Replacement Dwelling, Old bungalow replaced with new Potton self build home

Replacement Dwellings

Have you found a plot with a property already on? Or are you considering replacing your existing home with a new build? We can help...

Replacing an existing house is increasing becoming one of the most popular ways to build your own home. In fact, around 40% of Potton customers prefer this route to build. Building plots are notoriously hard to locate, finding a plot with an existing dwelling and re-building on it provides a plausible route for many. Planning policies generally allow one dwelling to be replaced with another, often of increased size.

Advantages of replacement dwellings

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  • You can often build a home much bigger than the existing house depending upon the local development policy and permitted development rights– Potton’s planning appraisal service can help with this
  • There’s more of them around so finding a suitable plot may be easier
  • Starting again will give you architectural freedom to create a home that suits your needs and is more energy efficient
  • Mains services are readily available and by using these, connection costs are likely to be very reasonable
  • Access to the plot is established and therefore highways issues such as the provision of visibility splays are unlikely to be a problem
  • Demolition is actually quite inexpensive and much of the material such as crushed brick and concrete can be reused in your new build.

Demolition of the old dwelling

Often people are planning to renovate or extend their home when they consider demolition as an alternative route. Demolishing an existing home and replacing it with a new one is a great way to achieve the home you really want. Although Potton wouldn't carry out the demolition process, there are many companies who can offer this service and demolition is typically inexpensive.

What else needs to be considered?

In deciding whether to replace an existing house with your dream home, the best place to start is to make sure your plans are commercially viable.

It's a bit of a myth that the house you are buying holds the value and often, especially with dilapidated properties in good areas, the value remains with the plot and knocking down the house will make no difference to its worth.

That said, you should consult a qualified valuer to make sure this is the case before you commit to buy!
 

Before you buy the plot...

Have a good idea of what you want and how you want to builld. At this stage, you don't need firm plans but just enough information to be able to work out the end value and construction cost of a suitable new home.

Our Ideas Book and Price Guide are great tools to help you do this - Download them here. 
 

Don't forget...

When you build a new home, you can also reclaim most of the 20% VAT which is a significant saving compared with carrying out an extensive refurbishment which does not have the same benefit.

Once you understand the value of the plot and the cost to build, you can simply add these together and compare them to the finiished value to make sure your project is viable. Hopefully, as many of Potton's customers discover, you will find a healthy level of equity and will want to get started by working with Potton's Architectural designers to create and individual house design that complements you and your plot perfectly.
 

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