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Living room remodel cost calculator

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What do you want to do with your living room?

What do you want to do with your living Room?

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Why do you need to remodel your living room?

Living rooms are a space in your house that see a lot of traffic. It serves multiple purposes, such as entertaining guests, catching up with family and friends, watching television together or just relaxing after a long day. Therefore, a living room remodeling project is necessary every now and then.

Living room renovation can include several tasks – enhancing or revamping its appearance, taking out walls to combine the space with other rooms such as your dining room , getting creative with the existing flooring, repainting the walls or adding some new pieces of furniture. Whatever you decide to need to do, a remodeled living space can give your home an entirely new and fresh look. It even increases the value of your house – especially if it will be on the market for potential homebuyers.

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If you are a person who likes to avoid surprises, you should calculate the cost required to remodel a living room and you can even find out what it does to the value of your home.

How much does it cost to remodel a living room?

Now that’s a complex question! Any reasonable answer must take into consideration a wide range of factors. The total price of a living room remodel depends on the size of your renovated area, labor charges, scope of work, quality of materials and types of finishes, to name a few.

So, your next question is: How can I make sure to include all these factors in my calculations? We understand that so many permutations and combinations make it a difficult prospect for many. And this is where we step in to help. You can use our simple yet comprehensive and free living room remodel cost estimator. Just enter your requirements and our calculator does the rest. And you can try out as many combinations as you wish to arrive at a figure that meets your needs.

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How does Kukun’s living room remodel cost estimator work?

Our free and easy-to-use cost calculator gives you detailed options to enter and then calculates an accurate estimate of your expenditures. Below, we will take you through what you will see and some of what the estimator takes into consideration when calculating your remodeling cost.

To start, you will select one of three options for the type of remodeling you are planning for your house:

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Addition

Adding new square footage to the house, whether that’s add more space to a single-story house or apartment or to the second story – if your remodel requires any new foundation, this is your option

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Renovation

Remodeling the living room without any change to the walls

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Expansion

Expanding the existing area by moving walls within or outside the perimeter of the house

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You will then select the size of your space:

Small

12' x 10'

Medium

12' x 16'

Large

16' x 18'

Custom

Enter the room dimensions here if none of the above apply

On the next screen, you will be asked to enter your zip code and year of built of the property. We do not share this information but it helps us to give you a better estimate because labor and material costs vary wildly by geography

If you wish, you can check the box with “Include the equity I could be building in my house calculations” and enter the complete address, allowing us to not only estimate the cost for your remodel, but also to calculate your return on investment (ROI). The ROI is based on real estate activity around your home, as well as renovation activities (e.g., permit data and home sales history in your area). Please note that this is applicable only for a 'Down to the Studs' project, which is part of the next step. You may also choose to leave the box unchecked and proceed as follows to get your estimated renovation cost.

After you enter your location, select the option that best describes the scope of your renovation:

Ready to Sell

A 'Ready to Sell' living room remodel will give you the best ROI possible without the need for a permit. The renovation probably features new flooring, light fixtures, paint and hardware. This level is prefect for those who are preparing their home for a sale and tends to be cosmetic in nature in order to present the home well.

Typical Renovation

A 'Typical Renovation’ living room remodel will probably liven up your space with new electrical, some HVAC work, new insulation and drywall, texture, paint, flooring, trim work (baseboards, door casing, etc.), fixtures and shiny new hardware. For this level of renovation, you may require a permit especially if you touch the electric or plumbing or if you are moving a wall.

Down to the Studs

A 'Down to the Studs' living room remodel includes all the goodies of the 'Typical Renovation', plus interior structural rearrangement, new doors and windows, custom materials, longer lead times and stretched job timelines. Here, you will require a permit. This is the level you need to strip all your walls.

Ready to Sell

A 'Ready to Sell' living room remodel will give you the best ROI possible without the need for a permit. The renovation probably features new flooring, light fixtures, paint and hardware. This level is prefect for those who are preparing their home for a sale and tends to be cosmetic in nature in order to present the home well.

Typical Renovation

A 'Typical Renovation’ living room remodel will probably liven up your space with new electrical, some HVAC work, new insulation and drywall, texture, paint, flooring, trim work (baseboards, door casing, etc.), fixtures and shiny new hardware. For this level of renovation, you may require a permit especially if you touch the electric or plumbing or if you are moving a wall.

Down to the Studs

A 'Down to the Studs' living room remodel includes all the goodies of the 'Typical Renovation', plus interior structural rearrangement, new doors and windows, custom materials, longer lead times and stretched job timelines. Here, you will require a permit. This is the level you need to strip all your walls.

OK, we’re down to the last step! Now can select the tasks you would like to include in your living room remodel, such as:

  • Demolition, framing, roofing, and windows
  • Lighting, HVAC, and electrical fixtures
  • Insulation and drywall
  • Painting
  • Flooring
  • Hardware
  • Trim work

That’s it! You will now get a precise estimate for your living room remodeling project. Once you are ready to move forward with your estimate, you can easily apply for a loan, analyze your finance options or hire a professional to get started on the work right away. We offer you options for professional remodeling contractors who have worked in your neighborhood and who have been vetted by your neighbors and your city You can explore the contractor's profile, check out their online reviews, view all their previous permits and ask around your vicinity if you should hire them.

Cost to remodel a living room greatly varies by region and zip code. Check out the table below to get an estimate of how the cost varies according to city for each size of the renovation project.

City Size of Project Estimated Cost (USD)
Birmingham, Alabama city level details Small 9,000
Medium 14,000
Large 17,000
City Size of Project Estimated Cost (USD)
Des Moines, Iowa city details Small 9,500
Medium 15,000
Large 19,000
City Size of Project Estimated Cost (USD)
San Francisco, California bridge Small 10,000
Medium 17,000
Large 21,000
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Our cost estimator also gives you the option to calculate your recoup cost. You just need to enter a few details, including:

  • Zip code
  • Full address
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the house
  • Year built
  • Property type
  • Current market value of the property
  • Does the home have a garage or swimming pool?
  • Size of the house and lot in square feet

The above information will be used to calculate the material and labor costs in your area to arrive at the total amount that you can recover from this project.

What are the best ways to cut down on your living room remodeling cost?

Now you have the numbers ready, you might be asking: How can I cut down on my living room renovation costs? Read on for some of our best and most cost-effective tips:

If you are looking to add extra footage, then, instead of knocking down the walls, consider utilizing the existing space to the maximum. Moving and adding walls often proves costly for many homeowners. One example is to add tall cabinets with multiple shelves rather than multiple cabinets that take up a lot of space.

Inspect the things you already own. Can you carve an old door into cute coffee tables? Could you give a chic new makeover to unused chairs, baseboards and lighting fixtures?

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Choose wisely among couches. There are so many available in the market, ranging from recliners to sectional sofas and sofa beds. Get one that is versatile enough for multiple functions.

What about the flooring? Are you a fan of wood flooring? Hardwood floors are comparatively expensive. Why not opt for laminates or vinyl instead to save money? They come in various patterns, design, and shades – and some are colored to look just like natural wood. There are even environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo and cork flooring that you might want to consider.

Always ask around for estimated costs from multiple contractors before finalizing one. Once you finally settle on a firm, probe them for more information and ask for detailed quotes. Go for a firm that promises the best service at a fair price.

The bottom line

Before offloading your living room remodeling project to a contractor, always use your own discretion to visualize how a particular layout will look in your home. Give your contractor as much information about how you want the interior design of the space to look and meet your needs. The final result should fit with your existing space for an appealing look. Then the resale value should meet – or even exceed – your expectations.

Before offloading your living room remodeling project to a contractor, always use your own discretion to visualize how a particular layout will look in your home. Give your contractor as much information about how you want the interior design of the space to look and meet your needs. The final result should fit with your existing space for an appealing look. Then the resale value should meet – or even exceed – your expectations.

Home renovation
Add a living room
House renovation
Renovate a living room
Home
Expand a living room
 
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