Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Home Theater Addition project
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.
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 description||Convert 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 size||220 square foot room|
|Material and labor cost||$13,383 - $15,614|
|Material cost||$7,682 - $8,962|
|Do-it-yourself assessment||The 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 - ROI||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 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 - ROI||Actual 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 rating||Home Theater Addition projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.|
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.
|Task||Service Provider||Time||Difficulty||Basic Cost Range|
|Develop Project Budget||General Contractor||2 to 15 d||$158 - $265|
|Specify Materials||Interior Designer||2 to 15 d||$212 - $354|
|Create Working Drawings||Architect||5 to 15 d||$1,693 - $2,827 per design|
|Install Recessed Lighting||Electrician||1 to 3 d||$178 - $305|
|Install Ceiling Outlet Box||Electrician||1 d||$294 - $498|
|Remodel Electrical Box||Electrician||1 to 3 d||$1,185 - $2,054|
|Hang Curtains||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$163 - $292|
|Paint Wall||Painting Contractor||1 to 3 d||$1.22 - $2.08 per square foot|
|Paint Ceiling||Painting Contractor||1 to 3 d||$1.38 - $2.35 per square foot|
|Install Carpet||Flooring Contractor||1 d||$3.63 - $6.53 per square foot|
|Install Home Theater Wiring||Electrician||1 d||$625 - $1,068|
|Install Electrical Receptacle||Electrician||1 d||$151 - $255|
|Install Low Voltage Lighting||Electrician||1 to 2 d||$286 - $483|
|Install Home Theater Projector||Electrician||1 d||$1,217 - $2,161|
|Install Home Theater Speakers||Audio Video Installer||1 d||$117 - $206|
|Install Home Theater System||Electrician||1 d||$1,802 - $3,209|
|Replace Switch Plates||Electrician||1 d||$17.02 - $28.62|
|Replace Electric Switch||Electrician||1 d||$63 - $109|
|Install Satellite Dish||Electrician||1 d||$705 - $1,261|
Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Home Theater Addition project plan.
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