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Old 01-26-2019, 10:09 AM   #1
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Keeping existing features of a building during demolition process


I'm planning a demolition of a dilapidated 1200 sq ft 2 storey structure attached to the rear of my building. We are planning to replace this structure with a new one. There is a brick wall on the ground level which is itself on top of a rubble foundation (built circa 1900 ), that my partner would like to retain and incorporate into the new structure. I'm wondering which would be less complicated/expensive:

Preserve and shore up the existing wall/foundation during the demolition/reconstruction process?

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Tear down the wall and re-use the bricks to build a wall/features within the new structure?

Background info: The bricks are unique to the area. They were made in a local foundry back in the 19th century and have unique character. They are also useful whenever we need to replace or add to the main building which is entirely built of this brick.
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Re: Keeping existing features of a building during demolition process


Odds are it will be more expensive to keep and incorporate something like this.

Will you be building the new structure or hiring done? If the latter, get a few contractors out to bid the job both ways.
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Good idea to discuss/price options with a demolitions contractor. Thanks.
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Re: Keeping existing features of a building during demolition process


Keep in mind you have two threads on the same building. It will get confusing, eventually. Always best to keep one train of thought going.
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Re: Keeping existing features of a building during demolition process


I would discuss the options with a building contractor, not a pure demolition contractor.

Having a brick wall on an old rubble foundation can compromise/cause problems/increase costs of the new structure. If it does, you want to discover those impacts now, not when you think you are ready to start construction of the building.
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Remodeling/restoring anything old and not in line with remotely "modern" such as standard footing/foundation will cost lots and lots of money. If your partner wants exposed brick, try to save the bricks and return them later.
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