Family Room Addition
Price Range: $50,000 to $90,000 Average Project Price: $70,000
1. Mechanicals. Family rooms avoid much of the expensive mechanical work that accounts
for a large portion of kitchen and bath remodeling budgets. But if you plan to include
a wet bar, be sure to enlarge your budget.
2. Fireplace: You'll need to choose between a wood-burning or gas model. Within each
of these categories, you'll decide whether you want a fireplace that helps heat a
room or is merely decorative. Fireplaces designed to heat a room cost two to three
times more than basic wood-burners. For about 50 percent more than a decorative gas
fireplace, you can get a heating gas fireplace.
3. Floor coverings: Carpet is generally the least expensive option, followed by laminate,
then hardwood. Be sure to investigate the installation expense of the specific material
you choose, however, because special requirements can significantly increase the
4. Molding: Choosing urethane molding instead of oak for baseboard, chair rail, and
crown molding offers more durability and easier installation -- but at a steep price.
Expect to pay about $3 per linear foot for basic urethane molding, often three times
the price of basic oak.
5. Windows: Choosing casement windows over tilts can add 8 to 10 percent to your
costs, and opting for simulated divided light in an insulated glass window can increase
your bill by 78 percent. A casement eyebrow window (one with a rounded top) can cost
225 percent more than a standard casement.
6. Furniture: Kitchen and bath project budgets reflect the cost of most of the room's
furnishings in the form of cabinets. Family room remodeling budgets don't reflect
furniture and other furnishings. Adding built-ins to your remodeling project raises
the initial cost, but you'll spend less on furniture.
7. Square footage: Average cost per square foot declines as the room gets larger,
so adding extra space to your project may be more cost-effective than you think.