be required to upgrade existing aspects of your home during the renovation or extension in order to adhere to current regulations, whereas a new home will always be built to current standards.

YOU CAN STAY IN THE SAME LOCATION

Most importantly, you can stay in an area you love! The design of your home shouldn’t be a barrier to living in the area where you are already established. Stay close to the amenities, schools and people you have come to know, and build your dream home to complement your lifestyle.

 

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Once you decide you would like to build a new home you will undoubtedly come across the wonderful world of house and land packages. With only the single contract to deal with, fewer decisions to be made and the relatively quick build time, house and land packages offer a lot of appeal.

There are a few factors however that still need to be considered, so take the time to thoroughly examine which house and land package is best for you.

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

Before you go any further, stop and decide on a location that will best suit your lifestyle.

Important things to consider when selecting the location of your future home include what kind of public transport the area offers, distance to family and friends, whether there are schools and shops nearby, and if you enjoy a good walk with your pet make sure there are plenty of parklands available.

Make sure you have at least two or more potential neighbourhoods in mind so you have more house and land options to discuss with your builder.

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  1. Are they licensed?
  2. Do they have insurance?

Always ask the above two questions before considering any builder. Do your research to ensure they are reputable and have good referrals. Once this all checks out you can begin to look at specific home designs.

SELECTING YOUR HOUSE AND LAND

Now comes the fun part, selecting your house and land. This can be broken down into two considerations:

Land – The slope of the land is a primary factor. Generally the steeper the block, the more it will cost to build. You should also ask the soil to be professionally inspected for its ability to support your home. Finally check the orientation of the block. When you build, main living areas should be facing north to catch the sun and help reduce heating and cooling costs.

House – Check out as many display homes as possible. Compare the designs and choose one that will best suit your lifestyle. Find out what it will cost you to change any aspects of the home you may wish to alter, and double check what features are included or not included such as the driveway, flooring or letterbox.

If possible aim for a fixed-price building contract to help avoid any unexpected fees.

For help selecting the best house and land package for you, speak to your local Hotondo Homes builder by clicking here.

So you have worked hard with your builder and finally selected the new home you love.
Everything is on track and you have just received the floor plans. Any errors at this point can be both costly and difficult to live with later, so once you receive the plans it is important to review them both with your builder and in your own time.
Read up on how to avoid common issues with your floor plan.

STORAGE

You can never have enough storage. You will need all of it and more.

Linen, books, old CDs, sports gear and old trinkets you can’t part with all need a place to go. Think about your current possessions and mentally put them away in your new home. Not enough space? Finding room for an extra cupboard here or there is not too difficult a task and is highly recommended. Your builder will always have some great tips to help avoid a cluttered home.

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KITCHEN STORAGE

Kitchen storage is perhaps the most important area to organise in the entire house. Not only do you need to work out where all the appliances and cookware must go, but it must be done in a convenient way.

Run through the way in which you would cook your favourite meal, and ensure everything is located in an orderly fashion and not too far out of reach. Pots and pans next to the stove, plates and cutlery near the dishwasher. If there is going to be more than one person cooking, make sure there is adequate room for both.

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ROOM USAGE

While a third living area or home theatre may look amazing on the plan, practical applications need to be considered.

If you are not going to be using that formal dining room it is wasted space. Utilise it for some other means or omit it completely and extend other, more practical rooms.

Try and imagine where your furniture will go and ensure there is enough space for it, then adjust the room size if possible.

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LIGHTING

The location of light switches is very important.

Try and imagine your nightly routine and run through it on the floor plan. Are the light switch locations convenient, or have you found yourself stumbling half way through the house in the dark?

Following this, ensure there is plenty of lighting for the home. This includes both electrical lighting and natural.

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POWER OUTLETS

Power outlets need to be readily available. You don’t want a great big extension cord extending from one side of the room to the other just to plug your floor lamp in.

Make sure you consider where all major appliances will be including mounted air-conditioning units, kitchen appliances, televisions, music systems and bathroom appliances to ensure there is enough power to go around.

LOCATION LOCATION

Keep your bedrooms as isolated as possible. Plan them away from noisy living areas to ensure peace and quiet. The location of the laundry in relation to the bedrooms is more important than you think. No one wants to travel across the home to do the laundry, especially children and teenagers.

Ultimately your floor plan should be designed to suit your lifestyle in the most convenient manner possible. Check and check again with your builder everything is as you want it and never be afraid to ask questions. Whatever makes you happiest is the right choice.

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Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today to find out how we can help you achieve the perfect floor plan.

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