It’s all a facade… a brick facade!

So what is your house really made of? Sure, it seems like a simple case of taking a look at your home (I mean everyone knows what bricks or wood looks like, right? ) but as the old saying goes, looks can be deceiving. Houses are often designed to look like they are made from one thing, while actually being made from another. A great example of this is homes with a brick facade. 

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Brick facade, otherwise known as brick veneer, is often cheaper than solid brick or double brick walls and provides the same aesthetic benefits and often better insulation. It’s the style and durability of brick at a portion of the cost. 

Unlike a solid brick wall, which structurally is of importance and holds up the house, brick facade is held up by the house. In brick facade the bricks are essentially siding and are placed on flashing in front of a wood or fibro frame. 


As the name suggests, brick facade is all about giving the illusion that the entire dwelling is made from brick, and when done well it appears indistinguishable from a solid brick wall. Although this is certainly great for aesthetics, brick facade can make for complications when it comes demolition time as one of our recent demo projects proves!

A particularly creative application of brick facade

A particularly creative application of brick facade

This particular brick facade job was so well done that the house was thought to be a solid brick house with interior floating panels. It wasn’t until our asbestos removal crew started to remove the asbestos panels from inside the laundry at the back of the dwelling that they realised the entire home wasn’t brick at all -  it was an asbestos clad fibro home with a brick facade. 

Our crew in action, removing the brick facade to expose the asbestos fibre boards. 

Our crew in action, removing the brick facade to expose the asbestos fibre boards. 

As we’ve talked about in previous blog posts, the asbestos removal process is tedious and labour intensive. In order to remove asbestos safely and in line with Australian asbestos removal regulations, each piece of asbestos panelling must be individually removed with minimal damage, wrapped in plastic and placed in a skip. 

In this case, the only way to get to the exterior asbestos paneling was to remove each brick by hand. This unfortunately meant that the demolition job became more involved and labour intensive than initially anticipated. Regardless, our skilled asbestos removal crew was up to the task!


Asbestos awareness month 2017 kicks off today!

Today marks the first day of National Asbestos Awareness month, an annual month long campaign to educate the Australian public on the dangers of asbestos and how to best manage any asbestos they might have in their home. 

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Australians have a reputation for punching above our weight on the world stage. Whether it be in sport, the creative arts or agriculture, it is not uncommon for Australia to be near the head of the pack. However, one area where we don’t want to be leading is in the amount of people suffering from asbestos related disease

That’s right, Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos related disease in the world. This is even more concerning when you remember that asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003. In fact, rather than on the decline, the instance of asbestos related disease is actually on the increase in Australia. 

So, why is this happening? Well, even though most Australians are aware that asbestos is dangerous, individuals are still continuing to maintain or renovate their homes without realising they are exposing themselves to deadly asbestos fibres. Most at risk are home renovators and tradesmen. 

The theme of this year’s National Asbestos Awareness month is Renovating? Go Slow! Asbestos it’s a No Go, a catchy reminder of the importance of checking for asbestos before going ahead with home maintenance or a renovation project. 

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Throughout the month Asbestos Awareness Ambassadors, like renovation guru Cherie Barber, television presenter Don Burke, and actor John Jarratt, will be hitting social media, television and the airwaves to get this important message out. 

Additionally, local councils will be holding events, Blue Lamington drives will be held to raise money for the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, and BETTY - the mobile asbestos education house - will be touring Tasmania. 

It is vital asbestos is only removed and disposed of by trained professionals. 

It is vital asbestos is only removed and disposed of by trained professionals. 

At Home Demolitions we regularly remove asbestos from homes all over Sydney. As a result we understand both the dangers and the importance of removing and disposing of it safely and are committed to helping to spread asbestos awareness and education.

For more information you can check out the offical National Asbestos Awareness month website.

Sediment control and the demolition process

When undertaking a knock-down rebuild "or any demolitions project" it is important that the potential impact to the environment is carefully managed. Activities that need be undertaken to reduce environmental impact include:

  • Removing and safely disposing of any asbestos
  • Removing and safely disposing of any lead based paint and piping
  • Recovering and recycling any reusable materials such as bricks and tiles
  • Having a sediment control plan to prevent the spread of material beyond the site

One of the most important, and often overlooked, activities on this list is sediment control. 

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During the demolition process land and soil becomes disturbed, accelerating erosion and increasing the potential for sediment to be spread beyond the site, usually due to heavy rain. This can lead to sediment ending up on the road or working its way into local waterways, causing pollution.
The aim of sediment control is to prevent this from happening by implementing measures to keep the eroded sediment on the site. 
Not only is proper sediment control the environmentally responsible thing to do, it is also required by law. Under section 120 of the 1997 Protection of the Environment Operations Act heavy fines can be imposed for allowing soil, mud, cement washings or other sediment to be in a position where it is likely to be washed into a storm water drain. 

Failure to comply with your local council's sediment control requirements can result in huge fines

Although fines vary from council to council, penalties for not complying with sediment control and erosion regulations can start anywhere from $8,000. In Ryde Council, fines are particularly harsh and can reach a maximum of $250,000 for home owners and $1,000,000 for corporations. Minor offences can also elicit on the spot fines from council rangers. 

Some councils require a sediment control plan; a document in which you provide information about what sediment control methods you intend to use on your demolition site. 

The amount of sediment control measures required depends on a handful of factors such as soil type, the slope of the site, the extent of the soil disturbance, the climate and season, and, the size and location of the site. 

An example of sediment control fencing

An example of sediment control fencing

Depending on the site, Geo fabric sediment control fencing can be a straightforward way of making sure soil and sediment doesn’t get washed away off the demolition site. The fencing is set up on the side the land tapers and works like a filter; allowing water to pass through while trapping soil, clay, sand and other sediment. 

What kind of roof is over your head? Part two: Style

The roof over your head has a bigger impact on your home than you might think! Last time we took a look at the various materials roofs can be made out of and how this can impact your home. This time around we are choosing style over substance by taking a look at some common roof designs. 

An example of a hipped roof.

An example of a hipped roof.

The style of your roof is more than just cosmetics, it can impact everything from maintenance to heating costs. So, with that in mind, lets take a look at some of the common roof styles available: 

  • Hipped - The most popular roof type in Australia, a hipped roof has all its sides sloping down towards the walls.  The sides of a hipped roof are usually, although not always, on a gentle slope. 
  • Skillion - a skillion roof consists of a single sloping roof.
  • Gabled - Easily recognised by a striking triangular shape, gabled roofs consists of two pitched sides attached to a triangle shaped wall. 
  • Flat - The name says it all! Some ambitious homeowners turn their flat roofs into ‘green roofs’ by covering them fully, or partially, with vegetation. 
  • Sawtooth - A sawtooth roof consists of multiple ridges with each side consisting of one short vertical side and one long pitched side. Sawtooth roofs were once only used in factories and industrial spaces but have recently gained popularity among homeowners for the large amount of light they let in. 
Hipped roofs are always popular choice. 

Hipped roofs are always popular choice. 

Although roof styles do vary greatly, they can be divided into two fairly broad categories: flat and pitched. 

Flat roofs are generally cheaper to construct and can make for a striking architectural feature. They are also easy to access and can double as outdoor entertaining areas, or in the case of a ‘green roof’, even a garden. However, due to their flat shape, flat roofs require more maintenance to ensure they don’t get clogged with leaves and other debris. Flat roofs also make any future changes to wiring and plumbing more expensive and time consuming.

Flat roofs may be eye catching but they can can lead to increased maintenance costs. 

Flat roofs may be eye catching but they can can lead to increased maintenance costs. 

Although not as striking, pitched roofs generally provide builders with more options when making changes to a house and usually require less maintenance. 

Finally, something else to consider with roofing is the colour. It may seem like a fairly minor detail, but colour greatly effects the ability of your roof to absorb or reflect heat. For example,  regardless of the material it is made from, darker roofing absorbs more heat while lighter colours reflect it. 

This affects your house’s ability to absorb or keep out the heat which in turn has a huge effect on heating and cooling costs. For this reason it is usually better to have a roof with a lighter colour; however, if your heart is set on a darkly coloured roof than installing insulation blankets and insulation batts can help to mitigate the heat absorption (as long as it's not Mr Fluffy!). 

What kind of roof is over your head? Part one: Material matters

Chris Edgar from the Master Builder’s association of South Australia recently spoke to ABC radio Adelaide to discuss the various advantages and disadvantages of different roofing styles and materials … and it turns out there is a lot to consider!

So much in fact, that we have decided to dedicate two blog posts to the topic. This first post will take a look at some of the different types of roofing material available, their associated pro's and cons; and toxic materials that could be hiding in your roof. 

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Sure, it might seem like a fairly inconsequential decision, but the reality is the material making up the roof over your head can have a surprisingly large, and sometimes unexpected, impact on your home.

Some of the available roofing solutions include:

  • Shingles, which are thin pieces of wood, slate, concrete or fibre cement. 
  • Thatched roofing made up of dried plant material. Although seldom used in modern housing, thatched roofs remain a popular choice for outdoor structures like pergolas. 
  • Flat form concrete, which is treated with an additive to make it waterproof. 
  • Tiles, usually made of terracotta or concrete.
  • Tin sheeting, this usually refers to corrugated iron or steel roofing.

In Australia only two of these options have actually seen widespread use and popularity: tiles and tin. As Chris Edgar pointed out in the previously mentioned interview, each of these two options has their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Tiles vs. Tin: Which roof reigns supreme?

Tiles vs. Tin: Which roof reigns supreme?

Tin is lightweight and highly versatile, making it the ideal choice if you want to build a curved or irregular shaped roof. However, it does lack the lifespan and visual appeal of tiles. 

Tiles, on the other hand, can last as long as 50 years and look stunning, particularly terracotta tiles. Tiles also win out when it comes to heat regulation -  they absorb heat during the day and gradually release it during the night. 

That said, tiles are not without their drawbacks. They are exceedingly heavy and need to be placed on a pitch angled between 18 and 22 degrees, unlike tin roofing which can be placed at a variety of angles. Concrete tiles can also loose their colour over time as usually only the surface of the tile is painted. 

If you are purchasing a home with the intention of knocking it down to rebuild later, there is yet another factor to consider, namely disposal of the roofing materials.

Due to its light weight, tin can be left on the structure during demolition, requiring minimal labour. Unlike tin, tiles must be removed before the demolition of the structure can take place. Tiles can be recycled, however removing them in tact is tedious and time consuming.

If your house has fibro cement shingles on the roof there is a chance that they could contain asbestos. Asbestos fibre shingles are often mistaken for slate, and like other asbestos products they need to be carefully removed by trained professionals. Unfortunately this is where things get a bit complicated; in addition to the price of hiring professionals to carefully remove the shingles you also have to pay for the cost of asbestos disposal -  roughly 30 cents a kilo.

Although they might look like slate, these shingles are actually made out of asbestos fibre and cement. 

Although they might look like slate, these shingles are actually made out of asbestos fibre and cement. 

Asbestos isn’t the only hazard that a roof can hide; toxic lead dust can gather in the roof cavity and must be removed before demolition can take place. This is where tiles are advantageous, as a few tiles can easily be removed in order to create a gap to syphon the lead dust out of. 

Well, there you have it, a quick into the world of roofing materials. Join us for the next instalment, when we take a look at different types of roof styles.

Early warning signs of termite infestation

They might be tiny, but a termite infestation is a huge problem -  especially when it is your house on the menu. Commonly known as white ants, subterranean termites, are highly organised and interdependent creatures that are capable of eating through the wall and roofing of a newly constructed home within three months. If nothing else you have to admire their efficiency!

Although well known for their timber eating abilities, only one type of termite in the colony is actually capable of digesting wood: the humble worker termite. Worker termites do this thanks to a symbiotic organism in their gut, called a protozoa, and regurgitate the processed food to the other termites in the nest. When venturing outside of the nest, worker termites travel in mud tubes to protect themselves from their ancient enemy, the ant!

Artist's impression of Termite/ Ant rivalry 

Artist's impression of Termite/ Ant rivalry 

Termites thrive in warm, humid conditions, so with that in mind it is not surprising that Sydney is a termite hotspot. Although they favour built up urban areas, all of Sydney is at high risk of termite infestation, particularly those properties in close proximity to gum trees. 

Sydney homes are at high risk of termite infestation - map provided by CSIRO

Sydney homes are at high risk of termite infestation - map provided by CSIRO

An infestation is a serious matter, since, as mentioned before, termites can eat through wood with incredible speed causing significant and irreparable structural damage. Such damage can even, in the worst cases, lead to spontaneous collapse - as recently happened to a termite ridden carport in Hawaii. 

This carport has certainly seen better days. 

This carport has certainly seen better days. 

It is worth knowing that most insurance policies don’t cover terminate infestations as they are viewed as a preventable problem related to home maintenance. 

So what can I do to prevent termites from infesting my home? Well, since hiring a rag-tag gang of ant mercenaries to patrol your house for termites isn’t exactly possible, a better option is to keep an eye out for signs of termite infestation.

Things to look out for include:

  • Mud tubes, which are small tunnels made from soil running along the outside of your house
  • Tiny holes in wood
  • Small cracks in wood
  • Termite dung, these look more like sawdust than actual droppings.
A mud tube -  a common sign of termite infestation. 

A mud tube -  a common sign of termite infestation. 

Unfortunately, early detection and extermination isn’t much use if your house has already taken irreversible structural damage due to termites. If the structure has been weakened beyond repair then only one option remains: demolition. As well as disposing of the termite infested structure and materials, demolishing allows you to start again on a blank, termite-free slate. 


How much does it cost to demolish a house with asbestos?

If your house was built between 1920 through to 1990 there’s a good chance it contains asbestos. While some houses, like the humble fibro shack, wear their asbestos loud and proud, other homes have been renovated to conceal any asbestos. A preliminary site inspection can help to determine if and where any asbestos is located. 

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Regardless of where the asbestos is located in your house, it is important that it is disposed of correctly.  Unfortunately, this process is fairly time consuming as each element containing asbestos must be carefully removed, wrapped and then gently placed in a skip for proper disposal. Although tedious, there is no other way to safely remove unwanted asbestos (is there any other kind?). For this reason asbestos costs roughly three times the amount to remove as other building materials. The removed asbestos is then taken to a specialised site and disposed of. It costs roughly 30 cents to dispose of one kilo of asbestos (about $330 a tonne).

Fibro boards like these contain asbestos and are usually hidden between wood and plaster. 

Fibro boards like these contain asbestos and are usually hidden between wood and plaster. 

I get it, asbestos is expensive and time consuming to remove, but how much will it actually cost to demolish an asbestos clad home? Unfortunately, there is no straight forward figure as the presence of asbestos is just one of the many factors that can impact the price of a home demolition. Generally speaking, demolishing a one story family home containing asbestos will cost somewhere between $15,000 to $22,000; however, this number will vary greatly depending on other factors such as the material the house is made out of and the amount of asbestos present. 

The easiest way to get an accurate picture of how much you need to spend to knock down a house containing asbestos is to fill out our simple quote request tool. This takes just a couple of minutes and will allow our friendly staff to provide you with an accurate and obligation free quote.

Old sheds like this often have roofs made out of 'Super Six', a product that contains asbestos.

Old sheds like this often have roofs made out of 'Super Six', a product that contains asbestos.

All quotes include the cost of an asbestos certificate, which is required by council and builders in order for new construction to commence on the site of your demolished home. 

Demolition, Development Applications and Councils

With 30 different local government areas in The Sydney Metropolitan Area, each with their own specific twists and variances to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979) - it's no wonder that the process of applying to knock down a house to build a new one seems daunting to say the least. With approximately 18,000 new developments being approved in NSW over the past year alone, it's surprising that no one has yet managed to streamline the rigmarole of managing development, particularly for straight forward residential structures.

Demolition in Sydney and Council

Defined as ‘development’ under the aforementioned NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act; Demolition of just about any structure technically requires consent of local Council. Exceptions are made for authorised works that fall into the category of ‘exempt development’, ‘complying development’ or under a Council Order.
Some demolition work is permitted under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 as ‘complying development’. If you meet all requirements of the SEPP for ‘complying development’ you can lodge a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) Application with most Councils or an Accredited Certifier

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In saying all of this however, the exact specifics as to what may fall under The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) (2008) is a subjective matter open to many avenues of interpretation - read through the entire document here. Further, the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act of 1979, as the year suggests is a little antiquated to say the least, with the majority of definitions pertaining directly to development of properties on "Crown Land" - so what does this mean for you, the aspiring developer, who knows? 

"Crown property! I think not"  - Skippy the Kangaroo

"Crown property! I think not" 
- Skippy the Kangaroo

Asbestos Cladded Fibro Homes: The demolition process.



Depending on the particular style of your home, whether it be double brick, vener, timber or a fibro shack - certain preliminary site works will need to be undertaken to ensure efficiency and safety throughout the duration of the demolition process. 
At the top of this to do list comes the removal of any asbestos containing elements or fittings of the house, commonly Australian homes built from 1940 through to 1990 will contain asbestos products within area most susceptible to prolonged exposure to moisture or heat "think of wet area splash backs and fireplaces or stove surrounds" whilst some homes have been renovated to conceal, contain or even hide these fibre board products, some simply display their past loud and proud, as is found in the essential Australian classic, fibro shack.

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So, if any material that contains asbestos need to be removed prior to demolition, and the entire house is made out of fibro asbestos board, where does this leave you at the end of the day. Well, as seen from the images above and below, the answer is, not much!
Although painfully time consuming, there are no known alternatives to the process of carefully removing each panel individually, wrapping in a protective film and delicately placing each section in a skip for transport to a treatment facility. Whilst taking a little longer in prep work, the removal of remaining materials such as the timber frame and concrete slabs is generally pretty quick given that very little is in the way to stop the brute force of a 25 tonne excavator. 

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KnockDown Rebuild,

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So, you're looking to demolish a house with the sole intention of building a new one in it's place, or what is known to those in the industry as a knock down rebuild "abbreviated as KDR in some circles" but aren't sure where to start? It's more than understandable that many might find the process confusing and tiresome, given the complexity of the project and hey, it's not something people do everyday, in fact, it's something that few people will ever do in a lifetime -but don't let that stop you from having the home of your dreams.

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Whilst there is a wealth of information and first hand experiences shared across various channels of the internet, the majority of these articles look at the process from a builders perspective with little regard for the course of demolition beforehand. Granted, the process of building a new house may seem more interesting and is thus more commonly discussed than the demolishing an old one but in reality, order of operations means that you simply cannot start building your new home until the old one comes down. 

Rebuild after Demolition

Interestingly enough, there are very few companies that actually provide a complete demolition and build package with most businesses focusing on one or the other, although it may seem logical and cost effective for a business to provide both services, the truth is that it's just too much to handle, with each stage off the project requiring a different set of permits, resources and skilled workers - the care and level of attention required to complete both tasks to perfection are better orchestrated from two seperate approaches. There is however a cross over of tasks that are somewhat universal and can be performed by either contractor, works such as excavation, benching, levelling and importing or exporting fill from the block can be actioned by either the builder or demolisher (there are even companies that specialise solely in excavation if you should so wish to employ additional contractors) and so it definitely pays to check provisions within the scope of works from all parties to your project to ensure that 1) you're not paying for the same service twice 2) you're getting the most competitive rate possible. 

Demolish to build new

You may be thinking "how complex can it really be to demolish a house?" and the straight answer is, not too complex, but it is an art that takes many years of practice to get right. Whilst the average consumer may not be entirely fussed about the particulate size of matter left on site, the gradient of the land or the depth to which a tree stump has been ground, the builder that you've engaged certainly does and thus is imperative that the demolishers that you contract have a good understanding and working relationship with the builders of your new home. Remembering that most builders will simply stop work if any element of the site is not to their individual standards. The average cost of demolishing a structure is generally no more than 2% of the total build cost and with approvals to build new dwellings often times being much easier to obtain than that to demolish an existing one, maybe it's about time that we all start giving a little more attention to the demolition befor getting too carried away with the rebuild phase of development.

Pool's Closed

It's the first day of Winter - What better reason to get rid of your old swimming pool "and entire house" because really, who wants to go swimming in Sydney's icy cold weather?
Bbbbb.......But cant you just fill the pool in with soil? Sure, if you want a giant un-drainable muddy swamp. What about demolishing the pool, leaving the concrete and adding a top layer with clean fill, great idea, just as long as you don't plan on building anything on the site ever again.

Deciduous leaves falling means it's time to get out of the pool #winter

Deciduous leaves falling means it's time to get out of the pool #winter

If your'e considering a knock down rebuild but aren't too sure whether you want to keep your pool or do away with it with the rest of the house, contact Home Demolitions today for answers pertaining to all of your swimming pool related queeries.

Demolition; 2015.

Om nom nom #CerealKiller

Om nom nom #CerealKiller

We all know Jake Gyllenhaal, he's starred in a tonne of classic films such as Bubble Boy and the ever nonsensical Donnie Darko. Although having not personally known of it, or knowing anyone that has, there is apparently a film from 2015 starring Gyllenhaal with the title: Demolition.

You want five hundred dolluh?

You want five hundred dolluh?

Not to be confused with the 1993 Snipes vs Stallone dystopian blockbuster Demolition Manthis recent drama film is about a man that loses a loved one which results in the entirety of his life being questioned. Dealing with complex thoughts and emotions, Gyllenhaal the main character finds solace in dismantling various items around his home which eventually leads to demolishing the whole house. 



The movie itself scores a 7/10 on IMDB and even won a couple of small film festival awards. Although saddened that this film doesn't focus on the Demolition aspect of things "we would have loved to have seen a 20 tonne excavator become a plot twisting love interest" it may be worth a watch if you're a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal or director Jean-Marc Vallée "notable for directing some film called Loser Love?"

The most demolished house - EVER

Recognise this image? Well, chances are that you've seen it quite a few times already. Maybe not this exact photo; as this is Home Demolitions' attempt to photoshop the excavator demolishing the house out of the image.

Recognise this image? Well, chances are that you've seen it quite a few times already. Maybe not this exact photo; as this is Home Demolitions' attempt to photoshop the excavator demolishing the house out of the image.

The original in all it's glory.

The original in all it's glory.

This particular photograph is the graphic representation of over 85 companies around the world, 5 of which are located here in Sydney! So, why is it just so darn popular? Well, obviously it depicts a house being demolished and the machinery being used has no branding or business affiliation, so basically anyone can say "yup, thats me" but this is also a clue as to the actual origins of this picture. 

Just a couple thousand websites hosting the image as their own.

Theres actually quite a few things that are a little bit unusual going on in the scene, as mentioned above, the excavator has no branding or corporate decals, this is usually one of the first things a business will do with their equipment, heck, If you're going to spend a couple hundred thousand dollars, it may as well look cool right! Further more, the house itself is certainly no typical rendition of an Australian home, nor is it American, in fact, if anything, it looks quite European. The other major anomaly is the fact that the building is being demolished with roofing tiles still in place (this makes grading the waste materials far more difficult as they will now be mixed in with timber and other resources) lest we not even take notice of the perfectly salvageable windows left in place. 

Now available for purchase on Shutterstock

Now available for purchase on Shutterstock

But what does it all mean? One very probably interpretation would suggest that the demolition of the house in the image was either done with little or no planning, possibly even against the will of the owner. It is also unlikely to see state or council owned machinery and equipment be decorated with insignia and branding. So is this a case of local authorities demolishing a house without consent? Possibly.

Hon Hon Hon - Démolition experte, naufrage baguette!!!

Hon Hon Hon - Démolition experte, naufrage baguette!!!

The earliest listed version (also the largest and least edited) appears on a German news and media website in an article pertaining to developers deviating from approved plans, citing that the image itself depicts the demolition of four 2 storey townhouses which were constructed under the guise of approval for one single storey home. The Niedersächsische Oberverwaltungsgericht "German High Court" deemed the structures illegal and ordered their destruction at cost to the developer. A specific address and details of the builder are mentioned in some of the ensuing court documents, however our understanding of the German language isn't really up to speed and thus deciphering the information has been difficult. If anyone reading this Sprechen Sie Deutsch, feel free to peruse some articles here - and let us know what it all means!



Demolition Secrets

As one of the only companies in the demolition industry to operate in a completely transparent fashion; Home Demolitions was recently selected to represent the Australian Demolition market in a not too distant piece for SBS's program Small Business Secrets. The upcoming insight covers an array of consumer focused questions and shares knowledge to both the demolition process but also the means in which it is performed and details some of the often overlooked components that make demolishing a house possible.

Demolition man!

Stay tuned to SBS this coming June to get a glimpse of what it's like to plan and execute a typical demolition project in Sydney's inner suburbs.

How much does it cost to demolish a house?

Hypotenuse, Pythagoras - aaaargh, just knock down my house!

Hypotenuse, Pythagoras - aaaargh, just knock down my house!

"How much will it cost to demolish my house?" ~ Great question!
Well, if you're reading this, it's most likely that you're trying to get a rough idea on the cost of demolishing your existing house "presumably to build a new one" because, let's face it, there's a whole heap of varied information across the internet but not a lot of definitive answers.
But why is that? Well, the cost of demolishing any structure is subject to a multitude of variables which can dramatically dictate the total cost of the project, for example, asbestos contaminated materials are not only more labor intensive to remove, requiring the employment of trained professionals but also costs approximately 3 times as much to safely dispose of in contrast to other materials like concrete or timber. Other factors range from the particular gradient of the property, the existence of established trees or plants, the placement of essential services like water, gas and electricity through to the properties proximity to the nearest recycling or disposal facility.
"Gosh! Just tell me a price." Anywhere from $10,000 to $80,000, these are the extremes of either end but for your average Sydney 3 bedroom home, you will be looking at around fifteen to twenty thousand dollars. 
You may be a couple years off beginning your new development, heck - you may not even have purchased a house yet but it's always better off knowing what you're getting yourself into because lets face it, you cant build your dream home until you remove the existing structures from your land. 
Our simple online quote request tool takes just a couple of minutes to complete and enables our staff to give a fast and accurate quote based upon our many years of experience and knowledge. Feel free to request your obligation free quote today!

PCYC: Time 4 Kids

The New South Wales Police Citizens Youth Club's latest fundraising initiative focused towards at risk youth has seen all nature of Sydneysiders 'locked up' and on display in one of the cities busiest streets. All week figures of Sydney from Football legends through to pop icons have been detained with appointed bail sums determined for the safe release of each identity. So when Home Demolitions found out that long term friend, Peter Driscoll had bail set at five thousand dollars we were more than happy to let him spend some time in a public holding cell. Eventually (several hours later hahahaha) Home Demolitions mustered up a cheque that would eventually lead to Peter's freedom.  Feel free to check out the donations and sponsorship page to help this great cause reach it's goal. 

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How To Crack A Safe: The Easy Way

Easy Safe cracking

Home Demolitions comes across personal safes and even commercial grade security lockups on a regular basis, the reason being that safes are notoriously heavy objects, often weighing in excess of hundreds of kilograms and so, many people simply opt to have the old heaving hulks of steel dealt with by a 20 tonne excavator. This particular safe however was already damaged and was no longer serviceable rendering it nothing more than an extremely awkward paper weight.