Decide whether to knockdown rebuild a house

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A bet for the future is to act in the world of knockdown rebuild. The future is not about knockdown what is worthless and creating new homes, heritage plays a role in sustainable development.

Now more than ever before, the rebuild and recovery of existing buildings is a central issue. Until recently, it might even pay to knockdown a house that was still in good use and put up a new one, even if it was just reconstruction.

But not now, apart from the general consideration of the value of the built heritage, not only due to historical aspects or the non-monetary value of what has been built, but also as a basic economic question: take advantage of what already exists.

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It is always preferable to rebuild, reform and invest in existing buildings than to build new ones.

The advantage is that energy is saved, existing resources are used and the damage and inconvenience of knockdown (waste, dust, noise, etc.) are eliminated. Rebuild is always more sustainable than any new way of building.

This approach leads us to wonder, when faced with an already built building that is intended to be reused, if it is really worth repairing or if it would not be better to knockdown rebuild.

Let’s say that the second solution is ruled out if you decide to reuse it. But then the same question has to be addressed for each part of the building, or for each system of the building.

  • Is it worth restoring the facades or do we redo them?
  • Is it worth preserving the warforged and reinforcing them or do we knockdown rebuild them?
  • Is the foundation valid or do we underpin and reinforce it?
  • If we decide one or the other, by what criteria do we choose which parts are repaired and which parts are knockdown rebuild?

Well, the issue is not simple and basically depends on factors.

5 key points to know if it is worth knockdown rebuild a building.

  • the intrinsic value of what has been built

In other words, it is not the same to have a historical or artistic heritage building in your hands as it is to have a simple old building . This is greatly influenced by cultural perception, where in many cases the old is confused with primitive construction with what is simply old and of poor quality. You have to be clear about how to value something as old and large enough to be preserved to all.

  • the direct economic factor

If repairing something costs a considerable amount of money versus knockdown rebuild it , it’s clear that you’ll go the second way. In the logic of a promoter, the cheapest solution usually prevails, unless it can make much of the higher cost of another solution.

For example, reinforcing a floor can be a simple and low-cost operation or it can be something that requires special techniques, skilled labor and unconventional industrial materials. In the second case, the cost is usually very high and it may be worth deciding to knockdown and dispose of a new slab. In both cases, a good result is obtained, and so the decision in favor of the cheapest is an obvious reason.

  • the technical aspect.

It consists of determining if what exists, through a sufficiently moderate repair -in price and complexity- can be restored to a valid state for the new needs.

If an entity or person must buy a house to restore it, we would advise you , before buying it and as a frankly affordable cost, to order a report from a specialist to be able to initially assess the state of the property and a Geo technical study of the land. The first will make it possible to gauge the extent to which the property is reusable at little additional cost. You have to think that without a foundation or without a roof, a building is irrevocably doomed to ruin.

  • the social point of view.

Rebuild is a more efficient housing policy than new construction, with greater immediate and tangible social and economic benefits, since it improves the population’s quality of life, roots its residents in their environment, keeps the city alive, creates economic activity, preserves heritage and guarantees the survival of public spaces as places of meeting, exchange, culture, relationships… let us avoid the massive knockdown of buildings in historic centres.

  • from the personal point of view.

With a comprehensive renovation, you can achieve the same quality in all the features as a newly built home. The economy of rebuild is based on recycling .

In a rebuild we can assume that the structure and at least 50% of the masonry are maintained, and that the rest is replaced. Therefore, rebuild saves 42.25% (structure) compared to new construction, plus 0.5 x 23.75% (masonry), that is, 54.125% of the total invested in new construction. It would be a reform that, in any case, would improve the energy efficiency of the old building to current standards.

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