For design and build professionals like ourselves, the words “remodel” and “renovate” have two very different meanings, although they are used interchangeably. Let’s start with the definition of the words first. According to the dictionary definitions Remodel means “to change the structure or form of something.” Renovate means “restore to a good state of repair.” A remodel will include changing the use of a space. A remodel is altering the structure and style of a space and completely transforming it. When you are changing the layout of a room reconfiguring the floor plan, you’re remodeling. In a kitchen remodel, for instance, you may decide to combine the kitchen with the living room and create an open concept kitchen layout. Or perhaps you’d like to install a kitchen island to create more functional space for cooking. If you’ve started gutting, adding, or removing walls, raising ceilings, or expanding the square footage of your home you’ve crossed over into remodeling territory. Whatever it is, remodeling breathes new life into a room, giving the space a whole new look and feel. Browsing photos and ideas can be a fun part of creating your dream home. But making your designs a reality also takes smart planning and organization. Project management is an essential part of remodeling, and there’s nothing like the feeling of implementing a plan to create something new and beautiful.