Refurbishing vs. Rebuilding: What Steps Should You Take?

  • 15 Nov, 2021
  • Engineering

Refurbishing vs. Rebuilding: What Steps Should You Take?

Over time, buildings can start to show signs of age and wear. They might not be energy efficient anymore, meet certain codes, or even meet the needs of a business. When a building needs to be updated, it’s important to understand what needs an upgrade to help you determine the proper solution. Here are times when renovating, remodeling, and rebuilding are appropriate.

When to renovate

A renovation is the least invasive choice since it usually involves only smaller fixes to a building to improve the aesthetic or repair minor damage. If your building needs some electrical work, patching drywall, or replacing worn floors, renovating is the best option for you. 

When to remodel

Remodeling is a little more invasive as it involves changing the structure or layout of the building. Here walls may be removed or the general flow of the building is changed. For example if your building originally housed many small offices, remodeling can help change the layout and create an open floor plan for a growing company.

When to rebuild

Rebuilding is the most invasive option out of these three, and demolishing the existing structure and constructing a new one. Rebuilding is best when a building isn’t structurally safe anymore or when you want to change everything about the structure. Likewise if renovating or remodeling end up being too costly, rebuilding is the better choice.

With decades of experience, our team at JT Engineering can help you with these kinds of decisions and much more. Contact us and find out more about the services we offer and how we can help you today.