The Teardown, demolition of an existing home to allow for new construction, is gaining popularity in recent years as a result of the aging of many exclusive neighborhoods. Numbers of homes built prior to the millennium are antiquated, and the land has become worth more than the structure. As prime real estate becomes scant in resort communities, particularly in the high country ski areas of Colorado, owners and architects are faced with a decision:
Remodel or Tear Down?
While our company takes tremendous pride in our whole-home remodels, there are several crucial considerations which may make a clean slated rebuild the more appealing option.
A major influence leading owners to the teardown option is that neighboring new construction is selling for significantly more than the valuation of the older homes. The situation may be that the home is in a great location, but the footprint is small, and square footage was not maximized. Perhaps the potential for idyllic views was not achieved. An older home may have complicated structural problems, dated amenities, and extreme energy inefficiency.
If this rings true, the benefits of starting from scratch are clear. Anything built prior to 1993 was built before the inception of the U.S. Green Building Council. In the years to follow, architects and builders have become increasingly aware proponents of sustainability in a building’s design, construction, and operation. Additionally, manufacturers are focused on these efforts, and sustainable, durable, and ecological materials have become the standard.
Many aging properties have immense potential to incorporate a drastically improved appreciation for the natural surroundings with larger, more efficient and well-placed windows. Enhancing the views and opening floorplans can make a vast difference in the quality of living. The ability to invent a space tailored to personal living patterns is of limitless value. Additionally, building materials have become much healthier in recent years, and newer homes have a much improved indoor air quality.
Deconstruction Vs. Demolition
Shaeffer Hyde took great care to preserve trees, make unassuming use of space, and actually improve the landscape in the case of the project depicted in our video as we have in many of our previous teardowns. Most of the materials and fixtures were removed and repurposed prior to demolition. The items that were preserved from the original home include interior doors, crown molding and case trim, closet systems, cabinetry (including a bar), metal railings, window coverings, and carpets. Many plumbing fixtures, as well as the entire mechanical room, will be repurposed. This includes boilers, water heaters, water softening systems and a large number of teckmar controls. Light fixtures, windows, breaker panels and most of the lighting controls were also salvaged. Flowers and decorative shrubs were transplanted, and the flagstone from a walking path has been moved to another location. All of the remaining copper was recycled.
The video demonstrates the first step in what will ultimately be a much-appreciated piece of real estate. The next year and a half will be an exciting journey as we construct the ultimate contemporary, efficient, personally tailored mountain sanctuary designed by Berglund Architects.