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Kitchens – Renovate or Remodel?

kitchenDuring these cold, winter months, you spend more time indoors. Because you’re indoors so much, you tend to notice things you would like done to the interior of your home. So, how are you feeling about your kitchen?

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, there are a couple things to think about. The biggest decision is whether to renovate your kitchen or do a complete remodel.

What is the difference between a renovation and remodel?

  • Renovate means to “make new again.” This would include repainting, re-facing cabinets, add other finishes and fixtures, including light fixtures, faucets, etc. This wouldn’t alter your kitchen drastically but would give it a “refreshed” look.
  • Remodel would change the entire use of your kitchen or alter its structure. When you completely transform a space, like your kitchen, it is considered a remodel. This could include changing the layout of the room and creating a completely reconfigured floor plan.

When deciding whether to do a remodel or renovation, you really want to think about your specific needs or how you plan to use your kitchen long term.

  1. Are you looking for a more open concept kitchen layout and want to combine a kitchen/dining room or kitchen/living room area?
  2. Do you want to install a kitchen island to add more work space while cooking?
  3. Do you want to change the configuration of your cabinets and move appliances to a different location within your kitchen?

Your contractor could give you advice and help you decide what is best for your home and kitchen space. He would consider all aspects of the kitchen including your design preferences, layout and also structural considerations to ensure the renovation or remodel will meet your specific needs and flow with the style of your home.