Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

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

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Patio or Landscaping

Average cost: $9,010

The cost of a new patio or landscaping can vary wildly. Owners of homes worth less than $300,000 spend an average of $3,279, while those in million-dollar homes spend $27,442. Such projects are 20 percent more popular in the western U.S. than in the Midwest and Northeast. Most materials used in landscaping last 15 to 25 years.