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Apartment small bathroom renovation in Randwick
We renovated this small bathroom in Randwick to help a couple flip the property to make a profit

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

Apartment bathroom renovation

3 Weeks to complete

$25 – $30,000 budget

First floor

Complete renovation

Nu Trend Sydney Bathroom Renovation in Randwick

The team at Nutrend are dedicated to delivering an exceptional renovation in my apartment. They take the time upfront to work through all design elements, physically mark out all items to resolve any coordination issues and improvement opportunities.
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.

Renovating an old apartment in Randwick to add an extra bathroom

Nu Trend was contracted as a bathroom renovator in the suburb of Randwick, Sydney to convert an old apartment from a two bedroom, one bathroom layout to be a two bedroom, two bathroom property. This type of complete bathroom renovation project is often carried out to achieve the following outcomes;

  • Improve the value of an apartment to prepare it to be sold.
  • To increase the average rental price if it is being tenanted as a rental property. 
  • Making it more practical to live in for a growing family where there are two or more people living in it.
  • Giving an old apartment built in the 1970’s or 1980’s a fresh, modern look.

It is very common to renovate a bathroom inside an apartment block in Randwick. There are more logistical issues to deal with compared to renovating in freestanding houses, but it can be done. If you are just changing the internal features you don’t even need to get Council or Strata approval. The only limitations is budget and room size, but Nu Trend can renovate large, medium or small bathrooms in any apartment block in Sydney using our team of experienced renovation contractors which include;

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

If you are thinking about renovating your apartment 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 apartment bathroom renovation

Our scope of work for this apartment bathroom renovation in Randwick was extensive and included the following;

  • Managing the demolition of the existing bathroom.
  • Removing all the rubbish.
  • New ceilings & painting.
  • Relocation of the kitchen plumbing.
  • Reworking gas and water pipes to obtain Strata and Local Councils approvals for bathroom waste disposal.
  • Some of the electrical work.
  • Minor carpentry work for the existing door and skirting.
  • Waterproofing and certification processes.
  • All the tiling.
  • Connecting the existing plumbing services.

This renovation project was focussed on creating a modern, functional bathroom suitable to be used as a rental property or quick property sale. So it had to be practical, not too luxurious and built within the limited budget. It proved again that no matter the size of the space there are always ways to add value to your property by being clever about the materials and choices made when renovating.

For this apartment it was located in an area with lots of very old properties, so renovating it would help it stand out and be more attractive to either buyers or potential renters. So the initial money spent on renovating turns into a quick return on investment due to being on the market for a shorter period of time or higher rental returns.

Apartment bathroom demolition and room preparation

This project began with some problems. The original renovation contractor left the job incomplete for no given reason. This can happen sometimes especially when you choose;

  • A very cheap renovation quotation
  • Use eMail or SMS confirmations for a renovation project, but don’t have a written contract
  • Don’t use a licensed builder

It meant the owners of this apartment were exposed and did not have any protection, warranty or even insurance relating to the renovation work. This is why it is important to choose a reliable renovating contractor that has a proven track record, you can check their credentials, see previous work & even look over their reviews to know they are a good choice. 

So Nu Trend was engaged to complete the demolition of the old bathroom and get it prepared so that it was ready to be renovated. The client was experienced property owners who would buy, renovate and then sell properties quickly. So they were familiar with taking on projects that needed quick turnaround times. Their plan was to renovate this apartment to make a profit by turning this two bedroom, one bathroom apartment into a three bedroom, two bathroom with open plan living area. 

Flipping is known as the process of selling and buying a house (or any property) with the intention of renovating it to then sell it for a profit in a relatively short space of time. The aim obviously is to buy the property, make the necessary updates to attract more buyers then sell it for more than the combined price of the property, legal or finance costs and renovation costs. The risk is if the renovation work isn’t done well or exceeds the budget set, you can run the risk of losing money and your “flip will have flopped” so to speak.

For many other property owners in Randwick, renovation requirements are much simpler – just make improvements to the home to make it more liveable & of course we can help with that too.

Nu-Trend helped this couple in Randwick manage the entire project with our focus placed on the master bathroom and ensuite while we used our network of building contacts to get the kitchen remodelled. The goal was to create very simple open plan living spaces that would suit the rental market, have a style that wouldn’t date or age quickly while appeal to a wide range of potential tenants.

We were fortunate and didn’t run into any unforeseen issues which helped kept the costs down as we worked with all the existing services in place. This small bathroom renovation was a classic case of transforming the rooms from 70’s style, teal colouring, to be fresh, modern and practical.

Can you design your own apartment renovation easily?

When beginning an apartment 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 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.

Is renovating an apartment bathroom in Randwick a good idea?

Randwick streets

Randwick is one of the oldest suburbs in Sydney so it has a mix of heritage-listed properties (statistics here) as well as a lot of duplexes with two dwellings attached to each other. So doing renovations for your property in Randwick may require DA Approvals before work can commence.

Randwick Council have some great resources on their website that explains the approval process here.

For most internal non-structural/non-load-bearing internal alterations and renovations, your project will be exempt from needing development approval. The council explains those scenarios on their website here

The other consideration is access because many of the streets are quite narrow so getting materials or debris in and out might add to the labour cost of the project. 

As of December 2021, Randwick has;

  • 235 properties available for rent and just 37 properties for sale with the median property prices over the last year ranging from $3,360,000 for houses to $1,160,250 for units
  • In recent years sales have seen compound growth of 8.6% for houses and 5.9% for units. 
  • From an investment property perspective houses in Randwick rent out on average for $1,100 PW and units rent for $550 PW. 
  • Renovating for profit in this suburb can potentially make a lot of sense with the right financial scenario in place. The location has close proximity to the city, transport and the beaches which makes it a great central location & long term investment.

How much does a bathroom renovation in Randwick cost?

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The cost of renovating an apartment bathroom in Randwick is really no different to any other suburb in Sydney. The are many variables to consider so the pricing will be dependent on exactly what is being done.

Nu Trend can do a site inspection, talk through your renovation brief, design ideas & then provide a fixed price written quotation so you can calculate your costs accurately.

Why do renovation costs vary?

  • The materials used
  • The quality of the labour
  • Products that get installed
  • Type of tiling
  • Whether the existing room needs to have remediation to repair flooring or walls
  • If the floor plan is getting changed which requires services to be moved.
  • What is the access to the apartment like & expected length of time it will take to complete.

Either way we can help you work out all the required costs to help you budget accordingly.

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.

What does our apartment bathroom renovation service in Randwick, 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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