What's the difference between renovation and remodeling?
Oftentimes these terms are used interchangeably, but to professionals, these two terms mean two different things. To quote Merriam-Webster:
RENOVATION: is the process of making changes and repairs to (an old house, building, room, etc.) so that it is back in good condition.
REMODELING: changing the structure, shape, or appearance of (something)
So to RENOVATE a kitchen or a bathroom may involve painting (walls / cabinets), new finishes, new fixtures. You may consider new, more modern appliances (stainless steel fridge, dishwasher) or a granite / quartz countertop. Perhaps a new floor is in order, maybe refacing of cabinets, a backsplash etc - without major alterations to the space itself.
Bathroom renovation may consist of painting, installing new bathtubs, showers, vanities, toilets, bidets, tiles or any combination of these.
REMODELING a bathroom usually involves a different design layout to improve function, make better use of the space, addition of new features (a jacuzzi / whirlpool, sauna, walk-in shower, windows, skylights etc).
REMODELING a kitchen usually aims to make the space more functional and improve the home overall. You may decide to combine the kitchen with the living room to create an open concept layout, add an island etc - if you're changing layout of your space, you're remodeling.
It's important to decide ahead of time whether you're renovating or remodeling. Oftentimes "innocent" renovations evolve into remodeling and it's best to consider ALL your options before you start to avoid U turns later on.
This is where our resident experts can help you decide - remember we've been doing this for over 25 years - get in touch with us for a no-obligation interview to help you make an educated decision for your bathroom / kitchen renovation or remodel.