- The average cost nationally to install tile in a shower is $7 to $25
- Materials for a tile shower installation run between $3 and $15 per square foot – and up
- Complicated shapes, varied sizes, and small tiles all cost more to install
- It cost’s more to install marble, stone, or granite
Are you in need of a bathroom update but wondering how much it's going to cost you?
If you live in Oregon or anywhere on the West coast and look up the cost of tile installation the national averages are pretty much useless. For example, one estimate that comes up is the cost to install a 200 square foot tile floor ranges from $700 to $2000.
Well, that’s not very helpful!
It’s true, there are many variables when talking about the cost of installation such as:
- Removal of old material.
- Preparing the floor for tile.
- Your choice of tile size and material
Why "Price Ranges" are Tough
Honestly, nothing beats getting a real-life estimate. When it comes to bathroom remodels every single bathroom is so different AND every single customer’s needs and wants are so different. That makes it very challenging to say a 4 foot by 6-foot shower is going to be a particular price.
Looking back over the last several years of installing showers, doing bathroom remodels and installing backsplashes, I’m able to come up with a price range to give you an idea of the total cost in and around Salem, Oregon. I have started to see patterns and a “range” of prices for particular types of bathroom remodels such as the cost to install a tile tub surround, the cost of a tiled walk-in shower, replacing a fiberglass shower with tile cost and so on.
Let’s start with a Tub to Shower Conversion Cost
Hand’s down this is what we do here at Tile With A Smile more than any other type of remodel. See our blog post HERE on our top tips to consider before making the switch from a tub to a shower.
In general, the standard size tub is roughly 32 inches wide by 60 inches long. That my friend is a great size for a shower. Not only are most people using a shower more than a tub but the conversion from a bath to a walk-in shower makes your bathroom feel much more expansive and increases the value of your home.
How much can you expect to pay for the average size tub to walk-in shower conversion?
- The ranges would be between $6,500 and $9,000.
What's included in the base price?
Lowest, base price includes all of the following:
- Floor prep
- 2 Corner shelves if desired
- Schluter system to provide a guaranteed waterproof shower
The base price does NOT include any of the following:
- Niche or Inset
- Deco Tile Installation
- Stone Installation
- Glass door or glass partition
- Heat System in the floor
- Plumbing rearrangement
- Grab bar installation
- Curb-Less shower option – a seamless floor into the shower
- Stem Walls
- Cost of tile
The addition of these would add to that base price and would cause the total remodel cost to be higher.
- Installation/Labor 20%
- Cabinetry/Hardware 16%
- Fixtures 15%
- Faucets/Plumbing 14%
- Flooring 9%
- Countertops 7%
- Lighting/Ventilation 5%
- Walls/Ceiling 5%
- Doors/Windows 4%
- Design Services 5%
- Disposal/Other 1%
Here is a cost breakdown of various size showers and their price ranges.
3′ x 3′ = $4,500-$7,500
3′ x 4′ = $5,500-$8,500
3′ x 5′ = $6,500-$9,500
3′ x 6′ = $7,500-$11,000
Ready to start saving for that bathroom remodel? Check out our blog post HERE on what we recommend for the best financing options.
How can you keep the cost down to the lower side of that price range? Don’t worry, there are several things that you can do to keep your remodeling costs down.
12 Tips and Tricks for Keeping your Bathroom Remodel Tile Installation Costs Down
- Rethink your tile size. Smaller tile costs more to install. A standard size tile is going to cost less.
- How much deco tile do you really need? Keep it to a minimum to keep costs down. Stick with a simpler, streamlined, modern look to keep your costs down.
- Can the plumbing stay as is? If so, you will save a bundle. Simply moving the toilet a few inches can cost several hundred dollars.
- Go with ceramic tile rather than stone. Stone costs more in itself and costs more to install.
- Shop around for your tile. You might find the same tile elsewhere for much cheaper.
- Stick with in-stock items. Anytime you have to special order a tile you’re going to pay more.
- How important is the zero threshold look to you? We love it but it requires that alterations be made to the sub-floor and will cost you a minimum of $800 more.
- Try and schedule your bathroom remodel in the fall or winter rather than the busiest time of year – spring and summer.
- Have a clear vision of what you want. Mid-stream changes can cost a lot and affect other aspects of the project. Make sure your contractor is very clear on all the details regarding your remodel.
- Consider doing the demolition yourself. Don’t do this unless you have some construction experience because you could make more work for your contractor and therefore more expense for yourself.
- Whenever possible opt for in-stock items rather than custom pieces. Custom order items will
- Have your budget clearly in mind.
Sure hope this helps. If you have any questions just give me a call. Call us at 503-851-8489