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Refit, Refurb or Renovate The Three Rs to Consider When Upgrading Your Building

By: Elliott Brown

When you determine that it is about time your building has some sprucing up, you will be working with three options; refit, refurb, or renovate. However, either of the three R’s may merge into the other, and the three can even be viewed interchangeably; so how can you tell which is best suited for your project?

Start With Understanding The Definitions

You can only clarify the right implementation of any of the three if you understand their descriptions.

• Refit

It refers to repairs and introduction of new fittings with the aim of maintaining or updating the room or building. In most cases, it is expected that the work will include the installation of unique aspects not present in the initial construction or the last fittings.

• Refurbish

It refers to the aesthetics of the space or building with the aim of transforming the old look into something modern. It includes doing repairs, cleaning, and repainting. The objective is to redecorate the overall décor scheme therein rebranding the structure’s image giving it a fresh look.

• Renovate

It is used in reference to the major structural changes to the building, and this may include extensive repairs that improve any significant structural defects. Renovating can also be geared towards the restoration of a building to its former state if it is dilapidated and therefore rebuilding the structure within its old shell will be necessary. Using an architect, such as John Wratten Associates, is key to ensuring that the renovation that is carried out is structurally sound and visually appealing.

Before you start working on your building, you should have a clear picture of which of the three R’s you are to use. For this, you first need to take into account the extent of the building’s disrepair and what it will take to make the necessary alternations that restore the structure. What you choose should support or improve the practical functions and the aesthetics of the room or building.

Still Not Sure?

Below are a few questions that can help paint a better picture and clear the grey areas for you.

1. What are the building’s issues?

You should be aware of any underlying maintenance issues that may be frequent and their impact on the building’s integrity and weight your financial and legal obligations associated with what you need to do. In most cases, the issues may be deep within the structure and may touch on things such as utilities, heating and wiring.

2. Are the facilities in the building up to scratch?

Are the repairs and the new fittings and fixtures you add going to upgrade the space or building to the 21st century? You should embrace the need to work with the latest standards in technology and materials while still ensuring you do not violate the legal requirements.

3. Is your building’s appearance dated?

A refurbish is the most suitable option if you are focused mainly on the aesthetics of the room. The paintwork would be tired, the floor could be faded, or any other area of the space needs visual reinforcement. You should come up with a modern refurbishment design that will meet your needs and expectations.

4. How much change are you planning to make?

Are you working on one floor, room, or the entire building? It is essential to consider these factors because they may be limited or governed by set building regulations. For instance, doing a refit to a room or refurbishing an entire house may not be restricted by the rules as would when doing renovations that include major structural updates.

All the R’s

At times, the state you desire to achieve for your building by doing the upgrades may require the above three R’s. In reality, the final product of the changes will have several aspects of all the above (refitting, refurbishing, and renovating).

Buildings tend to exude different personalities because of their unique characteristics that give each that distinctive look. As such, the best results in any upgrades to a building require that you strike a balance of the three R’s.