When it comes to owning a home, many people often look past what the house is like in its current state to imagine what it could become. From swimming pools to extra rooms, it seems that Americans love customizing their home in any way they can. While you probably won’t be going to any mortgage companies to pay for the cost of your home improvements, the costs of some of these additions can make a monthly loan payment seem like a small drop in the spending bucket. Here are a few common home improvements and their costs – just be sure you can afford them before making the plunge.