Renovate or Build newI am looking for the most cost effective way to purchase a home we want to live in for the rest of our lives. I am not too keen on developments as the houses are too close together and they are cookie cutter looking. We are leaning toward buying either an older home and gutting it or buy a tear down in an area we like and rebuild on the lot. What is the more cost efficient route to go? Who would be a good resource to consult prior to our house hunting?August 31 2013 - Valrico00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.