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Differences between bathroom renovating and remodeling



The act of renewing; a making new after decay, destruction or deprivation; renewal.

Using this definition, a bathroom renovation would be the updating or installing new of bathtubs, showers, surrounds, tile, sinks, vanities, toilets, flooring and even towel bars. Some contractors may refer to this as a bathroom upgrade. To renew a bathroom, one may gut the entire bathroom too. This makes it easier to start fresh with the upgrades and deal with any trouble spots.

When a bathroom gets gutted, now is the time to add some missing features such as a vent, better or more lighting, an outlet or switch.

Any electrical that is not right, needs to be dealt with and updated.

Any plumbing that is not right and not to today’s code should be dealt with too. A lot of older homes don’t have shutoff valves to the sink and tub. This is a good time to put those in.


To model or fashion anew. To make over in structure or style; reconstruct; make over

Bathroom remodeling consists more than simply replacing various fixtures in the bathroom. This usually involves a different design layout, relocation of existing fixtures or adding major new features such as a whirlpool, sauna, steam room, walk in shower, windows other than replacements or skylights. Most bathroom remodeling projects usually include some form of expansion. Thus walls and closets are taken out and moved for the new layout design.

So you see, a bathroom remodeling project is a bathroom renovation with some twists.


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