So You Want To Demolish A House Part Two: Development Approval And Service Disconnection

For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can effect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition!

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For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can affect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition. 

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Carbon Nanotubes, also known as CNTs, can be commonly found in household electrical appliances, bicycle equipment, and even tennis rackets! 

The material is prized for its conductivity - which is ten times that of copper- and its tensile strength - 100 times that of steel - so it’s not surprising that many have dubbed Carbon Nanotubes a ‘Wonder Material’.

Demolition and the Environment

A common misconception about the demolition industry, and by extension those that work in it, is that demolition contractors have little concern for the environment.

Demolition and the NBN

So, you're one of the lucky ones that has access to the NBN. You can get your cat videos extra fast, downloads done in a jiffy and dominate at online games without risk of lag. But what happens when it is time to demolish your NBN enabled property?

The most memorable demolition jobs from 2017.

It's hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner!

That's right, Christmas 2017 is less than a week away which means soon the new year will be upon us. Although no one knows for sure what the future holds, the Home Demolitions crew are pretty confident that 2018 will bring with it plenty more houses to demolish!

How Long Does It Take To Demolish A House?

Aside from costs, one of the most common things people want to know when they are considering demolishing their home is how long it will take.

As with a lot of these general demolition questions there unfortunately isn’t a simple or  ‘one-size-fits-all' style answer.

Blocks of land are back, baby!

Is the Sydney housing bubble over? This was a question on many people’s mind after housing prices suffered a drop of 0.1 percent in September, the first time housing prices have dropped since April last year. 

Sure, housing prices may have peaked but the Sydney property market’s time in the sun is far from over. What is occurring is a shift in what home buyers want and what is in high demand is changing. 

A daigram explaining the current state of the Sydney property market.

A daigram explaining the current state of the Sydney property market.

An ABS study has found that although overall lending decreased by 5.3 percent in September, the amount of loans written to buy a clean block of land has been increasing. September saw loans for a block of land reach a new record high of almost $8 billion. 

That’s right, clean blocks of land are back and in a big way!

Here at Home Demolitions we have always been big fans of the humble clean block of land and are are excited to see Sydney home buyers discovering what we have known all along!

So why all this new found affection for the clean slate? Well, there are several factors at play…

Buying blocks of land is back!

Buying blocks of land is back!

Firstly, supply is still struggling to keep up with demand and a lot of that new supply is in the form of apartments or semi-detached dwellings. 

Although there has been an increase in people choosing to downsize their living arrangements home building continues to run at record highs suggesting that the available supply doesn’t match up with the type of housing home buyers want. To put it simply, detached dwellings are in demand and there simply aren’t enough to go round. 

The freeing up of government land in Sydney’s western suburbs has also played a role, with previously unavailable blocks of land now up for sale.

We might be biased, but we have always been big fans of a clean block of land.

We might be biased, but we have always been big fans of a clean block of land.

And finally, demand for detached housing and clean blocks to build it on has been compounded by the increasing shift toward more apartments and townhouses in all of Australia’s capital cities. This drives competition and means new homebuyers are willing to build if the type of housing they want isn’t available. 

For homeowners unhappy with their current dwelling, renovation or a knockdown rebuild are also becoming more popular as a way of avoiding high house prices and stamp duty. 

Although we are obviously biased, we advocate for demolition over renovation as it is far quicker than long term renovation and provides you with a clean foundation to build your dream home on without being beholden to what came before. There really is nothing better than a fresh start.

To get an idea of how much it might cost to demolish your home check out our price guide.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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. 

 

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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!). 

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

 

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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. 

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