Exterior Home Improvement Costs: The Practical Pricing Guide for Homeowners and Contractors

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Find out what your home improvement projects are likely to cost - up-front. Know how much you can expect to spend if you hire a contractor, and how much you can save if you do part or all of the work yourself.
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Overview

Find out what your home improvement projects are likely to cost - up-front. Know how much you can expect to spend if you hire a contractor, and how much you can save if you do part or all of the work yourself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876296578
  • Publisher: RSMeans
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction ix
Cost Versus Value xiii
Safety Tips xv
Special Considerations for Remodeling an Older Home xvii
Part 1 Working with a Contractor 1
Deciding To Work With A Contractor 3
Questions For The Building Department 7
Contractor Evaluation Sheet 9
Working With An Architect 15
Part 2 Exterior Projects 17
How to Use Part Two 19
Section 1 Decks 21
Elevated Deck 22
Elevated L-Shaped Deck 24
Multi-Level Deck 26
Ground-Level Deck 28
Roof Deck 30
Section 2 Dormers 33
4' Wide Gable Dormer 34
7' Wide Gable Dormer 36
12' Wide Shed Dormer 38
20' Wide Shed Dormer 40
30' Wide Shed Dormer 42
Section 3 Exterior Doors and Windows 45
Bow/Bay Window 46
Bulkhead Door 48
Main Entry Door 50
Patio & Sliding Glass Doors 52
Fixed Bubble Skylight 54
Ventilating Bubble Skylight 56
Fixed Sky Window 58
Operable Sky Window 60
Standard Window Installation 62
Vinyl Replacement Window 64
Section 4 Garages and Carports 67
Attached Single Carport 68
Attached Single Garage 70
Freestanding Double Carport 72
Freestanding Double Garage 74
Section 5 Landscaping 77
Board Fence 78
Brick Walkway 80
Driveway 82
Garden Pond 84
Brick or Flagstone Patio in Sand 86
Brick or Flagstone Patio in Mortar 88
Concrete Patio 90
Patio Roof (Pergola) 92
Post Light & GFI Receptacle 94
Retaining Wall 96
Seed or Sod 98
Trees and Shrubs 100
Section 6 Outbuildings and Recreation Equipment 103
Octagonal Gazebo 104
10' x 12' Utility Shed 106
Trash Can Shed with Recycling Bins 108
Play Structure 110
Redwood Hot Tub 112
Section 7 Porches and Entryways 115
Finished Breezeway with Screens 116
Finished Breezeway with Windows 118
New Breezeway 120
Enclosed Porch with Screens 122
Enclosed Porch with Sliding Glass Doors 124
Enclosed Porch/Mudroom/Laundry 126
Farmer's Porch 128
Entryway Steps 130
Wheelchair Ramp 132
Section 8 Roofing and Siding 135
Aluminum Gutters 136
Attic Ventilation 138
Painting 140
Reroofing - Asphalt Shingles 142
Residing with Wood Clapboard 144
Section 9 Room Additions 147
8' x 8' Entry Addition 148
8' x 12' Room Addition 150
12' x 16' Family Room Addition 152
20' x 24' Room Addition 154
10' x 10' Second-Story Addition 156
20' x 24' Second-Story Addition 158
Lean-To Greenhouse 160
Sunroom-Greenhouse 162
Section 10 Security Measures 165
Security Measures 166
Part 3 Details 169
How To Use Part Three 170
Adjusting Project Costs to Your Location 223
Glossary 231
Abbreviations 243
Index 245
Materials Shopping List 255
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