Knockdown rebuild - Melbourne

Outgrown your old home? Consider a knockdown rebuild.

Avoid the hassle of moving or expensive and risky renovations. When you knockdown and rebuild you demolish your old house and replace it with a new, contemporary and energy-efficient home.

Our team of experts will support you through the process of a knockdown rebuild, so you know what is happening every step of the way. We know exactly what needs to be done, so all you have to do is think about what type of home you would love to live in.

For more information or to make an appointment for an obligation-free property assessment, enquire now or call 03 9560 1779 to speak to one of our specialists.

Why knockdown rebuild?

When your house is past its use-by date, or doesn't suit your lifestyle anymore, you have three options: either sell and move, renovate, or knockdown and rebuild a new home.

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Choose from a wide selection of new home designs within the Affinity Collection and T-Range series...

Lower cost. It’s generally cheaper (per square metre) to build a new home than to extend or renovate your old home. Melbourne and Geelong are experiencing shortages of residential land in inner-city suburbs. Knockdown rebuild is a growing trend that is saving families money. With a knockdown rebuild project you get a fresh, modern, energy-efficient home for less than the cost of a renovation project.

Lower risk. A knockdown rebuild is less risky than renovating. Renovations are known for running over time and over budget. The biggest problem is that you never know what you’re going to uncover when you pull up the floorboards! This ‘unknown’ factor means that your renovation is more likely to take longer and run into unforeseen construction challenges resulting in ‘hidden’ costs that exceed budget.

Limited disruption to your lifestyle. Choosing to knockdown rebuild means that there is minimal disruption to your family and their routine. No need to move schools or re-establish in a new neighbourhood. You stay in the location you’ve grown to love close to your family, friends and amenities.

A high-quality result. A renovation often means working around existing structures and having to make compromises. New homes are designed with today’s family lifestyle in mind: including features such as zoned family living areas and alfresco dining areas - all showcasing the most contemporary trends in design and construction.

Choose from a wide selection of new home designs within the Affinity and T-Range collections and be inspired by hundreds of colours, finishes and fixtures from our award-winning Spectra Selection Centre

Energy efficient. All Carlisle Homes meet the Victorian Government 6 star energy rating requirements. If sustainability is important to you and you want to save money on your energy and water bills, then we can work with you to achieve an even higher energy efficiency rating or simply make your home more efficient.

Why choose Carlisle Homes?

It’s our exceptionally high quality of construction, full transparency, value for money, and more standard inclusions than any other home builder in Victoria that sets us apart from our competitors.

We identified very early on that Carlisle had the best value for money. This took into account the standard inclusions, promos, façades and building costs… At the tender appointment, all costs were explained to us and the final pricing was quite reasonable considering it being a knockdown-rebuild and the amount of extras we added. Highly recommended for knockdown re-build projects!
Amanda Penry – Carlisle Homes home owner
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Choose Carlisle for your knockdown rebuild project knowing we will support and guide you through the process

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A dedicated knockdown rebuild team
With Carlisle Homes you’ll happily discover that the process of knockdown and rebuild is much easier and more seamless than you’d expect. From the start one of our Carlisle team members will be assigned to provide you with personalised customer service and clear, regular communication. Team members provide you with support at every point in the process – from the moment you enter our display home, right up until the end of your warranty period – and beyond.

More premium standard inclusions
We believe that there are some things that should just be included in the base price of a home. What our competitors call “extras” we call standard inclusions. Not only do our homes come with more inclusions but we only use trusted, quality products and brands so you can get quality that will last the test of time.

100-point warranty inspection
We are committed to delivering a high standard of quality in everything we do. Out quality assurance program is our commitment to your customer satisfaction, which is why we build our homes to display home quality. Three months after you move in we undertake a comprehensive 100-point warranty inspection. This ensures that any issues are addressed and rectified sooner rather than later, allowing you to get on with enjoying your new home.

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25-year structural guarantee
We believe in building our award-winning homes from high quality materials that will last the distance. To ensure additional peace of mind all of our homes come with a solid 25-year structural guarantee.

Build-time guarantee
We guarantee the completion date of your new home regardless of any changes made. The date we tell you your new home will be ready is the date you can move in. No delays, no excuses.

Guranteed quality
Carlisle Homes is all about building homes of quality, not quantity. We limit the number of homes we build and we have the lowest home-to-site-manager ratio in the industry. This means that we are able to provide a higher level of professionalism, construction quality, and attention-to-detail than any other home builder.

Six star energy rating
All Carlisle homes are built with a 6 star energy rating, on any orientation. This means your new home is designed and built from the ground up to be more energy efficient - saving you money on energy consumption for the life of your home.

The knockdown rebuild process

Carlisle Homes has been managing knockdown rebuild projects for many years. You benefit from our experience as we guide you through the three main stages: Pre site, construction & warranty. You’ll love our easy-to-understand knockdown rebuild process - it outlines every step of the journey with full transparency - so you know exactly what to expect and when.

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  • Stage 1: Pre site
      • 01 New home selection. Your first meeting is with one of our experienced Sales Consultants at your home to complete a preliminary site inspection and talk about the project. You can view the large selection of designs from our Affinity and T-Range collections to choose your new home. Once you make the decision to proceed we will organise a full site inspection to determine if your site is suitable for building a new home. Together with your Sales Consultant you will finalise the site details, options and discuss all other requirements.
      • 02 Colour selection. This is one of the most exciting steps, where you will get to choose the styling of your home, both inside and out. Your Client Liaison Executive will contact you to book a colour selection and tender meeting.
      • 03 Tender. This is the stage where we prepare your tender to build, based on your sales quote, soil test, site survey and preliminary engineering.You will appoint a demolition contractor at this point. We can advise on a suitable timeframe for actual demolition, and help you with information pertaining to permits, tree removal, accessibility requirements and processes, in conjunction with your demolition contractor. It's important to note that after this appointment no further structural changes will be accepted. Please make sure you have signed off on all documents before you start to demolish your home.
      • 04 Contract. This is the step where everything comes to life. We prepare the contract and drawings, order the six-star energy assessment and provide you with a HIA plain English contract to review and sign at an appointment with your Client Liaison Executive.
      • 05 Site start preparation. Now that your contract has been signed off, there are several steps to complete to get your home ready for site start. Including permits, site surveys, soil tests and final construction drawings. Our experienced team will take you through these necessary steps and explain what’s required.
  • Stage 2: Construction phase
      • 6 Site Start This is the official start of the construction process. We will send a letter confirming construction has commenced.
      • 7 Base The first major milestone in the construction of your new home, with the laying of your concrete slab. Your construction supervisor will be on-site for the duration of your build.
      • 8 Frame Framing carpenters erect the wall frames and the roof trusses.
      • 9 Lock-up During this stage, the brickwork, roof tiles, external doors and windows are put in place.
      • 10 Fixing Your new home is really taking shape! During this stage, plaster is installed to the internal walls and ceilings. You will also see the installation of the skirting boards, architraves, internal doors and cabinets in the kitchen, ensuite, bathroom and powder room (if applicable).
      • 11 Completion You are at the final stage in the completion of your new home. During this stage, you will see the painting and tiling completed. The electrical and plumbing done, stone bench tops (where applicable), door furniture, shower screens and mirrors are installed. Any external render (where applicable) will also be completed. Towards the end of this stage, your Construction Supervisor will arrange for your new home presentation and a settlement date will also be confirmed with you at this appointment.
      • 12 Settlement Congratulations! Your new home has been completed and is ready for you to move in. On the day of settlement, you will meet your Construction Supervisor who will conduct an on-site handover. Appliances will be installed at an agreed time after settlement has taken place. You will need to meet with your Client Liaison Executive at Carlisle Homes’ head office to take ownership of the keys to your new home.
  • Stage 3: Warranty phase
      • 13 100-point warranty inspection Three months after settlement we carry out the Carlisle Homes 100-point Warranty Inspection. A qualified Warranty Inspector will make an appointment to visit your home to undertake an extensive 100-point inspection and address any concerns you may have.
      • 14 Agreed works Should there be anything that needs touching up or repairing this is when we organise those works for you.
      • 15 Completion of works All agreed works are completed and you will receive confirmation in writing.

Knockdown rebuild payment process

All payments are nominated in the HIA Building Contract and are as follows:

Deposit 5% (includes initial deposit and further deposit from Tender appointment. The balance is required to be paid at Contract signing)

  • 5 DEPOSIT
  • 20 Base
  • 25 Frame
  • 20 Lockup
  • 20 Fix
  • 10 Completion

Recommended Carlisle home designs

Our Affinity Collection and T-Range floorplans are suitable for knockdown rebuild projects and offer a wide variety of designs. They suit almost any block of land and make vertical space a priority – perfect for leaving space in the backyard for a pool or a playground.

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Sanctuary

The Sanctuary, featured on the popular TV program, Best Houses Australia is a statement in luxury living and style. From the gallery feel of the entrance foyer, offering a delightful sense of light and space, to the expansive bedrooms, each with ensuite, this home is an extraordinary family home radiating opulence and grandeur.

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Astoria

With enough space for your immediate and extended family, the Astoria is truly a showpiece of modern home design. A double-storey home with a large island kitchen bench, walk-in pantry and opening to a large living, meals and alfresco area with ample room for entertaining.

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Montpellier

This home is about luxury living on a grand scale. Featuring a wonderful blend of connected family living and grand spaces for entertaining. Four bedrooms each offering its own ensuite and walk-in robe tops off this extraordinary home.

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Montague

Awashed with a wonderful sense of light and space with its signature open-plan flow, the Montague is a show stopper from the geto-go. With multiple living and entertaining options on the lower level and the luxury of the deluxe master retreat upstairs, this home more than ticks all the boxes.

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Knockdown rebuild FAQs

Frequently asked questions for knockdown rebuild projects.

  • How do I start the knockdown rebuild process?
    • Please enquire now or call 03 9560 1779 to speak to one of our dedicated knockdown rebuild consultants. Or you can start by visiting some of our display homes or by browsing our award winning new home designs.

  • Will Carlisle Homes demolish my old house?
    • As the owner of your property demolition is your responsibility. However our knockdown rebuild team will guide you through the process. You may also want to read our demolition tips to ensure a successful demolition of your old home.

  • Can I choose any home design in the Carlisle range?
    • You can choose any home design from either the Affinity Collection or T-Range homes. This gives you a choice of over 50 home designs, so you are sure to find a design that appeals. The Carlisle EasyLiving series are not available for knockdown rebuild projects.

  • How much does it cost to knockdown and rebuild?
    • The Carlisle knockdown rebuild team will help you estimate total costs for your knockdown rebuild project. Please contact us or call 03 9560 1779 to speak to one of our consultants for more information.

  • How long will the knockdown rebuild process take?
    • Possibly the biggest question in your mind is when will I be able to move into my new home? We guarantee your new home completion date regardless of the changes made to it. The date we tell you your new home will be ready is the date you can move in.

  • Does Carlisle build in my area?
    • Carlisle Homes are built in premier locations across Melbourne’s north, south east, west and also Geelong. To check if Carlisle builds in your area, see where we build.

  • What information do you need from me?
    • To start the process we need the following:

      • An accurate and full copy of your Contract of Sale of Land including your Land Title document.
      • Any ideas you have around which home design you prefer from the Affinity Collection or T-Range.
  • Where can I read about the knockdown rebuild process in full detail?

Home demolition tips

Demolition tips for your knockdown rebuild project. Ready to demolish your house? There are some very important things to consider before you start!

  • Have you signed all contracts for your new home rebuild?
    • Before you demolish your old house, ensure that you have signed off on all contracts before you start the demolition process.

  • How do I choose demolition contractor?
    • Find out which demolition contractors service your area, as well as who is currently demolishing in your local area - they often have advertising boards on the temporary security fencing. Like any professional service, ring around, talk to family and neighbours, get a few comparative quotes, and most importantly: call referees and find out how the demolition contractor performed on their project.

  • Do I need a council/local government permit?
    • Yes, you will need a permit from your local municipality. However, the vast majority of demolition contractors will organise the permit for you, and will probably get it faster due to their experience with the process. Make sure you have both a Demolition Permit and Building Permit before you start your project. Both are obtained from your local council/shire.

  • What demolition costs will I incur?
    • Particularly with a knockdown rebuild project, you’ll have to include the cost of your demolition in your overall budget. Unfortunately, there are many variables that can affect the price of your demolition job, including Hazardous Materials removal, location of electrical/waste management infrastructure, proximity of neighbouring structures, land overlay, and your environment (e.g. established trees may need consultation with the local council/arborist).

      Contact your demolition contractor and they will be able to organise a full quote for you. We can always help by recommending a reputable demolition contractor to you.

  • What is a Feature Survey and Soil Test?
    • A soil test examines the properties of the soil on your block of land, which in turn enables us to design the proper foundations. A feature survey is a scale drawing of the site showing land features, service connections, easements and setbacks, and any other points of interests. Both the soil test and feature survey are performed before and after demolition to finalise cost of your new home.

  • My home is on a busy road, do I need traffic management?
    • Good question. Traffic will only be affected during certain stages of your demolition and construction. Particularly if you are around shops or schools, traffic will need to be managed during major delivery and removal phases. We are happy to assist you with costings for traffic management, and advise whether it is necessary for your knockdown rebuild project.

  • Who is responsible for insuring the demolition process?
    • Your demolition contractor should be insured against any damage to neighbours’ properties, structures and surrounding environment. It is very important to have an understanding of your contractor’s insurance from the very beginning.

      Importantly, it is your responsibility to obtain an Asset Protection Permit from your local council before beginning works on your property that could endanger any council assets. These works include the demolition stage for your knockdown rebuild project.

Knockdown rebuild calculator

What does it cost to knockdown and rebuild? When it comes to a knockdown and rebuild project, there are many factors to consider.

Understanding the specific knockdown and rebuild costs can be a bit daunting. That’s why we’ve created this easy-to-use knockdown rebuild calculator which provides you with a basic listing of what costs need to be identified to enable you to make an informed decision.

Download the knockdown rebuild calculator

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Thinking of doing a Knockdown Rebuild? Please complete the form below to submit your enquiry to Carlisle Homes. If you have a matter that needs urgent attention please feel free to contact a Carlisle consultant today on 03 9560 1779.

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