First Things First:
You'll be excited to know that the living room — family room, main room, den ... it goes by so many names — is one of the most cost-effective rooms in the house to renovate. It's a no-brainer, really: As long as you're not doing any structural work, there’s no plumbing, countertops, or cabinets, which typically cause reno costs to skyrocket. All in,$6,705 to $7,823.
Bringing The Drama:
Changing the focal point of the room makes a huge difference, and there are two key things that’ll get you there. First, there's a fireplace.about $2,000, while a wood-burning model costs anywhere from $800 to $3,200, depending on the structural work that's included. (A new brick or stone hearth and mantle really accentuates the look, but it’ll boost those costs even more.) Built-in entertainment centers or bookshelves also make a great centerpiece — and who doesn't need more storage? The and can head upwards of $5,000 (for more custom designs).
Redoing The Walls:
Obviously paint is the most basic update you can make to a your space, and while a gallon doesn't cost much more than $50 (a big room will probably take at least two). expect to pay $600 or more for a professional paint job that includes fi dings and nail holes in the walls. If you're into drama, wallpaper can pack a punch, and rolls range from $40 to $190. Adding architectural details to the walls can make a boring space look like it's been around — installing a board-and-batten design costs $575 to $875. Venetian plaster is also hot right now: It's applied in coats and mimics old-world European architecture — it'll cost you about $800 or more for a 12 x 18-foot living room.
Changing The Ceiling:
More and more people are looking up ... to the unforgotten place to add style. The ceiling is the prime area to step up your space, and For an average of $1,040 to $2,200, you can give the space a new look with an ornate. Patterns, paneling, or even mosaics are installed to create interest. Crown molding, which is installed where the walls meet the ceiling, is available in an array of styles, in both wood and composite materials. Starting at $1,030 for a 12 x 18-foot room, crown molding can make a basic space look more sophisticated and custom.
Stepping Up The Floor:
Updating what's under foot will make a huge impact in a large space — but you don't need to spend a ton to make it feel new. If you like your current covering but it needs a refresh, carpet cleaning costs about $175, while refinishing a hardwood floor runs about $1,650. But if you're looking for a transformation, your options run the gamut from a pricing standpoint (see the chart). You'll be happy to know that "nice" doesn't have to be "expensive": A lot of the mid-priced options are both gorgeous and environmentally friendly.
Treating The Windows:
New window treatments — curtains, blinds, or drapes — can be an unexpectedly expensive part of a reno, mostly because people tend to have lots of window. But good treatments can pay for themselves over time by keeping your energy bills down. Expect to pay a minimum of $200 per window for a treatment and a shade.
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