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Tearing Down an Existing Home and Building a New Home? It’s A Big Job!

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new home constructionHave you outgrown your house but still love where you live? Many Bay Area homeowners prefer to rebuild rather than move. Why not build your dream home in the same, familiar neighborhood? Perhaps you want to move but can’t find the ideal home. You could purchase smaller properties, knock them down and start over. Reconstruction is a big job that requires careful planning and a builder with the experience and skills to deliver the results you envision. Here are some useful tips for tearing down an existing home and building a new home you will love.

Tips for Rebuilding Your Current Home 

  • Planning is key: This means doing your homework before the sledgehammer comes down and shovels hit the ground. Think about why you are rebuilding. Perhaps your growing family needs more space, you want room to entertain or accommodate frequent overnight guests, etc. Or maybe you want a modern house with all the bells and whistles. Your wish list is the basis for your design plans.
  • Consult building professionals: Discuss your project with an architect, construction consultant or contractor to determine its viability. They can help you make cost-saving decisions as well as advise you on where not to cut corners. An important question to ask is whether your new home will serve your needs and fit in with the character of the neighborhood. A good home design will take adjoining buildings into account. Your city or town will also have regulations and guidelines for what you can and cannot do with your home reconstruction or renovation project. Hence, you also need to be aware of teardown and rebuild permits that might be required.
  • Get a detailed cost estimate: This will help determine what you can afford and what you may have to forego or postpone. However, establishing a detailed budget is just the first step; you need to stay within it. Keep track of expenses at every stage of the rebuild. Get your construction contractors involved from the initial planning stages. They are responsible for managing building and material costs, while the architect is focused on the design.
  • Choose your building contractor carefully: Choose your contractor based on their credentials, experience and reputation. While price is a differentiator, it should not be the biggest influence on your final selection. Check work references to avoid a messy, botched job. The key to a good builder-client relationship is clear and constant communication. Your contractor should be easily reachable and willing to answer all your questions.

Get the Bay Area’s Construction Experts to Build Your New Home

At Flegel’s Construction Co. our have more than 30 years of experience building and renovating homes. Our clients receive expert advice, quality craftsmanship and responsive service. Count on us to make your home rebuilding project stress-free. We welcome the opportunity to make your dream home a reality.

With a firm commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, we continue to serve a growing roster of happy customers across the Bay Area, including in Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Cupertino, CA.

If you are tearing down an existing home and building a new home, contact us online.


What’s Involved in a Teardown to Build a Custom Home?

Tearing down a home to build a brand new one is an ideal option when you love where you live but want to enhance your living space. Why give up your excellent location, strong ties with the community, perhaps an easy commute to work, proximity to social and entertainment facilities, etc. simply because your home’s structure is not ideal?

Building your new dream home on your current property allows you to increase living space and design every square foot to your taste. Custom home building can also significantly increase the value of your property. Before you get started, learn what’s involved in a teardown and trust an experienced construction company for the job.

3 Considerations for Custom Home Building Involving a Teardown

  1. Determine costs: If your current house is too small or outdated, a complete rebuild might make more sense than renovation. While the expenses associated with both options will vary, large scale makeovers can amount to a sizeable sum. Often, the cost of moving to a new area can be much more than staying put and rebuilding. Speak with an established architect or builder for an accurate idea of what the demolition and new build is going to cost. If your custom home will be valued at double or three times the price of the current one, it is worth starting afresh at the same location.
  2. Check local building regulations: Teardowns and rebuilds require permits. Your city will have regulations for what you can and cannot do, especially if you live in a historic district. Homes built before a certain date may need special demolition permits because of the materials used in the original structure. Obtaining the necessary permissions takes time and can be challenging due to the complex paperwork required. With proper planning, your new home construction can be a satisfying and stress-free experience.
  3. Find a trusted home builder: A contractor who has worked in the area will be familiar with local building codes and can prevent common problems. Before engaging the builder, you must check that their experience is relevant to your project. It is important to hire a builder with a track record for quality work, completed on time and within budget. Obtain visual and tangible evidence of their project management skills before you sign on the dotted line.

Work with a Custom Home Builder Who Can Deliver Your Vision

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we welcome the opportunity to build your custom home. Understanding what you want and need, enables us to construct a functional, attractive home that you will love. We are happy to work with your designer/architect to ensure your project is a success. Our commitment to building trusting, collaborative relationships has earned us customers across Silicon Valley, including in Palo Alto, Los Altos, San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, CA. 

Contact us online to learn more about what’s involved in a teardown for custom home building.


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