What are the different types of restoration work?

Making the decision to upgrade or restore the family home is itself no small task, but even after making the decision to move forward, there are still a number of other decisions that must be made before the work can commence. There are many decisions to be made, from setting the budget to hiring the right contractor, but one of the most vital decisions is also, on the surface, one of the simplest. What kind of project are you looking to take on?

If you’re a Staffordshire homeowner who has recently made the decision to pursue the possibilities of upgrading the family home, but are unsure what type of work you want done, fear not. Working in the construction industry, this is a question I get asked frequently, and I’ve laid out some of the more common types of services offered below to help clarify things for you.


Preservation work is focused on maintaining the building’s current state, after first ensuring that the premises is safe and taking steps to avoid further decay or degradation. Often, this type of work is applied to buildings with significant historical or religious significance. In these types of buildings, many of which can be found here in Staffordshire, the historical value of the property often prevents new construction from taking place on the site. Of course, the idea of preserving memories does not have to be put aside only for projects of historical significance. Families living in older homes may also opt for this type of preservation work, though usually their needs would be better met with one of the other forms of restoration.


Restoration is the process of returning a building to its original condition. While preservation attempts to maintain the building as it is, restoration is focused on rebuilding, but often uses materials and techniques from the original period of construction. While preservation typically works with the existing structure, restoration is best described as creating something that resembles the original structure.


Renovation is the process of renewing and updating an existing building. Typically, this will not involve substantial change to the building, but will instead incorporate more modern adaptations to the existing structure. An example of this would be adding a 21st century style kitchen to a hundred-year-old farm house. The farm house remains intact, but the kitchen becomes modern.


Remodelling involves the whole sale alteration of a building. Rooms may be added (or demolished) and the finished product may be quite different from the original. Often, remodelling involves repurposing the building, meaning that circulation routes, orientation and groundwork could be potentially altered to suit specifications.