Home Project Summary

Remodel A Fireplace

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Fireplace Remodeling project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Fireplace Remodeling 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 Fireplace Remodeling 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 Fireplace Remodeling project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Fireplace Remodeling - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Fireplace Remodeling 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 descriptionRemodel existing fireplace. Common options include stone or brick refacing and mantel replacement or modernization. Designer extras include custom lighting and storage built ins.
Project sizeBasic fireplace updating
Material and labor cost$2,138 - $2,494
Material cost$608 - $709
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Fireplace Remodeling project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Fireplace Remodeling 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 Fireplace Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIReturns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Fireplace Remodeling project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingFireplace Remodeling projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Fireplace Remodeling - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Fireplace Remodeling project plan.

Fireplace Remodeling - Project Plan and Details

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

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Create Design ConceptInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$190 - $317
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Specify FinishesInterior Designer1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$190 - $317
Remove TileDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$0.63 - $1.04 per square foot
Install furringCarpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.75 - $18.63 per square foot
Install Gas LinePlumber1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$230 - $407
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$163 - $285
Install DrywallDrywall Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.78 - $1.39 per square foot
Texture WallsDrywall Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$0.40 - $0.69 per square foot
Install Fireplace MantelFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$218 - $380
Install ShelvingFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$21.50 - $36.63 per linear foot
Install Trim MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.18 - $3.72 per linear foot
Build CabinetsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$368 - $614
Stain And Finish WoodworkPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.00 - $5.05 per linear foot
Paint WallPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.55 - $0.95 per square foot
Install Granite TileTile Contractor1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$10.35 - $18.14 per square foot


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