Thursday, February 5, 2015

Knowing the Difference: Restoration, Renovation, and Remodeling

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Let's set the record straight. A restoration project isn't the same as a renovation, and a renovation project isn't the same remodeling. Confused? Don't be. Of all the words associated with home projects, no words are more often confused for the other than the three "re-words" of home projects.

"The Verona" Sears & Roebuck kit home, 1923. Image source

A home project in which a home is brought back to its original state at a particular date and time in its history. This could include stripping paint off of interior woodwork to reveal the original wood grain or removing a room in a house that was a later addition.


When a home is made new again without changing its originally intended use. Think of a it as updating an outdated kitchen with new counters, cabinets, and appliances without changing the function of the room.


Any change to a house that removes its original character or changes the original intent of a space. This might include expanding a small bedroom to create a master bathroom or adding a new wing to a house to add more rooms.

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