What’s the Difference: Renovation vs. Remodel


Home renovations and home remodels are both beneficial to increase value, improve functionality, and meet your needs. They often get mixed up so it’s important to know the differences.

You might wonder what a renovation or remodeling project involves and how they differ. Renovation projects repair and update existing spaces while keeping their original purpose. Some examples include painting, updating appliances, or replacing flooring.

Remodeling a space in a home often involves changing the existing layout or function of a room. Some examples include installing a kitchen island, removing walls, and combining two rooms into one, or an addition.

What’s the Difference Between Remodeling and Renovating?

1) Total project cost varies depending on the work that is being done but in general, remodeling can be more expensive than a renovation since a remodeling job involves more material and labor. These factors, depending on your budget, should be carefully considered.

2) The time that it takes to complete a remodeling job is typically far greater than the time it takes to renovate an existing area. When interior work is being done on your home, you’ll have workers in and out of your home throughout the process. Workers take care to limit the disruptions that take place but construction work can be noisy and it’s likely to at least minimally disrupt your normal day-to-day routines.

3) Convenience is major when it comes to home projects. Renovation work might not be as involved as remodeling but it all depends on your home and family’s needs. Remodeling a portion of your home will limit access to that area. Renovation work will limit it, too, but usually not as much or for as much time. If your home has multiple levels, several bathrooms, or options for dining and entertainment areas, or if you’ve got a small family, it might not be a factor. At Classic Construction, we work with you every step of the way and check in throughout the project to ensure minimal disruption for you and your family.

4) Consider whether you like your current home design or if there are some major flaws in the layout. Some older homes might have a different interior flow than newer homes offer. In these cases, a remodel instead of a renovation might be more ideal. Your customization options are more limited with a renovation since they focus on restoring the building or room to its former condition. So it’s mainly an aesthetic change when a renovation takes place. A remodeling project offers more options to customize and transform a space.

5) Your return on investment (ROI) when deciding whether to renovate or start a remodeling project is something to consider. Since renovation work generally costs less than a remodel and typically involves smaller projects, it’s usually a much better investment. Updating floors and countertops during renovation in kitchens, for instance, adds immensely to the appeal and value. If your home suffers from a poor design such as a closed-off living room that feels stuffy then a remodel might be worth the additional investment to open up the space and make it more functional. Perhaps the bathroom is small and there’s an option to expand it with a wall removal. These all bring increased value and make a wise investment, but it depends on your budget and what you are looking for to meet your style and needs.

Contact Classic Construction in Richmond, VA at (804) 794-5690 to get started on your next home remodel. We make the process of remodeling your home as easy as possible, so you can make new memories.

Author: Classic Construction

Established in 2001, Classic Construction has since become one of the leading Richmond remodeling companies. With decades in the home improvement industry, Brian Holder, company president, is intimately involved with every project and works with our vendors and installation crews to ensure every job runs smoothly and meets our high standards of quality and customer satisfaction.