Home Files Podcast Episode 1: The KDR Journey Begins

by Carlisle Homes


Love your location but not the house you’re living in? Listen to the Home Files Podcast series and discover if a Knockdown Rebuild is right for you!

The Home Files Podcast series taps into the insights and expertise of a range of property gurus to discuss all things Knockdown Rebuild (KDR). If you’re building (or thinking of building) your dream home, this is one show you won’t want to miss!

In this series, the talented founders of top-rated podcast Lady-Brains, Caitlin Judd and Anna Mackenzie, will bring you the ultimate guide to knocking down an existing dwelling and building your dream home. They’ll teach you everything you need to know about the process – including all those small but important details you don’t want to overlook.

In our first episode (which you can listen to here), Caitlin and Anna do a deep dive into knockdown rebuilds, with the help of real estate expert Kosta Mesaritis from Jellis Craig and Group Sales Manager Lisa Nightingale from Carlisle Homes.


What is a Knockdown Rebuild?

A Knockdown Rebuild (aka KDR) involves demolishing your existing home and building a brand-new, energy-efficient home in its place. Alternatively, you might find a house in a neighbourhood you love and decide to replace it with your perfect home.

What are the benefits?

There are plenty of good reasons to consider a knockdown rebuild, including:

Stay where you love: Perhaps you’re happy where you’re living. The kids are settled in local schools and you have friends on the street, but your existing house is too small, dated and racks up huge power bills – and renovating just isn’t worth it. Plus, you don’t like the idea of nasty (read: costly) surprises.

Design your dream home: With a Knockdown Rebuild, you get the chance to design the perfect home tailored to you and your family – think luxe finishes, spacious rooms, seamless indoor-outdoor connection, and incredible energy efficiency.

Save money: In many cases, knocking down and starting over can be cheaper per square metre than renovating.

Plus, by staying in the same location, you won’t have any stamp duty costs or buying/selling fees.

Boost your home’s value: You get to create a modern, energy-efficient home packed with all the lifestyle features today’s buyers love.

Less hassle: If you decide to stay put and rebuild, you don’t have to go through the trouble (or cost) of selling and buying a new home.

As most of the work with a Knockdown Rebuild is done before you even move out of your home, including permits and selections, you simply move out, then move back in.


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Let us help

There are, of course, several other factors to consider with a Knockdown Rebuild, such as block size, slopes and setbacks, all of which we cover in the Home Files Podcast.

It’s good to have an expert by your side. At Carlisle Homes, we’ve had decades of experience doing Knockdown Rebuilds. We can help you source the right land, assess your existing home and block, and guide you through every step of the process – right up until the moment you walk through the front door of your brand-new home.

Contact our team today to find out more.

Tune into our Home Files Podcast here to discover everything you need to know about the Knockdown Rebuild process and how it can help you achieve the home of your dreams.


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