One such investor was cautiously optimistic once he heard about a four-bedroom house well within his budget for sale in his area. The estate agent did not have much hope for the place as they considered it to be derelict and beyond repair. The alternative was to tear it down.
Since the house was built before 1932, it was regarded as a heritage home. To demolish it wouldn’t be an option. But, upon speaking to a well-known roofer in the vicinity, it was decided to push ahead with the sale and fix it up, beautify it once more, then sell it for a handsome profit.
The agent wasn’t in any way exaggerating about the condition of the place. They found a massive hole in one of the floorboards, and you could see through the roof in numerous places. The garden itself was a jungle. But, the investor and roofer saw potential, and the deal was sealed to go ahead with the renovation project.
The house was deserving of regaining its integrity. Someone in the near future will be able to start a new life for themselves and their family. Based on this fact, the investor, developers, and roofing specialist were excited to take on this project.
The first three months were spent clearing the overgrown garden and the rubble, which included the corrugated-iron sheeting that formed part of the roof. The timber frame of the structure was still intact and can remain as it is, except for a few columns here and there that needed replacement.
Fortunately, most of the roof trussed will still in good nick, bar a couple of beams that require some tender loving care from the roofers. You can almost say that the buyer and investor were left with a shell. Luckily he picked it up for next to nothing.
In line with heritage building regulations, the exterior structure had to stay intact, and the zinc sheeting could be replaced.
All the interior drywall had to be replaced, and new insulation for the roofing was added.
The house was also in need of rewiring and new plumbing. The buyer had to stick to a tight budget if they were to realize a sizeable profit in the future. Therefore, as far as possible he made use of reclaimed materials, such as bricks, window frames, taps, basins, and doors.
Taking this route it lighter on the pocket. In fact, one of the most cost-effective and quickest ways to build a home is through using prefabricated panels. This way you can build a custom house for less. These panels are incredibly flexible as building materials.
Furthermore, they save on labor costs and time. Prefabricated panels reduce on-site waste removal costs as well as eliminate or minimize material cost overruns due to shortages of materials or weather. Homes built with these materials experience a speedier construction and a tighter fit among the different sections as everything got done indoors ahead of time. Nowadays, these do not even look prefabricated.
Just as useful would be reclaimed timber. What is really lovely, is most consider it to be the trendiest. Whether you choose to use rough-hewn or shiplap wood, it is the type of material that turns out to be incredibly stylish for re-building a dilapidated home. According to building engineers and architects of note, old timbers tend to be way more durable and dried out, meaning these are less prone to splitting or warping issues. Also, to enhance visual appeal, environmental benefits are among the reasons why many homeowners prefer using reclaimed timbers. Every piece is unique and is prone to boast an irregular shape, which can be altered by professional contractors. Just be aware that there might be a more significant time investment in sourcing reclaimed timber that will be a suitable match for your home.
Your reclaimed material must be in keeping with the character of your cottage. After all, you want it to a future honest lived-in home that would symbolize new beginnings for those who decide to purchase it.
New roof sheeting got fitted to finish things off, and the roof trussed were left exposed to compliment the open-plan living area and create a double-volume effect. No outlay was needed for the ceiling boards.
The investor was very happy with the attention to detail shown by the expert roofers and will make use of their roof repair expertise for future purchases.
The entire rebuilding project took about 11 months to finish; every one of the neighbors was in awe of how well the place turned out and couldn’t believe their eyes that it was the same home.