Why you should choose a rebuild over a renovation

  • Andrew Carroll

Do you love where you live, but can’t stand the house you’re in? If you love your neighbourhood but not your house, the first option that comes to most people’s minds is to renovate. However, more often than not a simple renovation can turn into a major budget blow-out.

Renovating also requires homeowners to wear many hats, whether it’s doing the manual labour or managing the entire project — the time you invest into a renovation can often equal a full-time job. And sometimes in older homes structural issues are uncovered during the renovation process — adding more headaches to an already stressful situation.

As long as your home doesn’t have any heritage overlays, a knockdown/rebuild can be a simpler option. Not only does it allow you to continue to enjoy the street that you love, it allows you to build the home you’ve always envisioned living in. By building you’re not limited to the home’s existing design, instead you can have exactly what you’ve always wanted.

If you’re still not convinced, consider these points:

Building is less stressful

When you partner with a reliable builder who is with you throughout the whole process and can provide an upfront fixed price, building a new home can be less stressful compared to the unknowns that you may face when renovating.

For Hamlan, transparency is one of the key hallmarks that define who we are as builders. We’re upfront with our clients from the very beginning. When we first meet a client, we set a clear understanding on all aspects of the build, from how we’ll build the home, how we’ll communicate, how any issues will be dealt with, the timeline of the build, the contract and finance.

That means there’s no hidden surprises like the surprises you might find in a renovation. It also means that your builder will be managing the build from start to finish – therefore you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

A new build gives you a 10-year structural guarantee

By law, builders must comply to a number of warranties when building a new home, warranties that last up to 10 years from completion of the work.

This gives you peace of mind that your home will be secure and will have all the latest products and materials as stated in your contract.

To build homes that stand the test of time, Hamlan only uses quality suppliers, superior materials and supports local businesses. And Hamlan’s guaranteed Quality Assurance system guarantees all our builds have the highest standard of quality.

This ensures that our clients have the same confidence in their new home as we do.

A new home is a greener, more energy efficient home

In Victoria, all new homes need to comply with the Energy Efficiency provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC) – and this includes complying with the 6-Star Energy Efficiency Standard.

At Hamlan, we go one step better. Coupled with our clever designs, and as part of our standard inclusions, we offer the state-of-the-art 4.5kW Bradford Solar ChargePack, which includes Tesla Powerwall with backup.

The Bradford Solar ChargePack, including Tesla Powerwall allows you to store your solar energy for use anytime, day or night, with 80% self-sufficiency off grid capacity — meaning you’ll always have electricity in your home and you’ll have the reassurance that your home will have power during unreliable times such as power outages.

It not only saves homeowners thousands of dollars each year but provides more efficient sustainable energy that’s ultimately better for the environment.

A new home gives you more bang for your buck

Once you add up the costs of any structural changes and other variables of your renovation, it can often be cheaper to build a new home with a fixed price.

But it’s not just about the initial cost. With new homes, you have less ongoing maintenance costs. Alongside the 10-year structural warranty, a new home will have the 6-Star Energy Efficiency Standard – which means your day-to-day living costs will be lower.

According to the Victorian Building Authority, 6-Star homes are projected to use 24 percent less energy through heating and cooling compared to 5-Star homes. And if you build a Hamlan home with a Bradford 4.4kW Solar ChargePack including Tesla Powerwall , Bradford reveals that the savings for a four-person detached home in Melbourne is $2,200 per annum.

So although you may feel like you’re putting up more money to begin with, the ongoing savings will make it worthwhile.

Conclusion

  • If you love the location of your current house but not the actual home itself, it’s worth looking into a knockdown/rebuild oppose to a renovation or extension. By building you don’t have to be limited to the houses’ existing design – you can have exactly what you’ve always wanted.
  • But, if you’re still unsure you should consider these points:
  • Building a new home can be less stressful than renovating, if you choose a reliable builder who offers you a fixed, upfront price.
  • A new home will have a 10-year structural guarantee, plus all the latest products that are stated in your contract.
  • A new home will have a 6-Star Energy Efficiency rating coupled with any additional options that will improve its energy efficiency.
  • You will save money in the short and long-term, as there’s no hidden costs in the fixed price of a new home build plus maintenance and daily running costs are considerably lower in a new home.

For more details on how Hamlan can help you build your dream home, contact 1300 426 526.

You can submit your enquiry here.