Many homes are considered to be fixer uppers, and these homes often need a great deal of work before they can truly be considered livable. Other homes are good, but their owners do not consider them great until some work is done to make them more like how the owners want them. Homes are sometimes returned to the way they were in earlier years, either to make them a museum or just to keep their architectural beauty.
When you are planning to do work on your home it is important to know what the words renovate, remodel, and restore mean. You could find yourself to be incredibly disappointed if, for example, you think renovate means one thing but it actually means something else. You could end up with the wrong home project being done and out several hundred or even thousands of dollars.
When you renovate a building, you are working to make it into a new space. For example, if your bathroom is old and outdated and you install a new sink, fixtures, and counter to bring a modern look into the room, that is a renovation. There are many types of renovation projects. You could be updating a bedroom, living room or kitchen. You can also update other areas of a home or business, such as the windows and doors.
Remodeling is where you take one room of your home and you turn it into something completely different. You are actually changing the character of the house when you remodel. An example would be turning a bedroom into a game room. You may not want to simply paint the room and add some different furniture. Instead, you may want to put in custom shelving for video game systems, a sound system, and seating that can fold or be converted. Some people even add in a bar. This is a remodeling project, one of the most popular types of home construction projects.
When you restore a home you are returning it to the way it once was. An example would be to buy a plantation style home. If you restore the home, you return it to the way it looked when it was a working plantation home. You can restore the original wood used in the home for example. If you have remodeled a home and return a room to what it was before the remodeling, this is also considered to be restoration.
You can update your business just like you update your home. Remodel a room to make it more comfortable for customers or renovate an area to make it more modern and impress those customers. In some cases, depending on your location, it may be a good idea to restore an older building and create a historical look for your business. Knowing the difference between the three types of projects can save you a lot of headaches.