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Install 20' x 20' flagstone patio on flat ground behind home. Connect house and patio via a lift-and-slide glass door. Put gas-powered fire pit in the center of the patio and surround it with four mid-priced, all-weather deck chairs. Opposite home, install stone-veneer modular kitchen unit with gas grill, mini-refrigerator, sink, and storage. On each corner, erect 20' x 20' cedar pergola capable of holding an awning that can shade the flagstone area. Install mid-priced, low-voltage lights on pergola sufficient to illuminate patio at night. Install underground gas and electrical connections

JOB COST: $54,940

Update existing 5' x 7' bathroom. Replace all fixtures to include 30" x 60" porcelain-on-steel tub with 4" x 4" ceramic tile surround; new single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced shower control; standard white toilet; solid-surface vanity counter with integral sink; recessed medicine cabinet with light; ceramic tile floor; vinyl wallpaper.

JOB COST: $19,299

Update outmoded 200 square foot kitchen with functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including 3' x 5' island; laminate countertops; and standard double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient range, vented range hood, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.

JOB COST: $63,728

Add 6' x 8' bathroom over crawlspace with poured concrete walls. Use cultured-stone vanity top with molded sink; standard chrome faucets; 30" x 60" white fiberglass tub/shower with ceramic tile surround; single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced faucet; white low-profile toilet; general and spot lighting; electrical wiring to code; mirrored medicine cabinet; linen storage closet or cabinet; painted trim; ceramic tile floor.

JOB COST: $44,428

Add 24' x 16' master bedroom suite over crawlspace. Include walk-in closet/dressing area, freestanding soaker tub, separate 3' x 4' ceramic tile shower, and double-bowl vanity with solid-surface countertop. Carpet the bedroom floor; put tile in bath. Paint walls, ceiling, and trim. Install general and spot lighting, exhaust fan.

JOB COST: $122,488

Add a first-floor family room and a second-floor bedroom
with full bathroom in a 24' x 16' two-story wing over
a crawlspace. Add new HVAC system to handle addition; electrical wiring to code. Family room: Include a prefabricated gas fireplace; 11 3' x 5' double-hung insulated clad-wood windows; an atrium-style exterior door; carpeted floors; painted drywall on walls and ceiling; and painted trim.
Bathroom: 5' x 8'. Include a one-piece fiberglass tub shower unit; standard white toilet; wood vanity with solid-surface countertop; resilient vinyl flooring; and mirrored medicine cabinet with built-in light strip; papered walls; and painted trim; exhaust fan. Bedroom: Include walk-in closet/dressing
area; carpet; painted walls, ceiling,
and trim; general and spot lighting.

JOB COST: $168,589

Finish the lower level of a house to create a 20' x 30' entertaining area with wet bar and a 5' x 8' full bathroom; construct 24 linear feet of finished partition to enclose mechanical area. Walls and ceilings are painted drywall throughout; exterior walls are insulated; painted trim throughout. Include five six-panel factory-painted hardboard doors with passage lock-sets. Electrical wiring to code. Main room: Include 15 recessed ceiling light fixtures and three surface-mounted light fixtures, and a snap-together laminate flooring system. Bathroom: Include standard white toilet, vanity with cultured marble top, resilient vinyl flooring, two piece fiberglass shower unit, a light/fan combination, vanity light fixture, recessed medicine cabinet, towel and paper holder hardware. Bar area: Include 10 linear feet of raised panel oak cabinets with laminate countertops, stainless steel bar sink, single-lever bar faucet, under counter refrigerator, and vinyl floor tile.

JOB COST: $60,860