Cost to Build a Glass Block Wall – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 638

$ 375

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 76% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Build a Glass Block Wall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much is a glass block wall? A contractor charges $638 to build a glass block wall or do it yourself for $378 and save 27 percent.

Dividing a room with glass block provides privacy and brings light and visual interest to the space, to say nothing of its high-tech look and appeal. No longer reserved exclusively for designers and contractors, newer acrylic glass block systems are well suited for do-it-yourselfers to install. The versatility of this material is limited only by your imagination. Use a glass block wall to separate a tub or shower in a bathroom. In a kitchen with an outside wall, use it as a backsplash to bring lightness into the room. Or use it to define the space in a front entry.

A contractor will charge $638 to build a curved glass block walk-in a shower wall enclosure approximately 4-feet-by-6-feet. This includes labor and materials. You can buy the materials for $378 and build it yourself and save 27 percent. The materials include glass blocks, caps, and corner blocks, spacers, mortar, anchor panels and expansion and reinforcing strips. It will cost more to hire a plumber to install a new shower valve or move an existing one, and to install the shower pan.

To plan the project, take a rough estimate of the dimensions of the wall or partition you want to build. Then make a scouting trip to a home center, where the systems are sold and pick up a brochure to help determine the materials you’ll need.

Watch a video from Inovate Building Solutions about Glass Block Designs for Shower, Walls and Windows.

Tip: When planning a large wall partition, remember that glass blocks are heavy. Check with your local building department to make sure the floor can support the extra weight.

Now you know the average cost to build a glass block wall, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor.

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.