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A complete bathroom renovation in Carlton
Our client designed their own bathroom interior styling & we built it for them. A beautiful new bathroom in Carlton

Nu-Trend is a bathroom renovation specialist in Sydney that builds completely new bathrooms from $23,000 for houses, apartments or businesses
Complete bathroom renovation in Carlton Sydney

A complete bathroom renovation in Carlton with a modern design

3 Weeks to complete

$25 – $30,000 budget

Ground floor

Complete renovation

Complete bathroom renovation in Carlton Sydney
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The team at Nutrend are dedicated to delivering an exceptional product. They take the time upfront to work through all design elements, physically mark out all items to resolve any coordination issues and improvement opportunities. This phase is so helpful to make sure there aren’t problems during the build, at which point changes are more costly.

Their site set up was very professional and they maintained a clean work area, continually tidying up after their team and trades.

They do go above and beyond to ensure the best possible finish and do not cut corners.

I am thrilled with the end result and would happily recommend the team.

Before and after photos of this modern bathroom renovation

Renovating an old bathroom in Carlton, Sydney to make it look more modern

Nu Trend was contracted by Patricia as a bathroom renovator in the suburb of Carlton, Sydney to deliver a complete bathroom renovation to make it feel fresh & modern.  The home is a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house built in 1920 with a floor size of 110m2. Beyond the gorgeous sandstone detailed facade, this endearing character home has lots of classic period features just a few steps from shops, cafes and trains in Allawah and Carlton.

The owner wanted to renovate the bathroom so that it would compliment the rest of the house that had living areas set beneath wonderfully high decorative ceilings, timber floors, picture rails and a very bright, open plan layout. 

A lot of people ask us about how hard it is to renovate old houses including ones that have heritage features and the answer is everything is possible. The only limitations are budget and if there are specific heritage listing requirements that have to be met. Nu Trend can renovate large, medium or small bathrooms in Sydney using our team of experienced renovation contractors which include;

  • Plumbers
  • Electrician
  • Painter
  • Tiler
  • Carpenter 
  • Waterproofer
  • Renovation builder

This means you can deal with a single company like Nu Trend to manage the plumbing changes, electrical fittings, wall or floor tiling, painting and installation of new toilets, vanities and more.

The scope of work for this bathroom renovation

The scope of work for this home included a number of items and this is why bathroom renovation costs will vary depending on the skills of the contractor and how much work is involved. For this project our scope of work included;

  • Bathroom demolition.
  • Preparing the walls and floors.
  • New floor and wall sheeting.
  • Waterproofing.
  • New tiling installation.
  • Finishing off with fixture and furniture installation, painting and lighting.
  • Remedial repairs to the exterior walls.
  • Plumbing adjustments.

Getting an old bathroom renovated with a DIY interior design

Patricia initiated contact with our company to undertake the renovation of her family bathroom, citing its outdated appearance and lack of cohesion with the overall aesthetic of the rest of the home as the primary concern. Demonstrating a keen eye for style and possessing prior experience in renovation projects, Patricia presented detailed mock-ups of her desired bathroom transformation, inclusive of pre-selected fixtures and a 3D virtual layout.

Our collaboration with Patricia proved highly gratifying, culminating in the realisation of one of our most exemplary bathroom renovations to date.

Employing a large format tile scheme spanning from the floor to the walls, accented by a subway feature tile, we achieved a visually striking ensemble wherein the blue hue of the feature tile harmoniously complemented the golden fittings. What made this project so good was Patricia’s meticulous attention to detail, evidenced by the development of her comprehensive 3D virtual design. 

This made it very straight forward for our team to collaborate with Patricia to refine the design for optimal functionality and spatial utilisation while we ensured total compliance with Australian Building Standards. It meant we could achieve a seamless fusion of practicality and aesthetic appeal.

Throughout the course of the project there were a couple of unforeseen challenges which necessitated adjustments to the scope of work and budget required. This included;

  • There was a deterioration of the limestone render on the walls which needed to be repaired. As much as we take care when using equipment inside the room, sometimes the vibrations can cause old wall coverings to come loose.
  • We also discovered non-compliant plumbing drainage that necessitated rectification to align with Australian regulatory standards. The benefit of working with Nu Trend is we are licensed renovators and plumbers which meant we could install the correct plumbing as part of the work being done.

Notwithstanding these hurdles, we take immense pride in the successful outcome achieved through our collective efforts, the photos and video tells the real story (we hope you agree!)

Is it easy to design your own bathroom?

When getting a bathroom renovation some people will choose to hire an interior designer who will provide ideas for the colours, textures, materials, layout and styling of the bathroom. Although you don’t always have to go to that extent. Patricia has demonstrated that it is very easy to do it yourself, it just takes some time and patience.

Once the room is measured you can use online bathroom planning software to play around with different ideas to create your new design. What can make things easier is replacing items like for like, i.e, each item is in the same location so that the toilet is replaced using the same connections etc.

Without having to worry about the location of items all the focus and energy can be put towards colour, texture and styling.

The steps that are really easy;

  • Finding inspiration; you can get ideas from TV shows, magazines, interior design websites and even bathroom product manufacturers like Reece who have a huge gallery of inspiration available with the latest trends.  
  • Creating a layout; you can get a piece of paper and pencil to draw up different layouts or there are lots of online bathroom planning tools available like the one from Reece called Imagin3D. It even creates a list of products for you so you can purchase them quickly.

What can be difficult?
  • Spatial planning; Bathrooms are often small, so efficient use of space is crucial. You’ll need to consider fixture placement, traffic flow, and storage solutions so that you design a bathroom that is practical as well as stylish.
  • Building codes and regulations: These can vary by location and can impact things like plumbing placement and ventilation. Other aspects include plumbing and electrical work that might have to get adjusted to meet current standards or laws.

How can you make designing your own bathroom easier?
  • A clear vision; the more focussed you are about the style and layout you want to create the better. It guides all of your decision making to make the process fast and efficient.
  • Decide on a budget; you have to be realistic, if you have a $20,000 budget then allow for 10-15% in variances and be clear with any renovation contractor. This will save you a lot of time getting quotes and choosing the right contractor.
  • Make sure the room is measured accurately; you must have accurate room measurements to ensure the right spacing between items and that everything can fit correctly.

So, while designing your own bathroom can be a rewarding experience, it’s important to be realistic about the challenges involved. If you’re comfortable with some planning and potentially consulting a professional for the trickier bits, then designing your dream bathroom can be stress free and very practical to achieve.

Our trusted 5 step bathroom renovation process

You can download our trusted 5 step bathroom renovation process that we have refined after renovating thousands of different homes in Sydney. 

We document & detail every step so you know exactly what is happening during each stage of the renovation work we complete as your bathroom renovator.

Interior design ideas used for this bathroom renovation in Carlton, Sydney

Wall hung vanity in the bathroom 
This is the modern way of installing a vanity in a bathroom. Wall hung vanities create an illusion of space because you can see the flooring and it ‘floats’ in the room making it feel larger than it is.

The practical benefits also include the ability to keep the bathroom clean by being able to get under the vanity rather than dirt collecting around a floor mounted unit. 

Timber vanity in a bathroom
Using timber in a bathroom can give it a feeling of warmth and luxury. Light colour timber can very easily blend into any interior design style to compliment the hard surfaces of the tiles on the floors or walls.

Drain waste
To save money on renovations of a shower some people will choose to install a simple drain waste that you can buy from Bunnings or Reece. 

These are fine of course, but if you want a touch of luxury then, a custom made floor waste can be integrated into the floor tiling so that it becomes almost ‘invisible’ when you look into the room. 

The wider opening can also capture more water too.

Subway wall tiling
Subway tiling is a classic feature that can be used in the interior design of a bathroom renovation. They can be installed vertically or horizontally to create a texture on the wall that adds interest to a room and a touch of luxury.

Keeping original features
For bathrooms that have original period features you can retain them when renovating. You don’t have to remove things like windows, shelving, cornices or other period features because they can be retained.

It’s possible to carefully remove them and build them back into the final bathroom if needed. 

This is an ideal way to blend old & new if you want to keep some of the character of the home.

Combined bath and shower
To save space a combo bath and shower can be placed in the corner of a bathroom to create flexibility or choice for people wanting to get clean.

download our latest bathroom renovation packages

It is free to download our easy to understand, bathroom package guide explaining all the available options.

  • Renovation packages from $23,000
  • A range of options to suit any budget
  • Detailed inclusions
  • Suitable for any size bathroom
  • Houses, apartments or businesses

What does our bathroom renovation service in Carlton, Sydney provide?

At Nu Trend, we are not just renovators; we are your partners in transforming your bathroom spaces into havens of luxury, functionality, and aesthetic delight in Carlton. Our holistic approach, which encompasses an array of services from conceptual design to final completion, caters to the diverse needs of apartments, units, townhouses, and houses.


We give you the choice to design the bathroom yourself, let us help you create a design or we can work with an interior designer or architect to build from a set of plans.

It is your choice and you are in complete control


Break free from the constraints of existing layouts. Our team of skilled plumbers and engineers are adept at reconfiguring plumbing systems, opening up a world of design possibilities and enhancing space utility and functionality.


Safety and precision guide our demolition services. We meticulously deconstruct the old, making way for the new, while ensuring the integrity of the structure is unscathed and every regulation adhered to.



Doing as many bathroom renovation projects as we do, we understand how stressful they can be for people trying to live through them. Most tradies also make a big mess. 

We make sure we protect your property with floor and wall coverings to make sure nothing is damaged while we are renovating your house.


Nu-Trend is a licensed plumber which is an advantage when you are renovating a bathroom. For every project we inspect all the plumbing to make sure it is ready for use. 

We conduct a CCTV Camera Inspection of your piping and if required a high pressure jet blast to make sure all plumbing is ready to be used.


It is the small things that count. We will check things like how your pets get into the house, if neighbours require access to driveways or other things that are important to how you live in your home to make sure everything goes smoothly during a renovation. 


Some renovation contractors will not include this in their service, they might leave the rubbish from the demolition in your backyard or on the street. 

Nu-Trend will make sure all the materials and rubbish that are not used are removed neatly ensuring your property isn’t left in a mess and neighbours are happy.


We make sure that each part of the renovation project is not only done in accordance to Australian Standards but is precise, measured and correctly prepared.

This includes things like doing a laser level check for the screed and tile height pre start off the plan to make sure the right falls are created.


Our expertise extends to impeccable tiling services, offering a myriad of quality, durable, and aesthetically pleasing options. Coupled with state-of-the-art waterproofing, we ensure your bathroom is both stunning and structurally sound.


Safety, efficiency, and innovation guide our electrical installations. We bring to life a bathroom that’s not just visually appealing but is illuminated to perfection and functionally superior with new down lights, mood lighting, mirror lighting and more.


Every stroke of our paintbrush is guided by precision, adding the finishing touches that transform your bathroom into a masterpiece of artistry and craftsmanship. We can paint walls, ceilings, doors and even window frames as needed.



We don’t just renovate; we transform. Every project is a journey from the old to the new, culminating in a bathroom space that transcends the ordinary and epitomises personalised luxury and innovation, this includes a professional deep clean so that it is ready to use.

Are you ready to renovate your bathroom?

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Our company specialises in helping people who want to do a complete bathroom renovation. We strip everything back to the bare framework to build a completely new bathroom. 


It means you can build a new bathroom with total peace of mind knowing every little detail is taken care of & we aren’t building over existing work. You can choose every colour, texture, product and layout you like. It is the ultimate way to renovate your bathroom.

Complete bathroom renovations start from $23,000 and the total cost will vary depending on size of bathroom, complexity of the location, the exact work required and of course the products you choose to install.

Rick Karagiannis - Licensed Bathroom Renovator in Sydney
Rick Karagiannis - Licensed Bathroom Renovator in Sydney

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed plumber, building renovator and director of Nu-Trend.

Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent renovation contractor in Sydney. Rick and his team provide a range of services including bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.

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