Remodeling Magazine shows a DECLINE in costs recouped for remodeling projects in 2011. Our area of Illinois is in the East-North-Central Region of the report. I'm not sure the 'big box home improvement stores' are going to like this report but who cares. Be sure to keep your costs within reason with all your remodeling projects!
I've tried to do the work for you! Replacement Windows, Bathroom Refinishing, Granite Countertop Alternative, Furniture Repair and Refinishing, Appliance Refinishing, Ceramic Tile Refinishing, quick-ship Kitchen Cabinets and yada, yada, yada.