Not ready to rebuild just yet? 9 things you can do right now

Feb 2, 2017

custom homes canberra

If you’re planning to do a knock down rebuild of your current house at some point in the future, you may think there’s nothing to be done right now.

However, there are a number of steps you can take to prepare – and some of them are a whole lot of fun!

Get yourself on the fast track to a successful knock down rebuild by starting these 9 things today:

1. Get DA Approval

Did you know that DA approval can last for two years? And even after the two years, you may be able to request an extension.

Considering how often planning fees and regulations change, it can be a good idea to bite the bullet and get your approval now.

Not sure if you need approval? Contact us for a free consult.

2. Nip trees in the bud

Removing or significantly changing a large, established tree often requires an application to local authorities (even when it is on your block of land).

In the ACT, regulated trees are considered to be:

  • 12m or higher (or have a canopy 12m or wider) and/or
  • Have a trunk circumference of 1.5m or more, 1m above ground level

You may not think much of a medium-sized tree in your backyard now, but when you are ready to knock down and rebuild it may have grown into a significantly-sized (and therefore regulated) tree.

If you know you will not want the tree later, keep it pruned or remove it now.

Be careful not to prune or remove trees on nature strips as these are the property of the ACT government. You can request tree pruning or report an issue with a nature strip or parkland tree by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

3. Start growing new trees and plants

If you have a desire for big, beautiful trees or new plants in the backyard of your newly-built home, plant them now!

Trees can take years to become established and are usually much cheaper to buy when they are only a metre or so tall. Buying them later could cost 3 or 4 times the amount, and there is still a chance they could die (as larger trees can find it more difficult to establish their roots than younger trees).

4. Avoid replacements

If your hot water system or air conditioning unit is getting old, the last thing you want to do is have to buy a new one right before you’re about to demolish your house!

Keep on top of maintenance schedules for your appliances and systems so you avoid the tricky decision of whether to replace or wait for your new home to be built.

5. Save on additions

If you don’t think you can brave another Canberra winter without ducted heating but know it will be installed during your build, there are a few extra measures you can take in the meantime to get you through.

Purchase an oil or similarly cost-effective heater and keep windows and internal doors closed on cold days. Open blinds (and thoroughly wash all doors and windows) that face north, so you allow the maximum amount of sunlight to penetrate the house.

6. Repair

Seal cracks and use temporary fixes for parts of the house that are on its last legs.

If you know you’re going to be rebuilding it can be tempting to let it fall to pieces, but the last thing you need is to be put in a position to start the new home before you are ready.

7. Clean house

While you are rebuilding you will likely move into some form of temporary accommodation and need to put some of your belongings in storage.

Look for ways to downsize your storage requirements now, by getting rid of anything unwanted.

8. Paint!

Picking paint colours can be really tricky, and if you get it wrong it can be very expensive to change.

Choose a wall or two in your current home and go paint crazy! Try a few different colours and see how you like them. If you don’t, you can always paint it white and start again. By the time it comes to picking paint colours for your new home, you’ll know exactly what you want.

9. Think about design

Don’t waste the time you have now by putting off thoughts about the design of your new home.

If something really bothers you about your current home, write it down. If you get some home improvement inspiration, draw it up. There is nothing worse than imagining the perfect home for years and then forgetting everything you want in the excitement of starting your build!

If you would like any more information about planning or preparing for your knock down rebuild, please call Rosin Bros for a friendly, obligation-free chat on 62 47 4799 or email

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