Home Projects and What They Cost

It’s rare for homeowners to dust off their hands and say, “There! Our home is complete!” There’s always something we feel we can do to make our spaces better, more efficient, more comfortable or just more visually appealing. With that in mind, we’ve pulled the most bookmarked stories from our Great Home Projects series to show you high-impact changes you can make to improve your home. Each story contains useful tips and things to consider, including whether you need to hire a pro, get a permit and more.

Home Projects and What They Cost

1. 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


2. 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.

Cost: 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.


3. 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


4. 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.


5. 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. (Click on the link below to see more.)

To see more projects check out this Houzz article! Or wait for our next blog!