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What’s the Difference: Renovating vs Remodeling?

Generally, homeowners use the words “renovate” and “remodel” interchangeably. However, these terms actually entail two very different things–to learn the difference, keep reading.

What is Renovating?

In the broadest sense, to “renovate” means to make something new again or to revive. Regardless of the task the original design of the space is never dramatically altered. For example, a kitchen stays a kitchen and a bedroom stays a bedroom. Instead, the space is simply revised or revamped to meet a new standard.

When you apply this definition to the world of home construction, it can mean anything from repainting cabinets to installing new light fixtures. A renovation not only makes a room more attractive, but it also allows a homeowner to personalize their space. Painting, installing new flooring, and switching out cabinet knobs could give a room a comfortable and homey ambiance that fits a homeowner’s lifestyle.

If you’ve got the skills, time, and desire to take on a DIY, renovating is definitely for you!

What is Remodeling?

According to the dictionary the definition of “remodel” is to alter the structure of something. So, in a home setting that would mean changing the functionality and the design of an entire area. In some cases, this could involve tearing out a wall or reconfiguring a layout. Constructing an addition to your home would be considered a remodel as well.

For instance, one day you may decide to take out a wall to combine your kitchen and living room. Or you could reconfigure your kitchen so that the cabinets, fridge, sink and stove are in different locations to accommodate a new island. A good rule of thumb is, if the project involves a drastic alteration you can bet that it’s a remodel–not a renovation!

Do I Need a Permit?

If you’re renovating a permit won’t be necessary, but if you’re remodeling you almost always need one. Simple renovations like painting and installing new flooring don’t require permits, but if you’re tearing down walls or installing a new roof you most likely will need one.  Permits ensure that proper codes are being followed, these codes can be different from community to community. If you’re on the fence about needing a permit or not, the smartest thing to do is to check your community’s rules and regulations.

Which One Costs More?

At the end of the day, a remodeling project will almost always end up costing a pretty penny. That is because the process is typically much more complex. Remodeling involves changing the physical structure of the home, which could require the reconfiguration of wiring, plumbing, and ductwork.

Because of this, it’s important for you to consult with experienced designers and contractors before getting too involved in a project. With professional labor and material costs being higher it’s good to know what you’re getting into from the start. If you’re seriously considering a remodel, it also pays to make sure your project gets done right the first time.

While the final cost of a project depends on the scope of it and the quality of materials, it’s safe to say remodeling is still the more expensive option. Because renovations are usually less complex and done as a DIY by homeowners, they’re always easier on the wallet.

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Now that you know the difference between remodeling and renovating, are you ready to make a choice? If you have questions about a bathroom remodel or renovation project, feel free to contact us. Our professional team is always happy to help!