May 8, 2022

Restoration or renovation

Restoration, renovation, repair, refurbishment. What's the difference? Each type of project has different goals, requirements, and procedures.

Restoration or renovation


Restoration of a wall surface or product (including cabinets, doors and furniture) involves returning a product to its former state. It’s also done to historic buildings to maintain their heritage and rich culture. The features of a building are recreated to match its original appearance and function.

Restoration aims at achieving the highest level of authenticity and replication. If there’s a need to install new hardware, it will be done in a concealed manner so that the new hardware doesn’t disrupt the product’s original appearance.

Doors and glass are inspected. Broken handles, hinges, locks, drawer pulls, and other damaged parts are replaced. In some cases, the door and glass will be replaced with close replicas. Experts will inspect the product to identify possible faults and correct them without destroying the heritage of the cabinets or entryway. Restoration is perfect for minor fixes.


Renovation involves upgrading a wall surface or product (including cabinets, doors and furniture) to an improved condition. This means replacing functional components to meet the required standards—without altering the original design. Renovation projects increase the value of a home and are often shorter with a lower budget than other projects. They have little to no effect on the layout and structure of the house. Before any renovation project, consider the age, condition, and design of a home. If the product needs an improved appearance and functional enhancements, then renovation is the way to go.

An expert will inspect the cabinets, entryways, and other features to ensure they’re working correctly. This involves repairing components that might have been damaged or broken to restore the product (cabinets, entryway) to tip-top working condition. For example, this may include fixing the hardware, repairing cracks in the surfaces, and updating an old finish. Decorative finishing improves the quality and appearance of the product. This includes detail work and painting or varnishing surfaces. For fixtures or hardware that can’t be restored, it’s always advisable to replace them.


Refurbishment is closely related to renovation and restoration, as they all aim at returning the product to its former state. Before the refurbishing process, an expert will assess its structure to determine a suitable refurbishment approach. Refurbishment involves improving decor, cleaning, and retrofitting. Its purpose is to enhance the products function, sustainability, and energy efficiency.

These projects will require proper planning and the right team of experts. Always look for a reputable and experienced restoration and renovation company in your area.