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Is it better to construct or to remodel?

The decision between building or remodeling a ready-made house is a not-so-simple choice that goes far beyond the financial cost, after all, it also involves personal preferences, family needs and even the environmental impact. This is because, even though building everything from scratch allows you to customize it to your taste, deciding where each space will be located and what the ideal layout is, remodeling an already finished building can be a more economical, sustainable option and preserve an entire history. 

And then the question remains: a new construction that incorporates the latest technologies in energy efficiency and domestic comfort or a remodeling that takes advantage of existing structures, reducing waste and respecting the original architecture (often with historical and classic elements)? 

If you also face this dilemma, we can help you. Of course, the decision is all yours and must be made considering all the pros and cons of each option. After all, there is no right or wrong choice, but the one that makes the most sense for you. And how will we help you? In this content we have brought the main advantages and challenges of building or remodeling and how to choose. Check out! 

Construct or to remodel: advantages and challenges to guide your choice 

When we talk about building a home, we are referring to the planning and construction of a residential structure from the ground up, from blueprints to painting. And, like all projects, construction also offers advantages and challenges: 

Advantages of construction 

  • Full customization in every aspect: building a new home gives the homeowner the freedom to design every aspect of the building according to their specific needs and desires. In other words, you can build a house from scratch exactly the way you always dreamed. From the layout to the finishes, everything can be customized and changed to your liking! 
  • Modernity and technology: another very interesting point is that a new construction also allows the incorporation of the latest technologies in energy efficiency, security and domestic comfort. And what does that mean? Already at the construction stage, you can configure everything so that your home is highly intelligent and fully connected. From the electrical structure to the known energy sources. 
  • Compliance with standards: as technology advances and the concepts of sustainability and safety themselves, new standards emerge that must be observed when constructing a building. Newer, more recently built homes often meet current building and safety regulations, which can be a huge benefit in the long term. 

Construction challenges 

  • High cost: depending on the model or style desired, building a new home can be more expensive than remodeling an old one. Especially when considering the costs of materials, labor, land, documentation, release and legalization and, of course, the completion of the property. 
  • Longer time: the construction process may be longer and subject to delays due to factors such as weather, material supply and licensing issues, etc. So, if you are in a hurry to complete the project, building might be a slightly more expensive option. 
  • Planning complexity: if you’re going to start everything from scratch, then you need to plan everything from scratch. And we need to remember that this planning must be detailed and, in addition to counting on the coordination of several professionals, from architects to builders. 

Home remodeling, or also understood as renovating a house, is the process of making changes and improvements to an existing residential structure. Unlike building a new home, remodeling works with the structure and layout already in place, although these can be significantly altered depending on the extent of the project or what will be changed. 

Advantages of remodeling 

  • Preservation of the history of the place: every building tells a story, even newly built ones. But older buildings tell bigger stories, sometimes more surprising ones, and even multiple stories that intersect in one place. Therefore, remodeling allows you to maintain the unique character and history of an old house, as well as ensuring a more classic look to your project. 
  • Sustainability: old remodeled buildings are also much more sustainable options (at least during construction), as they use the existing structure. And, depending on the project, it requires fewer construction materials, reducing the environmental impact. 
  • Cost: Scope of remodeling may be a more economical option, especially if the existing structure is in good condition and little is changed. 

Remodeling challenges 

  • Structural limitations: Existing buildings may have limitations that prevent certain modifications or require creative solutions for upgrades. In other words, depending on the structure of the building and the space available, it is not always possible to remodel as you wish. 
  • Surprises during construction: old plumbing or poor electrical wiring? These are some of the hidden problems (surprise!) that can arise, increasing the cost and complexity of the project. And it’s no use! When it comes to older buildings, you’ll only find out right away! 
  • Local regulations: Significant changes to older homes may be subject to zoning or historic restrictions. Be sure to check this information before starting the project! 

Are you able to decide? 

When deciding whether to build or remodel, it’s essential to consider not only the immediate costs, but also the long-term value. Additionally, considerations such as desired location, environmental impact and willingness to face the challenges of construction or remodeling are crucial. 

The best solution, therefore, is to put both options on the scale and weigh both pros and cons: you will certainly reach the most viable conclusion. 


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