Can you convert a room into a new bathroom?

If you have a spare room in the house or you want to change your floor plan it is possible to convert those rooms into a bathroom

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Converting a room into a new bathroom

Nu Trend Sydney renovation using master bathroom interior design measurements by ThinkDzine

The most cost effective way to increase the value and usability of your home is to convert existing rooms and renovate them to be used for other purposes.

If you don’t want to extend your house or add a second storey to create extra rooms, then converting an existing storage cupboard, powder room, small bedroom or even a laundry can help you change your floor plan to create a new bathroom in the property.

Depending on the type of house, unit or apartment there will be different requirements to convert a room to be used as a bathroom, especially relating to changing the walls which might require a builder to ensure everything is correctly engineered.  

If you engage with a builder & an interior designer they can create accurate plans, measurements & a new floor plan design that can be used to renovate the newly created room so it can be used as a bathroom.

Taking this approach to bathroom renovating your home means you are using your existing space but for a different purpose or function. It creates opportunities to have a new bathroom ensuite or even a master bathroom.

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Converting a room into a  bathroom can cost between $5,000 to $50,000 inc gst on average. The reason for this wide variance is because you have to consider lots of different factors;

  • What products will be used e.g a $500 bath or a $5,000 bath
  • What tiling e.g basic white tiles or marble
  • Is building structural work required to re-enforce load bearing walls?
  • Will an interior designer be used?
  • How large will the new bathroom be?
  • What style of lighting will be used?

 

So very quickly you can see the cost is hard to judge based on a standard question because there are so many variables to consider.

It is possible to get a quotation to convert your room into a bathroom

If you are thinking about converting a room into a bathroom you may require planning permission depending on the type of building it is, if walls or structural elements are getting changed or if you live in a heritage listed area.

Every scenario will be different so for example;

  • You may need permission from strata to make changes to a unit or apartment.
  • Your house might be a heritage listed property and may need a Heritage Impact Statement from a consultant

It is always wise to check with your local council to ensure any work being done is going to be compliant with local laws and regulations.

Converting a bedroom into a bathroom can be worth doing if it means you improve the overall practicality of the property. You might have a four bedroom house that only has one bathroom, so converting one of the bedrooms into a bathroom or adding an ensuite to the main bedroom would make sense.

The extra bathroom makes it a more liveable space & can add value when it comes time to sell.

Converting a bedroom might be relatively easy if the wall that it shares is next to a laundry or powder room, it becomes a room extension that can be done relatively easily in most cases.

Technically it is possible to add a bathroom anywhere in a house – it just all comes down to the time, work and budget available. In many cases you might be limited due to the plumbing location for water and waste services. In other situations the load bearing walls might make it cost prohibitive to work with.

The considerations have to be given to plumbing, electrical & location of existing services. Trying to add a bathroom in a property on a concrete slab will be more difficult than one that is raised on timber bearers for example.

Absolutely, Nu-Trend  specialises in helping people convert their laundry room into a bathroom in Sydney.

Converting a laundry into a bathroom can be very straight forward sometimes because the room is already treated as a ‘wet area’ in the property. Many people will use this space to create a more functional room and have a combined toilet and laundry.

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Absolutely, Nu-Trend  specialises in helping people convert small powder rooms or tiny bathrooms into new  bathrooms in Sydney.

If there is an existing powder room or small bathroom in the house you can make it larger and turn it into a new bathroom. In most cases it will involve removing a wall to make the space larger, then re-constructing a new bathroom with waterproofing, plumbing, new tiling and products like bath, shower or sink

Nu-Trend has renovated lots of properties and we have lots of experience working with terrace houses, apartments & units in the local area. Our scope of work for room conversions will look like this usually;

  • Strip and demolition of the existing room & removing all the rubbish.
  • Re-instate plumbing hot and cold water with new plumbing layout.
  • Waterproofing and certification processes.
  • Prime and waterproof bathroom with waterproofing to be applied below and under the screed
  • Re-screed, sand and cement the new floo
  • Tile all the walls and floors
  • Grout all the floors and walls
  • Paint the ceiling
  • Fit off the items such as taps, accessories, pc fixtures, mirror etc.
  • Test and commission
  • Do a professional industrial clean the room at completion.
 

 

Nu-Trend can provide a quotation for the estimated cost to convert your room into a bathroom & this will usually include an on-site inspection. The information you need to provide includes;

  • Shape and size of the room to be converted.
  • Clarification if walls need to be moved or changed.
  • What needs to go into the new bathroom.
  • What products need to be supplied
 

Converting a garage to have a bathroom

A lot of homes will have a stand alone garage or a garage storage room attached to the house. For many properties the plumbing might be running under this section of the home which makes it possible to convert part of the garage space into a bathroom.

This can be a great way to add a bathroom to the house that can be used by guests if you are entertaining in the back yard or after doing the gardening.

For some garage rooms if you then add insulation and a false wall you can create simple accomodation facilities as well.

Powder room & bathroom renovation examples

In many homes there is a powder room and it got its name because in most cases this tiny bathroom was just used by people visiting so they could freshen up & re-apply their makeup. Over the years the use of a powder room has evolved and for many houses, especially two storey homes, the powder room is similar to a guest bathroom where it has a toilet, sink, mirror & maybe even a small shower.

 

It is possible to renovate a powder room so that it becomes an extra small bathroom in the house. Using clever design it is possible to have a shower, bath, sink & toilet in a powder room. Using the right selection of fixtures, fittings and slimline products can make it possible for a small 2 x 3 powder room to be transformed. Clever choices can lead to an impactful looking design even if the room is small in size.

 

Sometimes the powder room is next to the storage cupboard under the stairwell, this space can be combined to make a larger space to renovate with & if this shares a room with a laundry you can even create a combined laundry & bathroom very easily. 

 

In some situations you might want to add a powder room so that here is a second or third toilet, sink and mirror for people to use. This is most common when people enjoy entertaining or maybe even rent a bedroom on Airbnb. It is the perfect way to make sure people aren’t waiting to use the bathroom while adding more functionality to the home. 

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.