The Difference Between Renovations and Remodeling

  • A couple talks with an architect as they discuss potential changes in their home.
The short answer to this question is thousands and thousands of dollars.

But here’s the longer answer: Renovating involves mostly surface changes while remodeling involves reconfiguring a space in a significant way.

Let’s dig into it a bit more.

Renovations vs. Remodeling Basics

Let’s say you buy a new house, but decide that you need to convert an extra bedroom on the second floor into an en suite bath for the master bedroom. That kind of reconfiguration would involve moving pipes and walls, so that’s a remodeling job. This kind of project would likely require both an architect and a building permit.

Let’s say, on the other hand, that you buy that same house and decide to replace the kitchen cabinets, tile floors, and the carpet throughout the house. That’s a renovation. You may use a designer, but you don’t need an architect. You also don’t need a building permit.

Deciding on the Scope of Your Project

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before deciding on the scope of your project:

• What’s your budget?
• If you’re planning on remodeling, does it make financial sense—or should you consider moving?
• What are you hoping to change, the function or aesthetics of your house?
• Are you prepared to hire an architect and apply for a building permit?
• Are the changes you want to make structurally possible? (If you have the original floor plans, it will help you make that determination.)

Making Room for Your Home Project

If you need temporary storage space during your home project, consider self storage as a solution. At StorageMart, you’ll find self storage units that can be rented on a month-by-month basis, so you’re not locked into a long-term commitment. Not sure how much space you need? Check out our storage unit guide to find the ideal set-up for you. Contact us to rent a unit online today or for more information.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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