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renovation vs. remodel

renovation vs. remodel: What's the difference?

Although renovation and remodel are often used interchangeably in casual language, there is a technical distinction. A renovation restores something to a previous state, while a remodel builds something new. Adding a garage onto your house and updating the bathroom would be an example of a remodel, while restoring the old hardwood floors by removing the carpet would be a renovation.

[ ren-uh-vey-shuhn ]
  1. the act or process of repairing, renewing, or restoring to good condition:The project will include interior and exterior renovation and rehabilitation to upgrade the school’s infrastructure.
  2. the act of reinvigorating or reviving:The transition to organic growing will require an investment of labor and capital to complete the orchard renovation, install new plantings, and build economic viability.
  3. something that has been repaired or restored to a better condition, or the work done to repair or restore something:Renovations to the theater include new doors and windows, a new lighting system, and a refurbished floor for the stage.
[ ree-mod-l ]
verb (used with object),
  1. to model again.
  2. to reconstruct; make over.

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