Kitchen Renovation or Kitchen Remodel: What’s the difference?
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The terms remodel and renovation are often used interchangeably. And if you’ve decided to invest in a custom kitchen project, you have likely seen, said and heard these terms as if they are one and the same. As professional kitchen designers, we are even guilty of doing this. It may seem like we’re being picky, but truth be told, a kitchen remodel and a kitchen renovation, are in fact two different projects.
Remodeling implies that there is a design change that will have an impact on how a room looks or functions. In a kitchen remodel, this might mean adding an island or changing the layout. It definitely includes custom cabinetry.
A remodel may include changes to your plumbing, electrical and structure. You might make the room bigger with a bump-out to make your kitchen work better for you and your family. Whatever your custom kitchen remodel entails, the goal is to improve and change the space for better form and functionality.
Typically, a renovation involves some kind of restoration. Whether is is updating electrical or plumbing systems or replacing plaster for drywall, a renovation will see some major changes to an existing but outdated feature.
This type of project might see your walls, floors or ceilings may need to be torn out and upgraded to restore your kitchen. Your kitchen might be fully demolished and completely reconstructed or you might simply be putting in new floor and a coat of paint — either way, your kitchen is seeing a cosmetic and structural face lift, but the function may stay the same.
Truth be told, you will always hear these terms thrown around incorrectly. You will even see them both used here, but keep in mind, when you invest in a custom a kitchen, you are often getting the best of both worlds — a remodel to upgrade your function and a renovation to upgrade the construction and form.
Topics: Kitchen renovations