Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

By Ben Steverman - 2012-11-26T19:03:24Z

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New Bedroom

Average cost: $6,668

Homeowners with children are about 25 percent more likely to be planning to add or alter a bedroom than their childless counterparts. Adding a master suite to the house recoups 59 percent of the cost, while a new bedroom in the attic, which is far cheaper, recoups 73 percent.