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Why Knockdown & Rebuild
Your Site ?

Why not just buy something ready to go rather than going through the process of building? There are a number of reasons why building on your existing property is sometimes the better approach to take.  


From financial reasons to lifestyle choices, it is important to consider all the factors when deciding which approach best suits you.

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Do you love your neighbourhood but crave a modern, functional home?  Maybe your existing house feels outdated or simply doesn't meet your family's needs. A knockdown rebuild might be the perfect solution! 


If you are considering a knockdown rebuild, there are a few things you need to be aware of. While, in many ways, the process is similar to a standard new build, there are a few key differences. Here we look at what those are and the things you need to consider when planning a knockdown rebuild project.

At Carmel Homes, we believe that when it comes to your home, there should be no compromises. That's why what we call "standard" is what most others call their "premium" range. Come see why we are considered one of Melbourne's most respected builders.

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A knockdown rebuild project can overcome all these issues, helping you create the home you have always wanted. It gives you the best of both worlds – the exact design you want in the exact location you want. And all it takes to get it is a strong vision, a little creativity, and some careful planning. We go over the main things you need to think about when coming up with your knockdown rebuild plans.

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Knocking down your existing home and rebuilding on the same block can be an exhilarating endeavor, offering the chance to fashion your dream home in whatever location you wish. However, amid the excitement, it's crucial to grasp the financial implications entailed in such a transformative project. From sizing up the scale and complexity of the build to navigating local regulations and approvals, the costs associated with knockdown rebuilds are multifaceted and contingent upon numerous factors.


Carmel Homes Standard Inclusions in every
Knockdown and Rebuild Home


Solid stone splashback

Solid stone benchtops

2-pac emporite  cabinetry

Miele appliances

European oak chevron parquetry

Kitchen chandelier pendants

Butler kitchen

Custom cabinetry design

Kitchen Inclusions

Double glazing in all external doors and windows

Bathroom Inclusions

2-pac emporite  cabinetry

Solid stone benchtops

Floor to ceiling quality porcelain tiling

Fitted feature mirror

Villeroy & Boch undermount basins

Freestanding feature bathtup

Double glazing in all external doors and windows

Quality porcelain tiled floors

LED illumined recessed bathtub shelf

Grohe tapware

methven shower rail set


European oak chevron parquetry

Picture frame strapping plaster moulding

Double glazing in all external doors and windows

Feature bulkheads and delux cornices

Feature chandelier

Extensive inbuilt air-conditioning and heating

Custom inbuilt 2pac emporite cabinetry

Solid stone benchtop

3000mm high ceilings

Living Rooms Inclusions

Security system

Exterior Inclusions

Concrete tiled roof

Double glazing in all external doors and windows

Brick veneer rendered ground floor

Custom designed modern and classic facades

Remote controled garage door

Custom wrought iron entrance door

Custom front fence

Aggregate concrete feature driveway

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  • What are custom built homes?
    These are unique houses built around the specific layout and materials suggested by the client. A custom-built home reflects the architectural and functional preferences of the homeowner. For instance, if you need an extra cabinet built into the wall, you have the freedom to get it built. As opposed to pre-designed home, a made-to-order home lets you tweak the floor plan, external and interior design and many other aspects of homebuilding. These homes fully meet the needs of your family.
  • I don't have any designs or plans in mind. What do I do?​
    Every custom home is designed to meet the client's unique desires and needs. With that in mind, at Carmel Homes, we have a design and build process we like to follow. We specialise in custom home building, so we encourage you to be involved in the design of your new home – it is such a rewarding experience!
  • Can I customize my interior layout?
    Every custom home project we do is unique. We encourage our clients to be actively involved in the design, inside and out. Bring photos of your inspirations or even better, use our inhouse interior design experience.
  • Do we have to use your Architect/Designer or can we use ours?
    We have no objections to building your home from your plans and specifications. We can build anything as long as you own your design, as copyright applies.
  • How do I keep track of the progress of my custom designed home?
    We keep you up to date with your construction schedule every step of the way with a detailed report which includes images of how things are progressing. You will also have regular contact with our Directors who will be project managing the build of your home to ensure you are receiving the best possible service.
  • Is it Cheaper to Custom Build?
    A custom home builder will usually be cheaper if you are planning to knockdown and rebuild an existing home. While site remediation is an important part of the knockdown and rebuild process, most sites will still have some issues (easements, significant trees, etc.). Many volume builders will not accept jobs with these conditions or charge a premium for variations from their set design. Learn more about of whether it is it Cheaper to Custom Build?
  • Will I see you on site after we sign the contract?
    You won't be able to keep us away. From the moment we have our first meeting our relationship will begin to flourish. We pride ourselves on quality; you cannot get quality unless you have proper supervision. Our name and reputation is on the line, when you put on other people to do your job, they just go home at night and their livelihood is not affected at all if they do not supervise properly. With years of on-site experience, and our background as a detail oriented quality builder, only we can say if a job is good enough or not. Too many builders have young unapproachable supervisors with their own ideas but not the experience, not us. From day one to final hand over, you will be dealing with one of the directors.
  • Can I have access to the site during the construction of my home?
    We encourage you to come and see the progress for your self, it's an exciting process. Just make sure you contact us first so that you have someone from Carmel Homes showing you around. We adhere to a strict safety policy with all of our tradespeople, suppliers and visitors to site. It is imperative to maintain this policy throughout the course of construction.
  • Where are your floor plans for your custom homes?
    Carmel Homes never starts with any base, stock or ‘cookie-cutter’ type of floor plans. We have found that our clients really appreciate having a truly one-of-a-kind custom home tailored for their specific block of land and around their unique lifestyle. Being able to start designing "from scartch" allows the architect/plan designer the artistic freedom to take advantage of the specific features of the block of land eg: surroundings such as views, streets, neighbors, etc. That said, feel free to contact us so we can show some other home designs custom house plans we are building for inspiration.
  • Is site selection part of custom house building?
    Not all who dream of building their own house possess a piece of land. If you are one of them, we provide a Full Service Project Management service that helps you find the most ideal property. Decide on the location and what amenities you need nearby and our local builder’s knowledge shines through as we can give you valuable inputs site suitability.
  • What happens if I want to make some changes after construction has begun?
    We have regular site meetings to ensure that your custom designed home is being built exactly the way you imagined. At any stage, you are welcome to make changes if time permits and the changes don’t affect the structural integrity of your home. We understand the need for flexibility during the construction phase to ensure the home of your dreams is being built the way you want it.
  • What constitutes a difficult site?
    We love "difficult sites", this is where great custom designed homes show their true value most. A difficult site may be that the area in which construction is to take place is isolated or the land may be gently sloping, up to a cliff. The type of soil may mean there is specialist engineering for footings required, weather its highly reactive clay, sand or rock it may be difficult to build on. The design may require basement parking or large retaining walls, big excavations or large amounts of fill. All of these type of sites require specialist engineering and also these type of sites usually have unique quality’s making a truly magnificent architectural home stand out.
  • Do you offer dual occupancy or duplex solutions?
    At Carmel Homes, we a custom design and build company and so we have the expertise on managing the entire dual occupancy process, from design, townplanning to construction. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.
  • My property already has a house on it, do you take care of the demolition?"
    We are a knockdown and rebuild specialist. Almost all the homes we build involve demolishing the old house, designing and building a new luxury custom home. Please contact us a free consultation.

Here we share our tips on picking the perfect property to knockdown and rebuild. We look at what you should be focusing on and what to watch out for. We also share the best places to find more information and where to turn for advice. 

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Designing your new house can seem like an incredibly daunting task. There are a lot of decisions to make and little details to think about. You also want to make sure you do not miss anything and that everything is absolutely perfect.

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A block of land has various qualities and characteristics to consider when designing your home. It’s important to know what they are and to be aware of the potential impact and design restrictions they incur.


There are many good reasons knockdown rebuilds have become a popular choice for those looking to build a new home. But despite this, some still worry that the extra steps involved in these projects mean they will be too expensive. They also believe that, due to the added cost, a knockdown rebuild may not be worth the time or money.

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