Renovation v. Remodel

Your home improvement project is quite personal to you and your family; you are changing the space where you eat, play, and make memories. Because of this, you want to make the right choices for your home, whether that’s deciding between laminate or granite, or just how big the project should be.

That’s why we wrote this blog for you about whether you should remodel or renovate your home. (Originally posted here).

What’s the difference between remodeling and renovation? Aren’t they essentially the same thing? Both remodeling and renovating mean to make improvements on an existing building or home. However, they refer to two slightly different types of construction.

Renovation DefinitionRenovation 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 house 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 renovation often refers to “restoring” or “repairing” an existing structure, replacing the old with the new.

Remodel DefinitionRemodel means “to change the structure or form of something.” If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom, you’re looking to change the appearance of it. If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom, 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 room. 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 you want made 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 newly remodeled home. There are also certain costs associated with each type of construction.

Renovation V Remodel Infographic

Once you make this important decision, you’ll want to:

Take some initial steps:

This blog tells you everything you need to know about getting your home remodel or renovation project started. From building a budget to determining a timeline, it’s all there.

Ask your contractor some important questions:

Our President lets you in on the top questions to ask your contractor. See the full post here.

If you have any additional questions about a potential remodel or renovation, feel free to give us a call at 507-645-8975! Or contact us here.

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2 Replies to “Renovation v. Remodel”

  1. Thank you for the article. I have been playing with these two words in my mind lately. Deciding on what I wanted to do with my wife’s kitchen. Either way I need to hire someone to do it because there is just too much to do on my own. Plus I’ll have the added bonus of knowing it has been professionally done with all the guaranties that go with it. Thank you for the insights!

    1. It’s always nice to have a sound mind when it comes to your home! Glad we could help.

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