Exterior Home Improvement Costs: The Practical Pricing Guide for Homeowners and Contractors / Edition 9

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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:

  • Room additions, garages and sunrooms
  • Decks, patios, porches and pergolas
  • Landscaping, sprinkler systems and outdoor lighting
  • Fences, walls, driveways and walkways
  • New windows and doors
  • Roofing, siding and painting

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.

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Editorial Reviews

The greater part of this handbook consists of guides to 63 remodeling projects from windows, skylights, and doors, to additions, decks, roofs, and landscaping. Each entry discusses materials, difficulty level, and cautions, and provides a table detailing material quantity and costs, labor hours, and approximate contractor fees. An additional section lays out costs for particular unit items rather than whole, predetermined projects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876297421
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/16/2004
  • Series: RSMeans Series, #58
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents



Return on Your Home Improvement Investment.

The “Green Building” Trend.

Curb Appeal.

Remodeling an Older Home.


Working with an Architect.

Working with Landscape Professionals.

Working with a Contractor.

Contractor Evaluation Sheet.

Questions for the Building Department.


How to Use the Model Projects.


Elevated Deck.

Elevated L-Shaped Deck.

Multi-Level Deck.

Ground-Level Deck.

Roof Deck.


4' Gable Dormer.

7' Gable Dormer.

12' Shed Dormer.

20' Shed Dormer.

Exterior Doors and Windows.

Bow/Bay Window.

New Window.

Replacement Window.

Fixed Skylight.

Operable Skylight.

Patio Doors.

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 Walkway.

Brick or Flagstone Patio.

Concrete Patio.

Garden Arbor.


Retaining Wall.

Dry Stone Wall.

Wood Fence.

Garden Pond.

Outdoor Fountain.

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.


Utility Shed.

Trash Can Shed with Recycling Bins.

Play Structure.

Redwood Hot Tub.

Porches and Entryways.

Finished Breezeway with Screens.

Finished Breezeway with Windows.

New Breezeway.

Enclosed Porch with Screens.

Enclosed Porch with Glass Doors.

Enclosed Porch/Mudroom.


Wood Entryway Steps.

Brick Entryway Steps.

Wheelchair Ramp.

Roofing, Siding, and Gutters.

Aluminum Gutters.

Attic Ventilation.

Exterior Painting or Staining.

Re-Roofing with Asphalt Shingles.

Re-Siding with Wood Clapboard.

Room Additions.

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.

Pre-Fabricated Greenhouse.


Security Measures.


How to Use the Detailed Costs.

Cost Data.

Adjusting Project Costs to Your Location.


Safety Tips.

Material Shopping List.



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