From Demolition to Dream Home: The Process of a Knock Down Rebuild

Embarking on a home renovation project can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but sometimes it’s just not enough. When you’re dealing with an older or outdated house, you may find that knocking it down and rebuilding is the best option. The process of a knock down rebuild can seem overwhelming, but it can also be an exciting opportunity to create your dream home from scratch. 

In this blog, we will explore the steps involved in a knock down rebuild, from the demolition of your old home to the creation of your dream home. We’ll cover everything from planning and design to construction and completion, and provide tips and insights to help you navigate the process. So, whether you’re ready to say goodbye to your old house and start fresh, or simply curious about the process, this blog will provide you with valuable information to guide you along the way.

When should you rebuild a house?

Deciding to rebuild a house is a big decision that requires careful consideration. Here are some situations where rebuilding may be a good option:

  • Your home is no longer able to meet your needs, such as a growing family, modern standards, or personal circumstances.
  • Your current home might be experiencing extensive damage or wear and tear, and require significant repairs to bring it up to a liveable standard.
  • The home’s layout or design is not what you envision for yourself long-term but you are happy with the location of your property.

What is the process of knocking down and rebuilding a house?

As a homeowner, you’ll need to make some important decisions to get things up and running:

Finances: Make sure you speak with a qualified financial advisor, home loan provider, broker or bank to sort out your budget right from the start. This will inform the choices you make throughout your knock down rebuild.

Design: Get inspired by what design you are looking for in your newly built home. At Fairhaven you will choose from a huge range of innovative floorplans, finding one that you love. Our qualified interior designers will guide you in creating a new home that meets your needs and budget.

Contract: You will need to sign a contract with the builder outlining the scope of the project, timelines, and budget.


Council Permits and Approval 

Council permits and approvals will need to be obtained, though the specific permits you require will depend on the area you are building in. Applying for permits and receiving approvals can take several weeks or even months, depending on your local council’s requirements and regulations. When you undertake a knock down rebuild with Fairhaven, you will have a team to guide you through the process of when applications & submissions are required.


To build your dream home, you need to make some room on your land. This means demolishing the existing house. Demolition involves abolishing services such as electricity and gas, removing any hazardous materials and then bringing in our employed demolition company to clear your land. Your demolition company will support you at this stage, with the Fairhaven team here throughout the process.


Before construction can begin, the site needs to be prepared. This will include final soil testing, contour survey, final engineering, installation of electrical pit & a final site assessment.  

What to expect in the entire duration of the knockdown and rebuild?

Throughout your knockdown rebuild process, you can expect to work closely with your builder and Site Supervisor to ensure the project stays on track and ticks every box. Fairhaven always ensures that homeowners are kept in the loop at every stage, so you can feel confident that you have made an excellent decision in knocking down and rebuilding your home.

Finding the right knock down and rebuild package

To ensure a successful knock down rebuild project, it’s essential to find the right builder for your individual situation. Take the time to research different builders and their knock down rebuild process to find the one that’s right for you.

Choosing Fairhaven Homes to knock down and rebuild your home is choosing a reliable award-winning building with over 15 years of experience in the industry. You can learn more about our Knock Down Rebuild process here.