Cost to rebuild house 20 feet away from original location?

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Posted by: from Abbotsford
1/14/2015 at 1:33:23 PM

My house was destroyed in a fire and the foundation was also removed. We are rebuilding but would like to rebuild about 20 feet back from the original location.

I'm wondering what extra costs would be involved?

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Date/Time1/14/2015 at 2:58:22 PM

Hi Tom,

I just want to state that I am not a builder, so please take my answer with a grain of salt as it were...

Since you are starting from scratch, I am not sure there would be major additional costs. What I do see as potential costs are:

Re-grading of the sewer line for proper slope from the new location;

Extending the water line to the new location; and

Extending the underground or overhead lines (electrical, CATV, telephone).

Depending on your exact location (country vs city) you may have issues with:

Set back to property lines;

Proximity to existing wells;

Proximity to existing leaching beds; or

Proximity to existing flood plain or nature preserve, etc.

While the first group may in fact cost some additional money I can't see it being much in comparison. The second group may cost you thousands if you need to get things proper.



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Tom in Abbotsford
Date/Time1/14/2015 at 3:26:26 PM

Hi John,

Thanks for the info. We're currently dealing with the insurance and builder. I just want to be well informed.


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Karina from MKR Construction in Toronto
Date/Time1/14/2015 at 4:49:21 PM


The only issue I can think of will be set backs and foot print. Other than that I think the previous answer was very detailed.

MKR Construction

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Date/Time1/14/2015 at 5:51:05 PM


Sorry to hear about the former house, at lot of memories lost as well. As to additional cost, there shouldn't be much difference. I'm assuming that you are starting an entire new structure. If you are doing a full basement, consider your options: ICS (cement between styrofoam), concrete, pressure treated wood, etc. This is where the first major cost is but doing it well is worth the expense.

As to the location, that shouldn't matter with the exception of proximity to a property line. Where I am, if a building is too close to a property line it must have fire rated walls on the property line side, ... the entire length of that wall. The only other costs, that I see, are the re directing your sewer, heating fuel, water, and power lines.

Enjoy your new place.


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Date/Time1/14/2015 at 7:11:22 PM

Hi Tom,

Sorry that your house was destroyed. I hope there were no injuries to you or your family. As long as your set backs are ok with moving your house 20 ft it wont cost much to extend everything 20 ft. Really it's a small price to pay to make yourself happy.

My advice is go to the municipality and ask them as the final decision is made by them.

Al Bartlett

A Bartlett Construction Ltd

PS: Good luck on the rebuilt. I hope all goes well.

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