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

When it comes to construction, real estate, interior design, and contracting, the two most common words you'll hear are "renovation" and "remodel." But what's the difference between them? Essentially, renovation refers to restoring something to a previous state, while remodeling involves creating something new. Renovations involve updating an existing structure with aesthetic changes, while remodeling involves changing the structure through demolition and construction. Jason Larson, founder and president of Lars Remodeling & Design in San Diego, California, explains that the key difference is the depth of the changes. To renovate means "reviving" or restoring something to its previous state through improvements such as refinishing, resurfacing, and restoration.

To remodel is to restructure the form of something, to essentially "remake" it.