How Long does a Knockdown Rebuild Take?

How Long does a Knockdown Rebuild Take

Whether you are expanding your home to make space for your growing family, or your house is just outdated and in dire need of a refresh and remodel, starting new could be the perfect solution.

A knock down and rebuild can seem daunting and scary but being fully prepared to take on what you will be encountering along the way will help you stay calm and collected throughout the entire process.

The first question many first-time home buyers and renovators ask is, ‘how long does a knockdown rebuild take?’.

The short answer is 8-12 months. But there’s a lot more that goes into that rough timeline then you would think. Several factors can affect the duration of the project, so it is beneficial to be aware of potential problems that could arise and set back construction.

The design of your new home

The design and size of your home have a huge impact on how long your project will take. For example, if you are planning to build a single-storey home with limited customisations it will take much less time to construct then a two-storey home with a very complex set of plans and design alterations.

Choosing a volume builder could potentially speed up the process as well. This is because volume builders typically devise plans based off of set stages of construction, making the whole process move along a little bit quicker. Custom builders give you the flexibility to make design decisions yourself and finetune features of the new build, leading to a lengthier planning and overall construction process.

While the complexity of your newly designed home greatly impacts the time it will take to build, there are also unforeseen and sometimes unavoidable circumstances that can set back your timeline for completion tremendously. Consider working with a company like Achieve Homes to help you stay on track with design blueprints available and customisation options through their home design packages. 

Potential disruptions out of your control

Like any construction project, delays are inevitable but at the same time, extremely frustrating. Some common mishaps during the rebuilding phase of your home include:

  • -Change in contractors or management
  • -Inclement weather conditions
  • -Land or soil issues
  • -Design change
  • -Financial delays
  • -Power and plumbing connectivity
  • -Project complexity
  • -Inefficient materials and equipment
  • While some holdups are unavoidable, picking a trustworthy contractor with experience goes a long way. While it may require a bigger budget, choosing someone who knows what they’re doing will likely keep your project on track.

Acquiring a permit

If you require planning approval before you can start building, this could cause potential delays. Typically, councils have a requirement to decide on planning permits within 60 days. However, it often takes much more time for a planning permit application to be approved. The average wait time for building and works applications to be authorised is closer to 210 days.

With that being said, you will want to give yourself plenty of time to acquire the correct permits before starting the demolition of your current home. Because permits can be expensive and time consuming, this will likely be the first step of the rebuild process for you. Some rebuilds may not require a permit at all. This is something your contractor should be able to confirm for you rather quickly.

Get in contact with us today to find out how we can help you throughout the process.

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