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I recently found a dilapidated property for sale that I’m considering renovating or demolishing and replacing. However, having used your build cost calculator online, the plot’s guide price of £80,000 seems so high that there is no way the final expenditure would make sense given the value of other properties in the area. Regardless, I doubt a rebuild from scratch would get past the planners, unless it resembled pretty closely what is there already, namely a rundown Victorian brick cottage. I am guessing a complete renovation would cost about the same as knocking down and starting over?

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About Build It

The December edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project a success – including: • A unique modular home (page 20) • How to get basement extensions right (page 62) • 15 renovation ideas to add value and kerb appeal (page 66) • Will smart heating save you money? (page 73) • The latest woodburner trends and costs (page83) … and much more!