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A double shower renovated in a unit bathroom by Passion Built

Unit bathroom renovator in Coogee for complete renovations
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Really happy with the job and the way Dylan and his team completed it. Easy to communicate with, punctual, solved problems and he impressively lined up various trades back to back to ensure the job was completed in the shortest possible time. It involved wall removal, demolition, rebuilding floor areas, adding walls, plastering, tiling, electrical, plumbing & hot water.

Would definitely recommend Dylan's renovation company.

Andrew

UNIT Bathroom renovator in Coogee

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Renovation contractor that can renovate a unit bathroom in Coogee

We are constantly surprised at how many people who own a unit don’t realise you can do a complete bathroom renovation. Just because you are in a multi story unit block doesn’t mean you can renovate the rooms in the home you own.

Sure, renovating a unit has different challenges compared to a stand alone home, but it is still possible to do. The amount of people requesting a quote to renovate their unit in Sydney over recent years has increased significantly. There are so many old unit blocks that have bathrooms that were designed in the 1980’s with low cost materials used by developers wanting to maximise their profits.

Home ownership has changed in Sydney and so many people now want to live in a unit because it is easier, less hassle & the huge backyard of a traditional Aussie home just isn’t needed anymore. 

The owners just purchased this unit in the trendy suburb of Coogee but the interior styling was very dated. The bathroom had a simple white colour palette, old framed corner shower and lots of space that wasn’t really being used. The old silver tap fittings felt old and it just lacked any warmth or class.

So the renovation brief was to demolish the room completely and come up with a new bathroom design that included a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ double walk in shower with fluted glass shower screens, new vanity, patterned floor tiles, new toilet and even underfloor heating.

This renovation would convert an old, tired, bathroom in a unit into a really luxurious room that will be a joy to use everyday, even if the couple decide to shower together! 

Do you need council or strata permission to renovate a unit in Sydney?

Passion Built‘s renovation scope of work included demolishing the whole bathroom in Coogee before the renovation work could begin. Undertaking a unit renovation requires approval from the body corporate / strata to ensure that all the home owners in the block are aware of what will be taking place. 

Most of the time if the existing walls are remaining in place, the same bathroom plumbing is going to be used & there isn’t any major changes to the structure or layout, then it is fairly easy to get approval to begin renovating.

For this bathroom we were able to channel new piping along the walls to install the extra tap placements without cutting holes or removing too much material from the existing structure.

Where it can become a little more difficult is when you want to move or remove a wall, change the load bearing properties of the unit or even adjust the plumbing layout. All of these types of renovation tasks in a unit can have implications for the adjoining properties and may require an engineer or architect to get involved.

 

Can you install a double walk in shower in a bathroom in a unit?

The really simple answer is yes – yes you can build or install a double walk in shower into a bathroom even if it is in a unit or townhouse. Ok, fair enough, this won’t be possible if the space available is only 2m x 2m but for larger bathrooms in a unit that have a bit more width to play with it can be possible to have one built.

You might have a laundry next to your bathroom that can be converted into a single, larger room. Building a walk in shower is essentially creating a shower room that doesn’t have the traditional sliding door screen. There are no doors, hinges, panels or sliding systems that get in the way or clutter the design of the room.

You could buy a pre-made surround which is cheaper to buy than a custom built shower, but they are more costly to maintain long term and simply don’t look as good. Just look at the photos in the gallery below to see what we mean.

Typically, double showers have shower heads installed on opposite walls. You may also opt to have them on the same wall, but spaced out enough to allow for two people to comfortably shower side by side. Another option could be to build a full length bench seat along the width of the shower or even place the heads in the ceiling to create a ‘rainfall’ type of feeling.

Of course a double shower features two shower heads that are in close reach to each other, but are controlled separately so each person can adjust the water temperature and length of their shower to suit their personal requirements. Before you get carried away though, you have to work out if you have the space for one, you want to make sure you can both fit comfortably. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped, start bumping elbows and other bits (although that might be a good thing for some couples)

Unit bathroom with a double shower renovation

Our bathroom renovation company in Sydney renovates lots of small bathrooms in units. We have licensed plumbers, builders, carpenters & tilers who work together to renovate any type of room, even if it is in a huge apartment block with hundreds of units. Working in unit blocks requires amazing organisation to ensure materials, trades and the flow of work continues without interruptions due to the smaller space to work in. 

Fortunately the size of this bathroom in this Coogee unit was wide enough to accomodate the double shower, the width of the room was pretty perfect actually. The combination of textured floor tiling and fluted glass shower screens with the black accents really sets the room off. It is a classic white colour palette with touches of black, but the combination works well without any single element being too over-powering.

We installed new waterproofing, underfloor heating, custom made ADP vanity, toilet, taps and of course the stunning shower. In the far corner we also installed a new washing machine and clothes dryer, so this becomes a combination bathroom and laundry.

 

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Renovating ideas for bathrooms in a unit

wall hung vanity

You must be bored of us talking about wall hung vanity units if you have read a few of our renovation pages by now. Just in case, let’s recap that Keeping things up off the floor when renovating a unit bathroom can make a room feel larger because you can see more of the floor area. 

Again for this bathroom we installed a custom made vanity unit that had plenty of bench space and a nice round sink with deep drawers providing plenty of storage without taking up any floor space.

Concealed floor waste

We love hiding the drain waste units into the floor tiling. It feels more integrated compared to a huge steel drain installed in the floor. The design of this unit runs the length of the shower, a full width strip drain that can catch any water that splashes while two people are showering.

Underfloor heating installation in a unit

People living in a home can’t have all the fancy things right? We installed a new underfloor heating system in this unit as one of the additional luxury touches for the design.

Textured floor tiling

Most people choose smooth tiles for their floors, but you can use textured tiles that can give a room some impact and make it feel luxurious. For this bathroom renovation patterned tiles were used for the floor tiling. It’s a small detail but adds interior design interest to the room, making this terrace even more attractive to potential tenants.

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It’s really easy to find out the cost to renovate. We offer an obligation free site inspection, consultation & written price quote so that you can work out all the costs before you commit to renovating.

It is so easy to renovate a bathroom in a unit. In fact in some situations it is easier than renovating in a hose because units are built with solid walls & don’t have issues with timber rotting or floorboards failing. You just have to get Strata approval as well as be nice to your neighbours. The hardest part is getting rubbish out of the unit and getting new materials delivered because of the access limitations.

Although our renovation company has been renovating units for many years in Sydney, so we are used to dealing with these types of locations.

It is so easy to install a bathtub into a unit. The main thing that has to get checked is whether the floor can carry the weight of the bath when it is full of water, this can determine the size of bath you can install or alternatively what is required to strengthen the floor. A walk in shower can be converted to a combination bath with shower quite easily and for most unit owners that is what they choose.

It is so easy to install a double shower into a unit. The main thing that has to get checked is whether you have enough space to do it. We can adjust walls if needed or even combine a bathroom with a laundry or linen cupboard to create the space needed. Then two shower heads, two sets of taps or even a bench seat can be installed to create an amazing shower space for two people to use.

You have to get Strata approval to build a complete new bathroom renovation in a unit block. We understand that completing a bathroom renovation in a Strata managed apartment building is very different from a house where you may own the land with lots of space. Our team of experienced renovation contractors can guide you each step of the way to make it really easy to complete.

We can help with the initial strata approval process, sourcing all the materials, demolition to then building the new bathroom. We provide a fixed price, written quotation, so you know exactly what is included and how much everything costs.

Dylan
Dylan

Licensed builder and founder of Passion Built

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.