The Courier-Mail’s Senior Real Estate Reporter
Welcome to this month’s themed edition – Renovate Versus Knock Down and Rebuild!
It’s a hot topic, and there are a plethora of supporters for either side. Hopefully this edition will help those deciding to make the right choice.
Archicentre Australia is a steadfast supporter of renovating existing homes.
Director Peter Georgiev said when making a fresh start, options included renovating “the devil you know ”, redeveloping on the site and moving to a new estate at the urban fringes.
“An existing building needs to be pretty poor to really justify pushing it over,” he said.
“There is usually a fair bit of embedded energy in its existence – and often far better materials and features than a new building will offer.
“The idea is to retain the good bits and enhance them with 21st century goodies, such as insulation and improved sealing for better thermal performance, including fresh and expanded electrical services.
“Then apply solid site planning to new sections of the building to enhance passive and active solar design.”
He said the building’s image could then follow a natural order of how original and new come together.
“Then engage with your architect and a cost planner and belt out a buildable solution,” Mr Georgiev said.
He said if there was nothing redeeming in the existing structure – poor siting, major structural distress, too many mistakes made by previous home owners – then demolish it and move on.