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Restore Entryway

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Entryway Restoration project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Entryway Restoration 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 Entryway Restoration 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 Entryway Restoration 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.

Entryway Restoration - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Entryway Restoration 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 descriptionRestore period entryway / foyer to authentic, like new condition. Repair and refinish molding, flooring, switchplates and doors. Refurbish trim hardware and replace period light fixture(s). Use above average grade materials, fabrication and craftsmanship.
Project size85 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$4,905 - $5,723
Material cost$1,661 - $1,937
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Entryway Restoration project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Entryway Restoration 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 - ROIResults vary widely and can be affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Entryway Restoration project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more of its initial cost.
Long term 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 Entryway Restoration project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Green ratingEntryway Restoration projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Entryway Restoration - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

Entryway Restoration - Project Plan and Details

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

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Create Interior Design PlanInterior Designer5 to 15 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$380 - $635
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Specify FinishesInterior Designer1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$190 - $317
Select Dining Room FurnitureInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 2 - Challenging$285 - $476
Remove Paint From WoodPainting Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 1 - Basic$8.45 - $14.37 per square foot
Remove PaintPainting Contractor1 dLevel 1 - Basic$7.00 - $11.69 per linear foot
Remove WallpaperDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$2.50 - $4.18 per square foot
Repair WallDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$34 - $60
Refinish DoorPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.45 - $12.52 per square foot
Refinish Wood MoldingPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$7.45 - $12.52 per linear foot
Refinish FloorsWood Flooring Refinisher2 to 4 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$0.73 - $1.30 per square foot
Paint RoomsPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.66 - $1.13 per square foot
Paint DoorPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$99 - $166
Replace ReceptacleElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$53 - $93
Replace Electric SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$43 - $75
Install Electrical OutletElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$113 - $192


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