The term ‘renovation’ refers to the process of returning something to a good state of repair.

In the construction industry, renovation refers to the process of improving or modernising an old, damaged or defective building. This is as opposed to 'retrofitting' which is providing something with a component or feature not originally fitted, or 'refurbishment' which is a process of improvement by cleaning, decorating, or re-equipping.

It is common for people to purchase run-down properties, often houses, and renovating them as a means of increasing their value. Typically, renovation work is categorised as ‘cosmetic’ or ‘structural’.

Structural renovation might include:

  • Extensions.
  • Loft conversions.
  • Construction of a basement.
  • Redesign of floor plans.
  • Re-wiring, re-plumbing, and so on.

Cosmetic renovation might include:

  • Painting and other forms of decoration and minor repairs.
  • Flooring.
  • Updating fixtures and fittings.
  • Light landscaping

The 5 Major Types of Home Renovation we have done

Kitchen Renovations

Renovating the kitchen is the most popular type of major renovation in a home. It’s also the best way to increase a home’s value if it were to be put on the market. Kitchen renovations can be done for numerous reasons – increasing usable space, updating appliances and cabinetry, or they can be done in concert with other renovations.

Bathroom Renovations

Bathroom renovations are generally not on the same scale as kitchen renovations, but as they can involve plumbing and render a bathroom unusable during the process, they are major considerations. Bathroom renovations offer the means to increase luxury within a home, and increasingly are done to help a family save water and electricity with green fixtures.

Basement Renovations

Finishing a basement is one of the best ways to add usable space to a home in North York. Basements can become full bedroom suites, or they might be used as movie rooms, game rooms, in-law suites or full apartments, depending on the needs. These major renovations can involve an immense amount of work and design, as well

Additions of rooms

Adding a room (or more than one) is also very popular. Often, families with two or more children and not enough bedrooms choose to add on so each child can have their own bedroom. However, adding on can also be done if you want to leave the majority of the home alone, but want to add an office, family game room, sunroom or something else. These are major considerations, as the home’s internal structure will be altered during construction.

Adding a New Bathroom

For homes that have fewer bathrooms than is ideal, adding one is a very popular choice. This might be done to provide a private bathroom for children, or a guest bathroom that is not used by the entire family. However, because of plumbing considerations (and general construction), these are very major undertakings.

These five types of home renovation are best undertaken with the help of a skilled general contractor to manage and oversee the entire process. A contractor can also offer help and advice during the remodelling process.