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These 5 Seattle home renovations have the best return value

If you thought a major kitchen remodel was on the list, you would be wrong.

If you're looking to renovate your home in Seattle's tough housing market, but want to get the most bang for your buck, start with adding manufactured stone veneer.

That's the advice from Remodeling Magazine, which does an annual cost-to-value breakdown of which remodeling projects will get you the highest return. See the Seattle study here.

For Seattle, adding manufactured stone veneer will more than pay for itself, getting you a return of 144.6 percent on your investment. The average cost of this is $8,412.

Here are the top five.

1. Add manufactured stone veneer: +144.6 percent

2. Replace garage door: +141.2 percent

3. Composite deck addition: +122 percent

4. Minor kitchen remodel: +116.3 percent

5. Universal bathroom design: +107.2 percent

The renovation that will get you the smallest return on investment in Seattle is adding a master suite -- 62.5 percent.

Nationally, the top renovation job is replacing a garage door. The least valuable is adding a backyard patio.