Home Theater

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Home Theater Addition project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Home Theater Addition Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Home Theater Addition investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Home Theater Addition project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Home Theater Addition - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Home Theater Addition project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionConvert existing room to home theater. Install media center, built-in speakers, ceiling mounted projection system. Upgrade electral system. Install black out draperies. Paint and re-carpet.
Project size220 square foot room
Material and labor cost$13,383 - $15,614
Material cost$7,682 - $8,962
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Home Theater Addition project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Home Theater Addition requires considerable experience, skill and attention to detail. Do it yourself mistakes are noticeable, may be difficulty to remedy and may actually reduce the market value of the project and your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Home Theater Addition project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIActual returns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A good quality Home Theater Addition project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingHome Theater Addition projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Home Theater Addition - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Home Theater Addition. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Home Theater Addition project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Home Theater Addition project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Home Theater Addition project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Develop Project BudgetGeneral Contractor2 to 15 d$133 - $222
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 d$178 - $297
Create Working DrawingsArchitect5 to 15 d$1,458 - $2,435 per design
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$126 - $217
Install Ceiling Outlet BoxElectrician1 d$197 - $335 per box
Remodel Electrical BoxElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$506 - $916
Hang CurtainsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$142 - $258
Paint WallPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.05 - $1.80 per square foot
Paint CeilingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.18 - $2.02 per square foot
Install CarpetFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$3.11 - $5.64 per square foot
Install Home Theater WiringElectrician1 d$440 - $759
Install Electrical ReceptacleElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$97 - $164 per outlet
Install Low Voltage LightingElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$135 - $232
Install Home Theater ProjectorElectrician1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$986 - $1,767
Install Home Theater SpeakersAudio Video Installer1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$137 - $239
Install Home Theater SystemElectrician1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$1,481 - $2,662
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$11.00 - $18.56
Replace Electric SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$43 - $75
Install Satellite DishElectrician1 d$616 - $1,112

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Home Theater Addition - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Home Theater Addition project plan.

  • To maximize return on the Home Theater Addition project, limit cost to no more than 2.5% of home's total, post project value
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • Perform major Home Theater Addition work with permits to help protect value at resale time
  • Install electrical receptacles inside cabinet where electrical devices are stored
  • Understand how your project will change property taxes (assessed value) and home insurance - before the project begins
  • Recess speakers into walls or ceiling to share media system access and create room ambiance
  • Install a built-in media hub to centralize storage and access of audio, video, media, internet
  • Use low voltage interior lighting to illuminate pathways used at night

Home Theater Addition Project Guide

Project Plan: Home Theater Addition

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Home Theater Addition project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

This FREE homewyse project guide helps you organize Home Theater Addition project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.


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