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Building a new bathroom in a garage in Sydney by Passion Built

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We just finished our full bathroom renovation with Dylan and Passion Built. Very happy with both the process to get there, and the end result. Quality product delivered on time and per requirements, and Dylan and his team have been very understanding and accommodating in the final stage where we tweaked a few things to suit us better.

Very good management of the (many!) various trades as well, activities occurred as planned or ahead of plan.

Will definitively want to do the next bathroom and kitchen reno with Passion Built when the time comes. Highly recommend.

Simon Gaudin

New bathroom & laundry in a garage in sydney

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Building a new bathroom in a garage in sydney

If you feel like your home needs a new bathroom or even an additional laundry then one of the choices you can consider is adding one to your garage. Not everyone thinks about this as an option when thinking about renovating a home because most people focus on updating the rooms inside the main dwelling. 

Although if you think about it most external garages are just like an external room with a floor, walls, ceiling structure and in most cases, they already have some electrical power. This means you can convert part of it into an external office, bathroom or even a laundry to add new functionality to your property.

For this renovation project our renovating company was contracted to build a new bathroom with a laundry inside the existing garage that was built on a concrete slab. The owner wanted to have a functioning bathroom in the garage so they could then renovate inside their main home.

The biggest obstacle to overcome when building a new bathroom inside a garage is water supply and sewer lines. For this property in Enmore fortunately the lines ran under the existing garage floor which meant a plumber could be engaged to wet saw cut into the concrete slab, access the lines & then set up the required water supply, drainage and sewer access to install a vanity, shower, toilet and laundry facilities. 

Steps needed to add a bathroom to a garage in sydney

Passion Built‘s renovation scope of work was to help with the planning and design so that a bathroom and laundry could be built inside the existing garage. For some people this might sound like a huge and complex task, well, this is true, but if you use an experienced renovation contractor then this process becomes much simpler to manage. 

To successfully build a new bathroom inside this garage these are the steps we took;

  1. Planning and designing: Before starting any bathroom construction work, we will help you plan and design your unit bathroom renovation project. This includes deciding on the layout, selecting materials, and determining the budget required for the scope of work. You can consult with an interior designer to create a set of plans that we can work from or you can do it yourself with our help. Having a very clear plan is super critical especially for a garage where there might be limitations in terms of where sewer lines can be accessed, electrical wiring or even water supply lines.

  2. Approvals: you have to check with your local council if any type of approval will be required to add a bathroom to a garage. If the garage is joined to the existing home you may not need any council approval. Although if it is a stand alone structure then you might need to receive the necessary DA approvals before building can commence. Either way you will have to check with your local council as each one has different laws and requirements.

  3. Demolition: Once a design, budget and layout has been agreed to & all the relevant approvals are in place we can then demolish any existing walls, shelving or other items that might be in the garage that are not needed.  We take great care to avoid damaging any structural elements of the structure while we do this. 

  4. Plumbing and electrical work: After demolition, the next step is to install any new plumbing and electrical wiring. This may involve repositioning existing pipes, wiring or installing new one or cutting into the ground to get access to existing ones. It’s important to only use licensed professionals to carry out this type of work to ensure that it meets building codes and safety standards. Using a handyman is not advised as they may not be licensed.

  5. Wall and floor finishes: With the plumbing and electrical work complete, the next step is to install the wall & ceiling frames to create the room inside the garage. Once this is done it means the wall and floor finishes can be constructed which will include screeding, waterproofing, tiling, painting, and plastering. 

  6. Cabinetry and fixtures: Once the walls and floors are finished, the next step is to install cabinetry, such as vanities and storage units or fixtures such as taps, shower heads, toilet, bath or shower. A licensed plumber has to connect the fixtures to the plumbing system.

  7. Final touches: The final step in the construction process is to add finishing touches, such as painting any exposed walls, lighting, mirrors, and accessories. These elements help to complete the look of the bathroom and make it a functional and enjoyable space.

Creating a new room inside a garage

Most garages are single large open spaces and might be four, five or six metres long with an opening to drive a vehicle in and out as well as a side door in most cases. So to add a bathroom inside a garage means the biggest change will be adding the framing required to build a wall to divide the parking area from the bathroom. 

This is a relatively easy task to complete and it creates the division needed between the two spaces. How you do this will depend on:

  • Cost: You might decide to just build a small partition rather than a full wall to create an open plan space in the garage rather than completely closing off the rooms separately. 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. If extra roof bracing is required or a brick wall has to be removed then things like that can add to the costs required.
 
  • 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 where you have to use existing plumbing that is shared in the building.
 
  • 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.
 

building a bathroom on a concrete slab in a garage

Every garage is built on a concrete slab so that it can withstand the weight of a vehicle parked on it which is usually more than one tonne in weight. Some garages might have timber frames with cladding and others might have been built with double brick or brick veneer construction depending on the age of the property or budget allocated to garage construction when it was built.

To build a bathroom inside a garage will typically mean two things;

1) Add plumbing to the garage externally to provide sewage and/or water supply

2) Get access to the existing plumbing lines under or next to the garage if they are nearby

Quite a lot of homes in Sydney might have the ideal placement to build a bathroom in a garage if the existing water supply and sewage lines either run close to or under the existing structure. For this project we had to cut into the existing concrete slab to access the plumbing that was already there which ran between the house and the street.

By cutting into the concrete slab using a licensed plumber you can then tap into the existing plumbing lines, then add connections or run extra lines to reach the locations needed for taps or drains. Once all the new plumbing lines are in place the floor can be repaired using new concrete to retain the strength of the floor. When the concrete has had time to cure, then a screed as well as waterproofing can be installed so the room is ready to receive new floor and wall tiling.

So in summary some of the considerations when building a bathroom inside a garage with a concrete slab would include;

Building Regulations and Permits: Familiarise yourself with the local building regulations, codes, and permit requirements in Sydney. Check with the local council or relevant authorities to determine if you need any permits or approvals for cutting into the concrete slab and conducting plumbing work.

Professional Assessment: It’s crucial to have a professional plumber or engineer assess the feasibility and structural implications of cutting into the concrete slab. They will evaluate the existing plumbing layout, the load-bearing capacity of the slab, and any potential risks or complications involved in the process.

Structural Integrity: Cutting into a concrete slab can affect the structural integrity of the building. Ensure that the load-bearing capacity of the slab will not be compromised by the addition of sewage lines or plumbing access. A structural engineer may be required to assess and provide guidance on reinforcing the slab, if necessary.

Location and Layout: Consider the optimal location for the new sewage lines or plumbing access. Assess the proximity to existing sewer lines, drainage systems, and water supply lines. Plan the layout carefully to minimise the need for additional cuts and ensure efficient flow.

Utility Identification: Before cutting into the concrete slab, it’s essential to identify the location of any existing utility lines such as electrical, gas, or water lines. Contact the relevant utility companies in Sydney to mark these lines to prevent accidental damage during the cutting process.

Noise and Dust Control: Cutting into concrete generates a significant amount of noise and dust. Take appropriate measures to control the noise levels and minimise dust spread, ensuring the safety and comfort of residents or occupants nearby.

Waterproofing and Sealing: When cutting into a concrete slab for sewage lines or plumbing access, it’s crucial to properly seal and waterproof the newly created openings to prevent leaks and potential water damage.

Professional Expertise: Given the complexity and potential risks involved, it’s strongly recommended to hire experienced professionals, such as plumbers and concrete cutting specialists, who have the expertise, equipment, and knowledge to perform the job safely and efficiently.

Remember that specific requirements and considerations may vary depending on the unique characteristics of your property, local regulations, and the advice of professionals familiar with your specific situation. Consulting with local experts will ensure that you follow the appropriate procedures and adhere to any specific guidelines in Sydney.

Before and after photos of a new bathroom in a garage in Sydney

Our bathroom renovation company in Sydney can build a whole new bathroom inside a garage. We create the ability for you to custom design any type of bathroom because we have licensed plumbers, builders, carpenters & tilers who work together to then build from your plans 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 and laundry combination inside the garage included;

  • Abi Interiors tapware 
  • Wall and floor tiling from Versatile
  • Custom made glass shower screen
  • Wall hung white vanity

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Bathroom renovating ideas for a garage

Walk in shower for a Garage

Building a walk in shower for a garage is relatively straight forward and because it uses custom made glass screens it can make the room feel larger because there are no physical barriers blocking the view of the walls or floors.

A walk in shower is easy to clean, simple to walk in or out of & perfect for elderly people, adults, kids or even pets alike. It makes it a great solution to an outdoor pool area where people can shower off before going inside the home after swimming. You can even use it to wash your pet dog.

Back to wall toilet cistern

The design of this new toilet sits flush to the wall and doesn’t have any contoured shapes around the sides like most toilets do. The smooth outer surface makes it much easier to clean and it won’t collect dust or debris around the base compared to a toilet that has the floor waste piping exposed.

Concealed floor waste

We always custom make the floor waste so that it fits nicely in the floor tiling rather than having a big silver square or round drain grate showing. It gives the floor a more uniform look as well. This one matched the colouring of the taps and mixers.

Adding plumbing or drainage to a garage

By cutting into the concrete floor of a garage you can join existing plumbing to what will be required inside the garage to build a new bathroom. Sewer lines and water supply pipes need to be accessed and then routed to the locations on your floor plan to provide the necessary services.

Garage skylight

Most garages only have a small window or no windows at all so they are typically quite dark. We can install a new skylight to help make a garage feel brighter during the day when it is being used.

Adding a laundry into a garage with a bathroom

Moving the laundry into the garage can create more space inside the home but also make it easier to do the washing because it is close distance to the clothes line. Adding cupboards and space to have a washing machine or dryer can be relatively easy to achieve.

Garage bathroom renovation ideas in Sydney.

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 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 home, unit or garage in sydney using inspiration from magazines, pinterest or other locations

Building a new bathroom or renovating an old one in Sydney 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  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 Sydney 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 garage in Sydney 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 adding a bathroom and combined laundry to your garage in Sydney.

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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. 

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.