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Remodeling Vs. Renovation: What’s The Difference?

Many use the terms ‘remodeling’ and ‘renovation’ interchangeably, however there’s a very significant difference between the two. Understanding this difference will help you determine what you want to do to your home, such as adding a new addition or updating the kitchen. The Los Angeles general contractors at Joel & Co. Construction provide both remodeling and renovation services for your convenience.

Renovation Defined

Renovation refers to updating an existing structure. To renovate is to make something better or like new again, such as refinishing the bathroom tub or adding new cabinets and hardware to the kitchen. Adjectives such as “refresh,” “repair,” “restore,” and “revive” all apply to renovation efforts. Old designs are not drastically made over, they are simply updated to create a more modern or contemporary feeling within the home.

Remodeling Defined

Remodeling refers to altering a structure in such a way that total space transformation results. For example, if you’re adding a new addition to your home, you are changing the structure and therefore remodeling the building. Other examples include installing a kitchen island, taking out a wall to expand a living room or master bedroom, turning the space above the garage into a functional apartment, and so on. Remodeling frequently involves changes to plumbing and electrical wiring among other alterations.

What’s Right For You?

Determining whether remodeling or renovating is right for your home depends on many factors, including budget and overall lifestyle. If you want to update your kitchen and bathrooms, even the lightest renovations such as fresh coats of paint and new fixtures might be enough. If you’re looking to completely redo the upstairs of your home now that the kids are out of the house, you’re looking at a serious remodeling project. Think about what’s best for your needs and budget, and what adds the most curb appeal before making your final decision.

Whatever you decide, the team at Joel & Co. Construction is here to make your home project as easy and stress-free as possible.

For more on Los Angeles general contractor services, please contact Joel & Co. Construction today.


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