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9 Great Home Projects and What They Cost – K DuPree

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Get the Closet of Your Dreams

Learn the various types of closets, key measurements, storage solutions and more.


Small linen closets: A few hundred dollars, depending on materials

Modest-size wall closets: Less than $1,000 or even $500 if you choose less-expensive materials

Walk-in closets: At least $750

Higher-quality and custom closets: Several thousand dollars, easily

Turn a Spare Bedroom Into a Walk-In Closet

Find out if converting an extra bedroom into additional clothes storage is right for you, and what your options are in terms of storage systems and more.


A low-end walk-in closet will generally set you back $500 to $1,500. You can expect to spend $1,500 to $8,000 for a medium-quality closet, and $8,000 to $12,000 (or more) for a higher-end setup with fancier finishes and more features.

Create a Secret Doorway Behind a Bookcase

Ever imagined having a secret room just for yourself or to hide something valuable? Here’s what to know about how much space you’ll need, who to hire, structural requirements and what it will take to get it done.

Cost: $1,249 to $2,000

Design a Family Photo Wall

It seems simple enough: Put some photos in some frames and hang them on a wall. But getting a good-looking gallery wall takes a bit more planning and preparation. Here’s a look at the basic steps, some smart tricks and advice on whether hiring someone to help would be right for you.

Cost: A DIY installation can cost $300. A larger installation involving reprinting photos and having them professionally framed and hung could cost as much as $3,000 or more.

Get a Built-in Media Wall

If you’ve got the TV, sound system, speakers and more ready to go but they’re just not working on your wall, consider a built-in cabinet system to beautifully organize all of your electronics for the best experience.

Cost range:

Moderate-grade materials: For a unit measuring 12 feet wide and 8 feet high, expect to pay between $2,000 and $4,000 for moderate-grade finishes and appointments.

Higher end: A more upscale unit, with more bells and whistles and a stained wood finish, would probably run you $3,000 to $6,000.

DIY: Homeowner Christina Katos completed her built-in project for $2,000.

Make Your Garage a Storage Powerhouse

See how a professional can help you finally get your garage decluttered and organized.

Cost: It depends on material selection. An 8-foot run of open shelving in a garage could cost $1,000 to $2,000 (rough estimate). A row of storage lockers of the same length might cost $2,000 to $3,000.

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Refinish Your Floors

Hardwood floors will start to show wear and tear after about 20 years. But before you rip everything out and replace them with costly new floors, consider refinishing your existing floors first.

Cost range: Most floor refinishers charge by the square foot, but prices vary considerably, depending on your region, your home’s accessibility, the size of the job and the work you want done (including the color of the stain — dark stains take more prep time).

Plan to spend between $2.50 and $5.25 per square foot for sanding, staining and three coats of finish.

Create a Built-in Home Bar

Create a special spot in your home for serving drinks and gathering with family and friends during parties.

Cost: Professionally designed and installed built-in bars might cost about $10,000 to $15,000, but the options and pricing vary.

Install a Dimmer Switch

The light level in a room sets the mood and enhances dining and entertaining. Being able to control the lights can also make a room flexible: If you want to relax, you can turn them down. If you need to work, turn them up.

Cost: $30 for a basic dimmer switch from the hardware store; roughly $1,000 for professional labor and materials to install dimmer switches throughout a home.

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