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Subject: Re: Cost of shower project Date: 2/6/2014 1:57 PM
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Depends on how much of the work you're going to be doing.

For example:

Will you be doing the tear out of the existing modular tub/shower?

You say you won't be "moving" plumbing. A typical shower actually sits down into the slab. In this case you're going to have to build it up over the slab which means you're going to have to build a bumper step.

If I had to guess, plan for between $3,000 and $5,000 and if they find something really wrong, then add another $2500 to the top end.

We recently re-did 2 bathrooms and I did the majority of the work. We took them completely down to the studs and started over. This is what we did in the bathroom that has only a shower:
Plumbing - fixed several issues (guarantee you'll find some)
Electrical - added lights, added exhaust fan, restructure / new wiring, new outlets & switches
Flooring - new tile on the floors, tile on the walls of the shower, filled plumbing box (shower size), graded the floor and ensured there was a proper drain skirt for entire shower footprint and up the walls.
Walls - Backerboard around the shower from floor to ceiling, green board on the walls, regular sheet rock on the ceilings.
Fixtures - new everything - vanity, counter tops, sinks, faucets, new toilet
Wall & ceiling covering - fresh paint

Even with me doing the bulk of the work, I still had about $400 to the plumber, about $300 to the electrician, about $300 to the drywall guy for taping / texture matching the existing walls and I'm guessing $500 or $600 to the tile guy. All of this was pure labor and doesn't include my materials costs.

I did all the tear out, all the new wiring, hung all the drywall and concrete backer. I also supplied all the materials and the fixtures and did the painting & clean up.

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