Is it considered a new home or a renovation if you tear down the home and use existing foundation?

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Posted by: from Calgary
5/5/2016 at 3:36:12 PM

If you tear down an existing home, but leave the existing foundation and rebuild on top of it, is it considered a new home or a renovation? We are located in Alberta, Canada. Just wondering if we decide to keep the existing foundation (which is in good condition) and build an entirely new home on top of it, if its considered a new home (built 2016)?

Thanks for your help!

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Date/Time5/5/2016 at 5:04:51 PM

In Toronto you need to keep at least 1 wall up to call it a renovation. You then save on new construction lot levies.

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Emma in Chicago
Date/Time5/6/2016 at 5:41:54 AM

Hmm that's true.

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Emma in Chicago
Date/Time5/6/2016 at 5:43:18 AM

Sometime we can rebuild it from scraps!!

I got this idea from this age on facebook

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Date/Time5/6/2016 at 5:15:57 PM

Hi Amy,

Your existing foundation was designed and engineered to carry the load of your existing house. These things are not "Standard" or "re-usable". You will need to have an Engineer design a new foundation for your new house. The old foundation will only be in the way.

If you decide to renovate, you can reuse or modify the existing foundation according to the design and engineering of your remodel.

I suggest you contact a Design Builder in your area to help you with this and all your questions. This is the best way to save money on your project.


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Date/Time5/9/2016 at 9:06:28 AM

You have to consult and ask your city.....For me it might be still a major renovation but you have to with however in charge for such thing.

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Amy in Calgary
Date/Time5/9/2016 at 10:31:39 AM

Thank you all for your advice! Really appreciate the insights.

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