• 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

  • 7. Attic Renovation That Adds a Bedroom: Top Home Improvement Projects

    Return on Investment: 72.2 percent. An attic remodel that converts an unused attic into a bedroom and adds a bathroom with a shower will cost an average of $51,428. That's not cheap, but it's…   See the Image

  • 6. Window Replacement: Top Home Improvement Projects

    Return on Investment: 67.5 percent to 72.6 percent. Returns for different types of windows range from a low of 67.5 percent for upscale wood windows to a high 72.6 percent for upscale vinyl…   See the Image

  • Organized closet space

    A third bedroom transformed into a walk-in closet might bring you bliss, but it eliminates a bedroom and will lower your home value at resale.   See the Image

  • 5. Minor Kitchen Remodel: Top Home Improvement Projects

    Return on Investment: 72.8 percent. The trick to getting a solid kitchen remodel return is to restrain yourself. Walk away from the granite countertop (unless you can find inexpensive remnants)…   See the Image

  • #5: Finish Existing Space First

    Published 02/19/13 in Houses
    Modern living room with plush deep purple couch and leather ottoman.

    A remodel that turns storage areas (think basement or attic) into useable space trumps adding completely new rooms. It's cheaper to finish existing spaces than add new ones.   See the Image

  • 4. Build a Wood Deck: Top Home Improvement Projects

    Return on Investment: 72.8 percent. A small 16 x 20-foot wood deck with a bench, planter and a few steps down to the yard creates a natural transition from indoor to outdoor spaces at an average…   See the Image

  • #4. Think Timeless

    Published 02/19/13 in Houses
    Neutral bathroom with soft color palette.

    Today's trendy remodeling finish choices are tomorrow's dated decor. Even a beautifully executed remodeling project fades in value over time. Brass bathroom fixtures, anyone?   See the Image