Home Restoration vs Home Renovation: Their Stark Differences and Their Best Uses

Written by Posted On Saturday, 15 February 2020 05:30

Have you ever met identical twins? You can definitely confirm that they truly embody the adjective that describes them both -- identical. And this often leads to awkward situations where one is often mistaken for the other because of how similar they may seem.

Well, the words home restoration and home renovation are kind of like that in terms of how easy it is to mistake one for the other and even worse, interchange them when you really mean the other word.

In the real estate sector, it’s common knowledge that different homes require different types of work. There are many aspects that “work” encompasses. Age, the type of materials to be used, the colors of the house, and even the personal preferences of whomever is getting work done on the house are all factors to consider.

But, as part of common sense, you need to know what you want, and you need to know how to communicate what you want as accurately as possible. Now, when should you ask for a home restoration and when should you ask for a home renovation? Here are some of the key differences:

Home Restoration

To restore a home means to return it to its original state or condition at a particular time period. This is often preferred by homeowners who have a love for the house’s history and who seek to retain the original design as much as possible, whether it’s to pay homage to a time long past, or out of respect for traditions. This is strict in the sense that whichever materials, paints and designs were incorporated in the original structure are going to be used.

Some examples of home restoration projects include, but are not limited to:

• Door and window repair

• Cabinet restoration

• Floor refinishing

• Repainting with original color

Home Renovation

On the other hand, a home renovation is performed with the purpose of making the home feel like new. This often means that the existing materials and fixtures are often replaced with new ones, without the restriction that they stick to the house’s original design. One may even have a home updated to modern trends if one so chooses.

Some examples of home renovation projects include:

• Door and window replacement

• Floor redesign or refinishing with different color or texture

• Updating or even replacing old rooms

• Repainting with a different color

When A Dilemma Isn’t Even a Dilemma

Now, you may be wondering which between these two options suits your needs better. Well, I’m glad to tell you that there’s no dilemma to be had here. It really depends on what you (or your house, rather) needs. Old houses often need renovations to keep up-to-date with modern trends, while houses that aren’t exactly in bad shape may only need a restoration. The point here is that it all depends on what the house really needs.

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