What’s The Difference Between Remodel And Renovation?

When you’re considering making changes to your existing space, it’s important to consider the scope of work. This will be the main difference between remodel and renovation. While these terms sound pretty similar, many people use them interchangeably incorrectly. Let’s discuss the differences between remodeling and renovating, and which one might fit the bill for your next project. 

Differentiating Between Remodel And Renovation

Simply put, renovation involves making cosmetic changes to a space without any structural work. On the other hand, remodeling typically involves moving walls, plumbing, and other more significant layout changes. Let’s take a bathroom for example:

  1. Renovating
    • Fresh paint
    • Removing wallpaper
    • New vanity, countertops
    • New toilet
    • Replacing fixtures
    • Replacing floors
    • Repairing leaks
  2. Remodeling
    • Making the footprint larger or smaller
    • Turning a half bath into a full bath
    • Moving plumbing to change the layout

Generally speaking, remodeling will cost more money and likely require a professional. Conversely, many people decide to tackle small renovations on their own. Certain projects are definitely DIY-friendly. But once you start moving into remodeling, it’s best to have a contractor on board. Involving a contractor actually protects your investment, knowing that the job will be done right and with proper permitting. 

Choosing A Remodeling Contractor

Because of the structural work involved in remodeling, it almost always requires a permit and therefore should involve a licensed contractor. Whether your project is commercial or residential, Dunlap is qualified. We have an extensive portfolio of remodels including historic buildings, medical offices, restaurants, and more. When choosing a remodeling contractor, you’ll want to make sure they are appropriately licensed, bonded, and insured. Check out our article here for more tips on finding a qualified contractor.

If you’re on the fence about whether you want to renovate or do a remodel, we can help. We provide valuable insight into which projects get you the most return on your investment. We are happy to sit down with you to discuss your construction needs and determine if you could benefit from a remodel. Schedule a call with us today!


Trackback from your site.

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.