Clear communication between owner, contractor, and Architect is critical to a successful home design project. Agreement on some simple definitions is a good place to start.
"Remodeling" is often broadly used to describe any kind of change to an existing house. Technically it's more accurate to say that remodel means to change the character of a house or a portion of a house.
|A renovated kitchen in Chillicothe, Ohio|
"Renovating" is a much more specific term. It means, quite literally, to make new again. An out-of-date kitchen, updated with new finishes and fixtures, has been renovated. Replacing old windows with new ones is a renovation project.
|A home undergoing restoration in Appomattox, Virginia|
Removing vinyl siding and fixing up the original wood siding and trim is a restoration project.
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Three similar terms, three different meanings. I remember them this way:
Remodel: changing the use of a space or spaces
Renovate: make a space new without changing its use
Restore: return a space to its original use, and/or return a space to its original character
What do you think - how do you use these definitions? What other "RE" terms apply to home design?
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