Retro House Renovation by Brook Aitken Design
We helped complete this retro inspired bathroom and laundry renovation put together by Brook Aitken Design Nu-Trend is a bathroom renovation specialist in Sydney that builds completely new bathrooms starting from $20,000 ex gst for houses, units or a business.
Nu Trend Bathroom and Laundry Renovation in Lindfield C.S. Reece Posh Domaine 750mm Floor Mount Vanity Unit Conventional Centre Basin Acrylic Top close up

A retro vintage bathroom renovation using 1950's interior design in Lindfield

A vintage style renovation for bathroom, laundry & kitchen created by Brooke Aitken Design

Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom worked very closely with Brooke Aitken Design to complete this vintage, retro inspired, house renovation project for a property on the North Shore in Sydney. Brooke Aitken Design is an architect team that believes that interior design is essential to creating seamless & coordinated results that can inspire while adding value to any property.


The renovation design brief for this project the bathroom, laundry and kitchen, Brooke Aitken Design described it as;


“A cute 1950’s renovation where the Clients loved their 50’s style kitchen but it needed to have its services upgraded. We created a retro design that appealed to their love of the original but with new flair and fixtures. A happy fun house. This included connecting the kitchen to the laundry with a complimentary splashback colour to be a backdrop to the kitchen’s green while moving the dishwasher and fridge into the kitchen so the laundry has more usable bench space”


Working with Rick and Rob has been an absolute pleasure. They are easy to work with, warm spirited yet professional and eager to please clients and architects alike. Their attitude and work displays their belief that there is no job too small or too great for them. We would be very keen to work with them again on upcoming projects and would recommend them to anyone.
Brooke Aitken Design Logo from Review of Nu Trend Plumber and Bathroom Renovations
We found Rick and his team to be professional and passionate, caring and responsible. A pleasant surprise was how communicative Rick was in writing. Great summaries of where we were at and what was outstanding. His team were lovely, tidy and all his tradies were respectful. Nothing was too much trouble.

Why use a designer for a retro vintage bathroom renovation project in Sydney?

Designers use the latest techniques & construction methods

Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom Renovations have worked on hundreds of different projects over the years and if we are completely honest there are some renovations where using a designer would have solved many challenges to create a better finished project. Using an architect or an interior designer means you are hiring someone who is trained in high quality design techniques, construction methods and how to use different materials or colours together. It makes renovating a lot easier as many of the tough decisions get made by experts.


An interior designer can help solve problems quickly

A designer can help solve various problems on a site to improve floor plans, functionality and even style whether it is a residential or commercial property. For home owners it can be the difference between copying something from a magazine that is the same as everyone else to creating something truly unique for your house.



Interior designers are experts in their field

Interior designers spend about three years studying spatial, structural and material elements of built interior environments. It means they can help create the colour scheme, the right accessories, furniture and design cabinetry to suit your specific needs. They typically are quite creative and are skilled visual communicators that can quickly understand the relationship between your interior space, how you’d like to live in it & interpreting that into a design that will suit your renovation project.

What products were used in this house renovation?

Here are some of the main items used in this retro house renovation project to give the rooms a modern feel. As you can see the list is quite long and this can add up quickly so it is important to understand how to work our your renovation budget in the planning stages.

Interior Design:
Brooke Aitken Design

Tiles from:
Mosa Tiles

Products from:
Reece, Winning Appliances & IKEA

  • Reece Posh Domaine Rail Shower with 3 Functions in chrome. This is a practical and functional shower mixer with a contemporary design for modern family bathrooms. With three spray functions to choose from and air technology for a soft, lighter and more voluminous shower;
    • Standard Spray
    • Massage Spray
    • Combination Standard/Massage Spray
  • Reece Aiko Shower Mixer Tap Chrome
  • Reece Luka Ceramic Disc Basin Set Chrome
  • Reece Posh Domaine Rimless Close Coupled Back to Wall Toilet Suite
  • Reece Dorf Kip Toilet Roll Holder Chrome
  • Reece Mizu Soothe Single Towel Rail 600mm Chrome
  • IKEA KALKGRUND shower shelf, chrome- plated
  • Reece Kado Lux Square Channel 97mm DN80 Waste Satin
  • Universal Fans Chico 150 Wall/Ceiling Exhaust Fan
  • Reece Posh Domaine 750mm Floor Mount Vanity Unit Conventional Centre Basin Acrylic Top
  • Reece Mobi 32 x 600mm Grab Rail Polished Stainless Steel
  • WallPops Sevilla Peel & Stick Floor Tiles
  • Beacon Lighting MFL by Masson Roomy LED White Flush Mount in Warm White
  • Glennon Tiles New Vintage GT06671 Glazed Gloss Ceramic Wall Tiles
  • Ikea ÄLMAREN Kitchen mixer tap w pull- out spout, stainless steel colour
  • Ikea GRUNDTAL Drying rack, wall, stainless steel
  • Winning Appliances Abey 45L Single Inset Laundry Tub with Overflow LT120B

Retro house renovations before and after photos

* Please note these photos are a mix of standard mobile phone and professional property photographer images.

The original bathroom and laundry before we started the renovation

During the construction of the bathroom and laundry renovation project

Photos of the completed bathroom & laundry renovation

Palm Beach Blue Encaustic look floor tiling in a bathroom in Sydney

The Palm Beach Blue Encaustic look floor tile is a 300 x 300 sized tile that has a thickness of 6mm with a matt finish and slip rating of P3. It has a lightly textured feel like a painted wall and its made of porcelain with a low water absorption rate of 0.5% < 3% vitrified. It has a cushioned edge which is easy to clean or maintain and is suitable for floors, walls, indoors or outdoors. You can even use this tile as a pool waterline tile.

The slightly Moroccan inspired design can add interest to a bathroom especially when all the walls and furniture are in single colours.


What did we do in this retro vintage bathroom house renovation?


Doing as many house 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.


Our professional renovation service helps you every step of the way from the initial planning to demolishing your room.

For this renovation project we completely stripped back the walls in the bathroom so that a new shower, toilet and vanity could be installed. This also means you are starting from scratch with no hidden surprises.


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 also then check things like he walls and flooring, for this project we discovered there were issues with the sub floor;

  • The cement board flooring was thinner than usual.
  • The timbers the cement board sit on were rotted from water damage from failed water proofing. 
  • There was termite damage

Rather than continue we helped to rectify these issues.


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.


Brooke Aitken Design provided very clear plans for each room of the renovation that included all the details required for this project to be completed.

The Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom Renovations team are able to take all of this information to apply it to the room to ensure accuracy and high quality finishes to your house renovation project.


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.  


Once all the demolition work has been completed and the room is ready to be renovated Nu-Trend Plumber and Bathroom Renovations will then carry out all the construction of your new bathroom.

Our team will co-ordinate all the tiling, painting, electrical work, waterproofing, carpentry, fit off, installation of your new fixtures through to final sign off & handover.

Are you ready to renovate?

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. Why? Well 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 $20,000 ex gst and costs 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 Plumber & Bathroom Renovator
Rick Karagiannis - Licensed 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 including bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.

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