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renovate

To repair and upgrade,with a sense of changing something.Contrast with rehabilitate or restore, which imply keeping the same general character and appearance. Differences among the words are important when making modifications to historic structures,because renovation may not be allowed.A property owner's imprecise use of terminology regarding his or her plans could result in unintentional animosity by neighbors and historic preservation commissions.

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This necessary renovation was to be violently forced upon them, for in 1066 Duke William of Normandy landed at Pevensey with his army of adventurers and his ill-founded claim to the crown, and before him at Hastings fell the gallant Harold and his nobles.
It was Miss Briggs and little Rawdon, whose business it was to see to the inward renovation of Sir Pitt's house, to superintend the female band engaged in stitching the blinds and hangings, to poke and rummage in the drawers and cupboards crammed with the dirty relics and congregated trumperies of a couple of generations of Lady Crawleys, and to take inventories of the china, the glass, and other properties in the closets and store-rooms.
The renovation of the house was determined upon when Sir Pitt came to town in November to see his lawyers, and when he passed nearly a week in Curzon Street, under the roof of his affectionate brother and sister.
Since deployment, Refresh Renovations has opened nine new franchise businesses, with the latest going live in Melbourne.
The renovations will ensure that Parkview residents have an exceptional facility today and far into the future.
Until it closed for renovations in 2002, about 70 million people had visited the observatory, including about 2 million annually during later years.
Renovations included sod and tree removal, grading of existing soil (no soil was imported), and sod replacement.
Believe it or not, a brand new school or an old school that has received major renovations to make it a state-of-the-art educational facility can be a district's worse nightmare.
Figures supplied by the City of Timmins planning department show the number of permits for new construction, addition and renovations of residential property year-to-date for December 2003 was 481, compared to 791 in the year before.
They're having a dickens of a time over their ongoing cathedral renovations.
Renovations can also improve programming and marketing potential.