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20 ways to make your bathroom bigger in Sydney

How to make your bathroom bigger
Making a bathroom bigger to fit a bathtub

There are many different ways to make your bathroom feel bigger

For lots of homes in Sydney they have a small bathroom that might be less than 3m x 3m in size. So we often get asked how can we make a bathroom bigger. Generally speaking there are four options;

  • Change the interior design e.g colours, textures and types of fittings or cabinets used
  • Renovate the bathroom and move a wall to create a larger room
  • Remove an item e.g if there is a bath and a shower, remove one of them to create more space
  • Raise the height of the ceiling

 

Passion Built is a licensed renovation builder in Sydney that can work directly with you to design a renovation brief, create a layout, create a scope of work to then produce a fixed price renovation contract for whatever you might need. This includes adjusting or removing walls, combining a bathroom and laundry or even converting a bedroom into a bathroom.

Clever interior design ideas to make your bathroom feel bigger

Making a bathroom feel larger doesn’t always require structural changes. With the right interior design choices for colours or fixtures, you can enhance the perception of space. Here are more than twenty ideas that can be used to make your new or existing bathroom feel bigger;

  1. Light Colours: Opt for light and neutral color palettes. Whites, light grays, and beiges can make a room feel airy and spacious. Light colors reflect light and make the space feel larger as soon as you walk into the room.

  2. Good Lighting: Bright, well-lit spaces tend to feel more open. Consider adding more light fixtures or using brighter bulbs. Natural light, if possible, is always the most ideal solution via a large window or skylight. This can also help with ventilation to reduce the chance of mould.

     

  3. Large Mirrors: A large mirror can double the visual space in a bathroom and reflect more light around the room.

     

  4. Clear Shower Doors: Transparent shower doors or enclosures, as opposed to frosted or patterned ones, can make the bathroom feel continuous and unbroken because you can ‘see through’ them. We often install custom made glass shower screens.

     

  5. Floating Vanities: These create a sense of space by showing more floor area. Most of the bathrooms we renovate in Sydney have a floating vanity unit and typically in timber to give the room some added warmth.

     

  6. Mount Wall Storage: Using vertical space with wall-mounted cabinets or shelves can free up floor space, giving a more open feel as you can physically see more of the floor area.

     

  7. Continuous Flooring: Using the same flooring from the bathroom into the shower, without a curb or step, can make the floor seem more expansive.

     

  8. Use Glass Shelves: Transparent glass shelves are less visually obtrusive than wooden or solid ones.

     

  9. Tall, Vertical Lines: Features like vertical shiplap or tall storage units can draw the eye upward, making the space feel taller vs smaller, tiny, squares.

     

  10. Recessed Shelves: Built-in niches or recessed shelves in the shower or walls provide storage without consuming external space. Most of the bathrooms we renovate in Sydney will have a wall niche in the shower or next to the bath tub.

     

  11. Wall-Mounted Toilets: Like floating vanities, these free up floor space and make the area seem less cluttered.

     

  12. Oversized Tiles: Large-format tiles mean fewer grout lines, leading to a more seamless and expansive look.

     

  13. Declutter: Keeping your bathroom tidy and minimalist can significantly impact how big it feels. Avoid overcrowding surfaces. A cluttered bathroom will always feel smaller than a tidy and organised one. So remove hair care products, electrical items etc so there is less visual clutter in the room.
  14. Slim-profile Fixtures: Opt for slim sinks, streamlined faucets, and minimalist fixtures to reduce visual clutter.

     

  15. Monochromatic Palette: Sticking to a single colour or shades of one color can create a unified, open feel.

     

  16. Avoid Heavy Patterns: Busy or heavy patterns, especially in small spaces, can make a room feel cramped. If you prefer patterns, use them sparingly.

     

  17. Translucent Windows: If you have a window in your bathroom, consider using translucent glass. It allows light in while maintaining privacy, and natural light always opens up a space.

     

  18. Open Under the Sink: If possible, avoid storage cabinets under the sink. An open design can make the area feel less bulky.

     

  19. Strategically Place Towel Bars: Instead of draping towels on shower doors or enclosures, use wall space or the back of the door.

     

  20. Choose small-scale fixtures. Small-scale fixtures will help to make the bathroom feel less cluttered and more spacious.

     

  21. Use multi-purpose furniture. For example, a vanity with built-in storage can help to save space and keep your bathroom organised. If this is recessed into the wall then there is less space taken up with a cabinet protruding into the bathroom.

     

  22. Use clear storage containers. Clear storage containers allow you to see what’s inside, which helps to reduce visual clutter.

     

  23. Add plants. Plants can add a touch of life to your bathroom and make it feel more inviting, so while it sounds counter intuitive because it means adding more items into the room that take up space, it can create a warm, happy feeling which takes away from any thoughts of it being a small bathroom.

     

  24. Use aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can help to create a relaxing and spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom. So similar to the idea of using plants, nice smells can create happiness.

 

Incorporating several of these techniques can make a noticeable difference in how spacious your bathroom feels. Always consider the function together with form to ensure that your bathroom remains practical for your needs.

The best option for you will depend on your budget, your needs, and the overall layout of your bathroom. If you have a small budget, you can start by making some simple changes, such as decluttering, using light colours, and installing a large mirror. If you have a larger budget, you can consider renovating your bathroom and moving walls, doors, or windows.

We can help you by providing a renovation quotation to help work out what it might cost to make your bathroom feel bigger.

Moving or removing a wall to make a bathroom bigger

Expanding a bathroom by moving or removing a wall is a renovation task that can significantly enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your living space. However, this process involves numerous steps and considerations, from structural implications to finding the right renovation professionals in Sydney for the job. 

One of the first things to consider before going through the process of moving a wall is to think about making the ceilings higher if possible. This is a nice design trick that can make a 2m x 3m bathroom feel larger as it gives an illusion of more space. Obviously you might be able to do both e.g move the wall and make a ceiling higher.

So what is typically involved?

Assessment and Planning;

  • Before any action, assess the current layout of your home. You have to be able to determine which walls are load-bearing. Moving a load-bearing wall is more complex and requires additional structural supports.
  • Measure the area and decide on the new layout.
  • Identify any plumbing, electrical, or ventilation systems that might be affected.
  • All of these tasks can be taken care of by a renovation company like Passion Built, we can help you assess what you’d like to do, figure out an action plan and then engage the right licensed trades to make it all possible. This includes working with a structural engineer if needed to ensure any changes will be legally compliant and more importantly, safe.

 

Acquiring Permits & Design Approvals:

  • For significant changes, local councils may require building permits. Ensure that you understand the local regulations in Sydney and secure necessary permits before beginning the work. 
  • Normally for internal adjustments you won’t need a permit as this is generally related to moving exterior walls that change the location or distance of a house from the boundary of the property.
  • Whether or not permits are needed, the next step in the process is to get designs drawn up by a builder or engineer especially if the work will be effecting any load bearing walls. All the right structural work has to be determined and approved by a licensed professional to ensure the house doesn’t collapse once the wall is removed.
  • If the wall being removed is not load bearing and it is just a typical Gyprock wall in a timber frame then things are much easier to manage as this can be demolished by a renovation company.
 
 

Demolition:

  • Before demolishing the wall, utilities such as electricity and plumbing should be safely disconnected or rerouted. It is safest to get a licensed electrician and licensed plumber to do this.
  • Protective gear (like goggles, gloves, and dust masks) should be worn which is what any professional tradespeople will do. While of course it is obvious but the area should be cleared of valuables and covered to protect against dust and debris, even in hallways or other rooms of the home.
 
 

Construction:

  • For non-load-bearing walls, the process involves erecting a new timber frame at the desired location so that it can house any electrical wiring, plumbing, windows or doors as needed.
  • For load-bearing walls, temporary supports will have to be put in place while the wall is moved. The new position will need strong foundations, typically a reinforced concrete footing or similar. New load bearing beams will have to be installed before the rest of the remedial work can be done to the rest of the room.
 
 

Reconnecting Utilities:

  • Once the wall is relocated, utilities such as plumbing and electrical systems can be reinstalled or extended to the new location depending on the type of changes being made.
 
 

Finishing Touches:

  • Depending on the construction of the house, typically Gyprock or plasterboard is then added, followed by painting and finishing. In the case of working with brick walls the bricklayers would arrive to construct the new wall before any of the work is done to prepare it as a bathroom.
  • In the situations were you are expanding a bathroom to make it bigger the next step would be preparing the screed, waterproofing, tiling and then installing or moving fixtures for taps etc.

 

Things to be Aware of:

  • Costs: The expenses can vary significantly based on the complexity of the project. Moving load-bearing walls, extending utilities, or encountering unexpected issues can increase costs considerably.

The typical cost of removing an internal wall in an average house in Sydney is between $1350 and $1500 per square meter. This includes the cost of labor, materials, and waste disposal. However, the actual cost of your project will vary depending on a number of factors, including:

The size and complexity of the wall

    • The type of construction of your home
    • The location of the wall
    • The need to obtain any permits
 

For example, removing a load-bearing wall will be more expensive than removing a non-load-bearing wall. Additionally, removing a wall in a two-story home will be more expensive than removing a wall in a single-story home.

 
  • Timeline: While some jobs might be done within a week if they are simple, others might take longer, especially if unforeseen challenges arise. Moving a load bearing wall can take many weeks depending how long it takes to get engineering sign off, designs and even metal fabrication for new structural supports.
 
  • Safety: Always prioritise safety. This means hiring professionals for tasks you’re not sure about, moving any structural element of your home as well as electrical and plumbing tasks should be given to licensed contractors in Sydney to complete. Things like painting the wall after it has been moved can be done by yourself or even a local handyman.
  

 

Choosing the Right Bathroom Renovation Company in Sydney:

 
  • Research: Begin with online reviews and ask friends or family for recommendations.
 
  • Portfolio: A reputable company will have a portfolio of their past projects. This gives you insight into the quality of their work and design styles.
 
  • Licenses and Insurance: Ensure the company is licensed to operate in Sydney and has adequate insurance to cover potential damages or accidents.
 
  • Quotations: Obtain detailed quotations from multiple companies. This helps in comparing costs and understanding what’s included in the service.
 
  • Communication: Opt for a company that communicates effectively, listens to your needs, and offers valuable suggestions.
 

Moving a wall to expand a bathroom is a detailed process requiring careful consideration and expertise. By understanding each step, being aware of challenges, and choosing the right renovation company in Sydney, you can ensure a successful and satisfying bathroom expansion.

See a couple of examples below from renovation work we have completed.

Adjusting your plumbing to make your bathroom feel larger

When undertaking a bathroom renovation, one of the most impactful changes you can make is altering the placement of major fixtures. Shifting the toilet, vanity, shower, or bath can not only provide more space but can also transform the aesthetic and functionality of the room. Here’s how you can go about adjusting the plumbing to achieve this:

1. Understand the Basics of Bathroom Plumbing

Before making any drastic changes, it’s essential to understand the basics:

  • Wet Wall: This is the main wall in your bathroom where the plumbing lines run. It’s typically easier and less expensive to place fixtures close to this wall.
  • Vent Stack: A crucial part of the plumbing system, it allows sewer gases to escape outside. All fixtures need to connect to the vent stack, which may limit how far you can move them.
  • Drainage Lines: These are typically embedded in the floor, making them a significant factor when considering moving fixtures.
 

2. Moving the Toilet

The toilet has the most substantial drainpipe (typically 3-4 inches in diameter). If you’re considering shifting its location:

  • Distance from the Vent: Ensure the toilet remains within a specific distance from the vent stack (usually around 6 feet, but this can vary based on local codes).
  • Toilet Flange: This connects the toilet to the drainpipe. Adjusting this will be necessary if you’re relocating the toilet.
 

3. Shifting the Vanity or Sink

Moving a sink is relatively straightforward because it has smaller drainpipes:

  • Supply Lines: Ensure that the hot and cold-water supply lines are correctly rerouted to the new location.
  • P-trap: This part of the drainpipe prevents sewer gases from rising into the bathroom. You’ll need to reposition this when moving the sink.
 

4. Relocating the Shower or Bath

This can be the most involved:

  • Drain Location: If you’re changing the type or size of the shower or tub, you might need to move the drain. This requires breaking and repouring part of the floor.
  • Shower Valves: These will need to be moved if you’re adjusting the location or orientation of your shower or tub. Make sure they’re accessible for potential future repairs.
 

While a bathroom renovation can be a DIY project, adjusting plumbing, especially for major shifts, is best left to professionals. They can ensure the changes adhere to local building codes and are done safely. Shifting the fixtures in your bathroom can significantly enhance the space and functionality. By understanding the basics of plumbing and working with professionals, you can achieve a spacious, well-designed bathroom that meets all your needs. Whether you’re looking to create an open concept, improve flow, or simply want a change, adjusting the plumbing is a transformative step in any bathroom renovation that can help make the room feel larger.

What are some renovation trends to consider when making your bathroom bigger

  • Biophilic design: This trend involves incorporating natural elements into the bathroom, such as plants, wood, and stone. We often install vanity cupboards that have timber finishes to add warmth to a room.
 
  • Spa-like bathrooms: People are creating bathrooms that feel like a personal spa, with features such as soaking tubs, rain showers, seating in the shower and heated floors.
 
  • Smart bathrooms: Smart technology is becoming increasingly popular in bathrooms, with features such as voice-controlled faucets and mirrors, and smart toilets.
 
  • Sustainable materials: People are choosing sustainable materials for their bathroom renovations, such as recycled glass countertops and bamboo cabinets.
 
  • Minimalist design: Minimalist design is still popular in bathrooms, with clean lines and uncluttered spaces.
 
  • Textured tiles: Textured tiles add visual interest and dimension to the bathroom.
 
  • Bold colours: People are using bold colours to create a statement bathroom.
 
  • Natural materials: Natural materials such as wood, stone, and marble are popular choices for bathroom vanities, countertops, and floors.
 
  • Brass hardware: Brass hardware adds a touch of luxury to the bathroom especially if it is brushed.
 
  • Freestanding tubs: Freestanding tubs are a popular choice for creating a spa-like bathroom experience.
 
  • Walk-in showers: Walk-in showers are a safe and accessible option for people of all ages and abilities.
 
  • Dual vanity sinks: Dual vanity sinks are a great way to add more counter space and storage to the bathroom.
 
  • Wall-mounted toilets: Wall-mounted toilets free up floor space and make the bathroom feel more spacious.
 
  • Smart mirrors: Smart mirrors can display information such as the time, weather, and news.
 
  • Heated floors: Heated floors add a touch of luxury to the bathroom and make it more comfortable on cold mornings.
 
  • Skylights: Skylights let in natural light and make the bathroom feel more spacious.
 
  • Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can help to create a relaxing and spa-like atmosphere in the bathroom.
 
  • Music: Playing music in the bathroom can help to create a more enjoyable and relaxing experience. It is easy to take a bluetooth speaker with you because most are waterproof although some people are installing small speakers in the ceiling so they can listen to something.
 

When choosing trends for your bathroom renovation, it’s important to consider your personal style and budget. It’s also important to choose trends that will be timeless and won’t go out of style quickly.

Why choose Passion Built to make your bathroom larger for your sydney home?

As you can see when you look around our website we don’t specialise in a single type of renovation service, we can handle nearly any type of project from room renovations to extensions, adding additional floors or even backyard renovations.

  1. Diverse Renovation Expertise: Passion Built stands out as a reputable renovation builder in Sydney due to our extensive experience in transforming a variety of spaces. Whether you’re looking to renovate a bathroom, kitchen, laundry, or outdoor area, including structural changes such as moving walls or altering floor plans, Passion Built has the expertise to execute your vision.

  2. Customised Design Solutions: The team at Passion Built understands that every homeowner’s needs and preferences are unique. They collaborate closely with clients to create customised design solutions that align with your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences, resulting in a renovation that truly reflects your personality.

  3. Project Transparency: Passion Built emphasises transparency throughout the renovation process. They provide detailed project proposals, transparent pricing, and regular progress updates. This commitment to openness ensures that you’re informed and involved at every stage of the project.

  4. Quality Craftsmanship: Renovations by Passion Built are characterised by their exceptional quality and attention to detail. The company takes pride in delivering renovations that not only meet but exceed industry standards, ensuring a durable and timeless outcome.

  5. Stress-Free Experience: With Passion Built as your renovation partner, you can enjoy a stress-free experience. Their skilled project management team handles all aspects of the project, allowing you to focus on enjoying the transformation of your space without the hassle of coordinating multiple trades.

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Here is a collection of the questions we get asked a lot when we get phone calls or emails and people want information about the cost to build a new bathroom.

Yes, you can make your bathroom bigger by moving an existing wall. However, it’s important to note that this is a complex project that should be done by a qualified professional. There are a number of factors to consider, including whether the wall is load-bearing, the type of construction of your home, and the necessary permits.

Steps involved in moving a wall to make a bathroom bigger

  • Consult with a licensed builder or architect. This is important to ensure that the wall can be moved safely and without compromising the structural integrity of your home.
  • Obtain the necessary permits. In some cases, you may need to obtain a permit from your local council before you can move a wall.
  • Prepare the work area. This will involve removing any furniture or fixtures from the area and protecting the surrounding surfaces.
  • Remove the existing wall. This is a delicate process that should be done by a qualified professional.
  • Install the new wall. The new wall will need to be framed and wired according to building codes.
  • Finish the wall. This will involve installing drywall, insulation, and any other necessary materials.

 

 

Things to be aware of

  • Load-bearing walls: Load-bearing walls support the weight of the roof and other structural elements of your home. Moving a load-bearing wall can be dangerous and should only be done by a qualified professional.
  • Type of construction: The type of construction of your home will also affect the process of moving a wall. For example, homes with brick or concrete walls will be more difficult to renovate than homes with wood-framed walls.
  • Permits: In some cases, you may need to obtain a permit from your local council before you can move a wall. It’s important to check with your council to see what requirements apply in your area.
  • Cost of moving a wall to make a bathroom bigger The cost of moving a wall to make a bathroom bigger will vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of the wall, the type of construction of your home, and the location of your home. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 for this type of project.

 

Benefits of moving a wall to make a bathroom bigger

There are a number of benefits to moving a wall to make a bathroom bigger, including:

  • Increased space: Moving a wall is a great way to add more space to your bathroom. This can make your bathroom feel more comfortable and spacious, and it can also make it more functional.
  • Increased value: Moving a wall to make a bathroom bigger can also increase the value of your home. Buyers are often willing to pay more for homes with larger bathrooms.
  • Improved layout: Moving a wall can also be a great way to improve the layout of your bathroom. For example, you may be able to create a more efficient layout by moving the toilet or shower to a different location.

 

Moving a wall to make a bathroom bigger is a complex project that should be done by a qualified professional. However, it can be a great way to add more space, value, and functionality to your bathroom.

Renovation builders are equipped with the expertise to plan, design, and execute renovations that can range from minor updates and cosmetic changes to major transformations involving structural modifications. Their role extends beyond that of traditional tradespeople, as they often provide comprehensive solutions that encompass various aspects of a renovation project.

Key characteristics of a renovation builder include:

  • Design and Planning: Renovation builders often collaborate with designers or possess in-house design teams to conceptualise and plan the renovation. They work closely with clients to understand their vision and goals, ensuring that the design aligns with their preferences and lifestyle.
 
  • Project Management: Renovation builders assume the role of project managers, overseeing all stages of the renovation process. They coordinate different trades, manage schedules, budgets, and timelines, and ensure that the project runs smoothly from start to finish.
 
  • Structural and Functional Changes: Unlike some other trades that focus on specific tasks (e.g., plumbing, electrical work), renovation builders are skilled in making structural changes, such as moving walls, altering floor plans, and integrating new architectural elements to enhance the layout and functionality of spaces.
 
  • Comprehensive Expertise: Renovation builders have a broad skill set that spans construction, carpentry, finishing work, and often encompass various trades under their umbrella. This expertise allows them to tackle diverse aspects of a renovation project without the need to subcontract every task.
 
  • Code Compliance: Renovation builders are well-versed in local building codes and regulations. They ensure that renovations adhere to legal requirements and obtain the necessary permits, which helps prevent potential legal issues and ensures the safety and compliance of the project.
 
  • Quality Craftsmanship: Renovation builders prioritize delivering high-quality workmanship to ensure the longevity and durability of the renovated spaces. This includes using premium materials, employing skilled craftsmen, and maintaining attention to detail throughout the project.
 
  • Client Collaboration: Renovation builders maintain open communication and collaboration with clients, keeping them informed about the progress and addressing any concerns or modifications that arise during the renovation.

In summary, a renovation builder is a professional or company that specialises in transforming and upgrading existing spaces through a combination of design, construction, and project management skills. They offer a comprehensive approach to renovations, making them distinct from other types of trades that focus on specific tasks or components of a project.

Dylan
Dylan

Licensed builder and founder of Passion Built

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Passion Built, a premier licensed builder in Sydney, that provides bespoke bathroom renovation services tailored to meet the specific needs and visions of each client whether it is for a house, apartment or commercial use location. Recognised as one of the most modern bathroom renovation builders in Sydney, we specialise in transforming living spaces including a laundry

For those looking to revamp their bathrooms, our detailed bathroom renovation package brochure provides an array of options to renovate a bathroom in your house or apartment within your budget without compromising on quality. 

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