KnockDown Rebuild – What Are the Steps?

Sometimes people just need a new start. For people who love the area they live in but they want to start new with a brand new home, knocking down their existing building and rebuilding one might be the way to go.

Whether it’s because your family is getting bigger or because your home is getting old and constantly needs to be repaired, we’re here to help you rebuild after demolishing.

The Basics

Before you rebuild your home, you should make sure to find the right builder. That means you have to do your research and you have to decide what kind of home you want. If, for example, you want to build on top of a building block, you’ll need to find someone to specializes in this.

Your builder will also be aware of your city’s building requirements and regulations.

If you’re also planning to sell your home after rebuilding it, your builder will be able to give you advice on how to increase value.

Choose the Design

Your builder will be able to help you decide on your home’s design. If you’re going with the most budget-friendly option, then you should definitely go with a volume builder. You can hire a volume builder who specializes in rebuilding homes after knockdowns.

You’ll be able to speak to your builder about everything you want out of your home so that they can make appropriate blueprints.


Next, you’ll have a lot of paperwork to take care of. You’ll also have to give your builder a deposit. Once you’ve done this, your builder will be able to assess your property and determine whether or not it’s a good fit for a knockdown rebuild. He or she will check your property’s slope, as well as its orientation, drainage, etc.

This is the stage where any tests you might need will be conducted. Your builder will do a soil test, go through colour schemes with you, etc.


Only now will you sign your contract with your builder. The HIA new home contract will protect you and your builder in case something goes wrong. You may have to negotiate but all in all, the contract will include your expectations from the rebuild, as well as your builder’s expected hiring rate.

Demolition and Rebuild

Your builder might have his or her own preferred demolition company but if not, you’ll have to find one on your own. You should ask for a copy of your demolition license and give it to your builder.

After the demolition your builder will conduct another soil test and you can begin rebuilding according to the plans in your contract.



The decision to knockdown and rebuild your home is a big one, and it can be very stressful. That’s because there is a lot of paperwork you need to have filed and it can be hard to know where to start.

Above, we’ve written a comprehensive guide that will help you along the way.

First and foremost, you have to choose your builder, who will be able to help you with the rest of the process. He or she will conduct appropriate soil samples, help you choose the design, refer you to a demolition company, and will proceed to build the new building.