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By: Kevin Ahern on August 29th, 2014

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Remodeling vs. Renovation: The Difference In Under 200 Words

Commercial | Residential | Residential Remodeling | Industry Knowledge

When you are considering business or home remodeling in Connecticut, you may find yourself confused on what you really need: a remodel or a renovation. In the construction industry these terms are often used interchangeably, but there are a few major differences you need to keep in mind when you start planning your project. Let us explain here in under 200 words!

Remodeling vs. Renovation

Defining Remodeling

Remodeling is a design change, changing the way a room looks or functions. For example, a kitchen remodel might include adding an island and new cooking appliances.

While a remodel may include changes to a home or building’s plumbing, electrical, and structural systems, or even enlarge the size of a room to make it more useful, the goal of a remodel is improved or changed functionality.

Defining Renovation

Renovations on the other hand are a restoration process. When the structure or electrical and plumbing systems in a building are outdated, or beyond repair, a renovation is usually required. For example, a home with a very old plumbing system would undergo a renovation.

In this type of project, the walls, floors, and even ceiling areas may need to be torn out to upgrade or restore the property. A rebuild is a form of renovation where the structure is fully demolished and completely reconstructed. The term renovation can also be used when re-carpeting or painting is performed.

Key Takeaway

With a remodel, the purpose or function of a room is altered or improved. In a renovation, the function remains the same; the condition is merely restored or upgraded.

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About Kevin Ahern

Kevin is the Co-Founder of Litchfield Builders, an award-winning, industry leader with a reputation for managing projects others shy away from. They are known for their high-quality work, customer service, and reliability and though still relatively small in size, Litchfield Builders now competes with some of the areas largest firms in both the residential and commercial arenas.