When you moved into your home, you loved mostly everything about it. One sore spot, however, was the shower.
Maybe it’s too small, outdated, or doesn’t match the décor of the rest of the bathroom or house. Perhaps there’s always mold and mildew in your shower because there isn’t proper ventilation, or you want to connect your shower to a bath.
Whichever project you wish to take on, there are so many bathroom remodel ideas to choose from, and prices vary. When looking to answer the question “How much should a shower remodel cost?” you’ll find different answers depending on your needs.
The Process to Remodel a Shower
You’ll first want to decide if you’re going to hire a professional or do the remodel yourself. If you’re an experienced DIYer and have experience with remodeling, then you could potentially save a lot of money by taking on the job. However, if this is your first remodel, you could end up spending a lot more fixing your mistakes.
Typically, if you hire a professional, it’ll cost between $50-$75 per hour in labor . You’ll likely need to hire a plumber as well as a general contractor. The costs could be higher or lower depending on the cost of living in your town.
Once you determine if you’re going to hire a professional or not, then come up with shower remodel ideas regarding the color scheme, the shape, shower type (full or shower-tub combo), fixtures you’re going to get, lights, fans or radios you’ll install, and any doors you’ll replace.
If you aren’t sure how to design your new shower, you can ask your contractor to help you, but that’ll add to the costs.
Your contractor will come up with a plan for your shower remodel and give you an estimate for materials and labor. You can work with them to see if there are cheaper alternatives, like shopping for materials online or choosing less expensive fixtures and finishes.
If you’re going the DIY route, you’ll have to shop around for the materials and pick them up. You’ll also need tools like a safety mask and goggles, tape measure, spackle knife, power drill, extension cord, hammer, and stud finder, just to name a few.
An easy way to DIY a shower remodel is to shop for a complete shower system that includes coordinating fixtures—inexpensive ones can be purchased for under $200.
After removing the existing shower walls, flooring, and fixtures, the new materials can be installed. You might choose an all-in-one shower surround, or a shower pan (the base) with tiled walls.
How Much Does a Shower Remodel Cost?
Typically, it can cost from $1,100 to $5,500 to remodel a shower depending on how large the shower is, what kinds of fixtures you’re installing, and the finishes you’re using.
A shower and tub combo should cost around $1,400 to $1,600, which includes fixtures and modifications.
If you’re remodeling your standalone shower with new tile, you will pay about $2 to $5 per square foot of tile. New fixtures can be complete shower systems or more expensive items, like a rain shower faucet that you mount to the ceiling.
You’ll also need a new shower pan, which will run you about $100; prefabricated shower pans range from $500 to $600. If you have a mold or mildew problem in your shower, the damaged areas will need to be removed or repaired, and a new exhaust fan will prevent new mold or mildew.
A bathroom exhaust fan could cost less than $100, but professional installation could cost about $200. Additionally, sliding-glass doors will cost around $100 to $300.
All these costs can add up quickly, and can put a substantial dent in your finances. Financing your remodel with a personal loan may be a good way to help cover the costs.
How to Save Money on Your Shower Remodel
If you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spend on remodeling your bathroom, but you still want to upgrade, you can do it piecemeal instead.
For instance, one of the quickest shower remodel ideas is to install a new showerhead. You can get a luxury one that has multiple settings and can make your shower a relaxing experience.
You could also install new lighting if you feel like your shower is too dark. A new light for your ceiling could cost less than $30. If you’re not experienced with electrical work, you may need to hire an electrician to install it.
If you want to really upgrade your shower, a Bluetooth radio mounted on the wall can be used to listen to your favorite music and podcasts.
To avoid the cost of new sliding glass doors, you might want to consider a modern shower curtain that will coordinate with your bathroom design.
The least expensive shower wall panels are made of acrylic and fiberglass; just be aware that they may look like plastic. Wall panels made of laminate, PVC, or solid surface materials are a little more expensive but will likely look nicer.
In terms of costs for shower wall panels, you might pay $200 to $300 for fiberglass-reinforced plastic, $600 to $800 for acrylic, $1,000 to $1,800 for PVC, $1,100 to $1,900 for cultured stone and solid surface, and $1,300 to $1,700 for laminate.
When looking into shower remodel ideas, you should not consider moving around plumbing fixtures. Keeping them where they are will save you a lot of money , because moving them can add thousands of dollars to the cost of a remodel.
Other simple touch ups you can make include adding plants like peace lilies, spider plants, orchids, and bamboo to your bathroom or shower, since they can survive in high-humidity environments . You could also replace that rusty old shower storage with a rustproof and modern shower caddy for less than $50.
When all is said and done, delicious-smelling bath bombs and shower gels can make your shower feel like a luxury spa. Those little touches are really going to tie your shower remodel together.
Make Your Shower Remodel a Possibility With SoFi
If your shower is not the pleasant experience you’d like it to be, but you don’t have the funds right now to redo the space, you might want to consider a home improvement loan from SoFi. You can make your shower remodel dreams come true and end up with the best bathroom you could imagine.
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