approximate cost of small tile shower

rlthomas7July 2, 2010

I went to the showroom that our builder deals with today to look at stuff for our new master bath. I have a very limited allowance for a shower, but I HATED all of the shower stalls that I saw. So now I'm wondering if a tile shower is in our price range at all. Our space is 36X48, if that helps. I don't need fancy imported tile or mosaics or anything like that. Can you give me a ballpark of what the costs would be associated with this so that I know if it's even an option for us? Thanks!

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Low end materials (builder grade 4" white ceramic) plus labor would be around $1000 in my area, which is a low cost labor market. (Plus shower door and installation.) It could very well be double that for the same materials but in a higher labor market. Pricing is always local. If your builder is getting discount pricing, don't expect but maybe a $150 price credit for the shower stall unit and they typically charge whatever their trades person charges plus their % plus a change order fee, so that $1000 tile shower could end up costing you $1500 from your builder. The least expensive part will be the tile, so that's not a place to choose something just because it's less expensive. A pretty tile with a simple deco band at about chest height might add all of $300 to your costs and would look a million times better than a white "builder grade" 4" tiled shower--which would look a million times better than any fiberglass shower unit I've seen.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 7:15PM
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Thank you for taking the time to answer my question - it helps a lot. I think we will have to really look at going this route.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 8:03PM
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In a high labor market (SF Bay area) we just got the following quote to redo an existing shower as part of the complete reno of 2 1/2 bathrooms:

Labor cost to redo a shower 3x5 foot , including new waterproofing but not including tile or demo: 3300.

The allowance for plumber's labor was 1200 (we have 3 shower heads and was going to replace valves and drain.) This cost did not include the plumbing.

With the Heath tile I wanted, a new frameless shower door, and some new Grohe shower heads, that new shower was going to cost $10, 000!!!

We decided the old tile didn't look so bad, we are going to redo everything else and leave the shower tile. It is in perfect shape, it's just dark blue, LOL.

So... we're going to get a new framed rather than frameless door, upgrade the shower nozzles, and add a Solatube to bring in more light. Instead of a bigger niche in a new shower, I bought an assortment of Ginger Splashable baskets today.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 11:38PM
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Another great alternative would be ..... If your in Massachusetts its an option :)

    Bookmark   July 3, 2010 at 8:59AM
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