Knockdown and Rebuild

You love where you live but you’ve made the decision that extending or renovating your home just isn’t going to work. Now it’s time to consider bringing in the bulldozer and starting from scratch to knockdown and rebuild the dream home you’ve always wanted.

Rosmond Custom Homes frequently builds homes in established neighbourhoods so we are very experienced with the demolish and build process. We can organise the whole demolition process for you or you can engage a demolition contractor yourself. It’s up to you. To help you understand how things work when you knockdown and rebuild we’ve put together a step by step guide to the demolition process.

The Demolition Process

The following demolition process applies if you are directly engaging your own demolition contractor. It is also a useful guide to what happens during the demolition stage of the project if Rosmond Custom Homes arranges the entire demolish and build process.
  • To ensure seamless integration and minimum downtime, we will advise on the timing of the demolition and construction.
  • Be sure you have a written quotation from your demolition contractor and that the contract clearly outlines all works to be carried out. This should include details of which trees and other items are to be left and any salvage items you may wish to remove yourself to keep or recycle.
  • A demolition licence is required. You will need to check with your local council or contractor beforehand as fees and timeframes can vary. Some councils can take one to two weeks while others take much longer especially when photographs and plans are required to be lodged with the demolition application.
  • The home now needs to be vacated with all personal items and furniture removed. Any trees, sheds or other structures to be retained on the block should be clearly marked with visible tape (available at hardware stores). This will ensure your favourite tree doesn’t end up as mulch.
  • Completed disconnection forms for utilities such as Alinta Energy and Synergy will now need to be lodged. Your contractor can provide and lodge these forms. You will need to contact Synergy to arrange a final reading of the power meter prior to its removal.
  • The demolition contractor will now rat bait each room of the old home including the ceiling cavity. The home will then be locked up to avoid other animals consuming the bait.
  • The existing sewer line will be cut and sealed by a licensed plumber and disconnection notices will be sent to council. Water pipes and telephone lines need to be taken back to their original entry point. If your property is currently on a septic tank system, the tanks will need to be pumped, removed and backfilled, and you will need to notify the council of this.
  • Once all this has taken place and a demolition permit has been issued by your local council, demolition can start. The demolition process begins with the home being stripped of all asbestos for appropriate disposal and any salvageable items being removed.
  • Now the heavy machinery moves in and begins the actual demolition process of removing the building from the site. Large trees and root systems, along with any other vegetation, will also be removed from the building envelope. The building envelope includes the slab area plus a three-metre perimeter. Trees close to the fence lines will be cut off at ground level for stump grinding after the demolition is completed unless you have instructed your contractor otherwise.
  • While this is happening we will work with you to finalise your design and pre-start selections so your project is ready to go once demolition is complete. This makes the demolish and build process as efficient as possible so building can get started promptly.
  • The knockdown and rebuild process outlined relates to green title lots and varies for survey strata lots. Please contact us at Rosmond Custom Homes for further information about the knockdown and rebuild process.