How Much Does a Shower Cost in a Remodel?

A new shower remodel can include new tile, glass doors, or a steam shower

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Many people consider walk-in showers to be the preferred choice. They’re simply more convenient and comfortable to use, and give a sleeker aesthetic touch to your bathroom. Sweeten suggests first discussing with your contractor whether a shower will work in your space: shower size, plumbing location, exhaust fan, and lighting.

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Plan on spending from $2,000–$15,000 or so, depending on the amenities you choose. What you see is what you’re paying for, for the most part. Buying a prefab stall and door kit can be just $1,000 or so, then add installation, plumbing, faucet, and showerhead. Tile or stone walls and high-quality fixtures bump the cost—and quality. 

The cost to tile a shower will vary hugely depending on the tile you choose. While the cost for the backer board and installation will be similar for most tile choices, the tiles themselves can run from just $1.50 per square foot for standard ceramic tile to more than $40 per square foot for marble tile. 

Glass shower doors are available in the standard hinged variety and as sliding doors. New sliding doors use top-mounted hardware, like a sliding barn door, for a cleaner look. A good-quality hinged and framed door will cost just $250 or so, rising to more than $1,200 for a great looking frameless sliding door and panel.

While not a new idea, a steam shower at home is a newer and luxurious trend. You may be able to add a steam generator to your existing shower for $500–$2,000. The rest of the shower is largely the same, though the enclosure should be fully enclosed from top to bottom to contain the steam during use. Adding the entire shower will cost from $5,000 on up. 

A shower upgrade can infuse your daily routine with luxury, beauty, and a high quality experience. Choosing great components and an experienced contractor are really the key factors in bringing this vision to life. 

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