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ASK THE EXPERTS
We purchased an older home in need of major renovations. Multiple contractors have
come out to provide quotes and estimates, and a few have mentioned the possibility
of tearing down the house and building a completely new structure. The estimates to
renovate the existing home or to build a new home seem to be pretty comparable, but
the whole idea seems like a huge undertaking. Is building a new home really a good
option? What are the pros and cons of starting over?
Any large renovation or new home design/build can be a large undertaking. However, one of
the first factors to consider is your living situation. During a renovation, the possibility exists of
continuing to live in the current house during the renovation. This may require the contractor
to do it in phases, which will most likely add additional costs to the project. With a new home
build, you'll need to evaluate if it would be feasible for you to live somewhere else during the
construction. A new home build may actually be completed quicker than a full renovation, depending
on the complexity of the project and availability of the materials.
One of the major benefits of tearing down the old home and starting fresh is that you are not
limited by the current footprint of the home. You can renovate and make any footprint different,
but depending on how much you'd like to change, it would be easier to start new versus trying
to move everything around. A major visual change may be better achieved by building a completely
new home.
A new house will be easier to construct and achieve the current energy rating standards. Mechanicals
such as plumbing, electrical, and HVAC, will be easier to update and change if you
aren't restricted by the constraints of the current home. Starting over would eliminate possible
health and safety issues that could arise with old materials such as asbestos, mastic, lead
pipes, or lead paint. These types of issues could add significant costs to a renovation project to
safely remove them.
With a new home build, you leave " no stone unturned " . You have peace of mind in the future
knowing that the entire home is up to date and no surprises are lurking behind walls and under
floors that were not renovated.
Some disadvantages of a new construction are that you are eliminating the original character
of the existing house. Some of those characteristics cannot be duplicated on new builds, without
significant costs. Are there qualities or portions of the current house that you want to keep?
If these are deal breakers for you, maybe a renovation would be your best option.
The quality of the materials of older homes are superior to those of new construction. " They
don't make things like they used to " is something you probably hear often in life, but is very
true to materials in the construction industry. Materials used to be better quality. In the current
market, trees are harvested sooner in their lifecycle, and the graining is not as tight as old
lumber created from trees that were 100 years or older.
Regardless of the approach, finding a good contractor that you trust is very important. A large
undertaking like a major renovation or a design/build project does not have to be stressful if
you are working with a good team. At TK Building & Design, we value the relationships with
our customers and make sure they are comfortable and fully prepared for the project, large or
small. We would help you through each step of the process and ensure the approach and project
are a good fit for you and your family. We will help you in the early stages of design, renovation
or a design/build project, all the way through final inspections and moving in. Our project
managers, carpenters, and designers all become part of your extended family through the
process. We pride ourselves in building relationships with our clients, and providing them with
a home they are proud of, regardless if it is a total renovation or a brand new home. For more
information, please visit our website at TKBuildDesign.com or give us a call at 717-522-1659.
Tim Kotzmoyer
President
TK Building & Design LLC
ask the experts
http://www.TKBuildDesign.com

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