home remodel vs home renovation

Renovation vs Remodeling.

People often use the words “renovation” and “remodel” interchangeably. When planning significant home improvements, it’s best to use the right terminology. This will help you better communicate with a contractor. Residential renovation and residential remodeling are very different projects. Each has a set of benefits and considerations. Get to know six key differences that help keep the terminology straight. Select the best type of project for your home needs.

renovation vs remodeling

Residential Renovation updates the look without changing the room’s purpose.

In a renovation, a kitchen remains a kitchen. A bedroom remains a bedroom. Repairs and updates are made. These updates include painting, installing new flooring, and switching out faucets. The renovation also includes structural rebuilding. For example, suppose rotted wood members are discovered. This renovation will rebuild the wall, subfloor, or roof.

residential remodelingDuring residential remodeling, the design and structure are often changed.

Remodeling changes the design and functionality of a room. It could require tearing down a wall to expand a bathroom. Reconfiguring a kitchen layout. Moving the fridge, cabinets, range, and sink to different locations. Adding a new room to your home would be a remodel. Remodeling need not always involve significant structural changes. But, it can be something as simple as turning a guest bedroom into a home office. If the purpose of the area has altered, it’s been remodeled.

Remodeling is often costlier than renovating.

Remodeling may involve changing the physical structure. These projects may require you to reconfigure the wiring, plumbing, and ductwork. This makes the project more pricy. Professional tradesmen are typically used for remodeling. Material cost is typically higher as well. Many remodeling projects include building new additions. The final cost comparison depends on the project’s size and the materials’ quality. Renovations are usually less complicated. They are also easier on the budget.

residential renovationRenovating may require a permit. Remodeling always does.

Communities require permits to ensure homes are properly built. Counties set their own rules. It is common for a local building authority to require a permit when a structure is changed. This includes putting an addition on a home or taking down interior walls. Simple renovations, like painting and installing new carpeting, don’t need permits. Replacing a roof is in a unique category. Suppose a new roof isn’t installed correctly. In that case, it could leak, and the home’s structure could be damaged. Most communities require re-roofing permits.

Renovating is more Do It Yourself friendly.

If you have the skills and time for home improvement, consider renovating. Typically unlicensed homeowners are now allowed to run electrical or install plumbing. Painting, hanging new doors, and installing trim work are projects that are permitted. Even if a community allows you to do their own remodeling, the average DIYer typically do not have the skill. These could involve pouring a new foundation for an addition or framing walls.

renovation vs remodelRenovating yields a better return on investment.

Renovating costs less, so the ROI is typically better from renovation than remodeling. It costs less as it only involves repairing and updating a home’s essential features.

Check out this article about the typical cost of a kitchen remodel. Some examples of the return from a renovation when you sell your house include:

  • replacing an entry door will net the homeowner approximately 75% ROI
  • replacing a garage door will earn the homeowner about 98% ROI
  • re-siding a house will return about 76% to the homeowner

A significant kitchen remodels costs alot but only nets about 60% ROI. Adding a master suite to your home will bring just about 50% ROI.

Remodeling is the best solution for a poorly designed home.

There are problems that a renovation will not solve. Some include:

  • Fixing a home design that requires you to walk through one bedroom to get to another
  • When your kitchen sink’s water supply lines are installed in an exterior wall and freeze in winter

When a home is poorly designed, remodeling is often the solution. Poor design is typically found in older homes before strict building codes were the norm.

When you are thinking about home improvement, call the right contractor. Mastercraft Home Improvement is the leading 5-Star Residential Remodeling and Residential Renovation contractor. We will guide you thru the renovation vs remodeling decision.

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“This company is very reliable. I like that the owner took his time to explain the process. He suggested money-saving ideas that would still deliver the look I wanted. These changes didn’t make my kitchen look cheap. I highly recommend them.” – Mayoli P.

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Mark K.
Mark K.
17:17 26 Jun 20
It would be impossible to encompass how happy we are with the team at Mastercraft with just a short review but here you go. Shortly before the Covid-19...
Robert Ford
Robert Ford
14:33 23 Jun 20
I hired Mastercraft to do a complete kitchen, family room and dinning room remodel. The quote was very competitive they were prompt in getting it back to me with the price and very detailed in their scope of work. They made a firm commitment of 6 weeks to complete the project and the work was done 6 weeks to the day even with the added work I had them do that was beyond the original contract.Regarding the workmanship there were awesome! The quality of work was spot on. One of the things I loved was the level of communication they had with both my wife and myself. They always took our calls and were incredibly responsive in solving issues. The labor force was great and very respectful recognizing we were still living in the home during the construction.From start to finish I would give them a 10 out of 10. I would strongly recommend Mastercraft to friends or family.Thanks Joe Martin for a job well done!
Liz Trujillo
Liz Trujillo
02:42 18 Aug 18
I must say this company is very professional and under my budget very reasonable price, they managed to provide us with exactly what we've asked of them. Mastercraft Home Improvement team have done a excellent job. We are completely satisfied.

Lastly, I recommend Mastercraft Home Improvement to all. Thanks Joe Martin & Team.

Sincerely,
The Trujillo Family
Bob and Chris B
Bob and Chris B
15:18 19 Jun 20
Extremely happy with the way the remodel was done and in the time frame it was completed. We couldn't be more happy with Mastercraft and they way they handled this project and the subcontractors they used. Everyone we dealt with at Mastercraft was professional and just plain nice! Joe, the owner, stayed in contact with us throughout the project and I now consider him a good friend. Mastercraft's finisher also did a great job to close out the project and put the finishing touches throughout the house. I would and have recommended them to my friends and anybody else looking to remodel.
Ashley Stafford
Ashley Stafford
21:45 14 Sep 20
Remodeled bathroom, needed to be done. Appreciated how much they communicated with us through the process.They really seemed to care about making us happy.
Brenda N.
Brenda N.
19:06 24 Feb 21
We hired Mastercraft for our master bathroom remodel. New to the area we had more than 5 companies bid to compare. Mastercraft was not the lowest bid but...
Kimberly Anne Lockhart
Kimberly Anne Lockhart
13:31 16 Mar 18
Laura Catlett Beaulieu
Laura Catlett Beaulieu
21:43 19 Nov 19
They did a wonderful job. Made my house look great. Very affordable. The staff is wonderful especially Kayla, very professional and helpful with making decisions. I highly recommend this company.
Aubrey Nicometo
Aubrey Nicometo
22:56 18 Jul 18
Mastercraft did an amazing job on my kitchen remodel!!! Love ❤️ Love ❤️ It !
I had waited along time to do my remodel and there was a large list of must haves and they made sure that each one of them was included in the design. There was a must be completed by date and they delivered before the due date. Chris, Gus and the crew were nice professional and always willing to listen to my in put. Definitely restored my faith in contractors again.
Highly recommend Mastercraft and will be using them again in the future.
Brenda Domingues
Brenda Domingues
03:13 25 Feb 21
We hired Mastercraft for our master bathroom remodel. New to the area we had more than 5 companies bid to compare. Mastercraft was not the lowest bid but was competitive in pricing. We chose them for a few reasons;1. Numerous great reviews2. Design center on site3. Haley- I really liked her right off the bat when she came out to measure and bid. She was friendly, helpful and personable. I just wanted to work with her. She sealed our decision in the end.The bid was competitive, expectations and possible hiccups were discussed upfront before they could have arose. Changes to my original design were always met with an “of course, we can do that” attitude. Craftsmanship and expertise was on point. We are so very happy with our bathroom. The quality of work, communication and all of the people we worked with were great. Some guys were even hard to say goodbye to.Jason, the guy that installed the tile for the shower and accent wall was meticulous and super friendly. My kids still talk about him.Alex, the electrician, went above and beyond. He gave my son his number and helped guide him through a home project, he even dropped by after hours to help him quickly.Chris, the finisher, was also great, just a super guy and a jack of all trades.I don’t want to leave anyone out because they were all wonderful. Gus, our project manager, was always accessible and made sure we were happy along the way. Brian, the plumber was knowledgeable and friendly. Rocco, the drywaller, came and went almost unseen but he even patched a wall unrelated for us on his way in/out. Same with Eddie, the floor guy. He was in and out in a jiffy. Angel, the painter came right back out to touch up something that wasn’t initially done. I can’t say this enough, they were all friendly, courteous of our home and of our time.All of the guys that came to work on the bathroom had glowing things to say about the owner, Joe, and his company. That right there is a reason to hire Mastercraft. They take care of their people and their customers.If I had to say anything that could have been improved on, it would be the timeline estimated for the remodel. We were told from the time materials arrived it would take 3 weeks to complete. It was a few weeks off the total project time. But remember, this is during a Pandemic and it was also over Christmas and New Years. I may have thrown a change or two to the original plans that aided the delay. Luckily it didn’t put us out too much.In the last 25 years my husband and I have relearned the saying “you get what you pay for” and this time we finally did it right thanks to Mastercraft.
Stavi Sanchez
Stavi Sanchez
15:27 19 Jun 20
I am so happy with this crew. They delivered to all promises. I would recommend to friends and family.
Carol Pelak
Carol Pelak
18:48 17 Apr 18
So impressed with how beautiful our bathroom is now. Just completed a bathroom remodel with Mastercraft Home Improvement. Couldn't be happier with the quality of their work and their professionalism and follow through. They helped us throughout our project, even offering design recommendations along the way. They were also easy to reach with questions and concerns. I will definitely be using them again!!!
Zuleika Pagan Wilson
Zuleika Pagan Wilson
21:30 13 Aug 20
After getting estimates and meeting with several other companies to update my kitchen I landed on these guys! They turned out to be a great choice. From start to finish there was always clear communication, the prices were competitive and the team was always professional. I got to see what my kitchen would look like before we got started and they explained the possibilities and limitations. All my questions were answered and things I didn’t understand were explained professionally. I didn’t feel as though any corners were cut or that anything was lacking in the work. They understood I wanted-a simple but cozy kitchen-and I feel I got exactly that! I look forward to working with them again for additional services!
Hannah M.
Hannah M.
09:14 17 Oct 20
I could not be more pleased with my experience with mastercraft! From the moment I called for an estimate to the very last day when they finished my...
Hannah McCoy
Hannah McCoy
16:16 17 Oct 20
I could not be more pleased with my experience with mastercraft! From the moment I called for an estimate to the very last day when they finished my kitchen, I was happy. Despite this crazy chaos with COVID-19, our kitchen was done quickly and beautifully. Very impressed.Thanks Mastercraft!
Mark
Mark
21:59 28 Jun 20
It would be impossible to encompass how happy we are with the team at Mastercraft with just a short review but here you go. Shortly before the Covid-19 lockdown we had a slab leak in our bathroom and living room. After the initial repairs we need to find a "reputable" company to repair drywall, install countertops and lay flooring down. Initially we met with Janelle who assisted us in selecting flooring, our vanity and countertop. She was attentive, courteous and basically catered to our every need. Joe was able to find us exactly what we wanted for our home and even gave us a quartz countertop among other materials at no cost to us.Once we had selected the designs for our home Oscar and his team came out and began prepping the floors, installing the cabinets and fixing the drywall. There was never a day that Oscar or any of his crew were late and they even stayed past 630 pm one night as we were on a time crunch to get back into our home. The job was done under budget, quicker than we had estimated and looks flawless. If you are looking to improve the value and appearance of your home the team at Mastercraft will give you the most value for your money. We will be coming back very soon to do our kitchen and will recommend you to all our friends and family..
H. R.
H. R.
14:24 20 Oct 20
We interviewed a few different companies to tackle our kitchen remodel but decided to go with Mastercraft based on their impeccable reviews and...
Steve Gardner
Steve Gardner
23:15 14 Nov 19
I am a plumbing contractor and I do sub work for MasterCraft. My post is a personal one though. My son recently passed away and Joe had meals sent to our home to help us as we grieved. This was very loving of them to do so and it speaks to their Character. Thank you MasterCraft!
Heather Palmer
Heather Palmer
18:56 01 Nov 20
Beyond pleased with my new kitchen!! Thanks to Joe and all his team. Extremely professional and caring. They get the job done right. I will always appreciate the time spent building the kitchen of my dreams! Look forward to future projects!
S C.
S C.
21:31 14 Jun 20
We hired Mastercraft to remodel our kitchen, fireplace, and master bathroom. We were extremely pleased with the whole experience. Their employees were...
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