What’s the Difference Between Remodeling and Renovation?

Renovation and remodeling are two terms often thrown around when discussing home construction, and many people use them interchangeably. They are actually different in a handful of ways and knowing the difference can help you better communicate with your home builder.


Remodeling is defined as “major alterations to a space,” meaning you’re changing things like the layout, functionality, or even the entire structure of the space.

Remodeling involves things like removing or adding walls, installing plumbing or electricity systems, raising or lowering ceilings, and other structural changes. If you decide you want to turn a spare bedroom into a walk-in closet and bathroom combo, that would be considered remodeling work.


Renovation is defined as “restoring, repairing, or upgrading features of a space.” This means that the space itself stays the same, but you’re refreshing it with better features.

This can still include some structural work, like replacing your kitchen island’s countertops or doubling the size of your pantry, but it will also include things like replacing flooring, repainting, changing hardware, replacing or adding appliances, and installing lighting or other smaller features.

So, which one is right for you? Here’s what you should choose if:

  • You want to add in some new features to existing spaces around your home: Renovate
  • You want to make major changes to the room layouts by removing walls: Remodel
  • You have a strict and small budget for updating your house: Renovate
  • You don’t mind spending more for a bigger change: Remodel
  • You want to try and do the updates to your home on your own: Renovate
  • You’ll need professional help to accomplish the changes you want to make: Remodel

 Still unsure which is for you?

Cordes Custom Homes is always available to discuss your ideas and plans for your home with you! We specialize in both renovation and remodeling and would be happy to help you determine which option will work best for your home and needs.

We pride ourselves on being the superior home builder, renovator, and remodeler in the Bryan-College Station, TX. We promise you won’t be disappointed with our professional customer service, expert home design, and efficient construction. We work hard to give you your dream home. If you’re located anywhere near Bryan-College Station, TX, or any surrounding areas like Madisonville, Brenham, Navasota, North Zulch, or Caldwell, TX, give us a call or fill out the form today for a FREE consultation on all of your home renovating and remodeling needs!

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