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Renovating a bathroom in Monterey to make it bigger
We built a brand new bathroom in Monterey that was larger, brighter and more stylish, see how we renovated the space

Nu-Trend is a bathroom renovation specialist in Sydney that builds completely new bathrooms from $23,000 for houses, apartments or businesses
Renovating a bathroom to make it larger new shower and toilet

A complete bathroom renovation in Monterey to make it larger & modern

4 Weeks to complete

$25 – $30,000 budget

Ground floor

Complete renovation

Renovating a bathroom to make it larger new vanity and toilet
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I would not hesitate to recommend Nu-Trend to anyone looking for a high quality bathroom renovation. The team were simply superb, right from the quoting stage through to completion.

Our renovation resulted in a complete new floor plan (including removing a wall) Other companies declined to quote due as it was more than a ‘standard’ renovation, but Nu-Trend were able to offer a complete solution for us.

Nu-Trend involved key trades (plumber, carpenter etc) during the quoting stage, whereas other companies who provided us quotes only sent their salesperson.

Nu-Trend’s approach gave us confidence in the quoting process and this confidence continued right through until the job was completed.

The before and after comparison of this bathroom renovation

Renovating an old bathroom to make it bigger in Monterey, Sydney

Nu Trend was contracted as a bathroom renovator in the suburb of Monterey, Sydney by a home owner that wanted to get a complete master bathroom renovation which also required making the room larger. 

A lot of people ask about making a bathroom floor plan larger, combining a bathroom and laundry or even combining an existing powder room and bathroom into a single room. All of these types of bathroom renovations are normally quite easy to complete by adjusting the existing walls or layout of your home. The only complication is whether the walls are load bearing or not.

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 renovation scope of work

So the scope of work for this home included a number of items and this is why Sydney 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.
  • Bathroom design and floor plan creation.
  • Demolition of the existing lined cupboard.
  • 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 where the linen cupboard was removed.

Getting a bathroom renovated to make it bigger

The bathroom floor plan layout design brief

This old bathroom had an unusual shape with a large space protruding into the room which was used as an external linen cupboard in the hallway. The other element that made the bathroom feel smaller was the shower which had a knee height nib wall and really heavy, thick frame surround. It felt cramped and with the tiny window it didn’t get a lot of light. You can see this in the floor plan drawing pictured above.

As you walked into the bathroom you would immediately face the vanity and the space between that and the shower was very narrow with space under the window that wasn’t getting utilised very well. The new layout included the use of the space from the old linen cupboard which made the room rectangular in shape and therefore much easier to work with.

By retaining the existing window we didn’t have to make any other changes to the other walls but by removing the old combo bath/shower to install a new walk in design, moving the vanity to the opposite wall and bringing the toilet closer to the wall it would mean there was a lot of open space to move around the room and for plenty of light to bounce around too.

Getting a bathroom designed

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. Once a bathroom has been measured our renovator team can create a simple floor plan for you to consider and use as the basis for your new layout.

We have a team of experienced bathroom plumbing renovators that can very quickly determine how feasible a layout will be, what work is involved and how to identify clever ways to relocate a toilet, vanity, bath or shower to create a new floor plan.

Taking this approach makes it very easy to renovate your bathroom to be larger and feel more modern.

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 for a bathroom renovation in Monterey, 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 or kit kat 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.

Wall niche
We think every shower should have a wall niche. The old combo bath / shower didn’t have any storage so the home owners would stack everything on the window sill of the bathroom. This not only looked messy but reduced ventilation into the room.

The wall niche gives you the space you need to stack all of the toiletries as needed and within easy reach.

Bathroom plumbing changes
Our team includes renovators and plumbers so this means we can adjust bathroom plumbing pipes either internally or externally. This makes it easy to create new layouts with the toilet, vanity, shower or bath put into a different location.

See our latest bathroom renovation packages

Download our easy to understand, bathroom package guide explaining all 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

How to choose a bathroom renovator in Monterey, Sydney

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 Monterey. 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.


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 everything is ready.


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.


For every bathroom renovation project we do we will typically have custom designed drain grates created so they fit your space perfectly. 

Same applies for most shower renovations that we do, rather than use off the shelf screens, in most cases we will recommend a custom cut shower screen so it can perfectly fit your room.  

All inclusive bathroom renovation service



1. Personalised Design Consultations:

We understand that every space has its unique attributes and every client, their distinct taste. Our team of seasoned architects and interior designers collaborates with you, turning your ideas into concrete plans that merge functionality and aesthetics seamlessly.



2. Plumbing and Layout Configuration:

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.



3. Expert Demolition Services:

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.



4. Professional Tiling and Waterproofing:

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.



5. Electrical Installations:

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.



6. Precision Painting:

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.



7. Fixture Fitting:

From walk-in showers to bespoke vanities, every fixture is fitted with precision, marrying functionality and style, and personalised to resonate with your distinct taste. Fittings for the shower, sink, bath or bidet can be expertly installed.



8. Final Clean and Hand Over:

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 and every area in your home covered from dust and debris.



With Nu Trend, every bathroom renovation is a symphony of personalised service, professional craftsmanship, and innovative design. 

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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, bathroom renovator and Director of Nu-Trend in Sydney.

Nu-Trend is a plumbing and bathroom renovation contractor in Sydney that has been operating since 2009. Rick and the team of licensed tradespeople can build a new bathroom, repair leaking taps, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.

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