Know Your Home Exterior Makeover Costs

Posted on March 11, 2022

How much will it cost to improve your home’s curb appeal with an exterior renovation? The size, scope, and location of your project, not to mention the quantity and types of materials and plants used in your exterior design, all factor into a project’s bottom line. 

When thinking about cost, also consider that landscaping and exterior remodels have a great return on investment—not something you can say for every home improvement project. According the the American Society of Landscape Architects, landscape improvements alone return 100-200% their cost by upping the home’s value the next time it hits the real estate market.

We’ll walk you through a few of our favorite Yardzen exterior makeovers, sharing the average costs of the most common features. It’s important to note that like any home remodeling project, these figures are approximate and subject to fluctuation depending on things like labor costs and what you diy—but they’ll give you a general idea of what to expect.

Use these prices to help you decide where you want to spend and where you want to save. As you make your material choices, remember that durability can be worth investment – a little more money up front can lead to overall savings in the long run.

EXTERIOR HOME RENOVATION COSTS


Before & After – Tulsa, OK

REPAINTING A HOME EXTERIOR

$3 – $4 PER SQUARE FOOT

High-quality paint can push your prices north of $4/SF, but the good stuff tends to offer better protection from the elements for your siding, offsetting future material maintenance or replacement costs. Need exterior paint color inspiration? Read our post on choosing exterior paint colors.

INSTALLING A NEW ROOF

$8,000 – $50,000

Roofing prices depend heavily on material selection. All prices below are for a roughly 2,000 SF roof.



asphalt tile

ASPHALT SHINGLE

$8,000 – $10,000

This is the most common roofing material. While affordable, it has a limited lifespan and requires more frequent repair, leading to higher cumulative lifetime costs.

Image via Gaf



premium architectural tile

PREMIUM ARCHITECTURAL TILE

$10,000 – $16,500

Engineered for greater durability, and commonly warrantied to 50 years – double the expected lifespan of standard asphalt tiles.

Image via Fortified Roofing



metal roofing

METAL ROOFING

$16,000 – $34,000

Higher up front costs for metal roofing are offset by it’s long lifespan –  triple that of standard asphalt tiles – it’s need for virtually no repairs or maintenance. If you can afford the purchase price, you’ll save money in the long run by choosing metal over standard tiles.

Image via IntegriBuilt Roofing



clay and concrete tile

CLAY & CONCRETE TILE

$22,000 – $50,000

Super durable, but pricey. They’re also heavy, and can require additional expense to reinforce the roof structure to support the tiles’ weight.

Image via Verea Clay Tile



slate roof

SLATE

$24,000 – $44,000

This is the most durable roofing material, with lifespans up to 100 years. As with metal and clay/concrete, longevity and low maintenance help to offset up front costs.

Image via Royal Roof Construction

  

NEW SIDING

$5 – $60 PER SQUARE FOOT

Siding selection for your house exterior is an aesthetic and functional decision, and material costs vary significantly, as the square footage prices below indicate.



vinyl siding

VINYL SIDING

$1 – $8 per square foot

Image via All State Siding



brick siding

BRICK

$5 – $15 per square foot

Image via Swift Creek



natural stone siding

NATURAL STONE

$30 – $50 per square foot

Image via The Spruce



aluminum siding

ALUMINUM

$1.50 – $7 per square foot

Image via Alumtech



fiber cement and hardie board siding

FIBER CEMENT & HARDIE BOARD*

$5 – $15 per square foot

Image via RCV Roofing



stucco siding

STUCCO

$5 – $9 per square foot

Image via Home Depot



wood siding

WOOD

$8 – $12 per square foot

Image via TWP

*Fiber cement offers the look of wood with superior durability. Upfront investment in fiber cement or other more durable siding types is offset by avoiding repairs or replacement of weathered wood siding down the road.


Modern front door in San Jose, CA exterior design

Modern front door in San Jose, CA exterior design

NEW FRONT DOORS

$2,000 – $10,000

Don’t underestimate the impact that a new front door can have on your curb appeal. Many homeowners get new windows or doors with energy efficiency in mind, but the front door is the natural focal point of the front of the home.

Single doors occupy the lower end of the range, while folding doors fetch the highest prices. Doors are a boutique product, and their prices range as broadly as those of furniture, hardware, or lighting fixtures, but this cost range covers the most common selections we see in Yardzen projects.

 

LANDSCAPING INSTALLATION COSTS


Before & After – Denver, CO

LANDSCAPE DEMOLITION

$5 per square foot 

This includes removal of average-sized paving, walls, structures, and other basic features.

Demolition of pools and larger paved or structural features can take longer to execute, resulting in higher total demolition expenses.

Before & After – Encinitas, CA

NEW PAVING

$15 – $60 per square foot

Paving prices vary with material, size, finish, vendor, and region. It’s also common to have different contractors bid the same paving at different prices. Here’s a quick snapshot of the spectrum.



mortar-set tile and stone paving

MORTAR-SET TILES OR STONE PAVING

These premium materials, including bluestone and porcelain tiles can climb even higher than $60/SF.

Image via CGI Textures



large format custom paver

LARGE-FORMAT CUSTOM PAVERS

Those big squares or rectangles placed with gravel or grass in the gaps? These are them. Each requires a unique mold to pour concrete into, or a custom precast order and expensive shipping and installation fees. Contractors typically prefer to pour these on site.

Image via Peacock Pavers



precast concrete paver

PRECAST CONCRETE PAVERS

Precast pavers occupy the low-mid through the high-mid portion of the cost spectrum. Standard pavers (brick size or thereabouts) are around $24/SF, but larger or uniquely shaped pavers (linear pavers, for example) tend to cost more. Same goes for fancy finishes.

Image via EP Henry Pavers



red bricks

BRICKS

Image via Historical Bricks



2x2 precast concrete paver

2’x2’ PRECAST CONCRETE PAVERS

A good option for achieving the look of large pavers with gaps of rock or planting on a limited budget.

Image via Savvy Heart



premium concrete slab

PREMIUM CONCRETE SLAB

This includes concrete with a stamped finish, or concrete with custom a color, texture, or score joint pattern.

Image via Pinterest



standard concrete slab

STANDARD CONCRETE SLAB



asphalt

ASPHALT

While it’s a common driveway material, asphalt is not recommended for patios or high visibility paths.

  

Before & After – Carmel Valley, CA

NEW GRAVEL

$6 – $12 per square foot



decomposed granite

DECOMPOSED GRANITE

DG is a rustic, semi-permeable alternative to solid paving. Its popularity, and price, have gone up in recent years. $12/SF is a safe bet, but we’ve seen it quoted for less, and more.

Image via Landscape Shoppe



gravel

GRAVEL

Versatile, permeable, and affordable, gravel is a great building material. Note: higher-end gravel is often priced similar to river rock, closer to $10 per square foot.

Image via Renuable Resources

  

Before & After – Scotch Plains, NJ

NEW DECK

$65 per square foot

Wood prices are through the roof, and a wood deck can easily cost north of $65/SF.  Composite decking and railing, once a premium option, is now often cheaper than a redwood or cedar deck, coming in around $65/SF. Composite offers greater durability and lower maintenance than wood, and boasts a strong sustainability pedigree (if you’re browsing composite products, we suggest TimberTech).

Before & After – Farmington Hills, MI

BUILT-IN FEATURES



retaining walls

RETAINING WALLS

$50 – $150 per square foot (or $150 – $450 per linear foot of 3’ tall wall). These prices only apply to walls at or under 3’ in height. Above 3’, permitting usually kicks in, and prices shoot up.



built-in seating

BUILT-IN SEATING

At $3,000 – $15,000, concrete or stone seating costs the most. Wood seating is cheaper, but cantilevered benches and other tricky design features will bring costs back up.

Image via Decoist



built-in gas fire pits

BUILT-IN GAS FIRE PITS

Custom fire pit costs from $5,000 – $15,000 and vary with material choice and design complexity. The work is essentially a masonry task, but costs must also include extending gas lines to the fire pit.

Image via Trendier

Before & After – Phoenix, AZ

NEW PERGOLAs

$8,000 – $25,000

We refer specifically to pergolas: four- or six-post structures with a non-solid roof, seated in concrete footings. These prices do not refer to closed-roof structures like gazebos or California rooms.

Prefab pergolas are cheaper than custom designs. Prices range widely, but typically run from $8,000 to $15,000 for an average-sized pergola, with installation and delivery included in those figures.

Lumber pergolas tend to cost the most, aluminum and fiberglass land in the middle, and small vinyl pergolas cost the least. Wood pergolas are not suitable for certain climates (Arizona, for example), and they require more maintenance, accruing a higher lifetime cost than pergolas built from more weatherproof materials.

You can purchase some low-cost prefab pergolas for $2,000 – $3,000, but be warned that installation is tricky, commonly costing up to $4,000 on top of purchase and delivery price. As pergola size or complexity increases, so does price. Complex custom builds easily reach $20,000 or higher.

Before & After – Huntington Beach, CA

OUTDOOR KITCHEN

$10,000 – $25,000

Outdoor kitchens add a whole new living space to your home, facilitating outdoor celebrations and entertaining.

Appliances are the biggest factor affecting kitchen price. Grills, cook tops, and fridges each run for a few thousand a piece. Pizza ovens in particular can add up to $10,000 to a kitchen’s price tag. 

Adding appliances can also Add expenses to connect utilities like electrical for fridges, gas for grills and sewer for sinks. $10,000 is a reliable starting point. Design features and added appliances add expense to this base price.

Before & After – Austin, TX

NEW POOLS

PREFAB: $30,000 – $60,000
CUSTOM: $80,000 – $150,000

Prefab pools typically sell for $20,000 – $40,000, but delivery and installation routinely add $10,000 – $20,000 in expenses. 

Above-ground pools cost less than in-ground, and site accessibility can mean the difference between a cheap and easy or a difficult and costly delivery of your prefab pool.

Custom pool pricing varies with the design, but we rarely see one installed for under $80,000. It’s safe to assume a price in the $100,000 to $150,000 range when going custom.

Before & After – Chandler, AZ

NEW SPAS

PREFAB: $6,000 – $10,000
CUSTOM: $20,000 – $30,000

Prefab fiberglass spas are the most cost-effective option when installed above ground. Any hot tub must be installed on a pad, typically a small concrete slab, and utilities must be extended to reach it.

In-ground hot tubs add excavation, drainage, and development of solutions to access the spa’s control panel to the list, generating additional expense. Custom spas, installed partially or fully beneath the ground, are essentially small custom pools, and their pricing reflects this.

Before & After – Salt Lake City, UT

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING

$2,500 – $10,000

Minimizing the extension of electrical conduit to power lighting can help to keep costs down, particularly when conditions make trenching difficult. 

That said, the price of light fixtures and quantity used in a project and quantity of light fixtures are primary factors affecting lighting cost – affordable fixtures and modest light quantities will generate a lot of savings on your lighting expenses.


Potted trees in Dallas, Texas landscape design

Potted trees in Dallas, Texas landscape design

SPECIMEN TREES

$800

This price is an average for a 24” box tree, typically the biggest size used on residential projects. That being said, tree prices very significantly by species. It’s not uncommon to see marquee trees sell for a few thousand dollars.

Discover more Cost information and Examples IN OUR guide to landscaping costs.


CREATING AN EXTERIOR DESIGN TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS

Yardzen’s award-winning online landscape and exterior design service is tailored to homeowners in all fifty states in the U.S. Our design process begins with understanding your space, your aesthetic preferences, and a discussion of your budget and vision to minimize surprises when it comes time to build. 

Our top-notch designers then develop a personalized vision for your yard, shared through 3D renderings, 2D plan drawings, and plant and material lists. Your design will capture the look, feel, and function you are hoping for, all while keeping costs within range. 

Once your design is complete, we’ll help you connect with a local contractor from our Pro Network of vetted professional contractors to install your new design.

Ready to have a home that makes a great first impression? Create your design profile or explore our professional landscaping and exterior design packages today!

 

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