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Fit-out vs Renovation: What’s the difference?

Fit-out vs Renovation: What’s the difference?

Fit-out construction and renovation construction are different forms of construction projects, which cater to the client’s specific job requirements. 

The variety of terms used to describe construction projects can be confusing to someone seeking to hire a construction company or those new to the construction industry, so here we explain the differences between the commonly-confused ‘fit-out’ and ‘renovation’.

Key Differences between Fit-out vs Renovation

What is a fit-out?

A fit-out is a construction process which ensures that a newly-built interior space is suitable to be occupied.

This means that a fit-out includes everything required to make the interior space suitable to the specific needs of whoever will be occupying it. At a base level this typically entails the installation of flooring, ceilings, electrical service and partitions.

An experienced construction company can also install furnishings, kitchen areas, internet connectivity, branding and more.

A ‘turnkey’ fit-out is one which results in a building which is already completely fitted-out to the extent the developer can simply open the door with the turn of a key and start using the facility as intended.

Fit-outs allow businesses and venues to implement their vision of what an establishment will look like, and ensure that the occupiers of the space are safe and properly catered for. 

What is a Renovation? 

In the construction industry, a renovation is the process of improving or upgrading an aging, non-functioning or damaged building. While a fit-out is concerned with the creation of a new space, a renovation typically involves updating or redesigning a space that is currently in use. A renovation is usually required if a client’s facilities are outdated, in need of more room to facilitate business growth or requiring modernisation in order to breathe new life into the space. Renovations can be broken down into two categories: cosmetic and structural.

A cosmetic renovation is concerned with the aesthetic features of a space rather than the structural development of a building. These renovations often involve doing decorative repairs, updating fixtures and lighting, reviving tired surfaces and improving the appearance of the space as a whole. These renovations are a good way to quickly and efficiently reinvigorate your commercial, residential or hospitality building, without having to bear the financial and time burden that structural changes bring. 

A structural renovation focuses more on the functional aspects of the building, by upgrading and changing structural elements of a space. Structural renovations can include things like building extensions, adding or removing walls, changing a building’s floor plan and making electrical and plumbing upgrades. While these renovations are more costly than cosmetic changes, they have the potential to drastically increase the usability of a building and are particularly useful in improving the versatility and functionality of old buildings which require structural innovation.

Want to know more about a fit-out vs renovation?

At Ashley Cooper Construction, our team offers end-to-end construction services including fit-outs and renovations. We work closely with our clients to ensure that the right project format is utilised to best accommodate their needs. If you would like to know more about fit-out vs renovation construction types and what they mean for your next project, get in touch today and let’s discuss how we can help bring your project to life.