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If you're considering a home improvement project this year it's wise to consider what the average renovation will yield in terms of resale value. The estimates listed below are specific to the Philadelphia Metro marketplace. These estimate are prepared by Remodeling Magazine and Hanley Wood Media Inc.

 

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Project Descriptions

 

BACKYARD PATIO—MIDRANGE

Install  20x20-foot flagstone  patio  on  flat ground  behind  home. Connect house and patio via a lift-and-slide  glass door. Put gas- powered fire pit in the center of the patio and surround it with four mid-priced all-weather deck chairs. Opposite home, install a stone- veneer modular kitchen unit with gas grill, mini-refrigerator, sink, and storage. On each corner, erect 20x20-foot cedar pergola capable of holding an awning that can shade the entire deck. Install mid- priced, low-voltage lights on pergola sufficient to illuminate  patio at night. Install underground gas and electrical connections.

 

BATHROOM ADDITION—MIDRANGE

Add 6x8-foot bathroom  over  crawlspace  with  poured  concrete walls. Use cultured-marble vanity top with molded sink; standard chrome faucets; 30x60-inch white fiberglass tub/shower with ceramic tile surround; single-lever temperature and pressure- 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; ceramic tile floor.

 

BATHROOM ADDITION—UPSCALE

Add new 100-square-foot master bath to existing master bedroom over crawlspace. Include 42x42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls, accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Put in  freestanding soaker tub with high-end  faucets; stone countertop  with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust  fan. Use larger matching  ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. Add general and spot lighting and waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry has custom drawer base, wall cabinets. Extend HVAC. Electric in-floor heating.

 

BATHROOM REMODEL—MIDRANGE

Update  an  existing  5x7-foot bathroom.  Replace all  fixtures  to include 30x60-inch porcelain-on-steel  tub with 4x4-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.

 

BATHROOM REMODEL—UPSCALE

Expand existing 35-square-foot bathroom to 100 sf within existing house footprint. Relocate all fixtures. Include 42x42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Include freestanding  soaker tub with high-end  faucets; stone countertop with  two sinks;  two mirrored  medicine  cabinets  with  lighting; a compartmentalized commode  area with  one-piece  toilet;  and a humidistat-controlled exhaust  fan. Use all color fixtures. Use larger matching  ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on 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. Extend HVAC system, and include electric in-floor heating.

 

DECK ADDITION (COMPOSITE)—MIDRANGE

Add a 16x20-foot deck using pressure-treated joists supported  by 4x4-inch 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)—MIDRANGE

Add a 16x20-foot deck using pressure-treated joists supported  by

4x4-inch 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 (STEEL)—MIDRANGE

Remove existing  3-0/6-8 entry  door and jambs and replace with new  20-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.

 

GARAGE DOOR REPLACEMENT—UPSCALE

Remove and dispose of existing 16x7-foot garage door and tracks. Install new four-section garage door on new heavy-duty galvanized steel tracks; reuse existing  motorized opener. New door is high- tensilestrength steel with two coats of factory-applied paint, and foam insulated  to minimum R-12, with  thermal  seals between pinch-resistant panels. Windows in top panel are ½-inch insulated glass. Hardware includes galvanized steel hinges and ball-bearing urethane rollers. Lifetime warranty.

 

GRAND ENTRANCE (FIBERGLASS)—UPSCALE

Remove existing 3-0/6-8 entry door and cut and reframe opening for a 12-36-12 entrance  door with dual sidelites. Move double-gang electrical box with  two switches. Fiberglass door blank matches upscale entry, including  color, threshold,  lockset, and decorative half-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.

 

MINOR KITCHEN REMODEL—MIDRANGE

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 shaker-style wood panels and drawer fronts, including  new hardware. Replace cooktop/oven range 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.

 

MAJOR KITCHEN REMODEL—MIDRANGE

Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom  wood cabinets, including a 3x5-foot island; laminate  countertops;  and standard  double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient range, ventilation  system, built-in microwave, dishwasher,  garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.

 

MAJOR KITCHEN REMODEL—UPSCALE

Update outmoded  200-square-foot kitchen  with  30 linear  feet of top-of-the-line custom white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone countertops  with imported ceramic- or glass-tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, commercial grade cooktop and vent hood, wall oven, and built-in microwave unit. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets  and  water  filtration  system. Add new  general  and  task lighting, including low-voltage undercabinet lights. Install tile or similar flooring that looks like wood.

 

MANUFACTURED  STONE VENEER—MIDRANGE

Remove  300  square-foot   continuous   band   of  existing   vinyl siding from bottom third  of street-facing façade, beginning  at garage, and continuing  around main entry. Replace with adhered manufactured stone veneer, including  36 linear  feet (LF) of sills,

40 LF of corners, and one address block. Installation includes two 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, use an

8x10-inch keystone and a soldier course of flats on either side.

 

MASTER SUITE ADDITION—MIDRANGE

Add 24x16-foot master  bedroom  suite  over crawlspace. Include walk-in  closet/dressing  area,  freestanding   soaker  tub,  separate

3x4-foot ceramic tile shower, and double-bowl vanity with solid- surface countertop. Carpet the floor; put tile in bath. Paint walls, ceiling, and trim. Install general and spot lighting, exhaust fan..

 

MASTER SUITE ADDITION—UPSCALE

Add a 32x20-foot master  bedroom  suite  over a crawlspace. Add spacious sleeping area with lounging/sitting area adjacent to large master bath. Include custom bookcases and built-in  storage with millwork details; high-end gas fireplace with stone hearth  and custom mantle; and walk-in closet/dressing area with natural light, mirrors, and linen storage. Add French doors. Bathroom includes a walk-in shower with dual-shower system, stone walls and floor, and  custom  frameless  glass enclosure. Add freestanding  soaker tub. Include two sinks in separate custom vanities with stone countertops  and large mirrors. Create partitioned  area for luxury one-piece toilet.Outside the bath,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.

 

ROOFING REPLACEMENT—MIDRANGE

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—MIDRANGE

Replace 1,250 square  feet  of existing  siding  with  new  siding. Include factory trim at all openings and corners.

 

UNIVERSAL DESIGN BATHROOM—MIDRANGE

In existing 5x7-foot space, widen doorway so room is accessible by wheelchair. Install a wider wood interior door and standard knobs. Reinforce bathroom walls as appropriate to support grab bars, towel hooks, and seats. Place electrical switches and outlets at wheelchair heights. Replace existing  3x5-foot tub/shower  unit  with walk-in, zero-threshold shower. Install fold-down seat in shower area. Use a height-adjustable/removable shower head. Replace existing toilet with comfort-height  toilet. Install support bars as needed. Replace bathroom vanity and sink with a unit whose doors are easily acces- sible while sitting and has space beneath  for a person to sit com- fortably at it. Install standard porcelain sink and faucets with lever handles. Place mid-priced light fixtures on either side of the mir- ror. Replace overhead lighting with 100-watt equivalent LED unit. Reconfigure storage so it can be accessed from a wheelchair.

 

WINDOW REPLACEMENT (VINYL)—MIDRANGE

Replace 10 existing 3x5-foot double-hung windows with insulated, low-E, simulated-divided-lite vinyl windows. Simulated wood- grain interior finish; custom-color exterior finish. Trim exterior to match existing; do not disturb existing interior trim.

 

WINDOW REPLACEMENT (WOOD)—MIDRANGE

Replace 10 existing 3x5-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.