Renovate or rebuild to deliver that new home feeling

If the idea of renovating turns you off, but you’re dreaming of a new home, then a knockdown rebuild might just be the perfect choice – build a brand new home in the location you love, without the stress of having to sell!

Believe it or not, sometimes a knockdown rebuild is more economical than a renovation, because builders are not having to work around fiddly existing structures. In this article we’re going to explore the pros and cons for each; knock down rebuild vs renovating.

First things first – is a knockdown rebuild even an option for you?

Before setting out to decide which one is right for you, you might need to ask the question first “is a knock down rebuild an option for our home?” Some things you need to consider:

  • The current condition of your home – this is probably more important when it comes to renovating. You need to consider the structural quality of your home, the orientation and type of block your home is on and any major problems like termites or damp. Make sure you enlist the services of a professional to assess the current condition of your home.
  • Council regulations – some council regulations will prevent a complete knockdown – for example if the home is heritage listed. There might even be demolition restrictions or design limitations around what you can and can’t do.

So, now let’s look at the pros and cons for knock down rebuilds vs renovations.

Knock it down and build new


  • You have control over the design: Just like building a new custom home, a knock down rebuild means you have complete control over the design, budget permitting of course! You can choose the orientation, layout, design and styling.
  • Incorporate modern design features: If the layout and design of your knockdown is getting quite dated, you can get excited about designing a new modern home with connected indoor/outdoor spaces, open plan living and some great in-home technology.
  • Maintenance? What maintenance? Probably one of the best aspects of a new home is that they require less maintenance than an old home. Add to this the fact that heating and cooling a new home is far more economical than heating and cooling an old home.


  • Holding onto your homes character: Depending on the design of your existing home, there might be some features you really love and don’t want to part with – certain character traits that make your home perfect for you and your family. If this is the case for you, then a knockdown might not be the best option.


Opting for a renovation


  • Strong structural integrity: if your home is in a great condition structurally, then a renovation is probably a great option for you.
  • Stage your project: we get it, life gets busy and life costs money! A renovation allows you to stage your project over several years, allowing you to budget and do other things in the meantime.


  • Cost blow-outs: A renovation can sometimes take an unexpected turn if things go wrong, or issues are found with your existing structure. This can lead to cost blow-outs, the biggest disadvantage to a renovation


Knockdown specialists for your Sunshine Coast home

If you’re considering a knockdown rebuild or a renovation of your existing home, it’s important you find a builder who specialises in these types of builds, who has a good track record of delivering on time and on budget, and who is organised. Beachside Construction can help you bring your dream home to life, or give your existing home new life. Contact us today to find out more