Hi Team, Looking for some guidance here! Long term listener... We have a 1880's Victorian Double Fronted Weatherboard in Hawthorn East, Vic that is our PPOR. It is in liveble but very outdated condition. We bought this place last year and it is likely to be a long term family home. We made some initial internal cosmetic changes - plaster, paint, lighting, flooring and a couple of nessecities like electrical and roof repairs to make the house liveable before moving in mid last year. Whilst the front and roof (slate tiles) are distinctly Victorian, the previous owners (who had the house for 55 years) pulled out all lot of the original features internally - madness I know. We are now discussing long terms plans and am tring to get our heads around what would be the best course of action; Renovate or Detonate (and build brand new). Renovate Pros: Keep the Victorian facade / roof line In keeping with the area Council recognise existing footprint - which is slightly towards the front of the block than current planning would allow. Cons: Need to factor in cost to replace all original features missing; ceiling roses, fireplaces. Would need retumping, rewiring, roof work. Could be more costly than a clean site. Detonate Pros: No heritage overlay so possible to do so. Building likely to be quicker Potentially get more for our money Cons: Loose the appeal of the existing facade It would be subject to tighter council planning regulations I'm interested in your thoughts as to best course of action. JK.