What’s the Difference Between a Remodel and a Renovation?


This added eat-in dining area changes the layout of the kitchen as well as they way the kitchen is used.

Welcome to this week’s installment of our kitchen and bathroom remodeling blog! We aim to provide our clients with bathroom and kitchen remodeling ideas and answers to common questions. Are you looking for kitchen remodeling in the Potomac area? Or do you need renovation? What’s the difference? This is the question we’re here to answer today.

Know When You Need to Remodel

The word “remodel” means “to alter the structure of.” If you’re looking to remodel your Potomac kitchen or bathroom, it means you’re going to make changes that are more drastic than just a fresh coat of paint. The structure and style of a space is drastically changed during a remodel. So, suppose you’re adopting an open floor plan or adding an island to your kitchen or a walk-in shower to your bathroom; these are all things that would could be described as remodeling. When you make a large change, the way you use the space changes. Adding a kitchen island may mean that you cook over a new induction stovetop built into the island rather than a pre-existing one in a different part of the kitchen. Adding a walk-in shower means that you no longer have to step over the edge of a tub to take a shower, which improves the functionality of the bathroom for older residents. No matter what features you choose for a remodel, you’ll be drastically improving the functionality of your space and breathing new life into an existing room in the home.

Know When You Need to Renovate

There are two things a renovation can be used for. The first is to restore the functionality and style to an outdated room. This involves fixing or replacing things that may be broken. The other thing a renovation is used for is to freshen up an old room. This is similar to a remodel except that the layout and function of the room stays the same. Basically, a renovation makes a room just like new again. Renovations include things like giving a room a fresh coat of paint, refacing old cabinets, replacing old lighting fixtures, and updating old hardware. These changes are largely cosmetic and don’t involve the same type of drastic changes to layout and functionality that are required during a remodel.

Which Do I Choose?

Can’t decide whether you can suffice with a simple renovation or whether you need a full remodel? We’re here to help. You can call Elite Kitchens at 301-881-2776 to schedule an appointment with one of our talented designers. You can also email us for a free estimate and assessment!

Here’s a good bit of advice: ask yourself how long you plan to stay in your home. If you’re planning on reselling your home, you probably don’t want to invest in a full-scale remodel only to move out a few months later. However, investing in a renovation can give your home a fresh facelift that will impress potential buyers. If you do plan on staying in your home for many years to come, it’s worth spending the money on a remodel that will maximize the comfort you derive from your home.


Whether you’re looking for a remodel or an update, talk to one of our experts at Elite Kitchens about building your dream timeless bathroom remodel. With our excellent designers, installation process, and quality craftsmen, it’ll be the best investment you’ve made in your home. Contact us online, by calling 301-881-2776, or email us for a free estimate and assessment of your needs. All of our work is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We look forward to meeting your remodeling needs for years to come! To see examples of our work and get more tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Pinterest.


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