Five Things to Do When You Knock Down Rebuild

You’re finally ready to start the journey to knock down your existing home and rebuild a new one. But where do you start?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many different options and opinions being offered. Here are a few things to consider if you are looking to knock down rebuild.

1. Understand Your Land

A good place to start is to know more about your lot and any potential building issues or limitations. 

Go to Council and request a zoning certificate, known as a 10.7 Certificate in NSW.  This certificate will let you know important information about your land, such as if you are in a bushfire, flood or heritage zone. 

It will also let you know if you are able to design your build through a Compliant Development Process known as (CDC) or DA process through your local council. 

2. Know Your Budget

Talk to your bank or mortgage broker about your borrowing ability at the beginning of the process. It’s essential to know what your potential budget will be prior to engaging an architect, building designer or builder. 

Usually budget is the thing that dictates which building pathway you go down. 

3. Trees and Easements

Depending on your lot and your Council, trees and easements can cause big issues for your future build. If you have trees on your lot, find out from Council if they are protected species, or if you can remove them if necessary. 

Also find out from your Water Board if you have any sewer or stormwater easements running through the lot. These issues will be important in the designing and building of your new home. 

4. Gather a Design File

Start an online file of picture of interiors and exteriors you like. When Horizon Homes works with a client we put together a shared ideas book on the Houzz website. This is a depository of all the inspirational images you like for your future home. This will help tell the story of your personal style and it will be a good reference point when working with builders, designers or architects. 

5. Research, Research, Research 

Well before starting a build, start researching what type of builder you want for your project. 

Some custom builders, like Horizon Homes, will work with you from the beginning and create an individual design that is perfect for your family and your block, handle all the building approvals and construct your new home. 

Other builders want you to have your own plans and want you to handle your own building approvals. 

Project builders will have a stable of pre-drawn designs and you choice a design that would best fit on your block. Ask friends and family for recommendations, go visit past projects of the builder and talk to current clients they are building for. 

Find a builder that is right for your family, your block and your budget. 

The Knock Down Rebuild Specialist

Horizon Homes is a custom builder who has been building luxury homes around Sydney for over 25 years. We’re available on (02) 8882 9111 to discuss your future building plans and offer expert advice. Our multi-award-winning display home, Jack’s Point at Bella Vista, is open seven days.

What our clients say

“It’s hard to imagine your dream house. It’s better if someone just builds it for you. That’s how we felt with the house that Horizon Homes designed and built for our family. Horizon are a very professional, delivery oriented and detail focused company. Challenges with the site were dealt with effectively and on time... costs came in on budget. We would unhesitatingly recommend Horizon for your bespoke home design & build.”

“Our journey with Horizon Homes was wonderful. Our house looks amazing... we chose Horizon Homes because they said they could do any style, their display house had good quality and the team was so easy to talk to. The design process, choosing colours and finishes were so much fun... Denis and team gave us useful advice so our budget didn’t blow out. The construction process went smoothly and finished on time. We highly recommend Horizon Homes and we could not be happier. ”

“We wanted to build with a local family builder who would give us time to design our dream house. Denis had some fantastic ideas and advice and turned our dreams into reality. All building work started and finished on time and our supervisor, Danny had a level of communication that far exceeded our expectations. We were really impressed with the quality of the finishes, the attention to detail and the effort taken to handover a faultless home. Such a positive experience from an exceptional builder. ”

“Our experience with Horizon was supportive from start to end. As beginners in the knockdown and rebuild process, I felt they guided us through the journey. The quality of our finishings was excellent... I still love coming home to our house more than a couple of years later. Horizon were a delight to deal with and we got the house of our dreams out of it!!!”

“I cannot thank you guys enough for what you have done. Despite the restrictions of land size you have put up an amazing house. Your professionalism and just the way you conduct your business is by far of the highest standards.”

“We had a good idea of what we wanted in our new home and Horizon Homes made it a reality. The build time was just as they had forecast and no request big or small was too difficult. From the minute we met Denis we knew he was the builder for us. Denis was honest and up front from the beginning. We really appreciated this.”

“Horizon Homes is professional and efficient. Everything is documented and handled in a manner that is transparent, clear and concise. We have also found that their attention to detail from the signing of the contract to handover has been excellent. Our home is stunning and everything that we expected it to be. Horizon Homes comes highly recommended by us.”

“They took care of every step of the knock-down and rebuild, from the very beginning to handing over the keys… They prepared the council DA application… looked after the entire building process with exceptional quality, workmanship and keen eye for details… the entire team was honest and up front… We are so grateful that we chose Horizon Home to complete our new home project…”

“We were really happy with the service we received from Denis, Liam, Esther and the team. Communication at all stages of the project was top class. Our build process went smoothly, and importantly Liam has been really responsive to any requests we have had since moving in. I would highly recommend Horizon Homes and complement them on a job well done!”

“We built our first dream house with Horizon Homes. Denis and the team are very professional and helpful from the very beginning. Our house now is one of the signature on our street. We really enjoy the whole process with the team. And hopefully we can build again with Horizon Home in the near future!”

“Horizon worked with us to design the house we wanted. They listened to our brief and gave excellent advice and suggestions. We love the result. Our home is spacious, light-filled and maximises the potential of our downward sloping block. There were setbacks throughout the build, which meant that our house was completed behind schedule, but Horizon had good communication processes in place and we cannot fault the quality of the overall build.”

“The construction process was smooth, with regular communication keeping us abreast of what was happening... our site supervisor (Danny) was always approachable and addressed all our concerns to achieve the final product of a beautiful double story home in Concord that we are very proud of! We recommend Horizon Homes for their personal touch, ability to listen to our needs and the values they displayed during the project - Openness, Honesty and Transparency - and most of all, for keeping our confidence high during what is typically a stressful time.”

“After considering 50+ builders we eventually decided on a custom home with Horizon and are very happy with our choice. Denis and Danny were extremely helpful during the custom design phase, working within our budget to design our dream home... things ran on budget and schedule, and we were regularly updated regarding progress, so thankfully this was a stress-free period. The quality of build was excellent... we have been living in the house for over 6 months now and love it - we would definitively choose Horizon again and highly recommend them.”

“We built our first home with Horizon Homes... all the questions were answered and the whole build process ended up being very smooth. Our variation requests were happily accommodated. The whole team... were professional, friendly and easy to work with. The house turned heads and the quality of the build speaks for itself. We’ll unthinkingly hire them if we were to build again.”

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