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Learn more about Bathroom Renovations: How to Renovate Small Bathrooms

Sydney bathroom renovations for houses, apartments or units.

Nu-Trend Sydney Small Bathroom Renovation in Waverley

Renovating your 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 or second bathrooms.

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. Here are some of our tips for small bathroom renovations;


Install a wall hung vanity unit.

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.


Bathroom mirrors

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.

A bathroom wall niche

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.

Bathtubs & shower recesses

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.

Small bathroom toilet suites

A back to wall close coupled toilet suite blends into the wall perfectly or if the budget allows, an in-wall/ wall hung toilet suite completely hides cistern and plumbing and creates the appearance of more floor space as the toilet is off the floor.

Small bathroom colour tips

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.

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. 

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.