Whats the difference between “reconstruction,” “rehabilitation,” and “restoration”?
Reconstruction – Reproduction of the exact form and detail of a vanished building, structure, improvement or part thereof, as it appeared at a specific time. (Source: Chapter XIII of the City of Buffalo Charter and Ordinances, 1974) Three good examples are the reconstructed buildings on the Darwin Martin House Complex. In the 1970’s, the pergola, conservatory, and carriage house were demolished. In the autumn of 2006, there was ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the reconstruction from original plans. See photos of the three reconstructions. Rehabilitation – Repair or alteration that enables buildings, structures or improvements to be efficiently utilized while preserving those features of buildings, structures or improvements that are significant to their historic, architectural and cultural values. See March 1, 2007, photos of the interior rehabilitation of the 1888 Webb Building at 90 Pearl Street, originally a factory to be opened as a day care center and apartments in the autumn
I think that’s a good question because you may not know all these hard words, but you still need to explain your idea to the contractor. When I first contacted the renovation company, I had to spend twice more time because I wasn’t sure if I’ll use these words properly, so design build firm understood me in the end and did a great gob