Just like human beings, buildings have a lifespan. Unlike human beings, some old buildings can be repaired and renovated to bring them back to life, even when it seems as if they were too dilapidated to remain standing.
If you are the owner of a very old building that’s currently uninhabitable, you might be unsure as to whether or not you should tear it down or attempt to repair it. To help you make the decision, here’s how to determine if a building needs to be renovated or rebuilt.
It’s All About The Bones
A structure’s “bones” refer to the basic framework of the building. If a building has strong bones, it can generally be renovated no matter how damaged the interior is. However, if a building doesn’t have a sturdy foundation or lacks structural integrity, it very often needs to be demolished.
Sometimes Rebuilding is Cheaper
Renovating a building sounds like it should be cheaper than demolishing a structure and rebuilding it from the ground up, but sometimes the opposite is true. If a building needs myriad renovations to render it inhabitable, it is often cheaper to simply demolish it and rebuild. Dublin Architects will be able to tell you whether or not your building can be salvaged.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your building should be renovated or rebuilt, the Dublin Architects at MDP + Partners can help. Visit them at
website to get more information about what to do with your structure.