An addition goes beyond or above the existing footprint of your building. For example, adding another floor to turn your ranch-style into a two-story house or extending your house outwards to add a garage, laundry room or dining room.
A renovation involves restoring your home or business to a good condition. There’s no dramatic change to the structure or design. Rather, it’s about adding new fixtures, refacing old cabinets, installing granite countertops, plastering walls, affixing moldings, etc. In other words, making an old building look new again by repairing or improving it.
A remodel requires altering the structure of your house or office and perhaps changing the use of a space or reconfiguring the layout. For example, knocking down walls between a kitchen, dining room and living room to create a large, open-plan concept. Remodels are generally more complex than renovations, although both usually work within the building’s existing or ‘as-built’ footprint.