Should you renovate or rebuild your home?

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Should you renovate or rebuild your home?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Which costs more and is more appropriate? A house or a gym? We put the money-saving options against one another

Can you renovate or rebuild your home? The pros and cons of each option are being questioned.

It is likely your house may be more than 30 years old, but not too old to repair, according to Benjamin Abbott, an architectural historian at University College London.

“Anyone thinking of renovating their home should be aware of that,” he said.

The home you own is a significant investment and people often feel a sense of ownership when renovating their properties.

Having children can also mean they are very involved in remodelling their living space, although, Mr Abbott says, this should not necessarily mean more work being done.

“It’s usually a decision that will be taken by parents.”

“A child or two might be interested in renovating the property and cleaning it, but then they would leave and you would have to do it yourself.”

But, to get a recommendation on renovation needs from your family, Mr Abbott says the first thing to do is to think about your budget.

“The best way to do it is to find out what it is that they enjoy. Then you can make a decision about whether you could afford to go further and a bigger investment.”

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Alternatively, he suggests thinking about how your home could be better – whether you want a sun room, or you want to create a family room.

Mr Abbott also recommends that, if there are plans to start renovating, it might be a good idea to have a serious look at how your current home is working.

He suggests keeping records of things like what flooring is over-used, why you think it looks “ugly” and whether it is too big, or old.

‘The key for any construction’

But do you know what you are going to do?

“One of the most important things is to have good information of what you need,” says Sherill Trowbridge, a building industry skills expert.

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If you are going to do a renovation, she suggests having an architect or project manager with you, who will tell you about the regulations you need to adhere to.

She says they can also point out big issues in a home you may not have thought about.

“The key for any construction – including renovation and repair – is to make sure you comply with regulations.”

She says this includes having separate bathrooms for each family member, so there are no leaks that could cause damage to the rest of the home.

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