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Construction Versus Restoration: Key Differences in Building Projects

Jun 2, 2021 | Commercial | 0 comments

When a construction company works on several types of construction projects, it’s important to have a variety of skills and talented employees on staff. Often, a business or organization will know their space needs a change but isn’t sure what kind.

Of course, different styles of construction come with different objectives and specialties. Some might start from scratch will all new components, while others are returning an older structure to its former glory. So, how does a company know how to choose or where to find a builder that will best suit the project? Let’s look at the main differences between restoration and general construction.

Property Restoration Projects

The main differentiator is that restoration is when a general contractor works to bring a property back to its original condition or intent. BCI Construction has completed many historical projects that required delicate or complicated restoration practices. Restoration projects often include tasks such as:

  • Refinishing wood floors
  • Stripping finishes
  • Sourcing and installing original finishes
  • Repairing or replacing old lighting fixtures
  • Repairing damage in walls, roofs, or other structural features
  • Plaster work
  • Masonry point work
  • Re-gasketing / Sealing of original openings
  • Reconsider the use of space

Restoration projects often require finding features such as lighting and construction materials that match the period that the property was built, while making it functional for today’s use. It’s also important to know how to navigate the historical value of a property, which might limit the construction capabilities or remodeling choices. Restoration projects can use less energy and resources. The structure is already in place, the main build requires repairs rather than a new ground-up build.

General Construction Projects

Restoration projects focus on retuning an existing structure in use to relatively reflect what it looked like in the past. General construction, however, is often much more involved. If a space is being completely remodeled or rebuilt from the ground up, it is not classified as a “restoration” in technical terms. While consideration of existing walls and finishes may be reused in general, they are substantially augmenting the original intent of the building to meet today’s standards.

As with a restoration project, general construction requires knowledge of the existing space but typically will not get involved with many of the historical practices. A general contractor will help their client plan for new construction and apply for building permits before beginning the work.

Restoration, remodel, and new construction projects can be expensive and time-demanding. Even in restoration projects, general construction is often completed to make the space usable. However, restoration tends to be more of a conversation effort and general construction tends to be a reimagining effort.

When deciding on a restoration plan or new construction, consider a few factors. What types of changes do you have in mind for the space you are considering? Does the existing space suit your needs, or does it require modifications? Are you looking for a fresh new look, flow, feel, or do you need to radically update the existing features? What is your business’s style? How do you want to be reflected? All of this matters when you are considering your space for the best fit.

Need help making the decision? Contact BCI Construction for a consultation.

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