Should You Remodel or Renovate

If you have lived in your house for a while, it may be time for a change. There is no need to find a new house. You just need to make a few changes to the one you already love. Do you remodel or do you renovate? Often these terms are used interchangeably, but they mean different things. It is important to know the difference between remodeling and renovating as they involve different types of construction. The costs and timeline for each project differs and can even involve different contractors.

Should You Remodel or Renovate?

What is a renovation?

To renovate your home means to restore the home to a good state. Typically a building not in good repair is one that has been abandoned, is really old, or has not been kept up properly. Renovating involves making the building more aesthetically appealing and structurally sound and these projects are not always large. Sometimes a few small tweaks can fix the issues but sometimes renovations can involve dramatic makeovers.

The key to a renovation is that the current structure is being repaired so that it looks as it should. Renovations are also not planned and sometimes the costs come when they cannot be covered. There are three main types of renovation: cleaning, repairing and rebuilding. Cleaning and repair are considered renovation when the care is no longer enough to prevent the property from fulfilling its purpose. Rebuilding is a large renovation project that can involve demolition, removal of old structures, and rebuilding from scratch.

What is remodeling?

When you remodel a building, you change the structure or form so its appearance will be different. A remodel job does not fix a structure as it is already structurally sound. You just do not like the look of it and want it to be changed. The physical function of a space or building is changed with remodeling and is very different from renovating. Remodeling projects are generally planned, which means you can budget for them and cover all costs with ease.

A perfect example to represent the differences between remodeling and renovation can be seen with a bathroom. Renovating your bathroom means it is in disrepair, pipes are rusted, the toilet is leaking, and the bathtub is cracked. The renovation will make the bathroom useable and safe. To remodel the bathroom you want to change it based on your wants by switching out the shower, painting the walls, or adding floor tiles.


Regardless of what you’re looking for renovation and remodeling projects can be exciting. Call us today and we can help you come up with the best project ideas. We can meet your every need with a great renovation or fulfill every want with the perfect remodel. Call us today.

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