Knockdown Rebuild Melbourne

Victorian Extension Design (VED) is located in Hawthorn East and we focus on the inner suburbs of Melbourne. These areas are in high demand for knock down and rebuilds.And we have completed many projects of this kind for local clients. Our clients either purchase an existing older home with a knock down rebuild in mind. Or they decide building from scratch in their preferred neighbourhood location. 

We often hear similar concerns from our clients regarding the cost of knock down rebuilds due to demolition needs of the old property. Demolition costs are really not prohibitive and quite small in the overall cost. Building from scratch brings many benefits such as;

  • Energy efficient building materials and design
  • Lower cost than renovation/extension per square metre
  • Less risk than renovation/extension (not dealing with unknown existing building issues)
  • Stay in the same neighborhood
  • Increase value of your property
  • Get the features and finishes you want
  • Design home of your dreams on your own land
  • Match neighbourhood character
  • Improved site access for a quicker build

Another reason you may opt for a knock down rebuild is that a renovation is just not suited to the existing home and land. It might be the floor plan is restrictive to any renovations or the site layout is just not suitable. A knock down rebuild means our design team and architect can design a home to maximise the site’s orientation and optimise space in your new build.

How much does it cost to demolish a house? 

A knock down rebuild project means you can stay in your same neighbourhood. It is often the case that buying a new build in your preferred architectural style and in your neighbourhood location is prohibitive. Or just much more expensive than the costs of a knock down rebuild. To demolish your own home can be anywhere from between $15,000 to $40,000 and combined with the cost of a new build can still equate to less than a new home sale in your neighbourhood.
  • Demolition prep
  • Planning restrictions/zones
  • Neighbourhood covenants/overlays
  • Heritage listings
  • Site conditions
  • Council requirements on health and safety for demolition eg rubbish removal and permits.
VED will look over all considerations with the knockdown aspect of your project. Our specialist team know the local council guidelines as we focus on the inner East suburbs of Melbourne. Therefore familiar with the local bylaws, soil conditions, neighborhood character and style of housing. 

Design a New Home to Suit Your Lifestyle

Build your dream home in your dream neighborhood for less than the price of a new home purchase in the area. Our team can design and construct many different architectural styles of home.
  • Contemporary 
  • Custom/bespoke 
  • Period style
  • Provincial
  • Victorian weatherboard
  • New Edwardian style
  • Double storey homes
Don’t compromise, if you have your ideal block of land, but a very below standard home on the land – speak to VED today.

Experienced Design and Construction Team

VED was founded by brothers Chris and Robert Laukart in 1987. With a vision for custom home design and a background in trade, they have developed a company that takes pride in quality craftsmanship and architectural distinction. VED partners with an architect to offer a complete individual design process.
And through all stages of your build with us from design to construction, the principals of VED, Chris and Robert oversee your project. Meaning quality advice, direction and overall build management. You will not find a better quality build team than VED.
We offer a free home site appraisal and concept design meeting to discuss your build. In this meeting we look at your block of land, existing house and design ideas. Once discussed we draw a freehand concept design for you and give a cost approximation for your project. 



Victorian Extension Design is situated in Hawthorn East and we provide full custom building services to the Inner East suburbs of Melbourne such as; Kooyong, Hawthorn, Richmond, Camberwell, Toorak, Malvern, Deepdene, Balwyn, Carnegie, Ivanhoe, Kew, Elsternwick, Glen Iris, Armadale, and other inner East suburbs. 

And do not hesitate to contact us to enquire if we can provide building services in your location.

383 Tooronga Rd
Hawthorn East VIC 3123, Australia
+61 3 9832 1900