Remodeling Advice

Remodel vs. Renovation: Is There a Difference?

You’re ready for a much-needed home improvement. Maybe you want to upgrade your kitchen appliances to electric to reduce your carbon footprint or refurbish your basement to a personal gym or create additional living space.

The next question on your mind is whether your project is considered a remodel vs. renovation.

We get it. These terms get confusing and people often use them interchangeably. But we’re going to let you in on a little secret. The two terms really mean the same thing—at least they do these days.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the differences between remodels and renovations and why these terms often cross over.

Defining a Remodel vs. Renovation

Let’s start with a clear definition for each.

  • Remodeling refers to the process of making significant changes to an existing structure. This might include altering the floor plan, tearing down walls, or adding new rooms.
  • Renovation typically means restoring or updating an outdated or damaged structure to improve its functionality and aesthetic appeal. 

So, Why Do They Cross Over?

Graphic icon of remodel blueprint for home.In the past, remodeling was considered a more drastic approach to home improvements and a significant investment. But today, remodels can include a wide range of projects, from simple updates like installing LED lighting and improving air ventilation in your home to more complex changes like adding a second story to your property. 

Many homeowners choose to remodel their homes as a way to improve their living spaces, making them more functional as their needs change. 

In contrast, renovations helped describe restoring something to its original state. Today, that is still true, but they can also involve more significant changes.

Terms Evolve with Homeowners’ Needs

To put it simply, homeowners are looking for flexible solutions to their home improvement needs, which explains why the difference between a remodel vs. renovation has become less distinct—and less important.

Why? Because whether you want a “remodel” or “renovation,” the end goal should always be to enhance the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your living space.

At Bluestem Remodeling, we always talk about understanding your “why.” This enables us to identify your most crucial needs and ensure that your design focuses on fulfilling them while eliminating anything unnecessary.

For example, if your primary goal is to create a functional kitchen space, you might first focus on updating your appliances and creating more storage solutions. However, what if you love to cook, and your favorite part of the evening is listening to your kids talk about their day? 

Sure, you might have an updated kitchen, but is it keeping you confined to a corner when you’d rather cook in the company of others? In that case, you may decide to install a kitchen island with a sink and additional cabinets to improve meal prep and provide a unique space for your family to cook together.

Or, our design team might suggest swapping spaces in the home. For example, in a previous project, we suggested that an Eden Prairie family swap their kitchen and dining room spaces as a creative solution to make each space and function work better! 

See the results!

That particular swap worked well in their home, but every home is different and will require its own unique approach that may or may not include swapping different spaces or utilizing other functions in your home to expand space.

Before and after image of kitchen remodel with swapped dining room and kitchen.

At the end of the day, a remodel vs. renovation really isn’t a thing anymore. Instead, they’re working together to give you the space you need to enjoy your surroundings and live life on your terms.

Discover Your “Why” with Bluestem

At Bluestem Remodeling, we serve homeowners in the Twin Cities, West Metro, South Metro, and beyond, which means we know every city or neighborhood might have it’s own code requirements, and every style of home may have unique structural challenges to work with.  We’re used to navigating the jungle  of what can and cannot happen while still finding solutions that meet your unique needs and personal aesthetics. 

Graphic icon of home renovationOur proven process ensures that every project we undertake is completed to the highest standards and allows you to discover creative solutions that you never thought were possible. 

It all starts with a thorough consultation where we listen to your needs and get the root of  your “why.” After the discussion, if you decide you’re ready to commit to working with our team, the next phase is the design process. 

During this phase, we create a detailed plan for your project while providing guidance on the best materials, design, and construction techniques along the way.

With the Bluestem Difference, you can feel confident knowing your project is completed on time, within budget, and to your complete satisfaction. We believe that open communication is essential throughout the entire process. So, we’ll keep you informed every step of the way!

Ready to Plan Your Next Project?

Whether you want a remodel vs. renovation or vice versa, the terms really don’t matter. What does matter is that your home is functional and designed to suit you and your family’s lifestyle today and in the future. 

With Bluestem Remodeling, we can make that happen!

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