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How to Decide If You Need a Remodel or a Renovation

Most people use the words “remodel” and “renovate” interchangeably.

You’ve probably never considered it, but the truth is, they mean different things.

It’s time for you to learn the difference so you know what you’re talking about when you call your contractor.

Let’s look at the differences between these two similar-but-different terms.

What is renovation?

When you want to have some renovations done, what you’re saying is that you’re focusing on cosmetic changes.

For example, you can renovate your kitchen by giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, refacing the cabinets, or installing new lighting fixtures.

If you’re renovating the bathroom, you may replace the tile, get a new sink, or swap out the tub or toilet.

As long as you’re leaving the plumbing where it is, these types of changes still fall under the umbrella of a renovation.

What’s a remodel?

A remodel can involve some of the same elements as a renovation, but it goes much deeper.

When you remodel, you change the actual structure. It will involve some level of demolition and construction.

If you decide you don’t like the wall between your kitchen and dining room anymore and you knock it down, you’re remodeling because you’re changing the floor plan.

In the previous bathroom example, you would be remodeling if you wanted to change the location of the tub or sink because it would require rerouting the plumbing.

How do you decide which one you need?

Not sure whether your home needs a renovation or a remodel?

Think about why you want to make changes.

If your home is beginning to look dated, some new paint and updating of your decor may be all you need to give your home a fresh and trendy look. In other words, a renovation.

On the other hand, if you need more space or want to add a different functionality to a room or a space, a remodel is the way to go.

What’s the difference in cost?

Renovations are a less expensive option because you’re mainly dealing with surface issues.

It’s also easier to budget because you won’t have any surprises in terms of what you’ll need to get the job done.

Because remodeling involves construction work and more costly materials, it’s typically much more expensive than a renovation.

Depending on the extent of your remodel, you may have to obtain building permits, which can add to the cost, as well as the added design elements that are involved when you’re changing up a floor plan.

Who should you call?

You can always use the expertise of a contractor.

They have the skills to let you know what the right process is for your project, from painting to knocking out walls.

When you choose one with the proper licensing and insurance, you can rest assured that you’re in the best hands.

The bottom line

Now that you understand that renovation is a lighter, surface fix and remodeling is a deeper, structural change, you have to make a choice about which one is the best fit for you.

When you call on a trusted contractor for guidance, they’ll help you determine what you need to have done, how much you can afford, and the best way to accomplish it all so you end up with the look you want.

For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts KBR Kitchen and Bath.