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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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What you need to know about house demolition

by Chloe Cooper

There are many reasons why you need a building demolished, it could be an eyesore, unsafe or you could need to remodel. Also, you could demolish your perfectly fine house so that you can build a better one. Lastly, the law might recommend that the house is pulled down for legal reasons like planning or because it failed an inspection. When you are confronted with the issue of demolishing your house, the best case scenario is to spend as little time and money as possible on the demolition. Here are the steps and concerns you will need to keep in mind;


Before the demolition can be done, assess your home to know how much demolition is needed. You might use a professional who knows about building safety to guide you. It is what you learn during the assessment that will guide you on creating a budget and timeline for the demolition.


If you intend to remodel or build a new house, there will be the other job of building. Find reputable and competent companies that carry out the demolitions and choose one with the best prices. There are two other issues that are tied to cost that you bring into consideration;


You probably have limited time for the demolition. The longer the demolition drags on, the more money you have to cough up to meet the expenses. It is important to project the schedule of the demolition with the demolition contractor so that you can save on the costs. However, have a margin of error in your projections.

Modern demolition is a mix of machine and old school methods, especially for houses that need renovation. It is only if your house is being pulled down completely that heavy machinery can be used, this leaves very little for salvage but it is very quick.


What you can recycle from the old house depends on the quality of the items and the method employed to demolish your house. Deconstruction is usually the most efficient way of demolition as you can salvage a lot and save on the materials you need to buy.

Permits and rules

One thing you should always do before the demolition begins is to get the relevant permits from your local authorities. If you don't you will lose money in avoidable fines. The nature of your house has a bearing on the legal obligations you have to your neighbors. For example, if your house is semidetached, the demolition of your house should not deprive your neighbor's house of support.

Once you have planned a demolition and found the right contractor, one like Swift Demolition, it is prudent to have plans for accommodation while the demolition is done. You can be allowed to build temporary accommodation depending on the local authority guidelines. .