I think a standard Schluter shower kit is around $550 and that gives you the polystyrene tray, the drain and the kerdi for the walls. OK that may be 50% pricier than iof you made the pan yourself, bought the drain, the membrane or something like RedGuard - but it saves you time...and time is the one thing I sell. So, if you take the costs and amortise them over 10 or 20 years, it is worth it.
The trouble with jobs like that is a quick clean-and-seal can quickly become a headache replacement of fallen tiles, so we build that charge into our quotes. Hence $500 starting point.
OK gotcha. I presume that's on the floor under the membrane...
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correct I put down felt paper then built my frame on top.I had to come up some due to moving the drain and busting up the slab was not an option.So a couple inches of gravel tamped down then the sand topping mix,backerboard the walls and self,thinset and tape the seams ,then thinset the membrain throughout the whole thing,rethinset and tiled with natural stone,grouted then sealed it all