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A bigger bathroom with toilet in Kogarah Bay by Passion Built

Renovation to make a bathroom bigger with unique timber vanity
Renovation to make a bathroom bigger vanity installed
Before After Old bathroom ready to be renovatedRenovation to make a bathroom bigger with new toilet

Passion Built demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their schedule, consistently adhering to timelines and showcasing a level of professionalism that set them apart. The caliber of their work was notably high, providing me with a sense of confidence and assurance throughout the entire process. Opting to partner with Passion Built proved to be not only an easy decision but also the best one I could have made.

Dylan and his team exhibited an impressive level of expertise, ensuring that every aspect of the project met the highest standards. What stood out the most was their immediate and effective handling of any unforeseen issues that arose during the renovation. This proactive approach significantly contributed to a seamless experience, eliminating unnecessary concerns on my part.

The decision to entrust my project to Passion Built was not just about the end result but also about the journey. Dylan's team showcased a remarkable blend of professionalism and attentiveness.

I unequivocally endorse Passion Built for anyone considering renovations. The peace of mind, coupled with the assurance of a smooth and well-executed project, makes them the go-to choice. Dylan and his team's dedication to excellence ensures that when it comes to renovations, choosing Passion Built is a decision backed by experience, expertise, and unwavering confidence.

Maryanne Kourouche

A complete bathroom renovation in Kogarah Bay

Passion Built‘is a licensed builder in Sydney that does bathroom renovations in houses, apartments, granny flats or commercial locations. For this home our renovator scope of work included;

  • Initial consultation with the client to discuss their preferences, budget, and design ideas.
  • Assessment of the existing bathroom space, including measurements and inspection for any structural issues or plumbing concerns.
  • Design development, including the creation of layout plans, selection of materials, and colour schemes in line with the client’s vision.
  • Demolition of the old bathroom fixtures, including the removal of tiles, cabinets, plumbing, and electrical components.
  • Structural modifications such as relocating the linen cupboard wall.
  • Changing the layout to accommodate the new design which needed a new toilet installed.
  • Plumbing work, for drainage systems, and fixtures such as sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtubs.
  • Electrical work, including the installation of lighting fixtures, outlets, switches, and ventilation fans as per the new design.
  • Installation of new walls, ceilings, and flooring, included plastering, waterproofing, and tiling.
  • Installation of a new skylight.
  • Remedial repairs to the adjoining wall.
  • Painting or wall finishes to achieve the desired aesthetic.
  • Installation of bathroom fixtures and fittings, including taps, shower heads, towel rails, mirrors, and accessories.
  • Testing and quality assurance to ensure all plumbing and electrical systems work properly.
  • Final cleanup of the renovation area, including the removal of debris and construction waste.
  • Client walkthrough and inspection to ensure satisfaction with the completed bathroom.
  • Handing over warranties, care instructions, and maintenance guidelines for the newly renovated bathroom.

The renovation requirements
When Maryanne approached us, tired of her outdated bathroom, she was seeking more than just a renovation – she wanted a unique transformation, a space that was not only functional but also a reflection of her personal style. The journey to create this bespoke bathroom was filled with challenges, but each presented an opportunity for innovative solutions and creative design.

Firstly, the original bathroom lacked a crucial element – a toilet. To remedy this, we undertook the intricate task of altering the drainage and plumbing system so that we could seamlessly integrate a toilet into the design of the new layout. This addition significantly enhanced the room’s functionality as it would mean the new bathroom would have toilet, walk in shower and vanity with sink.

Making a bathroom larger
The next hurdle was space. The bathroom felt cramped, almost claustrophobic. Our solution? We knocked down the brick walls of an adjoining linen cupboard. This not only expanded the room but also redefined the entire layout, breathing new life into the space.

During the demolition, we encountered a common issue in older homes – the opposing side of a limestone rendered wall became loose and detached. Instead of opting for the standard procedure of removal and re-rendering, we proposed a more creative approach. We left the wall exposed and applied a clear coating, a suggestion that the client enthusiastically embraced. This feature became a striking focal point, adding character and a rustic charm to the bathroom while complimenting the overall interior design.

Custom made vanity
The quest for the perfect vanity was another challenge. Our client needed ample storage for towels, a feature she found lacking in available options. Her solution was to import a custom vanity from Italy, ensuring it met her storage needs and aesthetic preferences. We were able to then custom fit this into the bathroom.

Renovating ideas
The scope of this full renovation extended beyond just drainage alteration and wall removal. We introduced elements that set this bathroom apart: LED under-vanity lighting activated by a sensor for convenience, two elegant wall lights, a luxurious heated towel rail, and VJ board paneling on two walls for a blend of classic and contemporary styles. 

The new bidet toilet was also equipped with warm/hot water as per the client’s request, added a touch of unexpected comfort.

The entire bathroom transformation was completed over a period of 4 weeks, with an additional 4 days dedicated to perfecting the exposed brick wall. With a budget of $35,000 for labor, the products used included;

  • High-quality Phoenix tapware and fittings
  • A custom-imported vanity from Italy
  • VJ wall paneling
  • Bespoke frameless glass shower screen.
  • Subway tiles for the walk in shower

Each product was carefully chosen to complement the space and ensure lasting quality. As you can see from the photos, this project was more than a renovation; it was a journey of transforming an ordinary space into an extraordinary one, tailored to Maryanne’s vision and lifestyle. The use of timber, earthy tone tiles and a pattern floor tile give the whole room warmth and character.

Every challenge encountered along the way was met with creative solutions, resulting in a bathroom that is not just a functional space but a personal sanctuary.

renovating a bathroom with vj wall panelling

When most people are looking to renovate their bathroom the thought of floor-to-ceiling tiling seems like the obvious choice. There are some other options though because tiles can be cold, prone to mould and grout discolouration, and let’s not forget the daunting task of cleaning them, especially in those hard-to-reach places. The expense is another factor – tiling a whole bathroom can put a significant dent in your renovation budget.

An alternative that can be used is VJ wall panelling – a game-changer for bathroom renovations. VJ (Vertical Join) panels bring a classic, timeless aesthetic to your space, adding character and warmth that tiles often lack. These panels are not only stylish but also practical. They’re easier to install than tiles, significantly cutting down on labor costs and renovation time. 

When it comes to maintenance, VJ panels are a breeze – they resist mould and are easy to clean, ensuring your bathroom remains a hygienic, inviting space. With VJ wall panelling, you transform your bathroom into a cozy, inviting retreat that marries style with practicality, all while keeping within a reasonable budget. As you can see for this bathroom they compliment the subway tile walls rather nicely.

Making a bathroom larger by removing or adjusting existing walls

If you have a small bathroom that you want to renovate one of the things many people consider is if it can be made to feel larger. We have shared some ideas and free advice about how to make a small bathroom feel bigger here. While styling, colours, products and layout can all contribute to the feeling of a larger space, the best way to truly make a small bathroom feel larger is to remove or adjust walls. In the case of this home there was a linen cupboard that had been built almost like a wall niche with the door accessible in the hallway. 

We removed the door and the linen cupboard as well as part of the wall to then make the bathroom larger. In many cases you do need to check if the wall is load bearing before going ahead and making changes to it (for obvious reasons)

The home owner sourced a vanity unit that was large enough to store linen so the solution was a good one that created more usable space and enough room to add the required toilet into the bathroom.

Adding a toilet to an existing bathroom

You can add a toilet to a laundry or bathroom whether it is built on timber floor boards or a concrete slab. All it requires is to have a water supply and sewer line to be made usable by using existing plumbing or adding it. This would have to be carried out by a professional plumbing contractor to ensure that the plumbing and construction work is done correctly and up to code. 

The steps would include;

  • Assess the existing bathroom layout and available space to determine the best location for the new toilet. Consider factors such as proximity to existing plumbing lines, ease of access, and compliance with local building codes.
  • Obtain any necessary permits or approvals from local authorities before starting the project.
  • Work with a designer or architect to create a detailed design plan for the new toilet addition. This should include the layout, dimensions, and placement of fixtures and fittings.
  • If necessary, remove existing walls, fixtures, and finishes to make way for the new toilet area. Ensure proper safety measures are in place during demolition.
  • Extend the existing plumbing lines to the new toilet location. This involves running new water supply lines and waste pipes to connect to the main sewer or septic system.
  • Install a toilet flange at the correct height and location in the floor to accommodate the new toilet.
  • Frame the new walls and partitions to define the toilet area if required and provide support for fixtures and finishes while ensuring that the structural framing meets local building codes and regulations if it has been used.
  • Install the toilet, connecting it to the waste pipe and securing it to the floor.
  • Hook up the plumbing connections for water supply and drainage.
  • Apply caulk and grout where necessary to seal joints and ensure a waterproof finish.
  • Test the toilet to ensure there are no leaks

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Dylan from Passion Built will be happy to answer any questions you might have & share information about current renovation package options available.


Bathroom renovation interior design ideas

SUBwaY tiling

Subway tiling is a popular interior design choice for bathrooms. Subway tiles have a classic and timeless look that has been popular for over a century. Their clean, simple lines and neutral colours make them suitable for various design styles, from traditional to modern, ensuring that your bathroom won’t look outdated over time.

Subway tiles come in a variety of sizes, including the standard 3×6-inch size, but also larger or smaller options. The glossy finish of subway tiles reflects light well, helping to brighten up the bathroom and make it feel more spacious. This is particularly beneficial in smaller bathrooms or those with limited natural light.

Subway tiles are typically made of ceramic or porcelain, which are easy to clean and maintain. Their smooth, non-porous surface resists staining, mould, and mildew, making them an excellent choice for the humid environment of a bathroom.

Custom designed vanity

A custom-designed vanity can be a fantastic idea for your bathroom, especially if you want a unique and tailored solution that perfectly fits your needs and preferences. Custom vanities allow you to personalise every aspect of the design, from the size and layout to the materials, finishes, and hardware. This level of customization ensures that your vanity complements your bathroom’s style and meets your specific storage and functionality requirements.

 A custom-designed vanity can be tailored to the available space in your bathroom. This means you can maximise storage and countertop space while ensuring it fits seamlessly into the room’s layout, whether your bathroom is small or has unique dimensions.

You have complete control over the style and aesthetics of a custom vanity. You can choose the type of wood, stone, or other materials, as well as the finish and colour, to match your bathroom’s overall design scheme. This allows you to create a focal point or a cohesive look in your bathroom.

Moving or adjusting walls

We mentioned the benefits earlier of moving or adjusting walls and in this example it also created a feature in the living area so it was a double bonus of creating practical functionality and style.

Most homes are built with brick and internal fibro sheeted walls which makes removing or adjusting them easier than full brick or cement ones.

Get a bathroom renovation quote in Kogarah Bay

It’s really easy to find out the cost to renovate in Kogarah Bay. We offer

  • Obligation free site inspection.
  • Free bathroom design consultation.
  • Written fixed price quotation.

We make it easy to calculate bathroom renovation costs in Kogarah Bay before you make any commitments to renovating your home.

Bathroom renovation examples

If you would like to see more bathroom renovation examples, below are some more of the builds we have completed in Sydney. You can look through lots of photos and our design idea explanations to get inspiration for your bathroom. As you will see, each design is very different, proof that our renovation company can renovate any style or type of bathroom in Kogarah Bay that you can dream of. 

We are a bathroom renovator in Sydney that can custom design a bathroom in any size or shape, demolish your old rooms, then build a completely new one.

Get a new bathroom designed in Kogarah Bay

Designing a bathroom has never been easier with inspiration available from photos, interior design websites or videos. You can have a new custom designed and built bathroom for your house or apartment in Kogarah Bay using inspiration from magazines, Pinterest or your interior designer.

New bathroom designs
Building a new bathroom or renovating an old one in Kogarah Bay can definitely add value to your home, as long as the renovations are done properly and with the right materials. When considering a bathroom renovation, it’s important to ensure that you have all the necessary elements to make the space functional, including a shower, toilet, vanity and bathtub.

  • A shower is a must-have for most people, as it provides a convenient and efficient way to get clean. Make sure to choose a shower that is large enough for two people and has enough headroom, if needed.
  • Toilets are also important (no kidding right) and you should consider a model that is efficient, easy to clean and has a low profile to make the most of the space if there isn’t much room. Sometimes a concealed cistern system is a wise choice.
  • Vanity units are essential for storing bathroom essentials and can be used to add extra counter space, too. Choose a vanity that matches the style of the bathroom and has enough storage space.
  • Bathtubs can also add value to your home, especially if you have a larger family or enjoy relaxing in a warm bath. While they can take up a lot of space they are especially suited if the home needs to be used by a family with small children or it is placed in an ensuite to the main bedroom.

Choose your own materials
When renovating your  bathroom, it is important to choose high-quality materials that are durable and attractive. This includes tiles, taps, shower heads and other fixtures. We always recommend a fresh coat of paint to give the space a new look and feel. Additionally, consider incorporating energy-efficient and eco-friendly features into your bathroom renovation, such as low-flow toilets, shower heads and taps which can help reduce water and energy usage. These features not only help the environment, but can also lower your monthly bills.


Fixed price quotations
Regarding cost, bathroom renovations can range from a few thousand dollars for a basic renovation to tens of thousands for a complete overhaul. It is important to have a budget in mind and stick to it, so you don’t overspend. Renovating a bathroom in Kogarah Bay to include a shower, toilet, vanity and bathtub can add value to your home, as long as the renovations are done properly and with the right materials.

Adding a bathroom with a combined laundry to a home in Kogarah Bay can potentially add value to your home. However, the actual value added will depend on various factors such as the quality of the construction, the market demand in your area, and the overall appeal and functionality of the addition. Here are some considerations:

  • Increased Functionality: Adding a bathroom and a combined laundry to a garage can enhance the functionality of your home. This addition provides convenience and versatility, especially if there are no existing bathrooms or laundry facilities in the garage or nearby. It can be particularly attractive to potential buyers or renters who prioritise having these amenities readily available.
  • Additional Living Space: Converting a garage into a usable space with a bathroom and laundry can effectively increase the liveable square footage of your home. This can be advantageous when it comes to property valuation and appeal. However, it’s important to note that converting a garage may impact the availability of covered parking, which could be a factor for some buyers.
  • Market Demand: The demand for properties with additional bathrooms and laundry facilities can vary depending on the specific market conditions in your area. Research the local real estate market and consult with real estate professionals to understand the preferences and expectations of potential buyers or renters. Consider whether the addition aligns with the needs and desires of the target market.
  • Quality and Design: The quality of the construction, finishes, and overall design of the added bathroom and laundry will significantly impact its value. Ensure that the space is well-designed, functional, and visually appealing. Using high-quality materials and fixtures will also contribute to the perceived value of the addition.
  • Cost vs. Value: Consider the cost of the addition relative to the potential increase in property value. Evaluate whether the expenses involved in construction, permits, and any necessary modifications are justified by the potential return on investment. It’s advisable to get estimates from reputable contractors and compare them with the estimated increase in home value to make an informed decision.

Remember that adding value to a home is not solely dependent on a single renovation project. It’s essential to consider the overall condition of the property, its location, and other factors that influence market value. Conduct thorough research, consult with professionals, and weigh the costs and potential benefits to make an informed decision about renovating your bathroom in Kogarah Bay.

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We are known for our exceptional craftsmanship in creating modern, stylish, and trend-setting bathrooms. With an extensive background in bathroom construction, Passion Built specialises in catering to the unique preferences and needs of each client, ensuring the delivery of bespoke bathroom solutions for homes and units alike.

A spectrum of styles
Our expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of bathroom styles, allowing us to adeptly handle projects of any scale and complexity. Whether you envision a compact, efficient space or a luxurious, expansive bathroom, our team is equipped to bring your vision to life using a variety of high-quality materials. We take pride in our flexibility and creativity, ensuring that each project reflects the individuality and lifestyle of our clients.

Modern features
One of the hallmarks of Passion Built is our proficiency in incorporating modern features into our designs. This includes the construction of elegant walk-in showers and the installation of sophisticated free-standing baths, among other contemporary elements. These features not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom but also contribute to its functionality and comfort.

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Design & construction
Understanding that a bathroom renovation is not just about aesthetics, we offer comprehensive services that encompass design, structural alterations, and full-scale construction. Our team works closely with you from the initial design phase, helping to conceptualise a layout that maximises space and efficiency. We are skilled in modifying floor plans, relocating walls, and even combining rooms to create a more spacious and inviting bathroom environment.

High standards
The demolition and construction phases are handled with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. Our commitment to quality ensures that every aspect of the renovation, from the foundational work to the finishing touches, is executed to the highest standards. We coordinate all aspects of the project, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for our clients.

Exceeding expectations
At Passion Built, we recognise that a bathroom is more than just a functional space; it is a personal retreat that should reflect your style and enhance your daily routine. Our dedication to excellence, coupled with our experience and versatility, makes us the ideal choice for transforming your bathroom into a space that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

Let us help you create a bathroom that is not just built, but passionately built to perfection.

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About us

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. 

Unique services such as converting laundry to bathroom are handled with the utmost precision, showcasing our dedication to innovation. With a commitment to transparency and no hidden surprises, our fixed price bathroom renovation quotations ensure complete peace of mind for every single client. 

Trust Passion Built to design your new bathroom space; your dreams, our blueprint.