He Man has…
…a Steam Shower!
Homeowners renovating their bathrooms should be aware of the latest interior design trends. These trends can help add value to the home bathroom. Recently, bathrooms are becoming more spa-like, which also makes the bathroom more comfortable. The cost of a steam shower may come up, since the installation of steam showers in the bathroom is a current design trend.
The cost of a steam shower varies between custom units and prefabricated units.
Prefabricated Steam Shower Units
These pre-built steam shower units are put together and hooked up to the existing water supply. They are installed by a professional electrician and plumber. The cost of these units varies between $1099 and $4990. This does not include the cost of labor for the installation.
These units are usually all-in-one shower stalls with built-in features. For example, The Ariel SS-902A Steam Shower includes a steam generator, ceiling light, tempered glass enclosure, foot massager, six body massage jets, handheld showerhead and rainfall ceiling shower. It also includes a computer control panel with a timer and a built-in seat.
Ariel SS-902A Steam Shower
Custom Steam Showers
The cost of a custom steam shower depends upon the materials used, the size of the shower and the features included in the project. The larger the shower, the more expensive the project will be, especially if the materials are costly. The cost may vary depending on the other jobs being completed in the renovations. The cost of a custom steam shower varies between $2500 and $6200. (This does not include the cost of the stall and door and the cost of the labor.) To install a custom steam shower, you may need a dealer, tiling contractor and shower-door installer; a plumber and electrician will be required for the job.
The cost of the custom steam shower can also go up if add-on features are included in the project. Examples of these luxury features include a built-in seat, remote control, music, touch screen control, aromatherapy, chromatherapy and lighting.
Other costs to consider for a steam shower include the maintenance of the steam shower throughout its life, and the cost of running the steam shower. As the steam shower endures wear and tear over the year, steam shower parts may need to be repaired and/or replaced. To run the shower, the average cost is 10 to 25 cents per hour due to the electrical components. Note that a steam session uses little water. Taking a steam shower uses less water than a normal shower or a bath. A twenty minute steam session only uses two gallons of water.
The pros and cons of each option should be considered and weighed against the budget for the project. Keep in mind that the prefabricated units are usually less costly.