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For contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike, this book features professional estimates for popular exterior remodeling and repair projects. RSMeans Exterior Home Improvement Costs includes more than 65 projects with complete, customizable cost breakdowns for doing the work – with or without a contractor.
You'll have access to current costs for your location on the most popular remodeling projects, including:
Exterior Home Improvement Costs includes a description of what materials are needed, how much they will cost, and how long the work will take. You'll know what skills are required to do it yourself, and how much a contractor is likely to charge if you decide to use a professional.
Find out which improvements have the best payback when it comes time to sell your house, and get expert tips on working with contractors and architects. Included with the book is a handy checklist to use when selecting your materials and comparing prices.
Return on Your Home Improvement Investment.
The “Green Building” Trend.
Remodeling an Older Home.
PART ONE: WORKING WITH DESIGN AND BUILDING PROFESSIONALS.
Working with an Architect.
Working with Landscape Professionals.
Working with a Contractor.
Contractor Evaluation Sheet.
Questions for the Building Department.
PART TWO: EXTERIOR PROJECTS WITH ESTIMATES.
How to Use the Model Projects.
Elevated L-Shaped Deck.
4' Gable Dormer.
7' Gable Dormer.
12' Shed Dormer.
20' Shed Dormer.
Exterior Doors and Windows.
Main Entry Door.
Basement Bulkhead Door.
Garages and Carports.
Attached Single Carport.
Free-Standing Double Carport.
Attached Single Garage.
Free-Standing Double Garage.
Free-Standing Three-Car Garage.
Brick or Flagstone Patio.
Dry Stone Wall.
Drip Irrigation System.
In-Ground Sprinkler System.
Post Light and Outlet.
Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting.
Seed or Sod.
Planting Trees and Shrubs.
Outdoor Living Areas and Structures.
Outdoor Living Area.
Trash Can Shed with Recycling Bins.
Redwood Hot Tub.
Porches and Entryways.
Finished Breezeway with Screens.
Finished Breezeway with Windows.
Enclosed Porch with Screens.
Enclosed Porch with Glass Doors.
Wood Entryway Steps.
Brick Entryway Steps.
Roofing, Siding, and Gutters.
Exterior Painting or Staining.
Re-Roofing with Asphalt Shingles.
Re-Siding with Wood Clapboard.
8' x 8' Entry Addition.
8' x 12' Room Addition.
12' x 16' Family Room Addition.
20' x 24' Room Addition.
10' x 10' Second-Story Addition.
20' x 24' Second-Story Addition.
PART THREE: DETAILED COSTS.
How to Use the Detailed Costs.
Adjusting Project Costs to Your Location.
PART FOUR: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.
Material Shopping List.