Nu-Trend is a modern small bathroom renovation contractor in Sydney for residential or commercial properties.

Small bathroom renovation contractor in Sydney.

A renovation company in Sydney.

Nu-Trend is a qualified bathroom renovator in Sydney that has a hands-on approach to modern small bathroom renovations. Sometimes size does matter and we love working with small spaces as they are very common in Sydney with more people living in units.

Do you remember the ‘old days’ when personal service was the norm? That is how Rick and Rob treat each client when it comes to bathroom, laundry, toilet or shower renovation projects in Sydney.

You deal directly with the owners of the business who have more than 10 years experience, over 100 written reviews and provide a written guarantee without any sales gimmicks.

They have a very single minded commitment to deliver a high level of professionalism and quality. To achieve this they use industry leading brands to create modern bathroom remodels for an apartment, house or small business. 


Renovating a small bathroom, the new norm.


In Sydney more people live in units, apartments or townhouses as our preferences change due to convenience, location and proximity to public transport.


In the 2016 Census of Population and Housing it was reported that 10% (2,348,434) of all people in Australia were in an apartment that night. That is roughly 20% vs people living in houses compared to about 14% in 1991. Fast forward to 2020 and we know from just driving around to our new projects that figure would be higher with all the unit developments that have gone up in Sydney.


It means most people are living in smaller homes with New South Wales having the highest proportion of apartments relative to all occupied private dwellings (at 21%). That works out to be about 1 million people in Sydney who have a small bathroom.

Small bathroom renovation ideas

Small bathroom renovation average costs?

The average cost of a small bathroom renovation remodel in Sydney for a room that is up to 5m square will vary from around $21,000 to $57,000 depending on the quality of fixtures and fittings used. Read our Sydney Bathroom Renovation Costs guide for more details. 


There are lots of choices and clever design ideas that can be implemented in small spaces if the right choices and preparation is put in place, for example it is even possible to create a small bathroom with a freestanding bath.


Nu-Trend is a Sydney renovation contractor that has built up a wealth of knowledge working in small rooms to do renovations in houses, unit blocks or apartment buildings. We have lots of experience renovating in tall building blocks where it is important to have the work done to a high standard to avoid complications with adjoining dwellings. That is why we are licensed, qualified and insured renovators with HIA Home Owners Insurance

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Drainer | gas fitter | plumber | renovator

Nu-Trend is a Sydney company with more than 15 years experience completing bathroom renovations & solving plumbing problems. he Directors Rob and Rick are hands-on, and provide a personalised service.


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.

Our point of difference

It's all in the little details

Rick and Rob are involved with every step of each bathroom renovation they are contracted for. Nu-Trend is a Sydney bathroom renovation company that delivers a personal touch and concierge-like service. With so many years of experience they have encountered all the common bathroom renovation scenarios and developed a keen level of expertise to solve practically any situation. 

Although, it’s the little things they do that can make all the difference to a delivering a high quality renovation project efficiently, quickly and with little disruption to your daily life.

Property protection

We will make sure your property is protected with coverings from entrance to project site, even furniture to protect from dust or dirt.

Organised & prepared

All of Nu-Trend's equipment and tools are labelled, sorted and organised to deliver a quick, efficient and precise service each time.

Daily Updates

At the end of each day we will provide an update on the progress of your renovation project. This ensures you know exactly what is happening at each step.

Tidy work site

If we need to leave the site at the end of a working day we make sure it is tidy, organised & everything in place to minimise disruption.
...I can’t recommend the Nu-Trend strongly enough, they are professional, tidy, prompt and polite, and above all excellent renovation craftsman...

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.

Small bathroom renovation steps.

What do we include in our renovations?

Our most common question is ‘what are the small bathroom renovation steps‘ or ‘how long does a small bathroom renovation take‘ and our response is ‘we’ll take care of everything for you‘ to make things as easy and seamless as possible for your project. We work with you each step of the way, which can even include sourcing and selecting products.

  • Planning, layout and design.
  • Selecting a bath type e.g free standing, insert bath etc.
  • Choosing fixtures and fittings.
  • If needed, choosing wall tiles, lighting and flooring
  • Deciding on using existing or installing new bath plumbing.

Having a small bathroom doesn’t mean it can’t be modern, practical or stylish. The lack of space shouldn’t deter anyone from considering renovating it. We find that in many cases a modern approach can create a very spacious, open feeling even in a small room.


Typically, small bathrooms are maybe the second or third one in a house or the main bathroom or ensuite for a unit, apartment or townhouse. We find that most people will do small bathroom renovations for;

  • Giving their old unit a fresh new look.
  • To give a small bathroom more light and space.
  • To take space from adjoining hallway cupboards or a laundry.
  • To upgrade a bedroom to have a private ensuite.


Nu-Trend can help with renovating small bathrooms in Sydney for a single or multi-storey house, unit, townhouse or apartment. Our team can assist you to planning the steps and working through the choices available to meet the brief for the room. These types of renovations could use existing walls etc or be a complete strip back. 


Our team can manage each step of the process for you from removing everything, sourcing the new products to all the finishing touches like painting, electricals and installation of vanity, basin, bath, shower and/or toilet depending on what is required.

How we do renovate small bathrooms?

What types of renovation projects can we work on?

We quite often get asked if we can do different types of renovation projects where there are other parties involved or to accomodate a certain situation. Nu-Trend is a local Sydney renovation company so you get to talk to Rick or Rob who are the owners. Nu-Trend does everything bespoke and personalised to suit you or your project.

  • Working with Architects or Building Designers.
  • Working from building plans or designs.
  • Collaborating with other contractors.
  • Liaising with real estate agents or property developers.
  • Engaging with product suppliers.
  • Dealing with local council or authorities.

What are the different bathroom sizes, well the average size of a small bathroom is 3m x 2m while a standard bathroom 3.5m x 2.5m and a large one 4m x 5m. Using an interior designer is a good idea to maximise the available space being used and for every bathroom we renovate we always provide a custom made frameless shower screen that can fit the room perfectly which creates more space in a small room.

How to save money on
a small bathroom renovation in Sydney.

When you are considering doing a small bathroom renovation the first step is to do some research about what is involved, the various costs and to gather inspiration or ideas. There is lots of information available that will help you save money and time choosing your new room.


Yes it is true, you could spend over $30,000 on a small bathroom renovation or as little as $500 for a splash of paint. There are millions of choices of products, materials or styles to choose from so it becomes fairly critical to be realistic and set a budget, then stick to it. Otherwise you can end up either creating false expectations or spending time researching things that you haven’t prepared to pay for.


With a wealth of information available and a budget set, it becomes very important to have a very clear vision or purpose for the renovation. It becomes a brief that you use with your contractor. So is the goal to renovate for profit, sell the property, get it ready for renting or just give it  a freshen up? The reasons could be broad but you should have a clear purpose in mind from the outset to guide your decision making. 


A little similar to the setting of a budget, knowing what is or isn’t possible becomes important to ensure you are being realistic about what can be achieved. So for example placing a 400kg bath tub in a 10th storey apartment unit may not be feasible or moving a pipe in heritage listed building could be too costly too.

#5. create a plan

With some knowledge, a budget ready and clear vision you can set about creating a plan to map out the steps required for your project. This could include things like getting a loan approved, sourcing products, getting council approvals, finding contractors etc but make a list of things that will need to be done and a rough timeframe to work around.


Yes unfortunately costs for a small bathroom renovation will vary greatly, there could be variances of $10,000 or more. Cheapest isn’t always the best and it is important to make sure any quotation is clearly itemised so that you can compare exactly what is being offered. We see too many examples where assumptions are made that lead to further costs or work not being done correctly the first time.


This could potentially be an earlier step in the process, it just depends on the situation. Deciding on whether you will use the existing plumbing and sewerage services becomes quite important in relation to bath placement or orientation, the type of bath and how the floor needs to be prepared.


Yes we realise many people will opt for just getting 3 quotes, although with such a large renovation project it would be wise these days to opt for at least 5 quotations from qualified companies. It will help create peace of mind given there are over 1,000 renovation companies to choose from in Sydney.


While reviews aren’t always entirely accurate it does pay to spend some time reading about the contractors you are thinking of working with. The ones that have longer, more thoughtfully written reviews will tend to be the ones that have impressed their clients more. Always look for ‘how many reviews’ the individual has written this can also be an indicator of someone who has been impressed with the work done.


This is one of the simplest things people often forget to do. Don’t trust numbers, words or logos on a website. Ask the contractor to give you the link or certificate or other form of proof they are actually qualified to do the work. We see so many people believe ‘official-looking’ logos placed on a website only to find out later they were being deceptive.

How to calculate a small bathroom renovation budget.

It’s important to understand what you will need to work out your bathroom renovation budget. Just because you will be renovating a small bathroom doesn’t mean it will necessarily be cheaper than a larger one or shouldn’t have a clear budget set out.

Our guide can help you understand what is needed to create your budget and why pricing for a small bathroom renovation can vary so greatly.

New small bathroom renovation trends?

One of the first things we ask every client is what style or look are you trying to achieve with your small bathroom renovation. Sometimes you might be working with a designer who can help you through the planning process and other times you will do it yourself.

Here is our guide to the latest trends in modern small bathroom renovations with photos, texture and design ideas for inspiration.

Small bathrooms with a free standing bath

Renovating a small bathroom requires lots of careful planning because of the small space available to work with. The selection of fixtures, fittings, shower, vanity, cupboards and bathtub can make a big difference to how the room feels and the functionality. 

Nu-Trend has completed lots of small bathroom renovations in Sydney where we have installed a free standing bath to make a room more functional and perfect for families with children

Design ideas for small bathrooms

When you are designing the floor plan for a small bathroom every bit of available space becomes incredibly important to make best use of the space. Lots of older bathrooms in Sydney have tiny windows, bulky shower recess areas, chunky cupboards and just don’t use the space very well at all.

By demolishing the room completely you can start fresh and create the floor plan that suits you. Some of the clever design ideas to for small bathrooms include;

  • Wall hung vanity units or cupboards so that you can see more of the floor space which makes the room feel larger.
  • Single piece, custom made shower screen that reduces the need for a full frame or a wall so that you have an open, clear space that lets light into the whole room.
  • Wall niche areas to store cleaning products instead of using shelving or racking.
  • Floor to wall tiling can create a more seamless feel to the room which makes it feel larger than it is.
  • Better natural light with either a larger window, skylight or glass brick wall to give it a bright, airy feeling.
  • Slimline ceiling ventilation fan that is flush with the roof.