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The Pittsburgh Home Remodel – How Much Will it Cost?

June 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM


It’s difficult to make home remodeling budget decisions if you don’t know how much each type of project typically costs. Although the amount you’ll pay will vary depending on the scope of the project, these estimates will give you the information you need to develop a rough calculation of your costs.


Do you love your home but just need a little more space? Whether you want to add another bathroom, expand your kitchen or create the ultimate family room, an addition can add value to your home and improve your return on investment.

An upscale master bedroom and bathroom addition costs just over $250,000 in the Pittsburgh area, according to the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report. The cost covers a 32-by-20-foot master bedroom suite addition. Upscale renovations use top-of-the-line products and are designed to your specifications.  Soaking tubs, freestanding showers, double sinks, stone countertops, custom cabinets, fireplaces and separate sleeping and sitting areas will turn your new master bedroom suite into your favorite place in your home. If you only want to add a master bathroom, you can expect to pay about $82,987 for a 100-square-foot addition.

Would you like to add a deck to your master bedroom suite or family room? An upscale, two-story composite deck with lighting and built-in benches and planters will cost $39,654. Although the Cost vs. Value report doesn’t offer an estimate for an upscale family room addition, it does price a mid-range addition at $92,000. For the most part, costs double from the mid-range to upscale level, which means you’ll pay around $184,000 for a family room addition that uses the finest materials and finishes.

The report only provides a mid-range estimate ($177,098) for a two-story home addition. Doubling the estimate to $344,000 ensures that your new space will blend seamlessly into your existing home. Upscale additions never look like an afterthought. They’re designed to complement your home’s architectural style.

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Whole Home Remodel

If you purchased an older home, or it’s been a while since you updated your home, you may be interested in a whole home remodel. The cost of these projects can range from $200,000 to $1,000,000 or more, depending on the size of your home and your preferences. Generally, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens takes up a hefty portion of a whole home remodeling project budget. While bedrooms and living rooms can frequently be updated with new paint, lighting, windows and flooring, renovating a kitchen or bathroom may involve replacing fixtures, appliances, countertops, cabinets and rerouting plumbing and electrical lines.

The more extensive the project, the higher the cost. You can expect to add at least $150,000 or more to the cost of your project if you want to upgrade your basement as part of your whole home remodel.

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Kitchen Remodel

If you’re planning an upscale kitchen remodel in Shadyside or the Greater Pittsburgh area, you can expect to pay $124,789, according to the Cost vs. Value report. The price includes top-of-the-line custom cabinets, a wall oven and commercial grade cooktop, built-in dishwasher and microwave, tile backsplash and floor, stone countertops and an undermount sink.

Your remodel offers the perfect chance to turn your boring kitchen into the space of your dreams. Adding rich woods, sleek, contemporary cabinets or expansive windows can completely transform the room. 

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Bathroom Remodel

If your bathroom is cramped and unattractive, you probably spend as little time as possible in it. That just might change after your bathroom remodel. Luxurious touches, such as soaking tubs, steam showers and wine coolers, can enhance your enjoyment of your bathroom. Homeowners who plan upscale bathroom remodels typically spend about $61,000 in the Pittsburgh area.

The price includes expanding the square footage of your bathroom from 35- to 100-square feet and adding radiant heating in the tiled floors, multiple shower heads, custom cabinets, stone countertops and double sinks. You don’t have to shut out the world completely while you enjoy your new bathroom. Today, it’s not uncommon to find a waterproof TV in upscale bathrooms. While you shave or enjoy a little time in your soaking tub, you can catch up on the latest news or your favorite TV show.

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Basement Remodel

Interesting in remodeling your home's basement? You've come to the right place! You may want to convert you basement into a cozy den with a custom bar, or you may want an amazing hang out space to watch movies and play games. You might want a new office or simply desire more living space! No matter what you motive is for renovating your basement, we're here to help you find helpful information basement remodeling costs in the Pittsburgh area!

The average cost of a mid-range basement remodel in Pittsburgh is $72, 958. Cost estimates are helpful but won't give you the complete picture.  This price could fluctuate dramatically based on your timeline, materials used, structural upgrades, and many other factors. If you’re considering an upscale basement remodel, the cost may increase by 50 percent or more. 

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Where to Find More Information

You’ll find a wealth of information about the home renovations online. Take a look at a few of our favorites:

Cost Guides on Fixr.com: Fixr.com provides estimates for both large and small projects and also offers information on the resale value of common renovations. 

Real Remodeling Costs Calculator on Houzz.com: Estimate remodeling costs based on your zip code and view project photographs. Please note that because of the quality our customers desire, our costs are more likely to be in the top third or top 5%.

Remodel Calculator on Remodeling Calculator: The calculator provides an estimate based on the project type, area of the country, square footage and the quality of material used.

True Cost Guide on Home Advisor: Local and national remodeling costs for a variety of remodeling projects are offered by the True Cost Guide. Costs are updated every day.

2017 Cost vs.Value Report: The report offers national and Pittsburgh metro area remodeling costs and also provides resale value estimates.

2016 Houzz & Home Report on Houzz: Looking for information about top remodeling projects, remodeling trends and project budgets? You’ll find it in the Houzz & Home Report.

9 Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel on Houzz: The Houzz article provides suggestions that can reduce the cost of your renovation.

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost on Houzz: Wondering about the difference between basic and upscale remodels? This article includes photographs that illustrate the difference and also includes cost ranges.

6 Home Renovation Mistakes That Could Cost You on U.S. News & World Report: Reading the report just may help you avoid mistakes that can affect your project budget.

Are you ready to begin your home remodel? We’ve helped homeowners from Cranberry Township to Mt. Lebanon create luxurious spaces that transform their homes. Get in touch with us and find out how we can help you.