Hills home renovators encouraged to knock down and rebuild

The Hills Council is investigating ways to encourage the knock-down and rebuild of some older homes in The Hills.

Mayor Michelle Byrne said if you drove around the established suburbs, such as Baulkham Hills, Carlingford, North Rocks and Baulkham Hills, most houses had ‘‘real character’’.

“But like any established area, you do have the odd home that is outdated and not really suited to modern family living,’’ Councillor Byrne said.

She encouraged anyone thinking of knocking down and rebuilding to consult with council’s development assessment services team.

“We want to help home owners from the earliest stage, so they know how to get through the regulatory process as smoothly as possible,’’ she said.

Research shows knock down-rebuilds are most popular among small households with young families.

Owners have generally lived in their homes for seven to 10 years and have built up enough equity in the home to finance a knock-down and rebuild project.

Residents of The Hills typically spend $400,000 to $450,000 on one.

■ Call the council’s development assessment services team on 98430 555 for more information.

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