The Difference Between Remodeling and Renovation


Welcome to our blog! If this is your first time visiting our blog you might have noticed that we are a custom home builder in Fredericksburg, Loudoun and the rest of the Northern Virginia area. But we also provide other services like remodeling and renovation. We also get a lot of customers asking for these two services and many times there is a confusion on the difference between them. So in this post, we want to clear up the confusion and write about the difference between remodeling and renovation.


According to Merriam Webster, “renovate” means:

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

2:to restore to life, vigor, or activity :revive “
In other words, the renovation of a house or a room is done when you re-paint, add finishes or add new light fixtures. You don’t touch the original structure of the building, but instead work with what you already have. You work towards improving it or repairing it; making the space beautiful again.  This many times done to old buildings like churches.
In comparison, remodel means:
“:to alter the structure of :remake” 
A remodel can be a drastic change to the space because it will either improve or transform the space. This can be done by changing the layout or the purpose of the space. For example, what used to be the garage might be a new bedroom. A remodel will change the style of the space and will most likely require construction, electrical and plumbing work.
In summary, to renovate is to “repair” and to remodel is to “change.” And if you are still confused, the good thing is that when you work with our team, we will be able to help you figure out what you want. If you are interested in our remodeling and renovation services, contact us through our website or give us a call at (540) 220-1500.
If you want to read more of our articles, start by checking our our latest three: Upgrades For Your Custom HomeHow To Pick The Right Lot For Your Custom Home and 3 Reasons Why Summer Is A Good Time To Remodel Your Home.