If you've outgrown your old home and are looking for something new, or the winds of change are whistling through the cracks in your walls, a knockdown rebuild might be the answer. Here’s what you need to know about replacing your old home with your dream home.
Just as every home is unique, every knockdown rebuild can differ too depending on the scale of demolition, the size and features of your land, and the design you choose to become your new home. We’ll comprehensively assess your knockdown rebuild needs and step you through the process, from site inspection to demolition to construction and handing over your keys.
Your first step to building your new home!
Your first meeting will be with one of our Beachwood Sales Consultant’s to discuss what you’re looking for in your new home, and what kind of budget you have to work with. If you already have a design in mind, your consultant will be able to explore all possibilities with you for inclusions, facades, alternative floor plans and upgrades.
A soil test and feature survey, along with services information is required to allow our design team to ensure your design complies with all the necessary residential development and local council requirement including, siting, overlooking, over-shadowing and preserving the streetscape.
The information we receive from your site analysis will then be used to provide you with an updated tender with more detailed site information, including the positioning of your home on your block
A deposit of $1,800 will be required to complete this stage of the process and will be deducted from your overall 5% deposit amount at contract signing.
Once your preferred new home design is selected and site appraisal for your knockdown rebuild your Beachwood Sales Consultant will work with you to finalise the preliminary Tender (preliminary quote prior to the final building contract) outlining the inclusions, specifications, desired custom upgrades and their associated costings.
Your acceptance and signing of the preliminary Tender along with your Intital Deposit payment of $2,000 will allow us to finalise your Tender plan set and move forward to booking in your Harmony New Home Selection appointment.
After around 10-15 days, you’ll receive a full plan to review ahead of your Harmony New Home Selection appointment.
You’ll be appointed a dedicated Customer Support Co-ordinator who will be there to guide you through the pre-construction journey of your new home and make contact with you to book your New Home Selection Appointment at our Harmony Gallery.
This is your opportunity to bring your creativity and personal touches to your home.
Your appointment with your Harmony Gallery Specialist will be booked in from 9am until 4pm allowing you the whole day to finalise selections for your home with snacks, refreshments and lunch provided on us.
We encourage you to bring along your ideas, samples or images, and a list of any must-haves. This will help our Harmony Gallery Specialist to provide you with the best advice to achieve the desired look for your home.
By the end of your appointment, you’ll have confirmed selections of all desired colours and upgrades, finishes and technology, and you’ll be asked to sign off on your selections.
The costings for your upgrades and customisations will be emailed to you from your Customer Support Co-ordinator within 5-10 business days for you to review and sign. Costings for special customisations may require more time. Once we receive your signed acceptance of the variation, we will finalise your colour selection specification document, contract plan set and prepare your HIA New Homes Building Contract.
Once we receive your signed acceptance of the variation, we will finalise your colour selection specification document, contract plan set and prepare your HIA New Homes Building Contract.
We’ll prepare and provide you with the HIA New Homes Building Contract bundle, including a detailed plan set consisting of siting, floor plans, external elevations, internal joinery elevations and electrical layouts, finalized contract quotation, specifications, and inclusions for your review prior to your signing appointment,
Then it’s time to sign your contract … so we can move to the final pre-construction phase!
You’ll also need to pay your balance of 5% deposit of your contract value (less deposit already paid) on the day of your contract signing appointment to move to the final pre-construction phase and start the demolition process
The final checks and documentation on your block of land happen in this stage (providing your block of land is accessible and title is registered) . This includes soil testing, feature survey and engineer’s design, council and waterboard property information, town planning permit (if applicable), developer approval, building permit assessment, and site-specific working drawings being issued for your approval.
Formal financial approval from your lender is best done after you’ve finalised all your costings – including site works and the finishes you’ve chosen. You’ll need to supply us with formal written approval of unconditional finance before we can commence building your home.
With all the documentation in hand, we’ll perform a final check of all documentation to produce your final construction plan set and colour selection specification for your final sign-off to obtain the building permit and provide you with a date for construction to begin!
Once contracts are signed, it’s time to create the blank canvas on which your new home will be built.
Now is a good time to make sure you have accommodation elsewhere for the duration of the demolition and construction!
If you choose to complete your own demolition, we can recommend the right demolition professionals for your knockdown and advise on a suitable timeframe for the actual demolition. Together with your demolition contractor we can assist in obtaining information about any necessary permits, asbestos clearance, tree removal and underground power and accessibility requirements and processes.
If you choose for Beachwood to engage a professional contractor to complete the demolition works, we will liaise with you for suitable timeframes for what is required from you involving vacating premises, salvage items you wish to keep (store off site), abolishment of services (gas, power, water, communications), asbestos & clearance certificate, demolition works & site clearing.
With your land now cleared, building your new home can begin. Your dedicated Customer Support Co-ordinator will be there at every step to provide updates and answer any questions you might have as construction progresses.
Please head over to our Build Process & Timeline page to discover more about the details and stages of our construction time line.
It’s time to celebrate! Congratulations! Today you’ll get the keys to your new home and your new life.Your home has been completed and is ready for you to move in.
Please head over to our Build Process & Timeline page to discover more about the details of your Handover.
As you settle into living in your home in the first few months after handover, you might notice minor items that need attention.
You can report any concerns to us within 90 days of your handover. At the end of that time we'll also have one of our qualified Warranty Inspectors carry out a final inspection for you. If there are any further items requiring attention during this time, you can trust that we’ll take the appropriate action into looking into for you.
And for the next 25 years of enjoying your home, you can breathe easy knowing that your footings and framework will be covered by our 25-year structural guarantee.
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You can choose any home design from either the ‘Evolve’ or ‘Ascend’ Collections. We can also customise variations of our designs to meet your family’s requirements.
Note our ‘Rise’ Collection are not available for demolish and rebuild projects.
Once we have conducted the FREE initial site appraisal and we have an understanding of your desired custom requirements we will be able to evaluate the length of the process giving consideration to your local Municipalities Planning requirements at the same time. Once we establish this timeline, we will guarantee your new home completion date.
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To start the process, we simply need you to confirm your site address & your vision of requirements for your new home. Leave the rest to us. Please contact us or call 9770 8806 to speak to one of our professional Sales Consultants to get things started.
A soil test examines the properties of the soil on your block of land, which in turn enables us to design the proper foundations. A feature survey is a scale drawing of the site showing land features, service connections, easements and setbacks, and any other points of interests. Both the soil test and feature survey are performed before and after demolition to finalise cost of your new home.
Traffic will only be affected during certain stages of your demolition and construction. Particularly if you are around shops or schools, traffic will need to be managed during major delivery and removal phases. We are happy to assist you with costings for traffic management, and advise whether it is necessary for your knockdown rebuild project
As the owner of your property demolition is your responsibility. However our KDR team will guide you through the process.
Yes, you will need a permit from your local municipality. However, your demolition contractor will organise the permit for you.
Each site needs to be evaluated individually.
Particularly with a knockdown rebuild project, you’ll have to include the cost of your demolition in your overall budget. Unfortunately, there are many variables that can affect the price of your demolition job, including Hazardous Materials removal, location of electrical/waste management infrastructure, proximity of neighbouring structures, land overlay, and your environment (e.g. established trees may need consultation with the local council/arborist).
Contact your demolition contractor and they will be able to organise a full quote for you. We can always help by recommending a reputable demolition contractor to you.
Our knockdown rebuild team can also help you estimate total costs for your knockdown rebuild project. Please contact us or call 9770 8806 to speak to one of our professional Sales Consultants for more information.