Oftentimes, people use the words renovation and remodeling interchangeably. Some constantly misuse these words, which often result to misunderstanding between the homeowners and their contractors. Thus, it is important to know which term to use, especially because you are going to spend a considerable amount of time and money during the changes. If you are planning for a renovation project in your house, here are some of the need-to-know facts about it.
Definition: Renovation vs. Remodelling
Strictly speaking, renovation is making changes, repairs, and improvements to your house in order to restore it to its former and better state. A renovation project usually involves minor changes and repairs in your house. This includes but is not limited to painting the walls differently, changing the wallpapers, and installing a new carpet.
On the other hand, remodeling is defined as a change in the house’s structure, shape, or appearance. This involves a process wherein the functionality and the structural designs of a house are changed. This includes but is not limited to rewiring, ductwork as well as plumbing. Another example is when you tear off one side of your wall in order to accommodate another space to use as an extension or office. Changing the kitchen layout, such as rearranging the placement of the sink, cabinets, fridge, and other stuff in it, is also considered remodeling. Building an addition or expanding your house is also categorized as remodeling. As compared to the renovation project, remodeling projects are way more tedious, complex, and expensive.
The purpose of a room or space in your house also plays a big role in differentiating a renovation project from a remodeling project. When one room is altered or modified to serve a different purpose, then it will be classified as remodeling. An example of this is when a bedroom is turned into an office or a library. Simply put, in a renovation project, a bedroom remains a bedroom, and a kitchen is still a kitchen after all the work is done.
Know which one to Prioritize
Sometimes, you might be overwhelmed by your renovation ideas to your home. This usually happens to those who have bought an old house. The moment that they saw the interior of the house, they often experience an explosion of renovation ideas that they tend to rush with their projects. However, this should not be the case with your renovation project. If you want to start a project, make sure to spend and take time planning it, no matter how minor the renovation is. Be it a minor or a major renovation, it will still involve cost expenses, it will still be time-consuming, and it will also take some effort for it to be a success. Thus, know your priority.
Experts recommend that when it comes to prioritizing, it is better first to address the project that involves repairs or improvement on the outside rather than inside your house. Like for example, you want to change your flooring, but there are some leaks on your roof. Then it is better and more practical to replace your roof first before starting with your floor renovation project. Bear in mind that leaks in the roof may not only damage your flooring, especially if it is made of wood, but it can also damage other furniture in your house.
Another professional advice when choosing what to prioritize in a renovation project is to start small. Although renovation is less complex as compared to remodeling, it will still require a huge amount of your time and effort. This is especially the case when you buy an old house, or when you choose to do it yourself. Another benefit of starting with smaller projects is that you will know the preferences of your partner with regards to the designs, styles, ideas, and approaches.
Renovation Projects Needs Funds
You have to make sure that you have sufficient funds to support your renovation projects. Without sufficient funds, your project may be limited and may stop at any time. A hanging renovation project is one thing that you should avoid since it is an eyesore.
When planning for the budget of your renovation project, several things should be taken into consideration. First, know and list all the materials that you will need and their individual price. Ask a professional in this case to help you determine the estimated costs of your material. Another thing to consider is the cost of manpower. You are lucky if you have the talent or skills to make creative and artful changes in your renovation. However, if you are going to hire interior designers or competent architect, you need to include their service fee in your budget. Most of these professionals will charge you by the hours of work in a day—some charge by taking a percentage of the overall job which will be done.
Lastly, you must include the unexpected cost in your budget. Unexpected costs are the unforeseen expenses during the process of the renovation. Most of the time, this happens to if you have an old house since you will never know what’s inside a wall once taken off or if there is a hole in the wall once you tore the wallpaper off. You must also prepare for delays and other uncontrollable circumstances that may affect your renovation budget.
Limitations of Renovation Projects
Although renovation projects regularly involve minor alterations, there are still some limitations as to its implementation. One limitation is the local codes and regulations promulgated in your community. In general, renovations such as painting your wall, replacing your windows and doors do not require any permit for it to be done. However, replacing the roof of your house is one special case wherein most localities require permits first before your renovation may start. The reason for this is that if you install the roof incorrectly, it will cause damage to the structure of your house.