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Question DetailsAsked on 4/23/2017

What's the ballpark cost to convert a closet which is backed up to the bathroom into a shower in 2nd-floor condo?

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Wow - a wide range. In ideal conditions, with a slip-in fiberglass or acrylic shower unit and assuming plumbing is easy to access and extend under that floor, MAYBE $1500-2000 range on the VERY low end from a one-man bathroom remodel guy - but I would say count on more like $3000 minimum, and $5,000-10,000 more normal range (excluding really high-end finishes) for conventional tile enclosure one with glass doors. Probably around $6000-8000 would be a "normal" tiled shower cost, including plumbing and such. Sometimes substantially more if concrete floor, especially if structural concrete rather than basement slab.

BTW - if bathroom does not have a bathroom fan now (not always required in some areas for 1/2 baths,though all should have one) don't forget to include that in the scope.

One other thought - if this would form a Tee off the bathroom, rather than an end extension to it, you need special ventilation or you might end up with a mold farm - a Teed-out shower generally needs an overhead or near-overhead ventilation fan (which is actually a good idea for all showers) rather than the usual over-sink one - meaning damp condition wiring and fan unit in that locale for safety and if you expect it to last. Of course, the higher the shower curtain or doors, the more the ventilation situation becomes critical, but even 2 feet clearance over the doors and leaving bypass shower doors parked open (overlapping each other) with normal over-sink fan is NOT adequate to ventilate and dehumidify a shower fast enough to prevent mold, sometimes even in a straight-shot configuration, much less a teed-off one.

You can find a fair number of similar previous questions with answers in the Angies List > Project Cost Info and Home > Plumbing links under Browse Projects, at lower left - though they are basically for add a shower to 1/2 bath or convert tub to shower, not adding one in a closet.

Now - one thing that might scotch this - check your building and zoning code requirements, because most require that every bedroom have a built-in closet (that combined with an egressable window and cewrtain minimum floor size is generally what defines a room as a legal bedroom for tax and real estate listing purposes), and some areas require a hall closet too (if that is what you are backed up against). You do NOT want to downgrade the number of bedroom classification by stealing a bedroom closet for the new shower.

Also, if looking at taking over a hall closet, check what utilities and ducting go up the closet wall - upstairs closets commonly have a lot of electrical runs and fuel fired appliance exhaust ducting, and sometimes HVAC ducting, running in one wall - you generally do not want that in a shower-backed wall, both for moisture risk and with respect to accessibility for repairs.

Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath would be the normal Search the List category for contractors for this - though in many areas you will need an architect's plans to get a building permit, adding probably around $1000-1500 to the project cost, so getting it up closer to the normal "off the cuff" $10,000 plus number for a partial bathroom remodel job.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


BTW - here is an Angies List article on the subject -

And don't assume the wall between bath and closet is non-load bearing - assuming this is a middle-of-house wall (along one side of longitudinal hallway), in some houses that is a load-bearing wall carrying roof framing load. It is feasible to open a shower-wide opening in it, just adds typically $250-750 to the cost for carpentry.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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