If you're contemplating whether to build a new home or remodel an existing one, there are many factors to take into account. This article will help you explore the pros and cons of building vs remodeling so you can make an informed decision for your next project.

Depending on your current needs and finances you may find that choosing to build is more economical than buying a home that needs extensive renovations. You may be a bit confused about which path to take, so here are some things you should consider if you are having an inner debate about a remodel vs build.

Older Does Not Equate to Charm

Many people look to renovating an existing property because of the charm that older homes often have. Yet, that charm can come with a hefty price tag if the home needs extensive renovations. When you are debating whether to remodel vs build new, there are many things to consider. Many people think that buying an older home and remodeling is better because there are too many issues that come with building a new home. This is far from the truth as it can be easier to build a new home if you can.

The downside of buying an older home is that it may not be as energy-efficient, structurally sound, or as safe. (Think lead paint.) If you're considering building a new home then that means your house will be state-of-the-art in terms of sustainability and safety.

You Know What You’re Getting

When building a new home you can ensure quality construction and methods throughout the process so you know you’re getting a top-notch result that will last for years to come.

If you're planning on building a house, it's possible to use the building process as an opportunity to showcase your creativity. You can make a design that's perfect for your needs so you know exactly what you're getting. You will have a home that's exactly what you want.

Green Building, Technology, and Livability Improvements

There are many great sustainable options available for those looking to build their own home. There are two main categories of green materials: low-emission materials, and environmentally friendly materials. 

Low-emission materials can include insulation such as soy foam, or metal cladding. If these aren't quite right for you, then you can also choose from environmentally friendly materials like bamboo. This plant is very sustainable, and it's possible to use this for everything from insulation to flooring.

A feature rapidly becoming popular in modern homes is the integration of home technology. For a custom build, many open floor plans allow for multi-room audio systems, smart appliances, and other types of automation that can take place seamlessly throughout your new home.

The Cost of Remodeling Vs Build New

One of the downsides of remodeling is that it can be very expensive. The degree of the expense depends on what's being done of course, but often once a layer is peeled back, more needed work is found. Also, you should bear in mind that some older homes will need to be brought up to code. This may mean extensive renovations and the cost can skyrocket quickly.

When you choose to build a home you don’t have to waste money on remodeling that may or may not work. Often renovations will need to be modified constantly and this can run up the cost of the project.

Take the time to carefully decide on the budget that you have and make diligent comparisons between remodeling vs building. Talk with your builder and they can help in this process.


There is a lot you can customize when you decide to build your home instead of buying one that requires renovations. You can put your special touch on everything that you can imagine and bring in features that it may not be possible to have if you are renovating a home.

If space is what matters most for you, then building a new house might be one of the best decisions possible. This way, you can maximize the design to efficiently use the available space as much as possible. 

There are so many opportunities when you decide to build new instead of remodeling. Once you start custom building your home, the debate about remodel vs build new will be settled in your mind.


As you can see there are a lot of benefits that come when you decide to build a new home. The options are endless and you get to include sustainability and technology into your home in ways that you may not have been able to do before. You may also find that building new, turns out to be more cost-effective in the long run.

Contact Bianchi-Tillett Developers today to set up a free consultation.

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