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How Much Does a Shower Remodel Cost?

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Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in your home. Since showering is something you have to do every day, you should make it a space you love. A modern shower can add a sense of luxury to your daily routine by allowing you to feel like you are at a spa in your own home. Below is a breakdown of the different costs associated with remodeling a shower, including the type of shower you want, the preparation work required, and the materials used.

Shower Remodel Costs

A new shower can average around $3000 in Sacramento, CA, and Reno, NV, but that price can vary quite a bit. Among the factors that affect the total shower remodel cost are the type of shower you are working with, the prep work that needs to be done to the area, and the materials you want to be used. At the end of the day, your total price will likely fall in the range of $2000 to upwards of $15000 for a large overhaul.

Type of Shower

The first step in determining shower remodel cost is deciding what kind of shower and bathtub combination you want. Depending on your bathing preferences, there are many options to make your bathroom more convenient to use. If you have space for it, a full shower and bath combo is a great feature that can increase the value of your home. On the other hand, if you currently have a bathtub that you don’t use, tub to shower conversions can be a great option that saves you the hassle of cleaning and maintaining a bathtub.

For smaller bathrooms, a shower stall or walk-in shower may be more reasonable than a full bath. Walk-in showers that go from floor to ceiling can be one of the more expensive options for a remodel, as they often require quite a bit of work on the walls surrounding the shower. That being said, the finished results are often beautiful and can truly give the space a spa-like feel.

Demolition and Prep Work

The preparation work for putting in a new shower includes removing any old components from the area and getting everything ready for the new shower unit to be installed. Luckily, this can be a fairly inexpensive part of the shower remodel. Generally, the contractors should only take a few hours of work to get your space ready. Hourly pay for this type of job can vary, but you should expect somewhere between $15-$30 per hour, per worker.


Changing the way the plumbing in your bathroom is laid out can be one of the more expensive costs associated with a shower remodel. This is generally a concern when you are switching from one type of shower to another. For example, if you are changing out a bathtub for a walk-in shower, different plumbing configurations will be required.


Materials for your shower can include any types of wall surfacing used, fixtures such as showerheads, and other parts needed to create the shower. While materials are a concern for any project, they often only encompass around 25 percent of the final costs of a shower remodel. This means that if you have a larger area to be remodeled, the added materials needed will contribute to the project’s cost but should not become too unreasonable.

Different materials have different base prices, and depending on your preferences, costs can vary quite a bit. You should remember to factor in any extra features you might want to include, such as grab bars or niches for storing soap and shampoo bottles.

Time and Labor

The final shower remodel cost to keep in mind is the time and labor of the contractors working on your project. The more complicated the project, the more expensive and time-consuming it will be. Some projects, especially complete overhauls of bathrooms, may require multiple contractors with different specialties. Other projects may include a charge based on the size of your shower. Most wall surround remodels, for example, will include a labor charge based on the square footage of the area being covered.

Touching Up Your Shower

If you are not looking for a complete renovation of your shower, there are many smaller projects you can do in order to make an area feel like a new space. Naturally, these projects can be a lot cheaper than a complete shower remodel.

Wall Surrounds

The wall surround of your shower includes all of the areas that are regularly exposed to water. One of the best ways to update an old shower can be to add a new waterproof wall surround. Wall surrounds come in a wide variety of styles, and you should be able to use them to personalize your bathroom. You can add features such as benches or shelving as part of your wall surround. This type of update can also help prevent water damage and extend the life of your current shower.


Adding a few accessories to your shower can be an easy way to make it feel more updated. Shower shelving and seating can be great options for making the area easier to use. Something as simple as adding a new door to your shower can greatly refresh the look of your shower. If you currently use a shower and tub combination that uses a curtain rather than a door, adding a door can also help prevent water from splashing out and making a mess while you shower.

Total Bathroom Renovation

If you are putting in the time and money to renovate your shower, you may decide that it is a great time to go beyond that project and redo your entire bathroom. A complete bathroom renovation includes bath remodeling as well as the sink, cabinets, and other fixtures in your bathroom. You can update everything from the floors to the countertops to the walls to get the bathroom space of your dreams.

Keep in mind that a complete bathroom renovation can cost quite a bit more than just updating a shower. With average costs being around $10,000, there can still be a lot of room for price adjustments in your project. There are many benefits to a complete bathroom remodel, including increasing the value of your home should you decide to sell it down the road.

Remodeling Your Shower

Shower remodel costs vary depending on the scale of your project. Depending on the goals you have for your project, there should be many options available in your price range.

The best way to get a clear idea of a shower remodel cost can be to get a free consultation from the experts. At USA Bath, we believe in offering beautiful high-quality products you’ll love. Located in Sacramento, CA, and Reno, NV, we offer services to people in Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Modesto, Carson City, Reno, and other surrounding areas. Contact us at 877-678-BATH for a free consultation on your shower remodel project.

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