TO RENOVATE OR TO REMODEL?Don't get confused with the term renovate and remodel. We can help explain the difference of the two term.
RENOVATION OR REMODELING – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Communicating what you want the general contractor to do is essential in determining the best plan to either renovate or remodel your home.
What’s the difference between remodeling and renovation? Aren’t they necessarily the same thing? Both remodeling and renovating mean to make improvements to an existing building or home. However, they refer to two slightly different types of construction.
Renovation means “restore to a good state of repair.” In other words, dilapidated buildings or poorly maintained houses are sometimes considered to be in a state of disrepair. To renovate a home or building means to resurrect that structure from a state of disrepair.
Renovations can often be subtle, improving on the existing building or house. Or, they can be drastic, much like a remodel. Remember construction involving improvement usually refers to “restoring” or “repairing” an existing structure, replacing the old with the new.
Remodel means “to change the structure or form of something.” If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom or kitchen, you’re looking to change the appearance of it. If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom or kitchen, you’re looking to repair or update it.
Remodels generally work to change the appearance, structure, or function of a room. In other words, a remodel works to improve upon or transform the existing design and layout of a bathroom or kitchen or any part of the house. Remodeling refers to “changing” or “transforming” a building or home.
Why is it important to know the difference? You’ll want to be able to accurately communicate with your contractor what changes that you want to do to your home or building. If you’re planning on selling your home, a newly renovated home means something different to the buyer than a freshly remodeled home. There are also certain costs associated with each type of construction.