What is the Difference Between Remodeling and Renovating?

The words “remodel” and “renovate” are often used interchangeably. However, for design and build professionals, these terms mean two very different things.

To quote from the dictionary:


  1. To restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair
  2. To invigorate; refresh; revive


As you can see, “renovate” means to make new again. In the world of home construction, this includes re-painting, re-facing cabinets, installing new light fixtures, or adding other finishes and fixtures. The original design isn’t altered drastically, but rather, it is updated to a new standard.

Renovating a room in your home, especially a kitchen, not only makes the space more attractive, but may also add value to the home or condo. For instance, if you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, adding stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and replacing the cabinets in your kitchen will often increase the chance of a sale and deliver a return on your investment.


  1. To alter the structure of


A remodel involves changing the use of a space. When the structure and style of a space is completely transformed, this is considered a remodel. If you want to change the layout of a room and re-configure the floor plan, you’re remodeling. In a kitchen remodel, for instance, you may decide to combine the kitchen with the living room to create an open concept kitchen layout. Or perhaps you’d like to install a kitchen island to create more functional space for cooking. Whatever it is, remodeling breathes new life into a room, giving the space a whole new look and feel.

Because remodeling involves complex design considerations as well as construction, electric, and plumbing expenses, it typically costs more than renovating. For this reason, it is important to consult an experienced design build contractor or architect before you begin a remodeling project. If you are interested in remodeling your home, it always pays to make sure that your project gets done right the first time around.

One of our more recent posts also explains when and where to remodel or renovate, check it out if you’re still curious. Otherwise, if you have questions about your remodeling or renovation project, please contact us. Our professional team is always happy to help.

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