If you’ve always dreamed of a brand new home, but can’t bear the thought of moving away from your familiar neighbourhood, then a KnockDown ReBuild could be the solution you’ve been searching for.
KnockDown ReBuild (KDRB) is the process of demolishing an old house to build a new home. KDRB, which can also be referred to as KnockDown New Build or KDR, is becoming more and more popular as Australian's start to realise the benefits of building new rather than renovating or buying established.
Imagine living in the same street, on the same block, but in a more spacious and contemporary home designed to suit the growing needs of your family.
To give you a head start on your new home journey, we’ve outlined some of the key benefits, the process involved and costs to consider as part of a KnockDown ReBuild project.

A young couple moving into their new home.

Benefits of KnockDown ReBuild

Build what you want
We all have our specific checklists when trying to find 'the one' – so, rather than going from auction to auction looking for the home that ticks all your boxes, you can build a new home that meets (and most likely exceeds) all of your expectations. There’s no compromise with a brand new home – you’ll enjoy an open-plan layout with modern finishes and fixtures that you’ve always dreamed of.

Your new home will also have more advanced energy efficiency options than your previous home, thanks to the energy star rating system.

For some inspiration on what could be yours, browse through our new home designs – all of which can be selected when opting to KnockDown and ReBuild.

A country style Metricon home.
Build where you want
Whether it's Melbourne's cultural hotspots, Sydney's bustling atmosphere or Brisbane’s tranquil coastal zones, it's easy to see why you love where you live.
One of the most attractive benefits of KDRB is that you don't need to leave the suburb that you’ve grown to love. You don't have to say goodbye to the local café, your favourite bakery, nearby family and friends, the quick daily commute or hard-to-acquire school zones. Plus, good neighbours are hard to come by!
No surprises
Renovating is known to uncover some unwelcome surprises along the way. Whether it be asbestos, faulty plumbing or electrical, poor foundations or other undesirables, these will only add to the time that it takes to complete your renovation.
Before you build with Metricon, you are welcome to tour as many of our beautiful display homes, until you figure out which home design is right for you. That means that you'll know exactly what you're getting before you build, with assurances that our homes are built to the highest standard with the best tradespeople Australia has to offer. Our Lifetime Structural Guarantee* also provides peace of mind and allows you to build with confidence.

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Less stress
No auctions, no real estate agents, no renovations – just professional home builders. Do we need to say more?
Keeping the costs down
There are a myriad of reasons why our customers are leaning towards a KnockDown ReBuild development for their next home. Compared with renovation expenses, or the cost of buying an established home, knocking down your home and rebuilding can be an affordable option.
Most of the time, if you already own the land, demolishing you home and building a brand-new one is much cheaper than relocating. It's the price of the land itself that makes buying a new home so expensive – which is why you often see 'fixer-uppers' sell for millions of dollars in inner-city suburbs. Stamp duty adds a hefty fee!
While you can attempt to renovate your current home, it's much harder to budget, and to stick to it. When you build, you know all upfront costs involved from the start of the process, with no hidden fees along the way.

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The Knockdown ReBuild Process

Metricon have been building quality homes since 1976 and our specialist KnockDown ReBuild team is dedicated to guiding you through the process. They’ll keep you updated about the progress of your home build and answer any questions that you may have throughout your journey.
Here’s a basic overview of what the KDRB process will look like for you, and what our specialist team will support you with:
Selecting your home design 
Now, for the fun part – choosing your dream home! You can make a shortlist by browsing through our home designs and by checking out floor plans, photos, videos and 3D Virtual Tours. Then, head out to our display centres where our friendly New Home Advisors can help with any questions you have about the designs and the types of floor plan configurations that are possible. 

A modern Metricon home with a slanted roof.
Get the details right
After choosing your dream home design, we'll review your title, local planning laws, overlays and the existing physical conditions of the block to ensure the proposal has the best possible chance of being approved. We’ll talk to your local council, so you don’t have to.
Surveys and testing
We'll then run soil tests and site surveys to finalise the site assessment, and chart possible ‘limitations’. Examples of what we consider ‘limitations’ include the slope of your land or access to services.
Preliminary contract and planning 
Once we've gone through our findings and you're happy to proceed, we will organise your preliminary contract. At this stage, we will present your home plans and itemised costings with all the upgrades and changes you have discussed with your New Home Advisor – including your site costs.
Realising your vision
Now that you've signed the preliminary contract, you’ll head into Metricon’s Studio M, our design and selection studio. At Studio M, you’ll have the opportunity to personalise your home interior. Our design consultant will help you choose colours, finishes and fixtures for your home from the extensive customisation options available. Check out our Lookbook for interior inspiration!

Lighting and power 
We'll organise for an electrical consultant to meet with you to discuss your home's lighting, power points and electrical layout.
Final contract signing 
After your plans have been approved, we can establish the final costs of your home. With that complete, you can sign the building contract!

Building permit 
We're almost ready to go! We will apply for your building permit to start construction of your home.
Metricon do not demolish your home. However, we are happy to recommend a reputable demolition company so that you can arrange for the demolition of your old home.

Your new dream home 
All that's left for you to do now is sit back and watch your dream home appear from the ground up! From here, your site manager will supervise the construction process and keep you updated at each stage – base, frame, lock-up, fixing and completion. These phases involve:

  1. Base: Pouring your slab
  2. Frame: Erecting the frame
  3. Lock-up: Getting the home to 'lock-up' stage (with a roof and walls)
  4. Fixing: Completing the interior and exterior details of the home
  5. Completion: Handover of your new home

Knockdown ReBuild Costs

KnockDown ReBuild is likely to be more affordable than you realise. The main costs to consider are the removal or demolition of your existing home, the price of your new Metricon home, plus rental costs for the duration of your project.
With a knockdown rebuild, you don't need to sell up and move to upgrade your existing home. Metricon customers, John and Melissa, undertook a KnockDown ReBuild project at a stage when their family was growing out of their old home. They share their stress-free journey here.
With over 40 years of experience, Metricon are the KnockDown ReBuild specialists. Our New Home Advisors and team of KDRB experts are here to remove the hassle and turn your block of land into your dream home.
If you're in VIC, NSW, QLD or SA and want out with the old and in with the new, contact us for a free site inspection here to receive specialist advice and obtain an initial estimate for your KnockDown ReBuild project. We’ll be with you every step of the way.