There is an apparent trend in Perth at the moment towards renovation in lieu of detonation. Some market uncertainty, increased builder availability, and a softening of real estate growth has encouraged a move toward the upgrade. Renovations can have many positive benefits. Depending on the age and layout of the existing house, it is possible to gain a richness in design and feel by living in a house that incorporates the old and the new. It is a more energy-conscious approach by recycling the already embodied energy of the existing structure.
It is also surprising in some cases the amount of improved functionality that can be gained, from even minor changes in spatial planning. 'Front end' design investigation into different concept options can quickly determine the pros and cons of renovating a particular property. A classic example of where paying for good design up front can result in huge rewards.