Remodeling a bathroom can be approached from several directions. Remodeling the bathing area is a popular choice, but it can represent a significant portion of the remodeling budget. You can expect to pay $5,000 to $10,000 for a walk-in tub and shower combination in most cases, although some jobs may cost more than that.
Material quality, add-ons you choose for your tub and shower, the amount of time needed to remove existing items, and installation time all affect the overall project cost. The cost of moving plumbing pipes, replacing tiles, and repairing drywall will quickly increase.
You should keep in mind that the initial price quote for a walk-in tub may not include installation costs. Ask about any installation costs so you don’t get any unpleasant surprises. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to get the most accurate price estimate, as salespeople may conceal the cost to install the appliance to try to get you to spend more money. Despite the fact that you may be tempted to save some money by installing it yourself, this is an extremely complicated process. If you need to move plumbing or electrical lines, for instance, you should hire a professional.
Costs associated with design and materials
A variety of walk-in tubs are available that can be used with a shower. To prevent splashing and spray from the shower onto the bathroom floor, these units should have higher walls. Some products are designed to fit into small bathrooms, while others are quite large and feature special features. A larger capacity will cost more. Installation costs are not included in any of the prices listed here.
An inexpensive walk-in tub with a shower could cost as little as $21,500. However, if you require a longer space that allows you to recline, products start at $3,000 and cost as much as $10,000. A hydrotherapy bathtub with air jets could also cost between $3,000 and $10,000. Some luxury add-ons, such as a heated seat or a remote control for the shower, can cost as much as $20,000.
To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may need grab bars or seats. To accommodate a wheelchair, it may need to be large enough and have double doors. The price of such products can range from $3,000 to $10,000, but if they have special hardware, they can even be more expensive.
Installation costs for a walk-in tub and shower
Installation costs can range from $3,000 to $20,000, depending on the work involved. Plumbers and contractors are typically paid by the hour, so a more challenging installation that takes longer will cost more.
As part of the installation cost, any existing fixtures will be removed and demolition work will be performed. Depending on your bathroom configuration and the size of the walk-in bathtub you are installing, this part of the work may take a long time and require multiple professionals, increasing the cost. Following the removal of the old items, some repair work may need to be performed on the floor, walls, drain lines, or plumbing lines. In order to work with the new purchase, you may need to reinforce the existing floor or walls.
To supply water to the tub and shower, you may need to move plumbing lines during installation. For heated seats or therapy air jets, you may need an electrician to hard-wire it to your home’s wiring, or you may need a new electrical outlet that can handle the power demands. Add grab bars to the bathtub to make it safer for people to enter and exit. The installation cost will increase if the installer needs permits from your local government to do the work legally.
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