How much a remodeling project will cost is a far more difficult question to answer. There are so many factors with the existing structure that affect the overall cost of a project. Luckily, the people over at remodeling magazine took the time to put together a detailed report that describes common remodeling projects and the average costs for those projects. It splits the price up between mid and high end price ranges. Since every project is different this information should be taken with a grain of salt. In general we do find that these numbers are a little high, but it does goes you an idea of what to expect. These descriptions and projections were compiled in the Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com).
Midrange Project Descriptions
ATTIC INSULATION (FIBERGLASS)
Air-seal a 35x30 attic floor to address any air leakage from conditioned spaced to unconditioned space. Then add fiberglass loosefill insulation, placing it on top of existing insulation if present. Fiberglass loosefill is applied until thickness equating with R-30insulation value is reached.
BACKUP POWER GENERATOR
Install modular propane gas-powered electrical backup system with capacity for providing 70 amps of emergency power in two 240-voltcircuits and six 120-volt circuits.Assume existing propane gas supply. Include generator mounted on 2-by-4-foot concrete or composite pad, automatic transfer switch, load center, exterior disconnect, and grounding rod. Include 30 feet of conduit and electrical cable for generator connections; grounded cable for circuits; 5 feet of flexible fuel line for connection to existing rigid gas supply line; andautomotive-type storage battery.
Finish the lower level of a house to create a 20-by-30-foot entertaining area with wet bar and a 5-by-8-foot full bathroom; construct 24 linear feet of finished partition to enclose mechanical area. Walls and ceilings are painted drywall throughout; exterior walls are insulated; painted trim throughout. Include five six- panel factory-painted hardboard doors with passage locksets. Electrical wiring to code.
Main room: Include 15 recessed ceiling light fixtures and threesurface-mounted light fixtures, and a snap-together laminate flooring system.
Bathroom: Include standard white toilet, vanity with cultured marble top, resilient vinyl flooring, two-piece fiberglass shower unit, a light/fan combination, vanity light fixture, recessed medicine cabinet, towel and paper-holder hardware.
Bar area: Include 10 linear feet of raised-panel oak cabinets with laminate countertops, stainless steel bar sink, single-lever bar faucet, undercounter refrigerator, and vinyl floor tile.
Add a full 6-by-8-foot bathroom over a crawlspace with poured concrete walls. Include cultured-marble vanity top with molded sink; standard chrome faucets; 30-by-60-inch white fiberglass tub/ shower with ceramic tile surround; single-lever temperature andpressure-balanced faucet; white low-profile toilet; general and spot lighting; electrical wiring to code; mirrored medicine cabinet; linen storage closet or cabinet; vinyl wallpaper; painted trim; and ceramic tile floor.
Update an existing 5-by-7-foot bathroom. Replace all fixtures to include 30-by-60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with 4-by-4-inch
ceramic tile surround; new single-lever temperature and pressure- balanced shower control; standard white toilet; solid-surface vanity counter with integral sink; recessed medicine cabinet with light; ceramic tile floor; vinyl wallpaper.”
DECK ADDITION (COMPOSITE)
Add a 16-by-20-foot deck using pressure-treated joists supported by 4x4 posts anchored to concrete piers. Install composite deck material in a simple linear pattern. Include a built-in bench and planter of the same decking material. Include stairs, assuming three steps to grade. Provide a complete railing using a matching system made of the same composite as the decking material.
DECK ADDITION (WOOD)
Add a 16-by-20-foot deck using pressure-treated joists supported by 4x4 posts anchored to concrete piers. Install pressure-treated deck boards in a simple linear pattern. Include a built-in bench and planter of the same decking material.Include stairs,assuming three steps to grade. Provide a complete railing system using pressure-treated wood posts, railings, and balusters.
ENTRY DOOR REPLACEMENT (FIBERGLASS)
Remove existing 3-0/6-8 entry door and jambs and replace with fiberglass door with simulated wood grain,stained same color both sides; dual-pane, decorative half-glass panel with zinc caming;PVC-wrapped exterior trim in color to match existing trim; 2.5-inchinterior colonial or ranch casings in hardwood stained to match door. Replace existing lockset with mortise lock with lever handle and integrated deadbolt in oil-rubbed bronze or satin-nickel finish.
ENTRY DOOR REPLACEMENT (STEEL)
Remove existing 3-0/6-8 entry door and jambs and replace with new20-gauge steel unit, including clear dual-pane half-glass panel, jambs, and aluminum threshold with composite stop. Door is factory finished with same color both sides. Exterior brick-mold and 2.5-inch interior colonial or ranch casings in poplar or equal prefinished to match door color.Replace existing lockset with new bored-lock in brass orantique-brass finish.
FAMILY ROOM ADDITION
In a style appropriate to the existing house, add a 16-by-25-foot room on a crawlspace foundation with vinyl siding and fiberglass shingle roof. Include drywall interior with fiberglass insulation, pre-finishedhardwood floor, and 180 square feet of glazing including windows,atrium-style exterior doors, and two operable skylights. Tie into existing HVAC. Add electrical system to code, including 12 recessed ceiling lights.
GARAGE DOOR REPLACEMENT
Remove and dispose of existing 16x7-foot garage door and tracks. Install new 4-section garage door on new galvanized steel tracks; reuse existing motorized opener. New door is uninsulated, single-layer, embossed steel with two coats of baked-on paint, galvanized steel hinges,and nylon rollers.10-year limited warranty.
MAJOR KITCHEN REMODEL
Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a3-by-5-foot island; laminate countertops; and standard double- tubstainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Includeenergy-efficient wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built-inmicrowave,dishwasher,garbage disposal,and custom lighting.Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.
MANUFACTURED STONE VENEER
Remove a 300 square-foot continuous band of existing vinyl siding from the bottom third of the street-facing façade, beginning at the garage, continuing around the main entry, and ending at the corner of the side addition. Replace with adhered manufactured stone veneer, including 36 linear feet (LF) of sills, 40 LF of corners, and 1 address block.Installation includes 2 separate layers of water resistive barrier laid over bare sheathing, corrosion resistant lath and fasteners, and nominal ½-inch-thick mortar scratch coat and setting bed. Outline the archway using an 8x10-inch keystone and a soldier course of flats on either side.
MASTER SUITE ADDITION
Add a 24-by-16-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace. Includewalk-in closet/dressing area, whirlpool tub in ceramic tile platform, separate 3-by-4-foot ceramic tile shower, and double- bowl vanity with solid-surface countertop.Bedroom floor is carpet; bathroom floor is ceramic tile. Painted walls, ceiling, and trim. General and spot lighting, exhaust fan; electrical wiring to code.
MINOR KITCHEN REMODEL
In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven, cooktop, and slide-in refrigerator with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install midpriced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.
Remove existing roofing to bare wood sheathing and dispose of properly.Install 30 squares of 235-pound fiberglass asphalt shingles (min. 25-year warranty) with new felt underlayment, galvanized drip edge, and mill-finish aluminum flashing. Assume a 5-square hip roof; custom flashing at two average-size skylights; and custom cap treatment at vented ridge.
SIDING REPLACEMENT (VINYL)
Replace 1,250 square feet of existing siding with new vinyl siding, including all trim.
Add a first-floor family room and a second-floor bedroom with full bathroom in a 24-by-16-foot two-story wing over a crawlspace.Add new HVAC system to handle addition; electrical wiring to code.
Family room: Include a prefabricated gas fireplace; 11 3-by-5- footdouble-hung insulated clad-wood windows; an atrium-style exterior door; carpeted floors; painted drywall on walls and ceiling; and painted trim.
Bathroom: 5 by 8 feet. Include a one-piece fiberglass tub/shower unit; standard white toilet; wood vanity with solid-surface countertop; resilient vinyl flooring; and mirrored medicine cabinet with built-inlight strip; papered walls; and painted trim; exhaust fan.Bedroom: Include walk-in closet/dressing area; carpet; painted walls, ceiling, and trim; general and spot lighting
Upscale Project Descriptions
Add a new 100-square-foot master bathroom to existing master bedroom over a crawlspace. Include 42-by-42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip, recessed shower caddy,body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Include a customized whirlpool tub; stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlledexhaust fan.Use all color fixtures.Use larger matching ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on the diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. Add general and spot lighting including waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry shall include a custom drawer base and wall cabinets for abuilt-in look. Extend HVAC system, and include electric in-floorheating and heated towel bars.
Expand an existing 35-square-foot bathroom to 100 square feet within existing house footprint.Relocate all fixtures.Include 42-by- 42-inchneo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Include a customized whirlpool tub; stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlledexhaust fan.Use all color fixtures.Use larger matching ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on the diagonal with ceramic tile base molding.Add general and spot lighting including waterproof shower fixture.Cabinetry shall include a custom drawer base and wall cabinets for a built-in look.Extend HVAC system,and include electric in-floorheating and heated towel bars.
DECK ADDITION (COMPOSITE)
Add a 16-by-20-foot deck using pressure-treated joists supported by 4x4 posts anchored to concrete piers. At one corner, add a second,10-foot-diameter six-sided platform one step down from the main deck. Include stairs on the smaller deck, assuming three steps to grade. Install composite deck material in a simple linear pattern. Trim the perimeter joists and wrap the 4x4 posts with composite materials to match the decking. Using the same decking material, include abuilt-in bench and planter along one 16-foot side. On the remaining perimeter, provide a railing system using composite material of contrasting or complementary colors that includes decorative balusters, post caps, and lighting. Railing and trim should provide for overall curb appeal to the outdoor living space by integrating the deck with the home’s color and architecture, creating a custom look.
GARAGE DOOR REPLACEMENT
Remove and dispose of existing 16x7-foot garage door and tracks. Install new 4-section garage door on new heavy-duty galvanized steel tracks; reuse existing motorized opener. New door is high tensile strength steel with two coats of factory-applied paint, and foam insulated to minimum R-12, with thermal seals betweenpinch-resistant panels.Windows in top panel are ½-inch insulated glass. Hardware includes galvanized steel hinges and ball-bearingurethane rollers. Lifetime warranty.
GRAND ENTRANCE (FIBERGLASS)
Remove existing 3-0/6-8 entry door and cut and reframe opening for a12-36-12 entrance door with dual sidelites. Move double-gangelectrical box with two switches. Fiberglass door blank matches upscale entry, including color, threshold, lockset, and decorativehalf-glass; sidelites match door. PVC-wrapped exterior trim in color to match existing trim; wider interior colonial or ranch casings(3.5-inch to cover new jack studs) in hardwood stained to match door.All work to be completed in one day.
MAJOR KITCHEN REMODEL
Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchenwith 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom cherry cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone countertops with imported ceramic- or glass-tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, cooktop,and36-inch commercial grade range and vent hood; built- in warming drawer, trash compactor, and built-in combination microwave and convection oven. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and built-in water filtration system.Add new general and task lighting including low-voltage undercabinet lights. Install cork flooring, cherry trim.
MASTER SUITE ADDITION
Add a 32-by-20-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace. Bedroom: Add a spacious sleeping area with lounging/sitting area adjacent to large master bathroom. Include custom bookcases andbuilt-in storage with millwork details; high-end gas fireplace with stone hearth and custom mantle; and large walk-in closet/dressing area with natural light, mirrors, and linen storage. Add French doors to exterior.
Bathroom: Include a large walk-in shower with dual-shower
system, stone shower walls and floor, and custom frameless glass enclosure. Add corner-design whirlpool tub bordered on two sides by windows and built into granite or marble platform with custom cabinet front. Include two sinks in separate custom vanities with stone countertops and large mirrors. Create partitioned area for luxuryone-piece toilet.
General: Add 5-foot-long hospitality center with bar sink, undercounter refrigerator, custom cabinetry, granite or marble countertop, and microwave. Include soundproofing, in-floor heating, custom wall finishes and hardware, general and spot lighting, and lighting controls.”
SIDING REPLACEMENT (ENGINEERED)
Replace 1,250 square feet of existing siding with siding made from engineered wood or similar engineered material. Include factory trim at all openings and corners.
SIDING REPLACEMENT (FIBER-CEMENT)
Replace 1,250 square feet of existing siding with new fiber-cementsiding, factory primed and factory painted. Include all 4/4 and 5/4 trim using either fiber-cement boards or cellular PVC.
SIDING REPLACEMENT (FOAM-BACKED VINYL)
Replace 1,250 square feet of existing siding with new foam-backedvinyl siding, including factory trim at all openings and corners.
WINDOW REPLACEMENT (VINYL)
Replace 10 existing 3-by-5-foot double-hung windows with insulated,low-E, simulated-divided-lite vinyl windows. Simulated wood-graininterior finish; custom-color exterior finish. Trim exterior to match existing; do not disturb existing interior trim.
WINDOW REPLACEMENT (WOOD)
Replace 10 existing 3-by-5-foot double-hung windows with insulated,low-E, simulated-divided-lite wood windows. Interior finish of stained hardwood; exterior finish of custom-color aluminum cladding. Trim exterior to match existing; do not disturb existing interior trim.