home remodel plans

People often talk about home renovation and home remodelling interchangeably, but there’s a difference between the two terms, both of which can be a form of home refurbishment.

If you’re planning to make significant home improvements, it’s useful to know the lingo before you talk to a contractor. That way, you can make sure that you don’t discuss home remodelling if what you really want is a home renovation.

You might also wonder how the return on investment differs between home remodelling and home renovation – and in most cases there is a difference both in terms of cost and value added to your home.

So, what’s the difference between the two terms? It comes down to whether the work is disruptive to the fabric of your property, or if it is largely cosmetic.

Examples of home renovation

Home renovation is the less disruptive of the two. It can be purely cosmetic or can include specific repairs, such as replacing rotten floorboards and joists.

Some more examples of home renovation include:

  • Painting, decorating and wallpapering
  • Fixtures and fittings e.g. light switches and wall socket plates
  • New furniture, rugs, curtains etc

Renovation means to take something old and make it new – that’s where the ‘nova’ part comes from – so that could mean redecorating a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen, and so on.

Home renovation typically costs less as the work is less extensive, and you may be able to avoid calling in certain trades like electricians if all you’re doing is redecorating.

At the same time, there’s a limit on how much value you can add via renovation, so if you want to maximise your return on investment, remodelling may be the way to go.

Examples of home remodelling

Home remodelling is more in-depth and might involve structural changes to your property, or a new layout of your rooms, position of doorways and so on.

It’s also likely you’ll need multiple trades on-site, from builders making the structural changes, to electricians and plumbers changing the location of utilities, to painters and decorators to make the final aesthetic changes.

Some examples include:

  • Kitchen extension
  • Bathroom extension
  • Loft conversion

‘Knocking through’ to take down a dividing wall between two rooms is a general example of home remodelling too and can free up some extra living space within your home.

It’s important to check on any restrictions before undertaking home remodelling. There may be rules about building an extension near your boundary or making external and internal changes to properties with heritage or listed status, or in a conservation zone.

Home remodelling vs renovation – what adds value?

Any update to your home is likely to add resale value – buyers appreciate a property where there’s less work to do once they move in.

If you’re planning to stay put for the foreseeable future, home renovation can give you more pleasant surroundings, but any added value may fade over time until you come to sell the property.

Home remodelling makes a more permanent change, often adding space in the form of a home extension or loft conversion, and that added value will remain over the long term.

The best solution for you depends on what you want to achieve – a nicer home to live in for yourself, added value on a property you want to sell, or both.

If you’re not sure the best way to achieve the outcome you want, speak to local home builders with a proven track record across home renovations and remodelling alike, and they can help you to decide what work you want to carry out. Abell Building Services has a great deal of experience in this area and can provide you with more information and no-obligation quotes, get in touch today.