In order to decide what a space requires by way of repairs or renovations, it is important to understand what each of the processes entail.
Repairs are pretty straight forward. They entail a rejoining of parts that are broken, leaking, lose or faulty. Often, nothing new is added in the process of repairing. Sometimes, depending on the nature of the repair, a few new parts may be required. However, the original structure or face of a space remains the same. An example would be the replacement of cracked or broken tiles or windows. All that is necessary is obtaining replacement items of the same design for the area.
Renovation, sometimes known as remodelling, is literally building a space all over again. Renovations often entail the removal of entire parts or sections of the structure and reconstructing them in a new way. For example, a kitchen remodelling job could entail the removal of all storage cabinets from one side of the kitchen and relocating them to another.
When considering whether to renovate or repair, the major question to ask is the purpose which the repair or renovation serves; if it is to repair damage or simply improve the appearance of a space. Renovation can create more space in a room, decrease the space, add to it or rearrange the floor plan entirely. The essential thing with renovations is to ensure that the structural pillars that support the building are not tampered with.
The other element to look at when considering repairs or renovations is the cost. Calculate the cost of renovation not just monetarily, but in terms of time and effort. Repairs tend to be simple unless the damage affects the structure. They also take a short amount of time. What's more, the parts that required the repair can be put back to use in a matter of hours.
Renovations, on the other hand, will often cost much more because of the complexities in recreating a structure’s appearance. They will cost more in financial terms and they will cost even more in the time they will take to complete. There is an interior designer to be paid, a construction crew that needs its money, new materials to be purchased, and so on.
Ultimately, it is advisable to check with professionals when it comes to repairs or renovations. Seek advice from them and have them do the job for you, unless of course you have the necessary qualifications in building engineering and construction or somehow know how to do it yourself.