• 1. New Front Door: Top Home Improvement Projects

    According to the 2010-2011 Remodeling magazine Cost vs. Value Report, these updates bring the best return based on their cost and the value they add to your home.   See the Gallery

  • Restored Antique Home in Salem: Exterior

    This 1810-era home has been carefully restored and renovated. Highlights include a custom-designed kitchen, a butler’s pantry, a library and a new family room.   See the Gallery

  • Originally built in 1950, this four-bedroom abode underwent a complete redesign and reconstruction in 2007.

    We weren’t sure if we were looking at a new construction or a well-maintained midcentury residence when we stumbled upon this stylish home in Dallas. Turns out, it’s a bit of both.   See the Gallery

  • Exterior: Remodeled Modern Waterfront Home Near Seattle

    This 1969 home was remodeled in 2006 but still retains a '60s vibe. It features cedar walls and slate floors, and an atrium-style living area, flooded with light via floor-to-ceiling windows and an…   See the Gallery

  • A remodeled an organized garage.

    Instead of cleaning out the garage, how much would you pay to have a new one built? This time, it would have all the organizational built-ins and windows for natural light, and you could store a…   See the Image

  • Remodeled bathroom

    Unless you're a hermit who never entertains, you've probably wished for an extra bathroom now and then.But bathroom additions require serious coin. For a moderately outfitted addition with …   See the Image

  • 3. Fiber-Cement Siding: Top Home Improvement Projects

    Return on Investment: 80 percent. Adding new siding is like buying a new coat for your house, and fiber-cement siding is the chic choice, especially if you live in an upscale neighborhood. When…   See the Image

  • 10. Two-Story Addition: Top Home Improvement Projects

    Return on Investment: 65 percent. A two-story addition can be a painfully expensive remodeling project. The payback is just 65 percent, and the amount of cash you'll use is stupendously high:…   See the Image

  • 9. Major Kitchen Renovation: Top Home Improvement Projects

    Return on Investment: 68.7 percent. If your kitchen remodeling plans call for stripping the room to the studs and starting over, you'll spend an average of about $58,000 for semi-custom cabinets,…   See the Image

  • 8. Basement Renovation: Top Home Improvement Projects

    Return on Investment: 70 percent. Coming in at an average cost of about $65,000, remodeling an unfinished basement to add a 20 x 30-foot gathering space, a 5 x 8-foot bath and a 10-foot wet bar…   See the Image