The law of gravity says “what goes up must come down.” Sometimes in the home construction industry, though, “something must come down before something can go up.” We’re talking about demolition, of course. Rye Beach Landscaping’s excavation division has seen an increasing number of home demolition projects on the board over the past few years. We think that’s a good thing.
From a community perspective, removing homes that are in disrepair can upgrade the value of an entire neighborhood. New homes in New Hampshire are not always built on virgin house lots. As real estate values increase on the seacoast, sometimes it makes sense to purchase a house lot with an existing structure and rebuild on it
From a conservation perspective, the idea of re-purposing an existing house lot by knocking down an old structure to build a new, more energy efficient home saves land and energy resources. Clearing land involves cutting trees and changing the natural landscape. The construction debris from a house demolition project must be brought to a recycling facility that processes the waste into burnable fuel that is used at local power plants.
From a preservation perspective, demolition services provided by Rye Beach Landscaping help to protect those materials of a bygone era which can never be replicated. When we provide a demolition quote for owners of historic buildings, we will always bring to their attention the materials that can be salvaged and re-purposed in the new construction or landscape.
Recently, we razed a section of a colonial home and Elliott Maine that was built in 1750. Our equipment operator was able to remove the structure without damaging the hand-hewn Hemlock beams and the split granite foundation blocks that supported the structure. This excited the homeowner, and the contractor was able to use the material in a prominent way so as to honor the person who handcrafted them so many years ago. Our site work at the Throwback Brewery in North Hampton involved a considerable amount of restoration of antique beams and foundation stones that contributes to the character and charm of this local commercial brewery.
Whether you need your entire house demolished – or just part of it – give Rye Beach Landscaping a call for a free estimate. We can provide you with excellent references from homeowners and building contractors. We will also assist you with the permitting and asbestos testing that is required by law prior to demolition.