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Breakdown the Costs: What an In-Home Spa Will Cost You Over Time


Are you a homeowner who experienced steaming at your local gym or resort and now would love to install a steam shower at home? Maybe you feel hesitant about the potential cost of creating your own in-home spa, concerned about the amount you’d need to spend to install this amenity. What you may not be factoring in to this equation are the savings that a home spa can provide. Installation may cost less than you think, while the potential health benefits and increase in your home’s resale value are big considerations as well.

Let’s explore what an in-home spa will cost you over time. Steam shower costs can be broken down into an initial, upfront installation budget, the cost of maintaining the equipment, and the energy expended.

Variable factors in in-home installation

The variables of any in-home steam shower investment include:

  • The size of the shower stall. The larger the area, the more powerful a steam generator is required – as well as the cost of additional materials to construct it.
  • The type of material you choose. This ultimately depends on your personal aesthetic, but you do have to consider certain physical properties, addressing these by selecting the right-sized generator. The more porous a material, such as marble, shale, granite, glass block, or concrete, the more quickly it dissipates heat. If you choose marble or stone for your steam shower, you’ll need to select a more powerful generator to compensate for the more rapid heat loss. But if you choose nonporous materials like ceramic, porcelain or acrylic, you will retain heat in the shower, and a smaller generator will be adequate.
  • The sophistication of the controls chosen – which range from simpler models to ones that include personalization and other enhanced options. The blog post Which MrSteam SteamShower Control Is Right for You? allows you to explore the differences and choose the right level of control for your personal needs.
  • Additional therapies, such as AromaTherapy, MusicTherapy, and ChromaTherapy, as well as such add-ons as in-shower seats, in-shower lighting, towel warmers, and more.

In addition, professional construction costs vary based on the area in the country in which you live. See “Here Are the Best and Worst States to Build Your Home, Study Finds” to get a sense of the range of home building costs, which you can extrapolate into your bathroom new construction or renovation project.

Two Unique projects

Let’s talk numbers by comparing these MrSteam projects. Note that these figures are based on mid-range to high-end finishes, tile, and flooring.

Project 1

Taking a standard shower to a steam shower, with space dimensions of 5’6” wide x 3’6” deep x 8’ high, required the following material and labor costs:

 Feature/Labor

Project Need

Estimated Cost or List price

30% more tile

Material, waterproofing, and installation

$420.00

Glass and shower door

Extending the door to the ceiling, with increased size of materials, and installation

$400.00

Professional labor

Plumbing, electrical, steam shower system, tile installation

$1,000.00

Steam shower system features - list prices

MS 425 Generator, iSteam3 Control, Aroma Glass SteamHead, AutoFlush, Condensation Pan, SteamLinx Mobile App

$4,775.00

Total estimated cost

 

$6,595.00

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Comparing the estimated costs to remodel this 120-square-foot bathroom with and without a steam shower, we find the difference in expense is relatively modest: 

Without a steam shower

$24,000.00

With a steam shower

$30,595.00

Additional investment

25%

 

Project 2

This next project takes a room with a standard tub and shower to a tub with a steam shower. The total dimensions are 5’6” wide x 3’ deep x 8’ high.

Feature/Labor

Project Need

Estimated Cost or List price

21% more tile

Material, waterproofing, and installation

$320.00

Glass and shower door

Materials and installation

$1,100.00

Professional labor

Plumbing, electrical, steam shower system, tile installation

$1,000.00

Steam shower system features - list prices

MS 225 Generator, AirTempo Wireless Control, Aroma Glass SteamHead, AutoFlush, Condensation Pan, SteamLinx Mobile App, Folding Shower Seat

$5,125.00

Total estimated costs

 

$7,445.00

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If we compare the estimated costs to remodel this bathroom with and without a steam tub/shower, once again we come up with a modest increase in costs:

Without a steam shower

$30,000.00

With a steam shower

$37,445.00

Additional investment

25%

In other words, for a mere 25% investment, you can have an in-home spa installed that gives you and your family hours of health and wellness. 

Ongoing maintenance

Of course, once your steam shower is installed, you should factor in what it will cost to maintain. It’s reassuring to know that all MrSteam generators, controls, and accessories come with a limited lifetime warranty, allowing for free service for two years after purchase. Generators also include free parts for a lifetime. Do make sure to register for your warranty and check the individual agreements for the specific conditions under which your warranty applies.

In addition, there are specific steps you can take to minimize the need for maintenance, as spelled out in the Top 3 Steam Shower Generator Maintenance Tips from MrSteam. Visit the blog post to learn more, but in short, these three tips include:

  • Installing an AutoFlush system
  • Adding a water softener system to your home
  • Performing a manual cleaning of your steam room generator every few years

These three steps will minimize the need to call in a professional to maintain your system.

Energy costs

You may be surprised to learn that energy usage for a MrSteam steam shower is typically less than $1 for an average steam shower session. To produce the steam needed for a typical 20-minute steam bathing session, a home steam generator only needs to heat two gallons of water—much less water than you use in a bath or shower! A week’s worth of steam sessions uses only 14 gallons of water.  This makes a steam shower more of a savings than an expense!

Health and wellness savings

Now consider the health and wellness savings of a home spa – which can help you reduce your medical costs, a steeply rising expense for most Americans. By investing in a residential steam shower, you may realize the following benefits:

  • Relieves stress and promotes deep, restful sleep. Both can have long-term effects on your physical and mental health.
  • Relieves congestion, allergy symptoms, and arthritis, which may save on pharmaceutical and medical expenses.
  • Cleanses the skin, reducing the need for cosmetic and dermatological treatments.
  • Enhances athletic performance and burns calories, which can help you attain and maintain physical well-being.

A full list of the benefits of steam bathing can be found at the 40+ Benefits of Steam. While these benefits may not translate directly into dollar savings, they not only enhance your well-being, but may save on healthcare and other expenses over time.

Home resale value

One more consideration in making the decision to invest in a home spa is the net gain when you come to sell your home. According to Zillow, installing a steam shower in the home could earn you a 29% higher sale price than listings without it.

You gain more than you spend…

Clearly, a home steam shower is an affordable option that costs less than you’d expect – and saves you in energy costs, long-term health, and as an overall lifestyle change that enhances the well-being of both you and your family. This is one investment that you’ll be glad you made every day that you use your home spa!

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Topics: Benefits of Steam, Bathroom Remodel, Installation & Maintenance

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