Converting a single toilet into an ensuite bathroom
Ros and David had a few plumbing problems that had to get fixed in their property in Sylvania and once that was completed they turned their attention to renovating. They had a single toilet or powder room that was very dated and they really wanted another bathroom in the home.
After a site inspection we worked out a revised floor plan that could convert the toilet into an ensuite bathroom so that it would give them a new toilet, walk in shower, large vanity & more storage. They agreed on doing a complete bathroom renovation and we also assisted making adjustments to the existing, non-structural, walls to bring the design to life.
Our first step was to completely demolish the room back to the brick walls and timber framing. This would enable us to take space from the adjoining room to set up the new floor plan. The scope included new floor and wall tiling, a feature wall in the walk in shower with full length shelf, installation of a new wall hung vanity, mirror, sink & back to wall toilet.
Choosing to do a complete bathroom renovation vs a makeover or a remodel means you can create exactly what you require. Every element is custom designed to suit your specific need, just like a couture dress designer would create an outfit from scratch – you can control colours, textures, design features, materials & overall design. Most people will do this on their own & use inspiration from magazines, Pinterest, designer websites or even the bathroom product companies.
Nu-Trend also offers every client the option of professional interior design with each renovation.
Benefits of installing a walk in shower
It is true, you can go to Bunnings and buy a low-cost pre-fabricated shower that can be installed into a bathroom fairly cheaply. Although, just look at how stunning and functional a walk-in shower can be.
There is a seamless flow on the floor and wall for the tiling, it creates a sense of space and freedom & you don’t have to look at ugly plastic moulds or joins.
The other benefit is the single piece of glass is super easy to keep clean and the open area allows for great ventilation in the room. There is also less mould build-up due to the reduced number of surfaces, edges or elements for water to pool or sit after it is used.
The visual benefit is obvious, you can show off a feature wall tile, shower head & mixer tap to give any bathroom a feeling of more space.
Changing the floor plan
to create an ensuite
The best way to add value or functionality to any property is to look at how all the spaces are used. For many adults once their children leave home they have lots of rooms or spaces that might not be used any more. Rather than buying another property you can add value to your existing home for relatively little cost. Such changes can also make it more functional & easier to sell it that becomes a consideration later.
For this bathroom renovation in Sylvania the existing single toilet was hardly ever used and was in many senses a waste of space. So by using free space from the adjoining room, by moving a wall, we could convert the single toilet with hand sink into a luxurious ensuite.
Once all the demolishing was completed we re-instated the walls with new formwork so that the water services could be set up & new flooring and walls be installed. While this type of conversion is an extensive renovation you can turn a typical two or three bedroom house into a more liveable property by transitioning from one master bathroom plus single toilet to a master & ensuite for the main bedroom. It’s the perfect way to cater to having guests or children come and visit while the owners maintain their privacy using their bathroom.
The products & design ideas used in this renovation
The products used in this renovation came from a number of different suppliers. Everything was replaced – tiling, toilet, vanity, shower head, taps, mixers, floor and wall tiles. Some of the main products used included;
- Toilet roll holder, taps, shower head, basin waste and mixers from Faucet Storeman
- Timberline wall hung vanity unit
- Koko back to wall toilet suite
Our renovating scope of work
for this Sylvania renovation
Nu-Trend has renovated lots of properties in the Sutherland Shire and we have lots of experience working with terrace houses, apartments & units in the local area. Our scope of work for this renovation in Silvania was extensive and included the following items;
- Strip and demolition of the existing bathroom & removing all the rubbish.
- Re-instate non-structural walls to create the larger room space
- Re-instate plumbing hot and cold water with new plumbing layout.
- Waterproofing and certification processes.
- 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, mirror etc.
- Test and commission
- Professional industrial clean the room at completion.
See more examples of our bathroom renovations
A complete renovation in Kurruba to repair an illegal bathroom that was previously built. New walk in shower & concealed laundry
What did we do in this bathroom renovation?
#1 PROTECTED THE PROPERTY
Doing as many unit 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.
#2 PLUMBING & FLOORING INSPECTION
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. When you combine this with our renovation expertise you get piece of mind.
#3 RUBBISH REMOVAL
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.
#4 SHOWER SCREEN INSTALLATION
We can install a custom made glass shower screen into your bathroom if it is a house, unit or town house. We can make sure the flooring and plumbing is suitable and it is sized exactly to fit your space.