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More Homeowners are Pursuing Tear Down Construction. Here’s 3 Reasons Why.

February 22, 2021
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Jeff Clabaugh, a journalist for WTOP, noted an increased trend in tear down construction in the DC area but was left with one question. Why? Why are more people tearing down their existing homes to build new homes instead of buying finished homes, putting on an addition, or renovating?

First, what is “a tear down”? Simply put, it means removing the current home on a property( often called a “lot”) and building a new and improved one in its place. Tearing down a home and building a new one in its stead allows you the freedom to build exactly what you want, unlike a renovation where you must compromise some new and improved finishings amidst the old. Adding to an existing home results in a space that is typically disjointed and relies on the same leaky, damp, cramped basement with old wiring and plumbing.  The process is typically stressful and painstaking and, because no one knows what exactly is behind those 50 year old walls, the budget is just a starting point. For months on end, you’ll be forced to walk by a construction site in your kitchen instead of the beautiful window that overlooks your flower garden.

With a tear down, you don’t have to settle. You truly can have it all! A tear down is the perfect solution for families who love the area they live in but need more space. There’s no need for tearful goodbyes with friends and family as you trek across the country or state to find a new place to call home. But rather, you’re right where you started-but much happier!

Classic Homes specializes in tear downs, not renovation, not commercial buildings, just tear downs. We’ve been building for more than 35 years in Northern Virginia and  we’ve noticed an uptick during this past year. Even Clabaugh noted , “The American Institute of Architects, based in D.C., said 52% of its members have seen an increase in inquiries for tearing down houses.” Here are the primary reasons people are increasingly flocking to tearing down and rebuilding.

1) Neighborhoods are changing at an astonishing rate

While meeting with Clabaugh, the chief economist for the American Institute of Architects noted that “the most common reason for a tear down is areas that were considered far outside the city way back when have become more desirable suburbs, but the small, aging houses don’t make sense anymore.” Especially in Northern Virginia, the surrounding neighborhoods are bustling with life and culture. This is an ever-better reason to stick around the area and build a home on your existing lot! We’ve created floorplans that fit the lot for the area you desire most. Looking to move somewhere a bit more urban and requires a smaller footprint? Look no further than our city series. Considering a bigger estate lot out towards Oakton? Our estate series has plenty of space, and options too. Need something in between? Our heritage series is the solution! Once you pick your floorplan, you can customize it from there.

This home is a great addition to any neighborhood!

2) Increased Interest in Multi-gen Living

A “quarterly Home Design Trends survey…notes an increase in interest in multi-generational housing, likely driven in part by the pandemic’s effect on housing affordability.” Some companies are just barely starting to design multi-generational living, which sounds good but their learning is coming at your expense! You need someone with experience, and thankfully our 35 years of experience makes Classic Homes a perfect choice for your family’s needs. We accommodate the needs of your independent family members by giving them a separate living space. If they enjoy being part of the action and life of the household, we may propose a central living space for everyone to gather, share in laughter, and make memories.If your loved one has medical needs we may propose creating space that provides easy access for them to live freely and confidently within the walls of your home. 

A sunny in-law suite right off the main living room

3) Increased Interest for More Space

During the era of COVID-19 we as a nation adapted to a stay-at-home lifestyle. During the months we stayed at home we may have realized that our home just could not keep up with the demands of a full-time family(school, office, gym, etc.) You need room to breathe and move around, but in some cases that was not an option. Building a new home provides you the opportunity to create the amount of space you need (and some extra as well!). We have built hobby rooms, meditation rooms, puja rooms, study spaces, dens, fitness rooms, and spice kitchens as well-that only scratches the surface of what we can build for you. Also, if there’s one thing we learned from 2020 it’s to prepare for the unexpected. We don’t know what the next year, or years after that hold in store for us, but we do know that our floorplans will provide enough flex space for you to help you deal with whatever pops up in your future.

Spice kitchen off the main kitchen.

Final Thoughts:

Tearing down is the solution for many families because you can build exactly what you want-where you want. Pick the floorplan that fits your needs and adjust from there. Our team of experts will help bring your vision to life and give you the Classic Home you deserve.


Clabaugh, Jeff. “More Seek to Tear Down Homes | WTOP” WTOPNews. 12/22/2020 https://wtop.com/business-finance/2020/12/the-rise-of-the-tear-down-buyer/

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