What does it mean to remodel?
By definition, according to Merriam-Webster, remodeling means to alter the structure of, to remake, or to undergo a structural reorganization, alteration, or renewal. Basically, a remodel will impact the foundational elements of your home or the room you want to change. In a remodel, the structure, layout, and the design of a space will change.
A remodel results in a considerable change in the layout or structural components of your home, such as walls, ceiling, built-in features, doorways, etc. Think of the bones of your house, a remodel would adjust those bones in some way. A remodel could very likely change the purpose of your space entirely. Think of it like recreating part of the skeleton, and if you change the skeleton, the plumbing or energy lines might need adjusting as well. Often, a remodel is necessary when a home is poorly designed (or out of date) with structural issues.
A kitchen remodel, for example, perhaps there’s a wall that divides the kitchen and a living area, and you want to remove it to create an open-concept layout for better flow and space between rooms. Install a kitchen island cabinet, add new plumbing like an additional sink, or reposition the cabinetry to optimize the kitchen space. For a bathroom remodel example, upgrade to a wall-mount toilet and sink to optimize the space in a small bathroom. Both upgrades require opening walls and adjusting the piping within. Adding an additional room to your home also falls under the scope of a remodel, as it’s adding bones to the original structure.
Because remodels are more in-depth and complex than a renovation, they often cost a significant amount more, especially if wiring, plumbing, or other integral systems are moved, fixed, or adjusted. Due to this, a permit is almost always needed to perform a remodel to ensure everything is up to code. For a remodel, it’s more likely that you’ll need to hire help to get the job done, such as a plumber, electrician, or architect. When planning a remodel, budgeting for contractors is a wise consideration.