Renovation vs. Remodel: What’s the Difference?

Renovation vs. Remodel: What’s the Difference?

Making changes to your home is a big deal. Not only does it alter the dynamics of your space, but it can also require a lot of hard work. That said, there’s a big difference between installing a few light fixtures and tearing down a wall to combine two rooms into one.

No one knows this better than home builders. That’s why calling them with a remodel or renovation request are two very different things. One generally requires quite a bit more work than the other, and the associated costs are usually higher as well. As a homeowner, you need to understand the distinct differences between the two.

While most home builders do both remodelling and renovation projects, they may have more experience with one over the other. This will help you make a more informed decision when choosing the right home builders for your project. So, without further ado, let’s get into the difference between a remodel and renovation. 


What is a Remodel?


An easy way to think about home remodelling is you’re making changes to the structure or layout. A prime example would be if you wanted to make changes to rooms in your home. Let’s say you want to combine two smaller bedrooms into one larger bedroom. This type of job would fall under the remodelling umbrella.

It doesn’t only mean removing walls to make more room. A remodel can also mean putting up new structures as well. If you want to add a kitchen island or raise the ceiling in your living room, those are also remodelling projects. Anything that requires those structural changes to your home is typically seen as a remodelling project.

The complex nature of a remodelling project can make them more difficult, and thus, more expensive to carry out. In many cases, a permit is necessary for specific structural changes. On top of that, other professionals like electricians and plumbers may need to be consulted. The last thing you want is for all the electrical wiring or plumbing to be out of whack after you’ve taken down a couple walls.


What is a Renovation?


Generally speaking, a home renovation project is centred around updating the current state of your home. That can mean everything from painting walls to installing new flooring. It can also mean restoration work, too. If you have some old cabinets that need a fresh coat of paint and perhaps some new handles, that would be a renovation project.

A renovation is often tied to selling homes as well. Since they’re much smaller and less expensive than an extensive remodelling project, it’s an excellent way to increase the home’s value without breaking the bank. It also makes the home feel fresh and renewed without actually changing the structure like a remodelling project. 

Renovation projects don’t usually require permits or any additional help outside of the home builders. Because of this, and because they’re smaller projects in general, a renovation will also usually be completed faster than a remodelling project. 


If you need a remodel, you need an experienced home builder that can get the job done right. Fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page, and we’ll get your project going in no time.