Small Bathroom Renovations With A Freestanding Bath

An amazing small bathroom renovation for a house in Clovelly that included a beautiful freestanding bathtub as a feature.

Summary

SMALL Bathroom Design

A 1990's small bathroom renovation in the Eastern Suburbs using Caroma, Posh and Mizu products from Reece Plumbing.

RENOVATION BUDGET

$20,000 - $30,000 inc gst

RENOVATION PERIOD

3-4 Weeks

SCOPE OF WORK

A complete room clear out of the master bathroom for the family to reinstate for cosmetic purposes.

Small bathroom renovations with a freestanding bath.

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This bathroom renovation in Sydney was completed in Clovelly. The Client had looked at quite a few bathroom renovation companies and chose Nu-Trend as their bathroom renovation specialist after seeing our our reviews and previous work. 

 

The brief, like many small bathroom renovations, was to completely strip the room and replace everything with fresh, new bathroom accessories to give the room a softer, on trend look. This project was for the master bathroom in the house which was used by the whole family so it needed to be child friendly, have plenty of space and also needed to improve the available storage by replacing the current sink, vanity and install items with better practicality. 

 

 

For most houses the bathroom generally falls into three types;

  • Small bathroom – this would normally contain a combined shower and bathtub, vanity, mirror and window situated off the hallway. These rooms would typically be 3 metres square and need a renovation budget from $15,000 or more depending on size, fixtures, fittings etc.
 
  • Master bathroom – these rooms would typically be 4 metres square or more and need a renovation budget from $20,000 depending on the actual size, fixtures, fittings etc and in quite a few cases may include installing a new bath or moving existing services to create a more functional space.

     

 
  • Ensuite bathroom – in a number of larger homes in Sydney there will be an ensuite off the main bedroom or maybe from a downstairs guest bedroom. They will feature much smaller items for the toilet, shower and vanity aimed at maximising the available space.
 
 
 

By doing a complete renovation you get to start from scratch and make sure the room is stripped bare to avoid any unforeseen surprises. In this situation that was the case, once we had stripped the room we showed the Client the sub-standard floor that had been installed previously. It used the wrong materials and would cause issues if we did the renovation over the top of it –  read about it here

Can you install a bath into a small bathroom?

The simple answer is you can install a bath tub into a small bathroom whether you have a house, unit, townhouse or apartment. Obviously it is going to depend on just how small the room is of course, but by using clever design it is possible to have bath tub in nearly any type of bathroom renovation – they key is planning.

 

Some bathrooms may be 4 x 4 metres in size or larger which makes it much easier to work with the floor plan to include a bath tub in the design layout. In other situations the room might have a slightly different shape or size but by moving some of the water and waste service piping you might be able to change the floor plan to suit.

 

You can also use clever products that are slimline and take up less space to be able to create the area needed to fit a bath tub. Of course there are also a number of shower & bath combination products available which can provide dual purposes in a renovation.

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Our typical scope of work for small bathroom renovations.

Our scope of work for this small bathroom renovation was extensive and included the following items;

    • Managing the strip and demolition of the existing bathroom & removing all the rubbish.
    • Re-instate plumbing hot and cold water with the drainage staying as is via the concrete slab.
    • Waterproofing and certification processes.
    • Remove render and re-render all walls
    • Prime and waterproof bathroom with waterproofing to be applied below and under the screed with 3 days drying time in between.
    • Re-screed, sand and cement the new floor and allow 7 days to completely dry.
    • Tile all the walls and floors
    • Grout all the floors and walls
    • Paint the existing ceiling
    • Fit off the items such as taps, accessories, pc fixtures, bath, mirror etc.
    • Test and commission
    • Professional industrial clean of the room at completion.
 
 

A couple of clever ideas for small bathroom renovations.

A shower wall niche has become a modern trend for new bathroom renovations. It utilises empty space in the wall to turn it into a shelf for storing common shower items. It means you don’t need to use hanging baskets or other ugly items in your shower but have an easy to reach shelf.

We concealed power points in the vanity unit under the sink and behind the wall mirror. This keeps the clutter away from the benchtop area, improves safety as they away from children’s prying eyes but gives you the practicality to charge shavers, toothbrush, mobile phone etc

Floating wall cupboards create an illusion of more space in the room by having them raised off the floor. You can see more floor tile area that makes the room feel larger and more open.

A complete clean up from street to bathroom. We don’t leave mess anywhere and make sure every element has been cleaned to return it to normal.

We also take care of the little things like making sure the rubbish removal bin is covered so that dirt, debris etc doesn’t fly out on the street and it makes it easier to be taken away.

What products did we use in this bathroom renovation?

These are some of the products we used in this bathroom that were sourced from Reece valued at just over $7,000 excluding fitting. These are all the essential items for a bathroom ie taps, mixers, bath, vanity etc;

  • Caroma Forma Close Coupled Back To Wall Rimless Toilet Suite with Soft Close Quick Release Seat.
 
  • Posh Domaine Back to Wall Freestanding Bath
 
  • Posh Bristol MK2 Mirror Cabinet 2 Door
 
  • Posh Domaine Plus Floor Mount Vanity Unit Conventional Left Hand Basin Acrylic Top
 
  • Mizu Drift Hi-Rise Shower Chrome
 
  • Mizu Drift MK2 Wall Bath Mixer Tap Set 200mm Chrome
 
  • Mizu Drift Square Guest Towel Holder Chrome
 
  • Mizu Drift Robe Hook Chrome
 
  • Mizu Drift MK2 Basin Mixer Tap Chrome
 
  • Mizu Drift Towel Rack Chrome
 
  • Phoenix Gen X Non Heated Towel Ladder Chrome
 

Photos of the completed small bathroom renovation.

This is what the small bathroom looked like before.

This bathroom felt quite dated and had a cold feeling to it with very grey, glossy surfaces that felt a little bit like an office. There was little storage space with the simple pedestal sink providing little practicality and a tiny shaving mirror cabinet.

How we protected the property during renovations.

These are the things you don’t often see or read about, but even when we do our small bathroom renovations we take extra steps to make sure your property is protected. We purchase extra materials to protect floors, seal other doors of the property from dust and keep carpets or floorboards clean. We also make sure our tools are kept tidy and in place during the project.  

These are a few photos during our renovation project.

Some of our renovation reviews

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - 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 for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.