Difference Between Kitchen Renovations and Kitchen Remodeling

There are very distinct differences between kitchen renovations and kitchen remodeling.  While a general renovation is a change in finishes and color (usually an upgrade of some sort), a remodeling project involves changing the floor plan of a room and re-configuring the layout.

Kitchen Renovations

A kitchen renovation involves a change of the kitchen’s finishes, colors, and style.  It does not include, however, a reconfiguration of the space or a change to its layout.  A kitchen renovation is basically a face lift of the kitchen’s original design.

The most common task in a kitchen renovation is an update of its fixtures.  For instance, in the 1980’s people preferred gold-tone or brass fixtures.  Now, however, these are outdated and people prefer to change them to a stainless steel or oiled bronze color.

Other popular kitchen renovations are re-facing cabinets, installing granite or other solid surface counter tops, and upgrading appliances to stainless steel or other modern choices.  In addition, homeowners also enjoy upgrading flooring to tile, bamboo, or cork.  Backsplashes can add visual interest to a kitchen through the use of glass mosaic tiles or unique designs with pops of color.

Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling involves changing a kitchen’s layout and re-configuring a floor plan to better suit a homeowner’s needs. The most common reason for re-configuring a kitchen’s layout is to maximize the efficiency of the space, and also to create a more open feel.  Most kitchen remodeling projects begin with  a complete or partial gut of the existing kitchen.

Kitchen remodeling projects can get a little tricky because of the plumbing points necessary to install sinks & appliances, as well as the electrical spec requirements in kitchens. A kitchen remodel is obviously much more involved than a kitchen renovation because renovations only involve changing colors and fixtures.  A kitchen remodeling project will likely cost more than a kitchen renovation as well, due in large part to the construction, electric, and plumbing costs necessary when a space is reconfigured.

Combining Kitchen Remodels and Renovations

It is possible to combine a kitchen remodel and renovation.  If your kitchen project involves a complete gut job and you are going to both reconfigure the layout and completely change the fixtures and colors, then you are simultaneously renovating and remodeling your kitchen.  Because retrofitting a kitchen is much more difficult than building a new one, sometimes it is more cost effective to just start from new rather than trying to get modern fixtures, cabinets, and appliances to fit the blue prints of an older home.

As always, be sure to research remodeling companies on the BBB, Chamber of Commerce, and on the Internet before making a final decision.  Regardless of whether you are remodeling or renovating your kitchen, we hope that you enjoy the results for years to come.

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