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A small bathroom renovation in Sydenham by Passion Built

Small bathroom renovation Sydenham new vanity mirror installed
Small bathroom renovation Sydenham grey tap spout

We were lucky enough to have our new bathroom fitted by Passion Built. The guys were super nice and the job was completed on time as agreed. Dylan and the team were professional, polite and courteous. Good guys as well. No problem at all with recommending them and to anyone.

Satish Dhiman

Small bathroom renovation

Before After Old 1960s style bathroom to be renovatedSmall bathroom renovation Sydenham

Building a small bathroom with a lower ceiling and smaller window

The owner of this home wanted a new small bathroom built in Sydenham to update the 1960’s interior design that had brown floor tiles and very ornate fittings. He wanted something more modern that included the removal of the old combo bath & shower unit.

The interior design of this bathroom meant that we had to do some extra renovation work which included;

  • Changing the plumbing and drainage.
  • Building a new subfloor.
  • Removing the old window.
  • Dropping the ceiling to ensure a full tile down from the top of the roof could line up with the bottom of the window reveal.
  • The use of epoxy grout for the tiling
  • The installation of an electric opening window with touch screen control
All these intricate details can be built and included in a new bathroom renovation when you work closely with a renovation company like Passion Built. We can help you construct practically anything you like. It means you can create an incredible design that takes ideas from architects, designer homes or the latest renovation trends.
Given we are licensed builders we can also do things like remove or adjust walls, change ceilings or flooring and make major layout changes as well if they are needed.
The design inspiration of this bathroom included New York style marble feature wall tiles laid in a vertical subway pattern, with subway floor tiles lined up to match the grout lines in the room from floor to wall.

Demolishing an existing bathroom to install new plumbing

Passion Built‘s renovation scope of work included the full demolition of the old bathroom in Sydenham before we began any renovating. We stripped everything to get back to the bare brick walls so that could get access to the plumbing to make the required changes to the drainage as well as rebuilding the subfloor.

We also had to brick up the old window frame area and prepare the wall for the electric awning window that was going to be placed higher on the ceiling to let light into the bathroom. The benefit of doing this is it creates more usable wall space to install a larger vanity mirror and the new shower screen.

With all of that done it was onto the installation of the Greens Astro II Twin Rail Shower head in gunmetal, a custom made black ADP vanity, the Greens basin mixer & taps as well as the beautiful floor and wall tiles.

As mentioned earlier one of the materials specified was the epoxy grout which is becoming popular in modern bathroom renovations in Sydney. Here are some of the benefits of using this type of grout for your tiling;

  • Resistance to water and stains: Epoxy grout is highly resistant to water and stains, which makes it ideal for use in wet areas such as showers and bathroom floors. It does not absorb moisture, which means it will not crack, discolour or develop mildew, making it a low-maintenance option.
  • Durability: Epoxy grout is extremely durable and can last for many years without needing to be repaired or replaced. It is resistant to cracking, chipping, and fading, which makes it a great long-term investment.
  • Versatility: Epoxy grout is available in a wide range of colours and can be used with different tile materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and natural stone. It can also be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, making it a versatile option.
  • Easy to clean: Epoxy grout is easy to clean and maintain. It can be wiped down with a damp cloth or sponge, and does not require any special cleaning products.
  • Aesthetics: Epoxy grout has a smooth, uniform appearance and can create a seamless finish between tiles. It also has a glossy finish, which can add an attractive shine to your bathroom design.

Changing the plumbing when renovating a bathroom

A lot of people think it is too hard to change the layout of their bathroom but it is actually quite easy. If you are just doing a simple makeover or a remodel then you are probably leaving everything where it is and just changing taps, new paint, new lighting and maybe a new vanity. It is a simple way to freshen up an old bathroom.

Although when you choose to do a complete bathroom renovation in Sydney you are starting with a blank sheet of paper and can then design anything you like. By completely demolishing your old bathroom you can get access to all the plumbing to be able to move pipes, tap locations, drain locations etc.

This means you can completely change the orientation and layout of your bathroom and install a toilet in a different corner of the room, have a larger vanity or even install a bath together with a shower. However, there are several things that you should consider before doing so:

  • Cost: Changing the plumbing in your bathroom can be expensive, particularly if you need to move the location of your fixtures or change the layout of your pipes. You will need to budget accordingly and ensure that you have enough funds to cover the cost of the plumbing changes as well as the other aspects of your renovation. We can provide a quotation that outlines what it might cost and this will depend if the house is built on a concrete slab or timber floor boards as well as how extensive the changes are.
  • Building codes and regulations: It is important to ensure that any changes you make to your bathroom plumbing comply with local building codes and regulations. You may need to obtain permits and have the work inspected by a licensed plumber or building inspector. This is particularly important for bathrooms getting renovated in units or apartments.
  • Access to pipes: Depending on the age and design of your home, accessing the plumbing pipes in your bathroom may require additional work such as cutting through walls or floors. You will need to factor this into your renovation timeline and budget.
  • Plumbing fixtures: If you plan to change the location of your plumbing fixtures such as your toilet, sink, or shower, you will need to ensure that the new locations are feasible and that there is adequate space to install them or more importantly, use them easily in their new placements.
  • Timeline: Changing the plumbing in your bathroom can add time to your renovation project. You will need to factor in the additional time required for plumbing work when planning your renovation timeline.

Building a new bathroom in Sydenham

Our bathroom renovation company in Sydney can completely renovate a bathroom in Sydenham (or any suburb) to give it a more modern design. For this ensuite the existing layout was going to be retained with some slight changes to the plumbing & the wall where the old window was. So our renovation work was focussed on demolishing the old bathroom then re-instating everything using modern colours and materials.

We create the ability to custom build any type of bathroom design because we have licensed plumbers, builders, carpenters & tilers who work together to renovate any type of bathroom no matter what size or layout it is. We can even remove or adjust a wall if need be to create enough space so you can fit a bath tub, shower, toilet, washing machine and dryer – whatever you need really.

The products we installed in this bathroom included;

  • ADP custom made wall hung vanity
  • Greens tap ware and fixtures
  • New York marble subway tiles

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Custom bathroom renovating ideas

Textured tiles in a wall niche

The subway tiles with a marble finish create immediate interest and a real touch of luxury. The fact they are laid vertically help to make the room feel larger than it is with the vertical lines.

Shallow vanity sink

Most people will choose a sink for their vanity that is quite deep, although when you think about it, why do you need a deep sink? By choosing to install a shallow sink in your bathroom you can save space under the countertop for extra storage while retaining the ability to catch water. 

Changing bathroom plumbing drainage

When you strip a bathroom back to the wall and floor boards you can then make changes to where the pipes run, this means you can move the installation placement of the newly installed items.

Sliding glass shower door for a walk in shower

Not all walk in showers need to be completely open. We installed a sliding ‘barn style’ glass door for this shower so that it can help to retain water & steam while you are using the shower.

High mounted window

This has to be one of the smartest design choices for this bathroom renovation because it is so practical. Most windows in bathrooms are frosted to create privacy so therefore a large window isn’t used for the great view in most cases, but they do provide light.

By installing a high mounted window on the wall you can achieve your required natural lighting, but then gain the full use of the wall to install other furniture pieces. It creates more usable wall space while still getting natural light into the bathroom.

The use of an electric control means it can be opened easily to help with ventilation too.

Complete bathroom renovation design ideas.

Here are some more custom bathroom design ideas you can take inspiration from. As you will see, each one of them is very different, proof that we can renovate any style or type of bathroom in Sydenham or any suburb of Sydney. Our renovation company can help you custom design a bathroom of any size, then demolish your old rooms to then build a completely new one.

We can build a new custom bathroom in a home in Sydenham using inspiration from magazines, pinterest or other locations

Renovating a bathroom in Sydenham 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.

When renovating your custom 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.

In terms of 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 Sydenham 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. 

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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. 

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.