Home Project Summary

Update Living Room

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Living Room Makeover project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Living Room Makeover 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 Living Room Makeover 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 Living Room Makeover 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.

Living Room Makeover - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Living Room Makeover 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 descriptionUpdate living room finishes and materials. Update flooring, doors, switchplates and decorative hardware. Add built-in speakers, wall mounting system for flat screen television, crown molding and recessed lighting. Install new window treatments. Use above average grade of materials, fabrication and installation quality. Estimated costs do not include furniture and flat screen television.
Project size205 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$5,805 - $6,773
Material cost$3,321 - $3,875
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Living Room Makeover project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Living Room Makeover requires attention to detail and careful planning.
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 Living Room Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term 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 Living Room Makeover project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingLiving Room Makeover projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Living Room Makeover - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Living Room Makeover project plan.

Living Room Makeover - Project Plan and Details

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

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Develop Living Room Decorating IdeasInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$380 - $635
Prepare Living Room DesignInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$380 - $635
Select Living Room FurnitureInterior Designer3 to 5 dLevel 2 - Challenging$285 - $476
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Remove CarpetDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$0.13 - $0.21 per square foot
Remodel Electrical BoxElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$523 - $945
Install Wall MountFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$31 - $52
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$163 - $285
Install Crown MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.75 - $6.62 per linear foot
Install Wood FloorFlooring Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.20 - $12.88 per square foot
Install BaseboardFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.35 - $5.82 per linear foot
Hang Interior DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$230 - $407 per door
Install Interior Window ShutterFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$360 - $660
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
Install Wall SconceElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$180 - $314 per fixture
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$98 - $165
Install Ceiling SpeakersElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$128 - $226 per speaker


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