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Facelift Remodeling Versus Custom Remodeling

Posted on: February 24, 2016

Generally speaking, there are two types of remodeling when it comes to your home, 1) “Facelift Remodeling” and 2) Custom Remodeling. This is especially the case when it comes to kitchens and baths, but it can apply to all types of home remodeling projects. So, what’s the difference? Let’s take a kitchen, for example. Say that your kitchen is in dire need of some upgrades, but you don’t plan on staying in your current home for a long time or you just don’t have the budget for a major kitchen renovation. Or better yet, you’re putting your home on the market in the near future, and you’re looking for a quick, cost-effective transformation that just might close that final sale. This may include new counter tops, a back-splash, a new sink and faucet, or even cabinetry upgrades. That’s when a “facelift remodel” is probably the best solution. Essentially, you’re remodeling for someone else, rather than your own enjoyment.

There are many remodeling contractors who specialize in “facelift remodeling” and are structured in a way to do so. This means they may rely more on sub-contractors and vendors, because the project is less complex and allows for a quicker turnaround. This also helps with the cost, as these types of contractors tend to have less overhead associated with direct employees.

However, you may find that your project is much more complex, and you and your family are looking to enjoy the new space specifically for your needs, for an extended period of time. This is when a custom remodeling firm might actually be your best bet. A custom remodeling firm is typically structured to help identify your needs and wants, develop a well-thought-out, custom design to meet those needs and wants, and execute that custom plan for a beautifully finished product. Custom remodelers either work with architects and designers or provide design/build services all in-house. They also tend to employ more of their own employees, experienced in diagnosing and solving the many problems associated with a major remodeling project.

This includes wall removal, relocation of electrical and plumbing, reworking the entire footprint of the kitchen, or simply coordinating the complex sequence of events a major kitchen renovation requires. A custom remodeling firm may come with a bigger price tag, but it is well worth hiring the type of professional equipped to tear out the heart of your home and seamlessly put it all back together, minimizing disruption, risk, and surprise costs a “facelift” contractor may have missed. Need help finding the right contractor for you? Check out a quick guide on Getting Started and finding The Right Fit.

Examples of Custom Remodeling Projects

A show of a bathroom before a custom remodel.
Bathroom before custom remodel.
A finished bathroom after a Difabion custom remodel.
Bathroom after a custom remodel.
A kitchen shown before Difabion provide custom remodeling.
Kitchen before a custom remodel.
The final result of a Difabion kitchen custom remodel.
Kitchen after a custom remodel.