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Sr. Member
Jan 22, 2012
645 posts

Tiling a Shower

I’m getting quotes to replace my tub with a tiled shower, glass door and knee wall. Nothing crazy with the tile (subway, etc). Similar to the picture but not that tile.
I have demoed the tub so it would be construction of the shower, knee wall, waterproofing and tiling, glass door.
The quotes are all over the place. What is reasonable?
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Deal Addict
Jan 19, 2011
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Done properly, with a Schluter or similar water proofing system and base, you could expect to pay between 5,000 and 8,000 dollars I would presume... Your materials cost are likely about $700 for base, drain, waterproofing membranes, between $800 and $1800 for tile, between $1200 and $1600 for glass and glass door, fittings and plumbing $300 to $500, plus labour.

what are your quotes?
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Jan 22, 2012
645 posts

I assume the $14,000 doesn’t want to do it
Deal Addict
Sep 13, 2016
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Could be much lower if you sourced material yourself and managed to find someone who will be willing to do the labor.
Here is an approx breakdown of material you would need for a 60inchx32inch shower, 7 feet high.
> Ceramic/Porcelain tile for 3 walls- 80sqft. Add 20sqft more if you do tiling on the ceiling as well. 2-4$/sqft rate for decent nothing fancy tiles at Homedepot etc.
>Around 20sqft tile for the base..mosaic matte porcelain tiles are good. Usually around 7-15$/sqft based on different designs.
>Shower drain base, around 15$.
>Sand mix, 6-9 bags depending on how high the base would need to be. Roughly 8$ a bag.
>Cement board. For 3 walls. Optional for the ceiling. Around 8 pieces. Usually comes in 60×32 inch sizes. And costs around 15$ a pc.
> Sliding Shower door. You can get for as low as 300$ and as high has thousands of dollars. Really depends on taste. I have seen the 300$ one, and honestly it looked pretty decent to me.
Did I miss anything? Aah yes, one small item. Shower pan liner. Essentially a pvc sheet which goes between two layers of mortar. Around 60$ at HD.
P.s. I assumed you will use your current plumbing so not much will be required there except for putting in some new shower hardware which will be anothe couple hundred depending on what you like.

I would say if you outsource for everything, i.e. time material, and no plumbing or electrical workis required, then 5K should be a decent total.