Install Shower Stall Cost

How much does it cost to install a medium to high-end shower stall?

Bathroom remodeling is one way to ensure a high resale value on an improvement project. The Hanley Wood publishing group estimates that any bathroom improvements hold at 78% of the original cost.

For the purpose of this conversation we will consider the costs and requirements for the construction of a wooden deck measuring 16'x20'. According to the Hanley Wood and their Remodeling Online website, the cost for a wooden deck addition averages at $10,634 or $33 per square foot. Remarkably, the project has an impressive resale value, and a homeowner can reasonably expect to recoup around 80% of the total construction costs for such a deck at the time of sale.

Cost breakout

For the shower stall installation, the typical costs include:

  • Demolition work on pre-existing tub or shower stall, reinforcement of floor, and new plumbing as necessary;
  • Installation of shower pan, if a tiled floor is not to be used. Many homeowners are under the impression that a tiled option is always the most costly choice, but the average builder-grade shower pan is actually going to come at a cost of $300 while a well-made tile floor will come in at only $2 per square foot;
  • Relocate or install fiberglass dual shower stall with full-body-wash shower wall, surrounding tile walls or glass block dividers, glass doors and glass panels - The average shower stall of this type will cost $1300 in materials. Most of the installation work will be completed in sixteen to twenty-four hours for a $4800-$5400 total including the costs for carpentry, plumbing and masonry work;
  • Install doors or dividers around shower - depending upon materials selected this could range from four hours to upwards of three full business days of work to complete. The average ceramic tile wall costs roughly $2.50 per square foot, and natural stone tiles go up to $5 per square foot.
  • Provide plumbing to code - The average plumber is going to base their pricing on each individual element of the project. For example, the bathroom may require plumbing for new drains and faucets at an average cost of $45 to $65 per hour, plus materials;
  • Provide carpentry to code - This is going to depend upon the amount of work required, but carpenters average $70 per hour. This project might be priced on a per item basis, or the carpenter might simply base it on the square footage.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Polished nickel faucets- Average cost is $400 each plus four hours of installation;
  • Install ceramic tile floor to match shower - Average prices for installation are between $11 to $22 per square foot;
  • A light/fan combination- Averages at $180 and one hour of installation;
  • Insulate and re-finish ceilings and walls - Fiberglass wall insulation with R-30 value will cost $2.25 per square foot. Re-finish ceilings and walls - Drywall throughout would cost $9.80 per panel (plus screws, nails and finishing compound); and
  • Painting of trim and walls.

Additional considerations and costs

If you are going to work with a contractor it is completely acceptable to ask for at least three different bids from three different groups. This is going to give a very accurate idea of the total costs and the level of control you will have over project.