Remodel Shower

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Shower Remodeling project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Shower Remodeling Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Shower Remodeling investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Shower Remodeling project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Shower Remodeling - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Shower Remodeling project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionRemodel bathroom shower. Options include removal, refinishing or replacement of existing surfaces, modernization or replacement of doors, and fixtures.
Project sizeshower unit
Material and labor cost$3,735 - $4,358
Material cost$2,309 - $2,693
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Shower Remodeling project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Shower Remodeling requires considerable experience, skill and attention to detail. Do it yourself mistakes are noticeable, may be difficulty to remedy and may actually reduce the market value of the project and your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROIResults vary widely and can be affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Shower Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Shower Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Green ratingShower Remodeling projects commonly employ renewable resources and environmentally friendly materials. It is often the case that existing components and materials can be recycled or reused in the Shower Remodeling project.

Shower Remodeling - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Shower Remodeling. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Shower Remodeling project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Shower Remodeling project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Shower Remodeling project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Create Design ConceptInterior Designer2 to 15 d$533 - $890
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 d$178 - $297
Remove Bathtub FaucetPlumbing Contractor1 d$83 - $139
Remove TileDemolition Laborer1 d$1.37 - $2.30 per square foot
Repair Dry RotCarpenter1 to 4 d$184 - $320
Repair Floor StructureCarpenter1 to 2 d$35 - $64 per square foot
Repair Shower ValvePlumber1 d$100 - $176
Install Shower BasePlumber1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$354 - $627
Hang DrywallDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.28 - $2.24 per square foot
Install Grab BarsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$102 - $174
Install Shower BasinPlumber1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$339 - $603
Install Mortar BedTile Contractor1 d$5.30 - $9.09 per square foot
Install Wall TileTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.77 - $18.37 per square foot
Install Tile FloorTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.11 - $17.29 per square foot
Install Shower DoorGlazing Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$171 - $301
Install Shower EnclosuresHandyman1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$461 - $842

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Shower Remodeling - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Shower Remodeling project plan.

  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • To keep Shower Remodeling costs low, do not move walls or relocate plumbing fixtures or electrical boxes
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Shower Remodeling
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • Match appliances and fixtures to electrical circuit, hot water and gas capacities
  • To avoid high costs, keep plumbing lines (water supply, waste and vent) concentrated in the same location

Shower Remodeling Project Guide

Project Plan: Shower Remodeling

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Shower Remodeling project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

This FREE homewyse project guide helps you organize Shower Remodeling project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.


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