You can turn the dream of having your own personal day spa into a reality with the right choices being made for your renovation


How can you create a spa inspired bathroom renovation in Sydney?

Creating a spa inspired bathroom renovation for a house, unit or apartment is absolutely possible with the right planning and preparation.

5 Bathroom Renovation Trends in 2020 the Day Spa Inspired Look

Spa Inspired Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom renovations give you the opportunity to re-create either a super functional room or if you renovation budget allows, replicate ideas from luxury hotels or day spas so you can enjoy something similar in your own home. We’ve all experienced that feeling of being spoilt after a trip to a day spa to help unwind and de-stress. 


Although visiting a spa every week is expensive and not super practical, especially for families who are busy keeping up with life. Plus who wants to go through that whole process of being half naked walking around with other strangers who have just used the same bath, shower or steam room?


It’s possible to replicate this feeling of pampering in the comfort of our very own home. Creating your own luxury spa bathroom allows you to indulge in the privacy of your own home for a fraction of the cost, plus it can add value to your home, so it is a double win situation. 


It is quite simple to create the “Spa” look for your bathroom renovation project. When adding luxury like this to your home, the bathroom should not be overlooked, so if you are considering renovating your bathroom, we have included some ideas to consider when planning your new bathroom;



Bathroom Clutter

It’s amazing how much we can hoard in our bathroom vanities. Do a clean out and throw away all products that are out of date or those you haven’t used for a year. This allows room for you to now have a clean vanity top and perhaps even space for the kids bath toys. This will give you a clean and more relaxing space to unwind. When renovating the bathroom, one way to avoid clutter is to ensure ample storage is made available and where possible concealed units for a sleek, clean look. 

Another idea is to select for vanities with deep drawers that keep everything easy to see and in easy reach. Consider a mirrored wall cabinet for extra storage space that is at face level. These mirrored wall cabinets are ideal for smaller items and are also perfect to store medicines out of reach of children.




All spa’s use natural smells to create a calming effect. Using essential oils in your bath or shower soap will not only relax you but will create a natural perfume. Consider using reed diffusers in your favourite scent to have your bathroom smelling fresh every day of the week.




The use of candles in the bathroom gives it a relaxing ambience. When we think of a relaxing bath, candles always come to mind. Candles can also be scented to help transform you to a relaxing place, think lavender, sandalwood and lemongrass. Even if your bathroom does not contain a bath, the use of candles whilst showering is just as relaxing. Incorporating a niche or shelving in the bathroom provides the perfect spot for a candle and even that glass of wine.



Flowers & Plants

All commercial spa’s have beautiful plants or flowers. Adding a plant or plants to your bathroom will brighten it up, it also helps to freshen the are a little too. If living plants are not your “thing” or if the natural lighting is not suited to a living plant, be sure to add a vase of fresh or imitation flowers to add to the decor of your bathroom.




Indulge in fluffy cotton towels and a soft fluffy bath mat to sink your feet into after bathing.




Create a playlist of your most relaxing music and play it through a portable, waterproof speaker. The music will not only relax you, but will drown out any noise from outside your little sanctuary and allow you to truly relax. There are so many bluetooth speakers available these days that are waterproof so there’s no excuse really, even the latest phones from Samsung and Apple are splashproof so its an easy way to get your favourite playlist pumping from Spotify.



If there is only one bathroom in the house, plan to have a separate toilet. If you are trying to create a spa bathroom then when you renovate you want to make sure the toilet can be separate so there are no interruptions when other people want to use the toilet.


Heated Flooring

Heated flooring is the ultimate in indulgence. If you are considering renovating your bathroom, be sure to take advantage of heated flooring. It not only keeps your toes warm, one of the great advantages of floor heating in bathrooms is that heat is not lost in the exhaust air making it a good heating source. Complete with thermostat and timer, floor heating will keep you warm and toasty from top to toe, ensuring you can enjoy your bathroom spa in winter and summer.



Heated Towel Rails

Soft, fluffy cotton towels are even better when they’re warm. A heated towel rail will ensure your bath towel is dry, warm and toasty every time you reach for it. Perfect for the spa effect.


Wall niches

We think of niches as the ultimate practical addition for any bathroom. A niche can hold your candles or your favourite decor and gives the bathroom a beautiful feature like those in a commercial spa. Not only are they a stunning feature, they can be practical as a shelf within the shower recess or above the vanity storing shampoos, conditioners and other daily used toiletries avoiding the need for shelves or using those plastic bits to hang off the shower head that can lead to damage long term.




Just as candles give the bathroom a certain ambience, under cabinet lighting or having a down light installed in your niche or LED strip lighting are all fantastic ways to give your bathroom a more relaxing style of lighting. There are even vanity mirrors that have mood lights added to them to create a soft glow in the room.




If there is room, take advantage of extending your shower space. Consider creating a double shower or two person shower. Most importantly consider what shower rose you should choose. Many shower roses offer a “Rainfall” shower head and also include an adjustable hand held shower rose. If a relaxing massage is what you prefer, many shower roses offer the option of changing the shower pressure with several settings to give an effective massage effect.




Nothing looks quite as inviting and is as relaxing as a free standing bath. Free standing baths now come in many different shapes and sizes, to suite any bathroom. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary feel or a more traditional type claw bath we can help design your bathroom layout to give a luxurious bath enough space to be usable but to also make it a statement piece in the room.



Indoor / outdoor areas

Some properties may have the space to be able to create an indoor / outdoor area by installing either bi-fold doors, louvre windows or even a sliding door where you can open the room up to the world outside. You can bring nature in which could be perfect in summer but also make the bathroom feel larger. It also becomes a huge statement if you decide to sell your property, an indulgent bathroom with wow factor.

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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Nu-Trend is a renovations company in Sydney that is available 7 days a week. With 15 years experience, the Directors Rob and Rick are hands-on, and provide a personalised service that is fully licensed, insured and qualified.

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All the work carried out by Nu-Trend is AS/NZ3500:2018 compliant. It is the Australian Standard for Plumbing and Drainage in NSW as set down by Standards Australia and the Australian Building Codes Board. They give the plumbing industry technical direction to enable compliance with required regulatory frameworks.

15 years experience with a written commitment.

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.