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Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

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

Photograph by Jochen Tack/Getty Images

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Bathroom remodel

Average cost: $10,723

The bathroom is the one room of the house most likely to be renovated, according to both Houzz and a NAHB contractor survey.

When homeowners renovate a bathroom, they can expect to recoup about 62 percent eventually. Adding a new bathroom returns just 51 percent of its cost. While showerheads can last a lifetime, shower doors last about 20 years. Toilets and bath cabinets can have an "unlimited life span."