Remodel vs renovation, that is the question. Home improvement projects can be exciting and overwhelming.
Before you embark on a home improvement project, its good to fully understand what it is and what is needed of you to successfully complete the project.
This is where the terms renovation and remodel comes in. The two terms are used interchangeably but they have different meanings in the home improvement industry.
What is the difference between remodel and renovation?
A remodel refers to entirely changing the form, structure, or function of a room or the entire home. It mostly involves tearing down walls and adding new features or rearranging the layout of a specific space. A remodel project aims to give your home a completely new look and feel. A remodel is like creating something new out of the existing home or space.
A renovation, on the other hand, refers to the restoration or repair of an existing home or space to the original condition. This means improving the home or space without changing the structure. A renovation project is simply a repair or restoration project.
It involves updating finishes, repairing or replacing old fixtures, or giving the space a fresh coat of paint. Unlike a remodel, there is no restructuring or tearing down of walls. The structure remains the same but repairs and restorations are done.
Understanding the difference between these two terms helps homeowners make an informed decision about their home improvement projects.
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If you would like some tips of kitchen remodels before you start designing, check out this article published by Better Homes and Gardens titled, “Fundamental Kitchen Design Guidelines to Know Before You Remodel.”
Pros of a Remodel
Improved functionality: a remodel helps you address design flaws, increase storage space or create a more open floor plan.
Increased home value: a perfectly executed home remodel significantly increases the value of your home making it a worthwhile investment.
Customization: a remodel allows you to create a space tailored to your specific needs that best fit your style and personality.
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Cons of a Remodel
Cost: all remodeling projects are expensive especially if you plan to make significant structural changes.
Disruption: remodeling is disruptive to your family’s daily routine particularly if you are living in the home as the work is being done.
Different tastes: depending on the type of remodel you do, future home buyers may not like your design ideas.
Pros of a Renovation
Increase in property value: renovations add value to your home without as much cost as a remodel.
Improved functionality: renovations improve the functionality and flow of your living space making it more comfortable and convenient for everyday use.
Customization: with a renovation, you get the chance to personalize your home to fit your specific needs.
Cost savings: renovations are a more cost-effective than remodeling.
Time: Renovations are completed much faster than remodels.
Cons of a Renovation
Disruptions: this depends on the scope of the project. However, get ready for disruptions like dust and noise which might be difficult to manage especially if you have children or pets.
Unforeseen complications: renovations sometimes reveal underlying problems with your home such as mold and water damage which adds to the overall cost and time needed for the renovation.
Regulatory issues: you may discover during renovations that you need to replace wiring or bring things up to code. Such things will add to the cost and increase the time spent of the project.
How to decide if remodel or renovation is best for your project
Deciding whether a renovation or remodel is best for your home depends on different factors. These include budget, condition of your home, your goals and personal preferences.
Start by determining how much you can afford to spend on the project. Take into consideration the condition of your home. A renovation is best if your home is in good condition and only needs a few updates. If its outdated and requires some major changes, a remodel is best.
Return on investment is another thing you have to consider. If you plan to sell your home in the near future, a remodel is a better investment as it significantly increases the value of your home.
Rooms additions are becoming popular for many reasons. Some of the reasons we have heard are, parents moving in with their adult children, growing families needing more space, and families needing an extra office space.
Ultimately, the decision to remodel or renovate your home depends on your specific goals, budget, and circumstances. Consider all the above factors carefully before making your decision.
After that, contact a reputable contractor, like Birdseye Construction to ensure you get value for your money on the project of your choice.