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Does demolish & rebuild MAKE SENSE?

Project management expert Mike Hardwick takes a look at the benefits of this popular route to a self build plot – and what you need to consider before you buy
Demolishing an existing structure is a relatively inexpensive undertaking – and can give you the chance to create a larger, totally bespoke home

It might seem a little counterintuitive to take a perfectly good house and knock it down to build a new one in its place. Why not renovate, extend or bolt another storey onto the existing building?

Surely that would make better sense financially? In some circumstances this is the case and, of course, a lot of people choose to take the home improvement route to great effect.

However, in many parts of the UK knocking down and rebuilding is by far the most cost-effective solution – and in areas where individual plots are rare, it is often the best way to secure the home that you want. Here, I’m looking at the pros and cons of knocking down and starting again.

Why demolish & rebuild?

Houses can’t last forever. Many of the homes now available on the open market were built between the late Victorian period and the mid-1970s.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Adding space & value to your period home - 10 must-see timber frame homes - The benefits of serviced plots for self builders - Stylish stoves & fireplaces