HOME IMPROVEMENT COSTS
How much does a typical remodeling project cost …. when done correctly and in a quality manner?
“It’s unwise to pay too much, but is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little – that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done!”
If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.”
We prefer to be very frank and forthright with all of our clients about the possible costs of their projects before we even get started. Simply put… it leads to a higher level of client satisfaction.
While every remodeling project is different, we can help you determine a general budget range for many common projects based on what similar remodeling projects have cost in the past.
However, there are several factors which impact the final cost of any project. Such as; quality of materials, site conditions, accessibility, age of your home, specific design tastes, finishes, updating existing systems, etc…
The following cost ranges should assist in helping you effectively plan your remodeling project. Sometimes projects do cost a little less than the figures used below but we feel it’s better to plan for the higher figures just to be safe.
Keep in mind these timeless and common laws of economics:
- You get what you pay for.
- You’ll forget about the price you paid long before you’ll forget about a bad job.
Typical Budget Ranges
Basic Room Addition, $115 – $250 per square foot and up
Single room addition, crawl space foundation, minimal electrical, minimal structural work, no plumbing, average finishes, average number of windows, easy tie-in to existing home, tie into existing heating system. (Generally – the larger and more open the spaces are the less per square foot.)
Multi-Room Addition, $150 – $325 per square foot and up
Multiple rooms, full concrete foundation, new mechanical systems, average to very nice finishes, bathroom, closets, tile, hardwood, cedar of fiber cement siding, average to somewhat difficult tie-in to existing home. (Generally – the larger and more open the spaces are the less per square foot.)
Two-Story Addition, $175 per square foot and up
Same criteria as above. The simpler, the less expensive. The more complex the more expensive. Generally, adding another floor above the other is a little bit more cost effective because the space shares the same roof and foundation. (this is not the same as adding a second story over an existing space) (SF = total finished area – count second floor SF if finished)
Basic Kitchen Upgrade, $12,000 and up
If the layout of your kitchen is essentially okay, you may only want to replace your cabinets, countertops, sink and flooring. Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls and ceiling and maybe add new average appliances. Basically everything would stay close to or in the same location. This would include semi-custom cabinets (depending on the amount of cabinets) and custom plastic laminate tops. Based on a 12′ x 14′ kitchen.
Minor Kitchen Remodel, $18,000 and up
Your kitchen may be in need of a more extensive renovation involving relocating some of the appliances and sink. Included in this would be a new layout design, updated electrical and lighting on existing circuitry, semi-custom to fully custom cabinets (depending on the amount of cabinets), existing wall and ceiling plaster or drywall would remain, custom plastic laminate tops, new flooring and paint, maybe new average appliances. Based on a 12′ x 14′ kitchen.
Major Kitchen Remodel, $45,000 and up
Your kitchen may be in need of a more extensive renovation involving a complete “gutting” where we would remove everything including the wall and ceiling finishes exposing the framing. In addition to a new design, also included would be all new electrical, lighting and plumbing within the kitchen, new wall and ceiling finishes, tile or hardwood flooring, custom cabinets and solid surface or stone tops, one or two new windows. High end appliances will most likely add to the cost. Based on a 200 SF kitchen.
Simple Bathroom Upgrade, $10,000 and up
Basically remove and replace all contents of an average sized, three fixture bathroom including the tub/shower, toilet, sink, faucet, tub/shower valve, vanity and pre-manufactured solid surface top, installing new flooring and paint, new exhaust fan, vanity light and mirror. Everything to connect to existing plumbing in existing locations. Most of the wall and ceiling finishes would stay intact.
Complete Bathroom Remodel, $15,000 and up
Basically gut an entire, average sized, three fixture bathroom and replace all contents including new tub/shower, toilet, sink, faucet, tub/shower valve, vanity and pre-manufactured solid surface top, installing new tile flooring and paint, new exhaust fan, vanity light and mirror. Everything to connect to existing plumbing in existing locations.
Complete Bathroom Remodel (Higher-end), $22,000 – $30,000 and up
Basically the same bathroom remodel as described above but with nicer finishes like ceramic tile surrounding the tub or shower, custom built shower area, glass shower enclosure, tile flooring, radiant heat in the floor, some new plumbing, completely new electrical and lighting system, maybe some tile on the walls outside the shower.
Master Bathroom Remodel, $30,000 – $40,000 and up
Typically master bathrooms may have two sinks and a separate shower. Oftentimes they also are larger with nicer finishes. This type of remodel would be similar in scope to complete bathroom remodel with higher-end finishes and fixtures.
Simple Bathroom Addition, $18,000 and up
Simple 6′ x 8′ bathroom addition, crawl space foundation, cedar or fiber cement siding, one small window, electric and plumbing to connect near addition in basement with easy access, easy tie-in to existing home, basic bathroom finishes and fixtures.
Upgraded Bathroom Addition, $30,000 and up
Basically the same as above but larger at 10′ x 12′ with separate shower, whirlpool tub, two sinks, separate room for toilet, linen closet, custom vanity and tops, higher-end finishes and fixtures.
Basements, $45 – $150 per square foot
Basements can provide some very nice living space relatively economically when compared to an addition or adding another level. We can transform your basement into a just about any type of space you desire. The three biggest concerns with basements are adequate headroom, moisture control and egress. The more basic the space the less it will cost. Likewise, the more amenities you add like an added bathroom, kitchenette/bar area, added windows and/or doors and more ornate trim details like coffered ceilings and wall panels, the more it will cost.
Finished Attics, $10,000 to $40,000 and up
Attics too can provide some very nice living space relatively economically when compared to an addition or adding another level. We can transform your attic into a just about any type of space you desire. Adding some skylights or dormers can really make the space feel larger. The more straight forward spaces cost less than the more complicated ones do. A simple space might include; insulation, electrical/lighting, extend HVAC, adding a skylight or two, drywall, carpeting, trim and painting.
Decks, $20 per SF and up for simple PT to $55 per SF and up for upgraded w/Composite There’s nothing like having a great deck to enjoy relaxing and entertaining outside. There are many materials to choose from. Most decks are constructed using pressure treated yellow pine which holds up well against the moisture. In full sun or for reduced maintenance you may want to consider choosing a composite like Trex. Also you should consider changing the existing grade if it doesn’t drain properly. Cost figures mentioned are based on adding a deck with footings and posts to 12″ below grade, PT framing, single to two levels, spindled or cable railings all around, decking predrilled and screwed, properly flashed where attached to the house, lattice and stairs.
Wood Window Replacements, $650.00 per unit and up
We can install very nice, custom sized, energy efficient, wood window replacements by Marvin, Andersen and Pella. These windows can be installed within the existing frame without disturbing the interior or exterior trim. They are a nice alternative to vinyl replacement windows in that they can come with aluminum clad exterior (in many colors), real wood interior that can be stained or painted to match your existing trim.
Vinyl Replacement Windows, $300 per unit and up
Energy efficient vinyl replacement windows offer an affordable and low maintenance solution to replacing old windows when you don’t need the look of real, authentic wood windows. Something to bear in mind is that most vinyl windows are stark white or light beige which can clash with some exteriors.
Entry Door Replacements, $800 to $3,000 and up
Replacing your front door can dramatically improve both the look and value of your home – an independent study suggests as much as a 5% increase in perceived value with the right combination. Single units are less than units including sidelights and ornate glazing options. We install doors byTherma-Tru, Peachtree and other high quality manufacturers.
Patio Doors, $1,500 to $4,000 and up
New patio doors operate incredibly smoothly compared to the older ones. Most of our doors can have stainable or paintable wood interior with aluminum clad exteriors in a number of colors. We install doors by Andersen, Marvin and other high quality manufacturers. We typically install our doors using a custom flashing pan to ensure that they don’t leak at the sill.
Skylights & Roof Windows, $2,000 – $4,000 per unit
We install top quality skylights and roof windows by Velux and Andersen. And, we guarantee they WILL NOT LEAK! Costs are based on creating a new opening in your roof, installation, finishing and painting around the unit. Creating a tunnel through the attic will cost more than if we are installing it in a sloped ceiling. There are a number of other factors that impact the cost as well.
Porches, $100 to $350 per square foot and up
Porches can be very detailed spaces requiring a great deal of time by skilled craftsman. Costs are based on constructing a new “Classic-Style” porch with footings below frost line, posts and/or columns, floor framing and flooring/decking, spindled railings, lattice work, steps, beaded ceilings, lighting, roof framing, roofing, tie into existing house (rocking chair not included).
Garages, $45 to $75 per square foot and up
Based on a basic detached garage with a new slab foundation, wood framed walls, truss roof system, basic siding and soffits, a few windows, one entry door, garage door with opener, electrical and lighting system to code.
Carports, $12,000 – $20,000 and up
Some carports can be very basic and some can be quite intricate. Regardless, all carports require careful design in order to maintain structural integrity and still look like they “belong there”. We can design a carport that fits your needs, both functional and aesthetic.
You don’t have to worry about “bothering” us with your small jobs. We are happy to offer handyman services for those small or odd jobs that you need to have done. These are handled by one of our Master Craftsmen on either a time and materials basis or, in most cases, we can provide a fixed quote. If you’re on our email list, from time to time we will send out special VIP offers and discounts allowing you to save some money if you can have your work done on certain days. This is offered on a first come first serve basis.
Contact us today to discuss your home remodeling needs with a professional or to schedule a FREE, in-home Consultation and Remodeling Needs Assessment. We will respond to all inquiries within 24 hours. We look forward to hearing from you!