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Posted at 27 October 2019 in Blogs by Gary Braun
Demolition of a home might seem counterproductive if you are looking to improve it, but it can be the opposite. The house demolition process can be a way to give yourself a “clean slate” before rebuilding with modern methods and create a more effective house. Renovation can mean having to work with what is already in place in a home, and this sometimes means that there are old-fashioned building methods and materials that need to be addressed.
Think of the analogy of trying to fix a meal that you’ve accidentally ruined by putting the wrong ingredients in or by burning it. There might be things you can do to ‘renovate’ or fix the meal, especially if it is only a tiny bit burnt. But actually, at some point it just makes more sense to scrap the meal and start again.
The house demolition process depends on the types of demolition you need. Some people will be looking to demolish a small home, others need a bigger home demolished with outbuildings and a garage. The process will vary depending on the size and materials used, as well as where your home is situated. There are a lot of regulations to follow in order to ensure a safe house demolition process.
Demolition involves clearing the house of any potential hazards. Obviously, you’ll get rid of your belongings from the home before demolishing it, but you may need to think about things like the electrical supply, plumbing and other utilities. This can ensure that you don’t end up with issues like leaking plumbing as a result of your demolition.
Demolition can then be carried out, once a proper assessment of the risks has taken place. The types of demolition out there can vary, so you may be able to mainly demolish using tools, whereas controlled explosions can be used in other scenarios in order to speed up the process. Even a home that is not in the best condition will still take a lot to turn to rubble.
Afterwards, the foundations may need to be remade ready for another build, and all of the debris and rubble from the original home need to be removed.
Can you just renovate your home? Well, in a lot of circumstances, renovation is a perfectly reasonable solution instead of demolition. If your home doesn’t have structural issues or health and safety concerns then you don’t need to demolish it. Like fixing a car, though, there comes a time when repairing the home becomes so expensive you might as well scrap it and “buy a new car” (in this case, demolishing and rebuilding a home).
There are scenarios where the home demolition process becomes absolutely essential. There are many building methods that are outdated and past the point of being able to repair. Plus, some old homes have asbestos within. This is not something to take any chances with, so you may need to totally demolish the home. Consider this and work with an asbestos specialist to ensure your home is safe.
If your home has been built using modern techniques, with firm foundations, demolition can probably be avoided. Talking to a specialist who can evaluate the specifics of your property can help you to work out when demolition really is the best choice.
Demolition should not be carried out without a lot of care and attention. Depending on where you are located you will need a lot of different permits and permissions, as well as having to take a lot of precautions when you are carrying out the demolition. It is not something that untrained people should carry out, even if they are great at DIY.
A consultation with a professional is always the ideal first step. Demolition professionals are in a position to evaluate your home, and what it would take to demolish. This way they can evaluate which tools and methods may be needed, how much it might cost and whether demolition is right for your property. Don’t try and take it on yourself without training, however good at DIY you are!