Home Project Summary

Remodel Shower

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

January 2014

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.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

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.
Long term 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 - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

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.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Create Design ConceptInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$190 - $317
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Remove Bathtub FaucetPlumbing Contractor1 dLevel 1 - Basic$88 - $146
Remove TileDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$0.63 - $1.04 per square foot
Repair Dry RotCarpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$70 - $117
Repair SubfloorCarpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.50 - $5.85 per square foot
Repair Shower ValvePlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$78 - $134
Install Shower BasePlumber1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$333 - $587
Hang DrywallDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.78 - $1.39 per square foot
Install Grab BarsFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$70 - $123
Install Shower BasePlumber1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$105 - $175 per
Install Mortar BedTile Contractor1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$5.95 - $10.25 per square foot
Install Tile FloorTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.70 - $18.72 per square foot
Install Shower DoorGlazing Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$88 - $146
Install Shower EnclosuresHandyman1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$686 - $1,259


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