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Renovation Vs. Remodel: Which one is right for you?

ren·o·va·tion /ˌrenəˈvāSH(ə)n/

Verb: to restore to a former better state (as by cleaning, repairing, or rebuilding)

re·mod·el /rēˈmädl/

Verb: to alter the structure of : REMAKE




The words Renovate and Remodel are tossed around in the interior design and real estate circles, but they actually mean pretty different things. Basically, the main difference is that when you renovate a space you're restoring it back to it's original form and when you remodel, you're completely changing the structure. You might be wondering if you'll need to renovate your space or jump all in and remodel. If this is you, keep on reading because we're breaking it all down.

The differences are pretty clear, but you would be surprised at how many people get really confused when talking about the two interchangeably. You can renovate and remodel pretty much any space (commercial or residential) today, we're just going to be focusing on residential, but the basics apply to both.


Residential Renovation - what does it mean?

When it comes to residential a "renovation" could mean something as simple as paining a room a different color or resurfacing your kitchen cabinets. The point is that the original design is never completely changed. Doing a renovation can take a space from drab to fab with minimal effort, time, and money. That being said, paying for a custom reno might be a valuable investment for you especially if you're looking to bring up your home value.


Residential Remodel

With a remodel, we aren't just changing the paint color, we're completely making something new. If you want to create an open concept layout between your kitchen and your living room, you'll be planning a remodel, not just a renovation. The above will apply even if you're just trying to add in a new kitchen island or build an add-on in your house.


So, what costs more?

Typically, a remodel will always cost more and a renovation because you're doing more work. More work = more time and money. If you're planning a remodel in Southern California, get in contact with us today for a free quote!



Regardless of whether you're looking to remodel, or simply renovate, you'll want to be working with a trustworthy team. We have been in the industry for over 15 years and have serviced hundreds of residents San Diego County and beyond. You want to make sure that you get the project done right the first time - so work with the best!



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