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Knock Down Rebuild

The list of why people consider a knock down rebuild is endless. But there is one thing we know for sure: when people settle on the stunning Northern Beaches, they simply don’t want to leave. Often people struggle with the idea of a knock down rebuild or a major renovation for quite some time. It’s never a decision that is made lightly. The main drawcard to knocking down your current home and rebuilding is that, more often than not, it can be a far more cost-effective solution than renovating. And, if choosing a knock down rebuild with Peninsula Homes, you can rest assured our professional approach, outstanding service and superior workmanship is part of what we do on every project, every day.

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Our Step By Step Knock Down Rebuild Process

The knockdown rebuild process

Let’s face it, the idea of undertaking a knock down rebuild can be intimidating, to say the least. When you partner with Peninsula Homes, you can rest assured that we take the stress out of the entire process. Our 6-step, one-stop-shop approach, means that we take care of every aspect of the build, from design through to completion, leaving you the freedom to enjoy the experience.

Award-winning Knock Down Rebuild Projects

In the extremely competitive residential building industry, it is an absolute honour for Peninsula Homes to have been awarded two NSW Master Builders Excellence in Housing Awards in 2017 & 2018 within the Design & Construct category. These award-winning homes, in North Curl Curl and Dee Why, have also featured on the Before & After and Open Homes Australia TV shows.

In 2020, we were awarded a finalist in the House Additions/Alterations/Renovations category for our architecturally designed home on North Curl Curl Headland. This home was featured on Open Homes Australia in December 2020.

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Knock Down Rebuild FAQ

When considering a knock down rebuild, you have to be prepared to do your homework and have some idea about what you would like your finished home to be. The following are a few ideas to get you thinking:

– Do you want a company to manage the entire process from design right through until handover?

– Do you want some design input into your home?

– Do you want a custom design home specific to your land and lifestyle?

– Do you want free rein to make personal selection decisions?

– Do you want to have contact with the business owners through the whole process and not be treated like a number?

– Do you want flexibility along the way?

– Do you want regular site meetings?

Take the time to drive around your neighbourhood. At present, you will find knock down rebuilds pretty much everywhere. Look who’s building these homes and, then if you like their style, google them. Look through their website, read their reviews and check that their builder’s licence and ABN are current.

Once you have done this, call the company and talk to the owner of the business. Ask the questions you need to ask and get a vibe for how they operate. See if you can speak with some of their past clients. And, we would say, trust your instinct. You need to have a brilliant rapport with your builder. You will be dealing with them for a long time and you need to feel comfortable with them.

Once all the approvals are completed and we are on-site, most KDR undertaken by Peninsula Homes takes on average between 9 – 15 months. Because we don’t take on too many projects at any one time, our sites have little to no downtime, therefore are not sitting idle for days and weeks on end. Our projects keep moving, meaning you get into your new home sooner.

This is often the first question people ask and it is one with many variables. Is your house going through council under a Development Application (DA) or being managed by a Private Certifier via a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)?

Generally speaking, a DA will take longer than a CDC as it needs to go through all the Council processes, checks and measures.

Our general timeline is that once we get the green light, that we are the chosen builder, plans being complete and ready for DA or CDC is approximately 4-6 months. From here, depending on the approval path taken, a DA may take 12-16 weeks in Council whilst a CDC with a Private Certifier will take approximately 4 weeks.

(Click here for more info from the Northern Beaches Council)

Peninsula Homes operate under a fixed-price contract. We do this for a number of reasons:

  1. It gives clients certainty and allows them to budget accordingly.
  2. We know our stuff! We have a thorough understanding of the costs of labour, materials etc and can confidently apply knowledge to each and every job to build our fixed-price contract.
  3. It means that during construction, we are focused on the build quality rather than reporting costs to our clients.

The simple answer is YES and many of them. Unlike many builders, Peninsula Homes loves site meetings, in fact, we encourage them.

Site meetings are where our clients get to see their house progressing, ask any questions, put new ideas on the table and feel a connection to their new home.

Generally, we meet our clients on-site every 2 weeks for a site meeting and more often if decisions need to be made. Once the home is safe to access, we provide clients with a code so they have access to their homes on weekends when no trades are around.

Take a look at our blog on the Benefits of a Regular Site Meeting.

They certainly are. The reason that we only do custom designs, is that each block of land on the Northern Beaches is unique. We want to capture the best aspects of each and every block, whilst minimising the least favourable ones. Only a true custom design home can achieve this. When a design harnesses natural light and allows for effective cross-flow ventilation, a custom home provides a daily lifestyle and well-being that can’t be quantified.

The fact that we design your home from scratch means there is ample opportunity for your input into the design stage. We encourage our clients to create mood boards to show us the style of houses and finishes that they like. From there, we design and keep tweaking this design until it is all you want it to be.

Click here to take you through our proven and effective process.

Absolutely! Who wouldn’t want a piece of history in their new home? We recently had clients who took the timber handrail from the stairs of their old home and we repurposed this as the mantle piece for their fireplace in their new home. We love the idea of being able to incorporate meaningful pieces into a home.

Absolutely! Our contracts include a stylish selection of high-quality tapware and appliances. After the contract is signed, we make an appointment with our Harvey Norman Commercial consultant, who, together with Paul, assists you with selections; whether from the contract or if you would prefer something different.

No, you don’t. In fact, we believe that having to make all selections upfront can be detrimental to the overall finish of the job. We often find that as clients begin to visit the site during the build, it uncovers ideas for them that they may not have thought of previously. This is where our flexible approach comes into play and can truly make the home unique.

We will let you know well in advance when final decisions for selections are required. This is always done with the support of the entire team. You are not alone.

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