Choosing the right trades to deliver high quality wall rendering can save money on repainting walls after a renovation


Wall rendering done correctly can save money on repainting

Nu-Trend is renovating a bathroom in Alexandria at the moment and the owner is also getting their kitchen renovated at the same time. Our focus is on the bathroom but the walls are shared between this room we are renovating and the kitchen. Using the Nu-Trend team we prepared the exterior wall rendering to be ready for painting. 



The other renovation company had completed the demolition work in the kitchen and then needed to render the walls. The other company also tried to correct their render patching with top coat plaster that was a completely different textured finish to what was currently there. There was a sand and cement sponge finish that has a gritty rough look when painted but then the acrylic top coat is shiny and smooth with no grain at all.


We had to complete some electrical work which involved chasing and some more wall rendering however the Nu-Trend team was ready for a light sand and paint given the quality of our wall rendering mixture being spot on to match correctly. What the other company decided to do though was a ‘favour’ and go over our wall patches with a top coat plaster that completely ruined our patching work and then entire wall.



How to fix wall rendering not done correctly?

Fixing wall rendering will depend on the size of the wall, the room & how bad the rendering is in the first place. For this renovation project the labour to fix the issue will cost over $2,000 because we will have to re skim coat the entire wall to blend in the rough surface so that when it’s painted it looks like the rest of the house again.

By not ensuring the wall rendering was done correctly it is going to cost more money re-painting the house.


How can this type of situation be avoided?

This is a difficult situation for property owners but it does show that you get what you pay for when you are choosing renovation contractors. So Nu-Trend is typically slightly more expensive than other renovation contractors but it is these little details like wall rendering during a renovation project that we pay attention to so that you get a high quality finish.


Nu-Trend only works with selected trades that we believe are the best in Sydney for things like tiling, painting, rendering.


This avoids renovation problems for any project.

Poor quality wall rendering

What is wall rendering?

Wall rendering is typically the process of adhering a mixture of wet cement and sand to a wall with a trowel. Rendering gives the wall a solid cement look and can be used to cover up the existing wall material. In most cases people know wall rendering when it is used on external surfaces.. The basic difference between plastering and rendering is that plastering is carried out on interior surfaces while rendering is undertaken on exterior house surfaces. The difference between plastering and rendering comes down to the combination and type of materials that are used.

For interior surfaces, wall rendering is done to smooth over various surfaces or wall materials to get it ready for painting.

Quality wall rendering can save money on painting photo
Quality wall rendering can save money on painting photo

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 Sydney 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.

No sales tricks, guaranteed.

'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.