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Property Refurbishments in Oxford and the Surrounding Areas | Renovations vs Refurbishments

No doubt you’ve heard both phrases many times, but did you know there’s a distinct difference between property renovations and property refurbishments? Most building companies, like us at AM Building Services, will offer both, with the two services coinciding during certain projects. This blog post explains the differences, highlighting how each can benefit your Oxford home.

Getting It Right

Many clients and tradespeople mistake one for the other, using renovations when they mean refurbishments and vice versa. Of course, it’s not the end of the world, but we thought we’d outline how they vary:


The term means to restore or upgrade. In property terms, we mean improving certain aspects of the home to make them work more efficiently or look better. This could be a coat of paint for a bedroom refurbishment, or a brand-new consumer unit installed in an older home in Oxford. Some of our most popular projects are bathroom refurbishments and kitchen refurbishments. Other forms of property refurbishments include:

  • Interior Decoration

  • New Lighting Installations

  • New Window and Door Installations

  • Repainting the Exterior Walls

  • Repairing Damaged Woodwork

  • Replacing Damaged Roof Tiles


These services are more in-depth and involve major changes to your home. Here we mean reviving a property to make it almost new again. Although that sounds very like a refurbishment project, the work involved is aimed at development and construction. This is where our team at AM Building Services excels, offering our clients the following:

  • Garage Conversions

  • Loft Conversions

  • New Kitchens and Bathrooms

  • New Roofing Systems

  • Property Extensions

  • Structural Alterations

Sometimes the two will overlap. For example, whilst building a kitchen extension, we may reconfigure some of the internal layout downstairs. This will be achieved by removing walls to create additional rooms or one larger open-plan area. We’ll also upgrade the electrical systems during the renovation and install a new combi-boiler. Once completed, the entire property downstairs will be fitted with new skirting boards, architraves, and internal doors. The project will then be completed by painting and decorating. 

So you can see how we take aspects of both property refurbishments and property renovations and unite them into a single construction project. 

For more about our range of professional building services in Oxford and the surrounding areas, please get in touch with our team at AM Building Services. We’re highly regarded for our work ethic, attention to detail, and outstanding results. So why not give us a call today and find out how we can refurbish or renovate your home?

We can offer:

  • Bathroom Refurbishments

  • Bedroom Refurbishments

  • Kitchen Refurbishments

For more about our property refurbishments in Oxford and the surrounding areas, call our building contractors on 07778 702089.