Renovate or Detonate? How to get the best advice, for a fraction of the price.

Renovate or Detonate? How to get the best advice, for a fraction of the price.

Renovations, Tips and Advice, New Homes

So, you have a home. You love the location, you love the block of land. But the home itself just doesn’t work for you.

Your choices are to either renovate or demolish the existing home and build a new one in its place.

But which option should you choose?

This is a complex question. The two main factors to weigh up are costs and compromise.

Both options will cost money. Often there is little difference between renovating or demolishing and building new. If demolishing and building new is cheaper than renovating, then it’s a no brainer which way to go.

But what about when the costs of both options are similar? This is where the consideration of compromise comes in.

You should always aim to get exactly what you want. In the case of a new home, the main reason why you might need to compromise, aside from building regulations or site limitations, would be due to budgetary constraints. If your budget can accommodate your dream home, there may be no compromises at all.

Things can be less cut and dried in the case of a renovation. At times there may be more limitations. But with a great design by a talented architect there can be no compromises at all.

So, what should you do with your personal renovate vs. detonate conundrum?

Auchenflower Renovation

The simple answer is you need to come and see us at the Brisbane Home Show at the Convention Centre from the 26th to the 28th of February. Plus, we have some sensational show offers available where you can save up to $500 off our Design Advice Services!

The Home Show is always an amazing weekend. This is your chance to come and talk with us about your personal situation and get the best advice for your needs. So, come and see us at the Brisbane Home Show this weekend. We look forward to discussing your project needs.

Dion Seminara Architect


We are experts at home design, renovations and new homes and ensure good value for money outcomes.

Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 30 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.