Demolitions are a fundamental aspect of the construction industry as well as one of the primary driving forces behind the revitalisation of our communities. However, demolitions and the various other types of structural tear-downs are highly disruptive and rife with the potential for danger if improperly managed. Therefore, thorough preparation should be taken before embarking on such a project, especially if the structure being processed is a residential home, because a mismanaged house demolition can significantly impact the neighbourhood.

So, what is involved in a House Demolition?
People choose to demolish their houses for various different reasons, but it often comes down to the fact that the cost of remodelling is quite often prohibitive. Once the choice has been made, a few things need to be taken into consideration before starting the project. Demolition projects, whether they are partial or total, require the acquisition of the necessary demolition permits from the local council. Before the first brick is torn down, all the utility companies must be notified and utilities adequately disconnected from the property. Neighbouring houses must be protected, and neighbours informed so that public safety is guaranteed. Finally, disposal of all salvage and demolition waste must be organised to ensure prompt removal and minimal disruption to the community.

Are there options when it comes to a house demolition?
Just as there is a multitude of methods for constructing a house, there is more than one way to tear it down. One of the most important decisions you will make leading up to a demolition process is figuring out which method is best suited for your particular circumstances.

By far the most common practice is the Mechanical Demolition. Without a doubt, mechanical demolition is the cheapest and fastest solution. However, it is also the messiest since the structure will be torn apart with the aid of heavy machinery such as excavators and other hydraulic equipment.

Deconstruction, on the other hand, is the systematic tear-down of a house in an attempt to salvage as much of the reusable material within it as possible. Home deconstructions are performed by workers manually stripping the interior of the structure. This method is loved by Green Movement enthusiasts as upwards of 70% of a structure can be recycled.

How to decide which method is best for you?
Determining which method is best suited to your residential demolition project will depend largely on how much time you have, and how much money you are willing to spend on the project. As we previously stated, deconstruction is a systematic demolition that is done by hand, which means it implies an increased cost of labour and time commitment. However, the sheer amount of reusable material can, more often than not, help to recoup the increased costs. Therefore, the best approach is to settle on a combination of deconstruction and demolition. In this manner, you can take advantage of the traditional method’s speed and practicality while still enjoying the efficiency of deconstruction by hand.