There is a difference between the terms home remodeling, home renovation and home restoration. What we do is sort of a combination between home restoration and home renovation, because while we restore the home to its former glory, using materials original to the home or reusing materials, we also update the interior of the home with potentially a new floor plan and updated finishes and fixtures.
Sometimes this involves gutting. the home and starting over, depending on the condition of the home to begin with. Here’s a breakdown of the definitions:
Remodeling is often broadly used to describe any kind of change to an existing house. Technically, it’s more accurate to say that remodel means to change the character of a house or a portion of a house. So when you convert a den into a guest room you’re remodeling the den.
Renovating is a much more specific term. It means, quite literally, to make new again. An out-of-date kitchen, updated with new finishes and fixtures, has been renovated.
Restoring a house is sort of the opposite of renovation. Instead of updating, you’re making the house like it was before (i.e., you can do a historic restoration but not a historic renovation.)
Even if you convert existing spaces back to their original use, you’re still restoring the original rooms. Removing vinyl siding and fixing up the original wood siding and trim is a restoration project.
Here’s an easy way to remember the difference between the terms.
- Remodel: Changing the use of a space or spaces. Converting a room to another use.
- Renovate: Make a space new without changing its use.
- Restore: Return a space to its original use, and/or return a space to its original character.
Barry Andrews Homes is a home restoration company in that we take an old home in disrepair and return it to its former glory. Over the years, we’ve restored many properties and sold them to new owners. Click here to take a look at one of our home restoration projects.
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