When to Consider Performing a Knock-Down and Rebuild Project
Regardless of whether a building has been damaged by floods, fire, a hurricane or any other catastrophe, one of the biggest decisions that damage contractors usually have to make is whether to pull down and rebuild the structure or to embark on remediation without any demolition.
Generally speaking, the decision to demolish and rebuild costs more compared to simply repairing/renovating. However, there are a number of circumstances when spending more on building demolition and rebuilding a structure makes good sense.
Below are a few situations when a knock-down rebuild is the way to go.
When the current building doesn't meet your present demand for space.
Over time, your building may become too small and you may not have adequate space to keep all your belongings. If you have outgrown your current space, remediation of your damaged building via repair/renovation alone won't do much to resolve your problem. If anything, it will only improve the functionality and aesthetics of your space.
Tearing down and rebuilding your building, on the other hand, will provide you with the perfect chance to put up a bigger space, as you will be able to construct a structure that matches your present demand for functional space. The best part is that you will be able to maintain your local address.
When there is a need to build a 'greener' building.
As more people and businesses across the globe learn about the concept of 'green' construction, there is an increase in the number of old damaged buildings being torn down and reconstructed to pave way for the construction of new, more eco-friendly buildings. From an ecological perspective, knock-down and rebuild projects presents the perfect opportunity for building owners to go green.
When the cost of repair/renovation is relatively high.
As mentioned earlier, one of the principal reasons to avoid demolition is to save on costs, so if remediation via repair/remodeling is also going to cost a lot of money, building owners might be better off knocking down and rebuilding after all.
When there is a need to try new architectural designs.
Building designs have evolved over the years and old building owners looking to try new architectural designs can take advantage of this trend by opting to knock down and rebuild their buildings.
As you can see, there are some good reasons to consider undertaking a knockdown and rebuild project instead of a renovation for a building that has been damaged. Before making a final decision, it is important that you hire a professional damage contractor to determine the extent of damage on your building.