Self Contained Shower Stalls and Stone Tile Walk In Showers

Should you be shopping for self contained shower stalls or speaking to a contractor about creating customized stone tile walk in showers? The answer depends on 2 factors: your budget and your style.

  1. Self contained shower stalls cost about $800 for the most basic designs and over $2,000 for the best ones. We’re talking about complete modular units that come with walls, floors, shelves, showerheads, sometimes even little extras like modular seats and fancy control panels. Some have steam or sauna features, others have music and lots of hi tech gadgets. At about $800 for a complete kit, it’s a good price, but you still need a floor around it and a plumber to install it and that will add to the cost – $200 or more…So let’s say that self contained shower stalls will cost $1,000 and move on to compare a less hi tech alternative like stone tile walk in showers.
  2. Stone tile walk in showers are all about the stone tile you select, the cost of labor and the design you choose, be it large and open or medium sized with a glass panel. If you want a glass panel with stone floors and walls then you’re looking at a couple thousand for the glass and at least $1,000 for stone and materials and labor and finishing touches. If you want rustic no frills stone tile walk in showers with no doors then you’re looking at just the cost of labor and the stone tile. Depending on the size of the space, it’s very possible to do for $1,000 or less.

So now that we know you can have either option; self contained shower stalls or stone tile walk in showers for about $1,000 or less, your next decision is simple. Is your style more hi tech modern or classic?

If everything in your home is sleek and high tech, then go with the simple modular unit and enjoy! If however your home is rustic, classic or traditional in almost every room of the house, then don’t destroy the fluidity by sticking self contained shower stalls in the bathroom.

There are some final considerations that have nothing to do with price or design, and these are simple practicality. Ask yourself:

  • Is the shower primarily for use by elderly or handicapped individuals?
  • Will cleaning and maintaining a stone shower be practical?
  • Will children be using the shower and will they monkey around with the hi tech gadgets in a modular unit and end up causing you a headache?
  • Do you have the space to fit self contained shower stalls in the area available without making the rest of the bathroom seem cramped?

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