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The Knock Down Rebuild Process

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The knock down rebuild process in 7 steps

Getting weary of your current home design? Or simply looking for more space for your family to grow? A knock down rebuild project might be the perfect solution, especially if you love the area where you live. 

A knock down rebuild project comes with a wide range of benefits including lower costs per square metre compared to a renovation, no extra real estate or stamp duty fees, keeping the kids close to their friends, and the opportunity to make your home more eco-friendly for a greener, healthier future. 

It’s a cost-effective and fun way to reinvent your home from the ground up. But what’s involved in a knock down rebuild project? In this article, we walk through the knock down rebuild process from the start to the stunning, architectural finish. Read on!

#1. Our team will conduct a free site inspection 

Found your new home among our 200+ architectural home designs? Congratulations on making the first step towards the home of your dreams! 

The next step is to book a free site inspection with the team from Montgomery Homes. The purpose of this inspection is to ensure your block of land is accessible for our builders and suitable for construction based on your chosen home design. 

We will also take the opportunity to identify any site costs required to build on your block. Site costs tend to fall into two categories:

  • Site infrastructure like building permits, soil tests, temporary fencing, insurances;
  • Site works like levelling the block, removing rocks and trees, retaining walls, and powerlines.

If any additional site costs are required for the new build, like traffic control, we will provide a quote at this stage in the knock down rebuild process so you can make an informed decision about your new home build.

#2. It's time to review your tender

The next step in the knock down rebuild process is to attend your tender presentation appointment. This is where we showcase your selected home design and present possible inclusions to finalise your tender and quote. We will also run you through our current promotions and explain how this impacts the final cost of your home build. 

Once you have approved the tender, you will be invited to place a deposit so we can start the pre-construction phase of your new home build and we can send your designs off to our drafting team.

#3. You can choose you internal and external colours

The fun part begins — choosing the internal and external colours and finishes! Our Interior Design Consultant will walk you through our luxurious Selections Gallery where you can interact with the materials, colours, and textures we have available for your home.

You will also have the opportunity to choose appliances, fixtures, and fittings for your new home.

#4. You can organise a quote for the demolition of your current home

Once colours have been selected and council have approved the plans, you can now schedule the demolition of your existing home. Most builders don’t organise the demolition part, so we recommend calling around and getting a few quotes from local demolition experts.

Be sure to find a licensed and insured demolition contractor to complete the demolition and remove all leftover materials, debris, trees, and roots. This will make the start of construction quick and simple.

An experienced demolition expert will also complete a thorough building survey, reviewing the building materials, method of construction, condition, building codes in the area, and neighbouring communities. From this, your demolition team can determine the best method of demolition.

Not sure who to call? We can suggest demolition companies in Newcastle, the Hunter Region, the Central Coast, and Sydney, so you can find someone you can trust.

#5. It's time to sign your contract

Getting toward the pointy end of the preconstruction phase — signing contracts! We invite you into our head office to sign your home building contract. From here, we can schedule the construction of your new home.

#6. Schedule the demolition

Once your demolition DA has been approved, you can schedule the demolition of the existing structure. The DA should be sent directly to your demolition team so they know they have express permission from the council to commence the project.

Keep in mind that demolition projects can take up to four weeks to complete. 

While your existing home is being demolished, we will obtain a construction certificate for your new home.

#7. We'll start the construction of your new home

It’s time to construct your home! The first step is to start the earthworks and utility connections, pour the slab, then erect the frames of your new home.

Our builders will prepare your block for the build by excavating and compacting the site to the required levels. If the soil needs more stabilisation, we will install screw or concrete piers to support your foundation in preparation for the slab to be poured.

Once the initial earthwork has been completed, we will install connections to plumbing and electrical before pouring the slab.

#8. You can move in!

Depending on the design you have chosen, the knock down rebuild process can take between 26 and 41 weeks from the first time we cut the site . However, over time, you’ll see your new home start to take shape and develop character — before you know it, we’ll be handing over the keys so you can move into your home!

Ask us about our guide to the knock down rebuild process

Now you know a little more about the knock down rebuild process with Montgomery Homes, it’s time to dive deeper into the details and kickstart the project!

Get in touch for more information about the process, or ask us about our downloadable guide where you can find all the necessary information you need to support your knock down rebuild project. Alternatively, get your project started now — contact us today for a free site inspection!

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