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Residential selective demolition can encompass a building from one existing exterior wall to the opposite existing exterior wall (a complete gut) or simply removing a section of wall to add a door in an existing partition. As long as the super-structure stays intact, it would be considered a selective demo. The roof structure usually stays put, although it can be replaced as part of a selective demolition project.
Selective demolition is an ideal solution when you want to alter or improve a building without tearing it down completely. Using the most advanced demolition techniques in the industry, Demo X provides green solutions for exterior and interior projects. We approach each job with attention to detail, safety and your schedule. Get in touch with a specialist today to learn if selective demolition is the best choice for your needs.
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Examples of Residential Selective Demolition Projects
Stripping out a building.
Create or remove entryways.
Prepare a home or building for a new floor, room or space.
Prepare a building for an extension.
Remove stairwells.
Re-proportion existing structures.
Prepare a home for an en suite extension, such a bathroom in a master bedroom.
Altering buildings so they serve a different purpose, such as turning an old
factory into a school or office building.
Equipment and component removals.
Prepare a building for structural modifications, such as seismic upgrades.
Stripping out a building.
Site cleanups for buildings that contain hazardous materials, such as lead.
Removing feed and conveyor systems from factories.
Roof removals & much more.
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Building Preparation
Many buildings that undergo selective demolition retain their main operative functions. Before removing building components with demolition equipment, specialists ensure the safety of the project and prepare materials for removal and recycling. This process involves cutting power to the respective area, capping pipes and turning off HVAC systems.

Depending on window placement and natural lighting levels, a contractor may install temporary lighting systems to improve visibility within the building. The crew may also install supportive shoring or bracing to prevent movement, settlements or collapses.

The Best Candidates for Selective Demolition

Selective demolitions are best for buildings that are structurally sound. Instances when this type of demolition service might be appropriate include:

Interior remodels and renovations.
Asbestos removal and the abatement of other hazardous materials
Building relocation
Site remediation
A building needs alterations
A proposed project meets a municipality’s zoning regulations and building codes
Preparing a building for construction work
Extending a building
When buildings are large or heavily fortified
Preserving a historic building

Code Review
Each municipality differs in regards to a building’s placement, use and size. While gathering information, a contractor learns what it can and cannot do by studying the city and county’s codes. Having a firm understanding of the regulations helps a contractor begin a project with confidence.

Codes that might affect a project include those related to:

Maximum building height and area
Local transit services
Pedestrian safety
Existing landscaping features
Maximum possible envelope
Existing structures
Occupant comfort
Allowable floor areas
Noise levels
Maximum allowable lot coverage

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