As with any project, there’s always a snag. ALWAYS. No matter how much you plan or prepare and tick every box, there’s always going to be something that challenges you or throws a spanner in the proverbial.
The demolition went relatively well and without too much of a problem – except for the asbestos!
Yup. Asbestos in the house mainly in the roof spaces and eaves, as well as asbestos along the boundary fence line that we needed to remove. An unexpected additional cost, but an important one to get sorted. We left it up to the guys at Di Trento Demolition to sort out the details and have it all professionally removed, and they did so with a minimum of fuss.
Brings up a really important point… always check for asbestos before doing any sort of demolishing, let alone renovating. And if you find it, have it professionally removed.
Once that’s done, let the fun begin!
It’s quite amazing to watch a house get dismantled. We thought there’d be a painstaking process of stripping the house of all its parts and then swinging that wrecking ball through walls and so on. We were pretty wrong. There was no love lost between the humungous hydraulic excavator and the house that was now resembling something of a bomb site.
Watching this monolithic machine dance delicately through the air only to rip apart the structure with ease was quite incredible. With precision, the machine driver would collect recyclable materials (such as timbers) and place them in a separate pile, whilst slicing through the rest of it and simply placing it into the back of a truck.
The actual demolition process took just over four days, which included the site being completely cleared. Seriously good to watch it all coming down, giving you a real sense of the size of the block and the sheer project ahead.
Here’s a snapshot of the process taking place…
And here are a couple of little videos of the action taking place:
So, before you get demolishing, here’s a little checklist to help you along:
- Documents – Check with your local council with regards to the permits required and fill out all the necessary paperwork (including the BA5 – Application for Demolition Permit) from the Building Commission website. Your demolition contractor, if they’re a nice bunch, will help you out with all this. Just be aware that there are some nominal fees attached with all this, including a demolition bond (in our case, an extra $700) that you will need to pay to your local council as part of the demolition process.
- Disconnect utilities – disconnection of all services such as gas, water and electricity needs to be done.
- Rodent Baiting Certificate – rat baiting is usually carried out 14 days prior to a demolition licence being approved and is confirmed with a certificate issued by the city’s health services department and it can take between 2 to 4 weeks after the health inspection for the demolition licence to be issued.
- Asbestos – check for any possible asbestos on the property and have it disposed of in accordance with health and safety regulations.
Always ask questions and make it a point to keep communication channels open with your service provider. We had a few delays in getting the demolition started due to rain delaying a couple of projects that were scheduled before ours, and with the pool construction team waiting in the wings, we had a window of opportunity to ensure we didn’t get too far behind. A few emails and telephone calls and we were good to go.
One of the cutest things we saw during the demolition were the faces of little kids in the street who were sitting on their bikes across the road, simply in awe of the massive machinery doing its thing. It was a Bob the Builder moment for many I’m sure. ∗