A luxurious new bathroom is not as out of reach as you may think; especially if you can realistically look at the various components and what they actually cost. In part three of this eight-part series, Bathroom Renovations – How Much Do They Cost, we will be looking specifically at shower choices and costs. In the subsequent posts, we will look at your, tub selections, lighting choices, cabinetry, toilets, and tiles. If you would like some expert advice and help with your bathroom renovation, contact Graham’s & Son today. We can provide you with a free, in-home consultation. Let us bring our showroom to you!
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Bathroom Renovations – How Much Do They Cost?
On average, a 5′ by 10′ bathroom in Canada, could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $16,000 to renovate, according to Canadian Home Trends. The amount includes the designing, planning, supplies, and installation of the new bathroom. If you are renovating a bathroom in a condominium, you could expect to pay about 30% more because of the restrictions imposed by condo rules and existing building design. So, renovating a condominium bathroom could cost from $13,000 to $20,800.
Part 3: The Shower
When it comes to a bathroom there are four major components: the shower, the bathtub, the toilet, and the sink. If you have all four components, then your bathroom is considered a full bath, 3 of the 4 components means it is a three-quarter bath, 2 components is a half bath and one component is a quarter bath. Most quarter baths would simply consist of an extra shower, often in the basement. It’s hard to imagine having a toilet on its own without a sink or just a bathtub on its own, however, some older houses may have a bathroom like this.
How Much Do Showers Cost
According to westernbathrooms.ca, a new shower can cost you anywhere from $1,500 to $2,600 to install depending on the style that you want. If you are considering purchasing special doors it could cost an additional $200 or a shower surround could cost an extra $300.
There are basically two types of shower stalls: pre-fabricated and tiled showers. The other option is to have a combination bathtub with a shower connection. We will look at prices for different tubs and combination units in Part 4 of our series.
Types of Showers & Costs
Pre-Fabricated Shower Stall Units:
This type of shower stall is made in a factory and then shipped to your home either as one complete piece or in several pieces. The unit is then installed in your bathroom. If you have an older home, you may need to consider purchasing the type that comes in pieces as a single unit may not fit through the smaller doorways of an older home.
Price Range: $300 – $2,000
The above pre-fabricated shower stall is a Prime 33-inch x 33-inch x 74.75-inch Framed Sliding Shower Enclosure in Chrome with Quarter Round Shower Base manufactured by DreamLine and you can purchase it at Home Depot.
The tiled shower is the type that is built right in your bathroom from scratch. It is a good choice for tight spaces and if you would like a custom sized shower. Tiled showers generally cost more than pre-fabricated ones. According to improvenet.com, a medium sized tiled shower can cost about $2,000. This price will vary depending on the type of tile you choose.
Price Range: $150 – $4000
Some Helpful Terms
When discussing showers you may come across some terms like shower valve, shower faucet, shower head, stand-alone shower, rain-shower head. The following will give you an idea of what each of these terms refers to.
Shower Valve or Shower Faucet:
The shower valve is the part of the shower that turns the water on and off. It also regulates the temperature. You can purchase the valve in a complete set which includes the trim and handles or sometimes each component is sold separately.
The shower head is the part of your shower where the water comes out. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and often can be adjusted according to the amount of water pressure or pulsating sensations you want. Some shower heads are fixed and have a swiveling nozzle which can be pointed in different directions, while others are connected to a hose that has a mounting bracket which can be moved around to spray all over your body.
Rainfall Shower Head:
The latest trend in shower heads is having one that simulates a rainfall. These shower heads are very popular and come in different shapes and sizes, the most common being round. This 8″ Square Shower Head, pictured below, with Rectangular Wall Arm from Hudson Reed has easy to clean nozzles and a modern chrome finish.
Full Body Shower:
A full body shower is the ultimate in showering. Multiple, adjustable body sprays give you a wonderfully therapeutic experience. The full body shower pictured below also comes with a hand-held sprayer and a LED rainshower shower head.
Graham’s & Son Specializes in Bathroom Renovations
Graham’s & Son has been in the interior design business for over 40 years. We are locally owned and operated and we specialize in all types of renovations, including bathrooms, kitchens, and family rooms. We offer free, in-home consultations, and will be involved in the entire renovation process from taking perfect measurements, to supervising a professional installation. If you are thinking of renovating your bathroom or any room in your home, contact the design experts at Graham’s & Son to book your home and do a free in-home consultation. We will also provide you with a quote during our first visit with you.