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Old October 8th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #1
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Old house renovation or new build house?

We confused whether we are renovating an old house or building a new house can be!

The "old", detached single-family house, built in 77, (dimensions 10x10) is on a very small plot of 150 sqm living space guess!
Facilities in brief:
2 medium-large basement with laundry room, party room and bathroom,
EC with a large living / dining area including fireplace, kitchen and bathroom,
1 floor with 3 rooms and bath (all rooms have 'extreme' drafts)

We would innh the house with only a residual debt of about 100.000 Ç. the family can take over.

However, many fall at work:

completely new exterior cladding,
be found for a wall element made ??of glass bricks must be an alternative, looks very old fashioned way!
new underfloor heating on both levels;
EG & first floor bathroom complete renovation
Completely new kitchen, wall & tear associated with housing
In the basement will be built a sauna in the old bathroom
Completely new party room
Of course the whole house re-decorating
The first floor can remain

I do not know if we are ourselves financially better if we just buy a new house directly, or let it build as we'd like.
Perhaps there are indeed experienced rabbits that I can possibly give a few tips, as well as I can maybe get an idea of ??the costs, what to expect during renovation or a new building for us.
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Old October 8th, 2011, 04:48 PM   #2
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It is very important to state where you are from (country and climate) and which technical quality has the house (isolation, window frames, etc). I will give some general remarks nevertheless, but without this information it is a shot in the dark as you can imagine.

Houses these days are built like closed balloons, no air leaks, no cold leaks, with an uninterupted shell of isolation. In comfort, heating costs and maintenance (in altogether technical quality) a new house has huge advantages.

An old house however has the most expensive part of the house (fašade and construction) done, and has the charm of history as a free ornament to play with.

Prodvided (70's) you have a house from the beginning of the age of isolation, you might need to do quite some work to upgrade your house to the same quality as a newly built house would have. It can be very easy and surprisingly cheap to do so though, but it depends all on the type of construction and quality of construction of the present house.

My advise: talk with a proper architect (and work with a proper architect), and ask yourself whether you want to go into the process of redeveloping your house. When you do, and when your present house is worth it, it might be a very rewarding trajectory resulting in a fully constomized house that has the benefit of time to grow.

Marco Lammers,
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