When thinking about your forever home, you should never have to choose between sacrificing the perfect house or the ideal location. This is where opting for a tear down/rebuild can give you the best of both worlds. Whether choosing this option for your existing home or buying an older home and starting fresh, you can have the property you love and create a house you love to match. It can seem daunting to feel like you’re starting from scratch, but this process varies from new construction in a few key ways that can make it a much more simple process than you may think, especially when you have an expert remodeling contractor there to guide you.
A teardown/rebuild differs from new construction in that you’re not starting with a completely blank slate. When we tear down the existing home, we are left with some pre-build concerns already taken care of, like the foundation remaining and being useable and already having access to utilities. These things speed up the process and can potentially save you a lot of money upfront. Demolishing the house, or even just a section of it in the case of a partial tear down, can be useful if the existing home has any safety concerns, such as mold, rot, outdated wiring or plumbing, or even foundation issues which would then be more easily accessed and addressed. A teardown also allows you more freedom to change the style and layout of the home to fit your needs and taste.
Remodeling is great option if you only need to alter a smaller portion of the house, but if you’re trying to work around a layout that just doesn’t function for your needs, it can save more money to start fresh. Such was the case for the family of this project in the beautiful Queen Anne area of Seattle.
These homeowners inherited their grandparents’ house, and when the project first began, they had planned an extensive remodel- updating anything that needed to be brought up to code, expanding the main level and creating a large second story addition. They had a clear idea of what they wanted in their home, but as the design phase progressed, it was decided that doing a tear down rebuild would be the best option to get more elements from their wish list for the same, if not lower, cost.
With the new plan to rebuild the entire home, there was much more room to play with unique features and materials. In the kitchen, the homeowners decided to have fun with color and add a pop of a custom blue shade on their lower cabinets, with classic white uppers including a decorative range hood cover, and gold hardware. They carried on with the blue theme by using bold patterned wallpaper in the powder bathroom.
The primary suite has its own balcony with stunning tongue and groove cedar soffits encasing large skylights, none of which would have been possible to do in the original home. In the ensuite bathroom there are many features to make it feel like the owner’s retreat, since we were no longer limited by square footage. The spacious shower stands out with a stylish black grid design on its glass doors. The homeowners decided to go with a curbless shower base, which can be tricky to retrofit in an existing home, but was made possible since the whole space got be designed with such minimal limitations. This feature allows the floor tile to flow uninterrupted through the space, which is both visually appealing and eliminates the tripping hazard of a curbed shower edge.
The living room consists of an open floorplan- perfect for entertaining and keeping an eye on little ones. We were able to create tall ceilings, adorned with crown molding and wood beams, coordinating with the floating shelves beside the wood burning fireplace and wet bar. These elements make this new space have an instantly cozy and welcoming effect. One can step in, kick off their shoes at the bench seat in the entry, and unwind in a home that feels casual, yet polished.
Many of these elements would not have been possible to incorporate in the previous home, so the owners would have had to compromise their design, their budget, or possibly both. In this case, a teardown/rebuild was the perfect option for these homeowners, and while it can seem overwhelming to start fresh, it is also an opportunity to consider everything you want in your home without limitations.