We help uncover some of the most common bathroom renovation mistakes that people make when trying to renovate.


10 Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes people make.

Learn about the most common bathroom renovation mistakes we have experienced when renovating houses, apartments or units in Sydney.

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You can avoid making bathroom renovation mistakes with the right preparation. Doing any type of renovation to your home can be an exciting project to undertake and they can transform how you live, add value to your home or give you that indulgent space you always wanted. Here is our advice for people thinking of renovating to ensure you get incredible results that will be high quality and last a lifetime. 



1. Get ideas, be inspired and do your research before you start, not when you are renovating.

Have an idea of what you want before organising bathroom renovation quotations. Pull out pages from bathroom magazines, grab pictures from Instagram or Pinterest, follow bathroom designers or even use websites like Reece. You want a basic idea of the look you want for your new bathroom. 


This might be the start of a project to renovate your entire home so maybe it will kick off the style theme. Or you might be trying to get the bathroom to match the rest of the homes style, either way you want to make sure it flows. You don’t want a bright and bold bathroom when the rest of your house might have an earthy colour scheme. With our experience we have seen first hand what can happen if you aren’t clear about what it is you are after. You won’t even be able to get accurate quotes. It’s important to know what you want prior to starting your renovation as it can be costly to change your mind once work has started.



2. Seek a professional before you buy anything.

There is no point purchasing a bath or vanity prior to having a plan in place. If you are on the second floor of an apartment block how will you know if your new free standing 100kg bath can be placed on the floor without falling through the ceiling? So it’s important to make sure the building, plumbing, electrical and legal aspects are going to be covered before you start buying things.


The biggest thing we see people do is select lots of things which can then crowd the space available in the bathroom, less is more. It’s hard to visualise the glossy showroom pieces that are on display in big showrooms with high ceilings, very few walls, lots of space and nice lighting. Your bathroom will have 4 walls, a low roof etc so sometimes getting too carried away won’t result in the right design to suit your space. 


So have someone do a measure and quote to find out what is going to be suitable as you will be surprised what can be achieved in all room types. 



3. The importance of waterproofing.

We uncover poor waterproofing work all the time, it’s the area you can’t see because it is covered by flooring, tiles and fittings. Waterproofing must be done by a licensed professional and is not one of those DIY areas. One small leak can lead to damage to a building foundation, wall or worse, neighbouring properties. 

A shower could leak and slowly rot the timber in the floor beams, that damp area can attract white ants and then, well, you know the rest, it is a small disaster. Using a reputable bathroom renovation specialist that will do the job from start to finish means everything is managed correctly and you avoid one tradesperson blaming another one. We are a bathroom renovation specialist and use a team of tradesmen who have worked together for years and follow each other seamlessly.



4. Don’t make the bathroom too busy.

Apart from your kitchen, the bathroom is the statement room for any property. You might be tempted to put in a freestanding bath, however, this style of bath does not suit all bathroom spaces or even building types. The same can be said for double vanities. Yes they’re practical, but be sure that your bathroom space can accomodate a larger sized vanity. Having a plan drawn will give you an idea of what size bath and vanity will work best. 


Luckily there are many modern baths and vanities that come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit all bathroom spaces. The more floor space you make visible, the larger the room will feel so design details like wall mount vanities in particular, are a fantastic way to show off more floor space.



5. Have ample storage space.

We’ve all seen the judges on The Block and their most common critique is ‘storage space’ It is so easy to choose slim, sleek pieces for your room and forget about the practicality aspect. So this has to be planned for during your bathroom renovation. Nothing spoils a newly renovated bathroom more than having toiletries sitting all around your sink, bath or shower floor. We have come across lots of storage and space saving ideas. Recessed shaving cabinets are a fantastic way to store toiletries and appear to be a large mirror alone, avoiding crowding the vanity area. Shower niches are innovative way to add a feature to your bathroom and keep your shower toiletries off the floor. The list goes on but again it’s wise to work with an experienced bathroom renovator.



6. Design Vs Plumbing.

It may seem like a great idea to move the location of your bath, shower or toilet, but remember moving these items means relocating the plumbing. It is not anywhere near as easy as moving furniture around. Relocating plumbing is the perfect way to create a more functional bathroom and correct poor design layouts, but you have to weigh up the expense. Relocating bathroom plumbing will add to your bathroom renovation budget. So sometimes a retrofit may make more sense, either way because we are qualified plumbers we can make sure whatever is required can be done.



7. Windows & ventilation.

So many bathrooms still contain a traditional small window to maximise privacy. Although this severely limits the natural light that flows into the bathroom and even more importantly airflow. Having good natural light and airflow within your bathroom reduces mould and can make the room feel larger and more fresh. If your window is small you can expand it in most cases to fit a larger one, as a qualified builder we can help with this. We can also do things like install a skylight or exhaust system fan etc.



8. Colour schemes & styles.

It sounds boring but sometimes sticking with classic themes is the more sensible approach to take long term. A bathroom renovation is a considerable investment that you don’t want to date in just a few years time. Just as fashion trends come and go, so do trends in home decor. Only it’s a lot more expensive to change your bathroom tile colour than it is to change your wardrobe. When deciding your colour scheme and choosing your fittings, stick to classic colour schemes and styles that are timeless such as whites and neutrals. You can always add a particular style or colour with decor and towels to your bathroom and change these to suit the latest trends.



9. Functionality Vs Beauty.

Be sure the items you choose are practical not just beautiful. 


A deep free standing bath is an amazing piece but then it may not be ideal to use for your kids. An incredible pendant light may look stunning in the showroom but will it provide the right light to do your makeup? An above counter basin feels like you are in a hotel, but because they are normally raised they are harder for children to use.



10. Being realistic about your renovating budget.

One if the biggest variables for renovating is the budget and how well it is planned. Nu-Trend can help you to plan your bathroom renovation, here is our guide to bathroom renovation costs in Sydney.

We are often asked if we can renovate a bathroom for $5,000, of course it is possible, but it also means that different choices are made in relation to what gets renovated, materials, time taken and quality of the labour used to complete the job. It is like buying any item, there are always super cheap options, mid-range and high-end – getting a bathroom renovated is a similar scenario.

A high quality vanity unit might cost $1,000 on its own and has beautiful design details, unique materials or finishes. Although you can also get a second hand vanity for $100. So you can see just with one item there is a variable of $900 and there are so many elements needed to finish a bathroom like the toilet, shower, floor tiles, wall tiles, lighting, taps, mixers etc.

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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. 

Here are the most common sales gimmicks you will see and how they work, keep in mind there is a reason most service industries don’t disclose fixed prices.

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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.