New Build & Knock Down Rebuild Guide


Starting the Journey

Building a new home is an exciting journey that opens up a world of possibilities. Whether you’re constructing on a fresh site or considering a knock down rebuild tailored to your needs, the process is a transformative experience. With this guide to the new build process, building your dream home can be rewarding and surprisingly straightforward. Our New Build and Knock Down Rebuild architectural services are here to support you from concept to completion, ensuring that every aspect of your new home meets your expectations.

Initial Considerations

Evaluating Your Needs and Goals

From the very beginning, it’s crucial to define what you want out of the process. Are you looking to create a more functional space for your growing family, or is sustainability and energy efficiency your priority? Understanding your long-term goals and allowing us to understand how you do you, will guide the design and construction phases, making sure that your new home fulfills your lifestyle needs.

Deciding on New Construction or Demolition

If you already own a property, one of the first decisions is whether to relocate or demolish the existing dwelling to make way for a new build. At this stage, a couple of factors need to be considered:

  • Regulatory Approvals: Demolishing and building anew might be subject to different regulatory requirements, such as a Heritage overlay.
  • The Cost of Renting: While the new build is happening, consider the expenses associated with renting another place.

Setting Your Budget

Budgeting for a new home build involves more than just accounting for construction costs. It includes design fees, permits, consultant costs, and potential rental costs during construction. Early on, discuss your budget with our team to explore what is feasible within your financial constraints, and consider securing pre-approval for financing if necessary.  Unsure how much things cost?

For a rough idea of costs you can explore our Knock down rebuild cost guide HERE.

Architectural Planning

As your personal design team, we play a crucial role in turning your vision into a blueprint for your future home. We’ll help you navigate through design options, site evaluations, and regulatory compliances, making sure that every step of your project aligns with both your aesthetic preferences and functional needs.

Choosing the Right Location

Evaluating Your Current Site

If you’re considering a knock down rebuild, evaluate your current site to determine its suitability for your new home. Factors such as adjoining properties, soil type, orientation, existing infrastructure, and services should be taken into account to ensure that the site can accommodate your design plans effectively.

Selecting a New Lot

For those looking to build on a new site, choosing the right location is critical. Consider the community, proximity to essential services, scenic views, and potential future developments in the area. Our team can assist with site evaluations, helping you weigh the pros and cons of different locations and sites based on your specific needs.

Find out more on factors to consider when deciding on your site HERE.

Legal and Regulatory Requirements

Navigating Zoning Laws and Permits

Understanding the zoning laws and obtaining the necessary permits can be complex, especially when demolishing an existing structure. Our expertise in navigating these legal waters ensures that your project complies with all local regulations, including any specific requirements like Heritage overlays.

Building Codes and Standards

Compliance with building codes and standards is paramount. We’ll guide you through the process and ensure that your new home adheres to all national and local building codes, promoting safety and sustainability.

Interior Design and Finishing Touches

Selection of Materials and Finishes

The selection of interior materials and finishes is one of the most enjoyable parts of building a new home. It’s where you can truly personalize your space. Our experienced design team will guide you through the myriad of choices for flooring, wall finishes, cabinetry, and countertops. We consider both aesthetics and functionality, ensuring that the materials not only look great but are also durable and suitable for your lifestyle.

Our Role in Interior Design

Our involvement extends to the interior design from the very beginning, we offer expertise in space planning and the selection of fixtures and fittings that complement the architectural style and design intent of your home. We ensure that every interior element works harmoniously to create a cohesive and inviting environment to enhance your human experience.

Selecting the Right Construction Team

Choosing a Builder

Selecting the right builder is crucial for the success of your project. We recommend selecting a builder with a proven track record with projects similar to yours and who demonstrates a clear understanding of your architectural vision. It is critical to build a relationship prior to committing to a builder to ensure they align with you and your project.

Our Role During Construction

Our involvement doesn’t have to end with the design. As your personal design team, we can have involvement during the construction process, ensuring that the building is constructed according to the plans and specifications. We can manage any arising issues, and keep you updated every step of the way.

Construction Phase

From Groundbreaking to Framing

The construction phase begins with site preparation, including any demolition required. Following this, foundational work sets up the entire construction of your home. As the structure goes up, framing outlines the shape of your home and the design begins to come to life.

Monitoring and Quality Control

If you choose us to, throughout construction, we can help ensure that quality controls are in place. Regular site visits and consultations with the construction team can allow us to monitor progress and maintain high standards.

Move-in and Post-Construction

Preparing for Move-In

As construction wraps up, we will conduct a thorough walkthrough with you to ensure every detail meets your expectations. This final inspection is crucial to address any minor adjustments or finishes that need to be completed before move-in.

Handling the Handover

Our team will assist you during the handover process, ensuring that you understand all aspects of your new home’s maintenance and upkeep. We provide comprehensive documentation of all construction details, warranties, and instructions for appliances and systems installed in your home.

Post-Construction Support

Building a home is a significant investment, and our commitment to you continues even after the keys are handed over. We are available to help with any post-construction needs or questions that arise, ensuring you feel supported as you settle into your new home.


Take the first step towards your dream home today. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and discover how we can make your project a stunning reality.