To Remodel or Teardown and Rebuild… That is the Question: Part III

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Chris Leslie | Posted in: Uncategorized

Ellis house in progress second floor

To Remodel or Teardown and Rebuild… That is the Question: Part III

In Parts I and II, we discussed the whys and wherefores of tearing down and rebuilding a house. Here, in Part III, we’re going to review a few essentials you need to consider before moving forward with your teardown and rebuild.

Finally, and most importantly, we’re going to talk about the many advantages of modular construction when it comes to building a new home on the site where the old home sat.


Home before teardown and rebuild.
Home before teardown and rebuild.


First, make sure you can actually tear down your house.

Why couldn’t I simply tear it down if that’s what I want to do? Truth is, teardowns can be complicated, involving permitting, zoning, historic preservation and so forth. Here’s a quick guide to answer some of these core concerns.

  • For example, if the house is located within an historic preservation district, you might be barred from tearing it down, or at least adhering to neighborhood architectural criteria. Some close-in communities might have land-use rules and regulations that are meant to protect the existing character of the neighborhood. You need to check this out.
  • If the property is part of a subdivision that’s regulated by a homeowners’ association, you need to make sure its bylaws don’t block you from tearing down your existing home.
  • You also need to check with your gas, electric and water utilities to find out how you can safely disconnect from your existing home.
  • You should consult with the local fire department to better understand their requirements.
  • You should have an inspection for toxic materials, including asbestos or an old fuel tank on site.

If you avoid these steps and presume you can simply tear down your home, you may spend time planning a new home you can’t build. The experienced team at Westchester Modular Homes will be glad to assist.

Ellis house in progress crane
Teardown and rebuild in progress.


Okay, it’s time to talk about the features and benefits of modular design that we’ve been reviewing in Parts I & II.

Modular construction delivers high-quality results in a fraction of the time required for traditional site-built construction. Modular homes are constructed with name brand materials assembled in as little as a week in an environmentally controlled facility. So, a complete teardown and rebuild is easily done in a matter of weeks, not months.

  • Today’s modular homes are convenient, and they offer charm and value that will last for years.
  • Todays’ modular homes are built to withstand storms, flooding and other such occurrences that are becoming more  frequent along the eastern seaboard.
  • Modular homes feature energy-efficient designs and components such as high-end insulation and windows that provide the comfort and cost savings expected in todays’ new homes.

If you thought building modular meant sticking to a limited range of options, think again. By tearing down an older house whose chief value is the land it’s built on, a modular home provides a wide range of customization options that allow you to design a space that fits your individual needs and unique style.

  • Todays’ modular homes are also more environmentally friendly than traditional stick-built homes.
  • Modular homes are built in a factory, so there’s far less disruption to the site and surrounding areas during construction.
  • Modular home factories create far less waste than the typical construction-site home and are often able to reuse extra materials in future builds.

Adding on to a modular home is often simpler than modifying a more traditional home. If you want to start out smaller, but have the option of building on another wing, floor or room down the road, modular homes are a great choice because they are primed for modifications.


Ellis house complete
Beautiful modular home complete after teardown and rebuild.


There you have it… now, it’s up to you.

We strongly believe we’ve demonstrated the many advantages of teardown and rebuild with a modular home.

For further assistance, we invite you to contact the professionals at Westchester Modular Homes. They’ll be glad to provide you with a detailed proposal on your present home, and the facts on how you can enjoy the benefits of teardown and rebuild with modular construction.


colonial home before and after
Home before (left) and after (right) teardown and rebuild.

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