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How to renovate a small bathroom in Sydney

Small bathrooms are tricky to renovate with their confined space. Although here are some ideas that will inspire you


The secrets to renovating a small bathroom in Sydney

Nu Trend Sydney Bathroom Renovation in Waverly

Renovating a small bathroom is one of the best ways to add value to your home but it can be a challenge if you don’t have a lot of space to work with. Small bathroom renovations have become very common in Sydney as there are more units being built or houses with ensuites, second bathrooms or even converting a bedroom into a bathroom.


It is possible to actually create a small bathroom by moving or adjusting existing floor layouts and being clever with space. Obviously not all properties have large bathroom spaces and many have just one bathroom with a separate toilet or even shower/bath combination units. 


These days there are lots more options available to homeowners to renovate their smaller sized bathrooms without having to forgo a bath, separate shower recess or spacious vanity. With today’s options and some careful planning, homeowners can have what they want in a bathroom with the modern look they desire whilst still creating the illusion of space. 

Examples of small bathroom layouts

Renovating a small bathroom is one of the best ways to add value to your home but it can be a challenge if you don’t have a lot of space to work with. Small bathroom renovations have become very common in Sydney as there are more units being built or houses with ensuites, second bathrooms or even converting a bedroom into a bathroom.

A wall hung vanity creates the illusion of space by showing off more floor area. This works exceptionally well with the use of larger type floor tiles.

The options for wall hung vanities are seemingly endless today; single bowl, double bowl, drawers only or a combination of cupboards and drawers.

Large drawers are perfect for keeping makeup and toiletries neat and tidy as they simply pull out and your selection awaits, avoiding having to rummage to the back of the cupboard to get to what you want.

Depending on your taste, you can choose a bold colour vanity to stand out and be the feature of the bathroom or choose a white or more neutral colour to blend into the wall tiles.

Mirrors have long been used to create the illusion of a larger area. A mirror is a necessity for any bathroom, though by using a large, strategically placed mirror can double the space of the room.

Vertical mirrors create an illusion of height, whereas horizontal create the illusion of width.

Though a large mirror is a fantastic way to add the illusion of space, it must be also practical and set at a height that all family members can use comfortably.

Recessed mirrored shaving cabinets offer not only a large mirror but also the addition of extra storage space for your toiletries. These shaving cabinets are recessed into the wall to appear to be a mirror only.

Niches are the perfect way to effectively use wall space without cluttering with protruding shelves. They can be tiled with the same size and coloured wall tiles to blend into the wall space or they can be tiled with a contrast tile and be lit with a down light or strip light to create an amazing feature.

Used in the shower they avoid scrapes and head bumps on protruding shelves and footrests. Used above a bath, lit with a light (LED or downright) and a simple candle, they become a feature.

Opting for either a built in bath or a free standing bath is a choice best made along with the advice from your renovator. Both types of baths come in many different sizes and a shower recess can be created to suit your area and your preferences. Some prefer a larger shower and smaller bath, others a small shower and a larger bath.

Where your plumbing is currently, whether you have the budget to move it should need be and placement of toilet, shower and vanity all needs to be taken into consideration.

Whites and lighter colour neutrals are the best for smaller type spaces. Darker colours can make a room appear smaller.

That doesn’t mean however you have to forego a bit of bold if that’s your style.

A bold coloured vanity, a contrast colour tiled niche or a single feature wall, all create a stunning finish. Speak with your renovator about options.

If you are lucky enough you will have a window in your bathroom or the ability to add a skylight. This will immediately make the room feel larger as it is filled with natural light. 

If you can’t do that, then placing a full glass shower screen correctly in the room can let light fill the room and because you can see the walls, help make the room feel larger.

Using floor and wall tiles that are the same colour and in a large format can help your room feel larger. With no visual breaks it creates a seamless view of one colour and texture. If your cabinets are wall hung you can see to the corners of the room which can also make it feel larger.

Read our story about hiding your laundry in your bathroom. It is very possible to hide a washing machine to make more usable space in other parts of your home.

Here are some of our recent bathroom renovations in Sydney that Nu-Trend has completed. The majority of the projects we are contracted for are complete bathroom renovations where the room is completely stripped so that the flooring, walls, tiling and waterproofing is installed brand new.

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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.

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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.

Rick Karagiannis - Licensed Plumber & Bathroom Renovator
Rick Karagiannis - Licensed 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.

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