Want a Walk-In Shower in Your Bathroom – Steps and Costing

For people who love to take a long shower, walk-in showers are a dream! With it, you can walk towards the shower and directly take a bath. There’s no need for you to step up, and there are no curbs too. Apart from easy access, walk-in showers are also easy to clean. There are fewer nooks to scrub, and their surfaces are usually smooth and nonporous. These shower areas are generally seamless in style, so having mould-attracting shower curtains and doors are no longer required. 

Now that more people stay longer inside their homes, many do dream of enjoying their daily baths. As long as there is space, anyone can have customized walk-in showers, but how much would it cost to build one?

In this article, let us break down the steps you need to take to make your dream shower come to life and how much each process would cost you.

Step 1: The Demolition

To make a walk-in shower, you need a space. Usually, demolition happens when there is a need to remove an existing bathtub. Everything in that area should be destroyed, including all the tiles. If there is no bathtub, you still need to take out the old shower floor. This process would usually cost $500 to $1,000. If you need to cut costs, consider doing it yourself, with your partner, or with the whole family.

Step 2: Installation of Shower Valves and More

Professionals should do this step. You need to hire a plumber to install everything you need for a shower: the shower valves, water supply lines, shower drain, and so on. The cost will depend on how much work was done. Some bathrooms already have these setups, but it is best to consult an expert if there is a need to make any changes. You need to prepare an estimate of around $2,000 to $2,500 for this part. 

Step 3: Waterproof the place

Nothing good comes out of bathroom moisture, and since there is no water stopper in a walk-in shower, you need to keep it protected. You need to install a waterproofing membrane before you place your new tiles. Usually, your tile setter is also the same person to work on the waterproofing. It would cost you around $1,500 to $2,000.

Step 4: Install the shower pan

Now, you need to add a shower pan, which is the slope on your shower floor for natural drainage. Installing this part requires professional skills, and you can achieve it in two ways. The more difficult route is by using different sizes of floor tiles, and the other way is to buy a pre-built pan. Using a pre-built shower pan would cost you $1,000 while customizing the tiles would cost you $2,500.

Step 5: Add the tiles

Your cost would depend on the type of tiles you will use. The bigger the tiles, the more expensive the cost you need to pay for the labour. The installation process would last from three to six days, depending on the size and built of your shower area. Prepare around $2,000 to $3,000 for this.

Step 6: Complete the plumbing

Now that the bathroom is nearly finished, it’s time to install the shower trim and fixtures. A massive chunk of your expense for this would be based on the material or fixture you’ll use. The average cost for this is $2,000.

Step 7: Install your glass panels or doors (optional)

This step is optional if you want to add a closure to your shower. It’s best to leave this step to trusted contractors, and materials and labour would cost around $1,500 to $3,000.


Now that you know how much the whole process would cost and what steps you need to take, it’s time to find and consult with your renovation contractors to ensure that you have everything you need. Besides helping you gauge the total cost of your walk-in shower renovation, they can ensure that your project will go smoothly and turn out the way you want it to look.

Are you looking for bathroom renovation contractors in London, Ontario? We, in SWO Contracting, can help you fall in love with your home again through remodelling or bathroom renovations. We have more than 25 years of experience in this industry. Contact us today. 

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