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Learn more about Bathroom Renovations: How Should You Renovate Your Ensuite Bathroom?

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In the old days most Sydney homes just had one bathroom. Thankfully with improved floor plan designs and new building ideas lots of homes have a main bathroom and then an ensuite to the master bedroom. An ensuite bathroom can do a few things it can satisfy the need for an extra bathroom, but can also be a place of luxury when connected to the master bedroom. The ensuite, with careful design planning, can become a sanctuary that you can escape to after long, hard day or a very practical way to add value to your home.

Some ensuite bathrooms make be like a small room but large enough to have a bath, shower as well as vanities. Here are some suggestions for renovating your ensuite; 


Try and use wall mounted vanities rather than pedestal basins. You can get these in a range of smaller and slim line styles that can provide an valuable storage space. Although the trick here is that they are wall hung so it shows off more floor space that will make it feel like the room is larger than it really is.

Mirrored Wall Cabinets

All bathrooms require a mirror. Using a large mirrored wall cabinet that is recessed into the wall can create more storage space within the ensuite, the large mirror makes the room appear larger by reflecting light into the room. The effect of this item being recessed into the wall cavity creates a contemporary addition to your bathroom.

Cavity Sliding Doors

For an ensuite that is particularly small, the use of a cavity sliding door allows more space for the placement of other items as you don’t need to worry about the arc of an opening door. A sliding door can also be designed in a way that conceals the ensuite in the room. So it saves space and adds a design element.


Be sure to incorporate a shower niche within the shower recess. Using a niche avoids the need for protruding shelves thus allowing more room when showering. Shower niches avoid the typical bumps and scrapes that incur on shower shelving. These niches can in addition become a feature when tiled with a contrasting tile adding to the decor of the ensuite. A niche can be incorporated in any wall within the ensuite and used as shelving or purely for a decorative effect with contrast tile and down light.

Colour Scheme

The colour scheme should match the main bedroom to give the ensuite and main bedroom a continuous flow, unifying the two rooms. Using white or light coloured neutrals for the wall tiles within the ensuite, particularly if the area is small, will make it feel larger. In very small ensuite bathrooms, an entire feature wall could be overpowering and a feature floor tile may be a better option to add character and design to the bathroom. Should the main bedroom have a darker coloured scheme, this can be incorporated into the ensuite by using a darker contrast tile feature whether it be wall or floor, tiled niche or towels.


Using larger tiles on the floor makes a small room appear larger and tiling the walls to ceiling height will draw the eye up and add to the feeling of space.


Whilst it is important to have good lighting within the bathroom for shaving and makeup application, the addition a softer type lighting is useful in the ensuite for use in the late hours at night and the early hours of the morning, to avoid disturbing the sleeping partner in the main bedroom. Having lights on a dimmer or using under cabinet lighting on the vanity are perfect lighting ideas to incorporate when renovating your ensuite. Under cabinet lighting can be triggered by a sensor to turn on with movement and a timer to turn off automatically. This type of lighting is not only a perfect addition in a practical sense, but also adds a beautiful spa type effect to the bathroom.

Light/ fan/ heater

Be sure to include a 3 in 1 light/ fan/ heater unit. There are more contemporary options for these units available in store to suit all styles of bathrooms. These units not only save space but keep you warm in winter and help avoid mould by extracting moisture from the air. Typically an ensuite may not have a window so ventilation is critical.


If your ensuite area is large enough a bath can add value to your home while also creating a private area in which you can relax after a long hard day without the worry of someone else needing to use the bathroom. Freestanding baths now come in a range of smaller type sizes that are perfect for an ensuite area and built in baths can easily be incorporated into smaller sized bathrooms, like a mini day-spa. 

Toilet Suites

Using an in-wall cistern or back to wall, close coupled toilet suite can create a clean, sleek modern appearance but also add to the appearance of space by exposing more of the floor

Mixer Taps

Using mixer taps are not only ergonomically convenient and give a more modern appearance but also reduce the visual clutter in the room to give it a feeling of more space.

Other Considerations

An ensuites can be noisy; flushing, showering and exhaust fans can create unwanted noise that can be heard in the adjoining bedroom. Consider choosing an ultra quite toilet cistern with direct odour extraction as an added benefit. Sound proofing the walls with insulation between the two rooms can also help with blocking noise.

Years of experience

Nu-Trend since 2009

Nu-Trend was formed just over 10 years ago by father and son team, Rick and Michael Karagiannis.

Michael has been in the industry for more than 20 years, passing his knowledge and expertise to Rick as the family tradition lives on.

Rick has always enjoyed the finer elements design details. Not content with solving plumbing problems he soon broadened his skills to also do bathroom renovations in Sydney. A perfect match with hundreds of reviews later & beautiful bathrooms being enjoyed by hundreds of people.


Rick from Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom Renovations

The passionate business owner who loves his job, always goes the extra mile & who many say “is too good for the industry”

Rick dislikes the typical industry behaviour and firmly believes in ‘no gimmicks’ and upfront, honest work.

  • Position: Director
  • Years in the industry: 15
  • Expertise / specialty: A hands-on Director and business owner who provides leadership for the team.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber, Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? I love helping people when someone wants something and we achieve what they are after it’s rewarding for me.
  • Funniest on the job story: Doing a job on a live sewer stack and someone flushing the toilet while we were underneath. It was quite brown, but you had to laugh.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Caroma Products


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Robert is the co-owner of Nu-Trend who loves walking into different scenarios every day & trying to solve problems quickly. 

He is the organiser in the team, keeping the boys on track each day. Some dub him the ‘pretty face’ of Nu-Trend. 

  • Position: Director
  • Years in industry: 14
  • Expertise / specialty: Quoting, team organisation and logistics to keep everything running smoothly.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber and Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? Doing something different every day and working with really good people to solve a range of everyday problems.
  • Funniest on the job story: Pranking the boys with fake emails or calls and waiting to see their reactions. Funny at times but a good way to practice real situations.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products


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Chris joined Rick and Robert a few years ago as the number of jobs and bathroom renovations began to increase.

Ever reliable Chris gets stuck in when the hard work is required and provides the Nu-Trend team with a lot of the hard yakka.

  • Position: Plumber
  • Years in industry: 6
  • Expertise / specialty: Maintenance and domestic plumbing for houses or unit apartment blocks.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber with aspirations to learn about renovations.
  • What he loves about his work?  Seeing Nu-Trend customers satisfied after a completed job where they notice the little details or finishing touches.
  • Funniest on the job story: Too many to list and he has been thinking about writing a book about funny plumber stories for everyone to read about.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products

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Rick and Rob are the hands-on directors for Nu-Trend. Rather than hire sub-contractors and manage their business from a distant office, they are on the tools, at your site & working towards delivering your bathroom renovation or plumbing service. It means you are talking directly to the owners of the business, the guys who are accountable and responsible rather than via email or through customer service teams.

It is why they are able to provide a written guarantee that demonstrates their confidence in standing by the quality of their workmanship and the service they deliver to every single client.

They have a very single minded commitment to deliver a high level of professionalism and quality, they’ve been doing renovation contracting in Sydney for 15+ years.

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'No Gimmicks' that's our policy

With so many years in the trade, the Nu-Trend team has seen their fair share of sales tricks, special offers, promotions and other gimmicks to secure business. Rather than copy what everyone else is doing they decided a long time ago to avoid all the typical gimmicks and stick to clear, upfront information and pricing, including the provision of free Quotes. 

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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.