How important is Cost vs. Value to me?

In November 2010, Remodeling magazine issued its annual Cost vs. Value Report. In their words, “the report contains data that compares construction costs for popular remodeling projects against the share of the costs recovered at resale.” Depending on the type of work completed, the report indicates extremely varied cost recoup rates for a midrange-priced home, with the lowest being 45.8% for a home office remodel, and the highest being 102.1% for entry door replacement.