Kitchen renovations and kitchen remodels may sound similar but they are very different in every way. When you renovate your kitchen, you are typically replacing appliances, counter tops and cabinets. This is often a color scheme change where the remodel involves basically rebuilding your entire kitchen from the ground up. The appliances, cabinets and the entire layout, including the floor plan are all completely different.
A kitchen renovation is the easy way to have a new look in your kitchen without changing the layout. You can put in new appliances, countertops and cabinets on a tight budget and give your entire kitchen a fresh look without doing any major changes.
Renovations are usually done when the appliances or fixtures have either been broken or became out of date. For instance, if you have a pea green color on your walls and appliances, chances are the last time your kitchen was renovated was the 1970’s. All you need to do is put on a fresh coat of paint, some new appliances and a fresh counter top and you are up to date with brand new appliances.
Renovating the kitchen can be done either by a professional or yourself. It is actually a very easy process since it does not involve changing any plumbing or electrical. All you need to do is change out some fixtures and put new appliances where the old ones were. If you want to really change it up, you can add some color to your backsplashes with some contemporary mosaic tile. This is affordable and easy to install. The renovation gives you a fresh look without the hassle and money that the remodel requires.
Kitchen remodeling is much different than kitchen renovations. Where before you simply changed the look and feel of the kitchen with some fresh appliances and color, the remodel changes everything. You put in new flooring and change the layout. If your appliances are still in working condition, it is up to you if you decide to keep them in the new kitchen.
Remodels are often done because of many different reasons. Typically there is some underlying problem in the kitchen that requires a complete rebuild of the entire kitchen. These problems might include plumbing, electrical or flooring. Any of these issues would require a complete tear out and rebuild of the kitchen, which is why most people choose to do a remodel when these issues arise.
Kitchen remodels start with the flooring and work up. The feel, colors and layout should all be brand new, giving you a brand new kitchen without moving to a new house.
A professional who can have the project done in no time should do the kitchen remodel, you can choose to do it yourself but it is a time consuming and difficult process.
There are times when a kitchen renovation and kitchen remodeling become combined. This is when the entire kitchen is re-done. This means that not only is the layout changed, the appliances are also changed, the sink is changed and the counter tops and cabinets are changed.
The final decision on which option suites your needs will ultimately be up to you and what you want out of your kitchen. It is always a good idea to consult a professional and also have that professional checked out via references, the Internet and your local Better Business Bureau.