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Renovating a bathroom in the attic of a terrace in Darlinghurst by Passion Built

ensuite bathroom renovation in terrace attic new timber vanity

Stunning renovation result! So happy with the service we received. We demolished and put in a new bathroom from scratch. Dylan was very accommodating and responsive to our needs. The team worked very efficiently. No stress, a great experience. Highly recommend. Thank you for our gorgeous new bathroom, we love it!


Ensuite Bathroom renovator in Darlinghurst

Before After Old ensuite bathroom in terrace attic vanityensuite bathroom renovation in terrace attic new toilet

Converting an existing ensuite into a new bathroom

A lot of terrace houses in Sydney have three levels with the ground floor normally the living areas, the second storey normally has bedrooms & sometimes there is an attic as well. For this terrace in Darlinghurst the attic had an ensuite that needed to be renovated as the owners wanted to convert it into a full bathroom. There was plenty of available space in the attic to achieve this, although what was required was to firstly demolish the old ensuite, then build new walls and floors so that a shower, toilet and vanity could fit.

Even though this bathroom was in the attic of the terrace it is very easy to renovate it. Consideration has to be given to the labour needed to get all the materials and debris to and from the third storey of course. For a lot of terrace homes it can mean converting it from a one or two bathroom property to a three bathroom layout. This makes it easier to rent out or great for a family with kids to live in.

By converting an ensuite to a full bathroom it means you could even rent the room out to a student or use it as Airbnb accomodation if you wanted to.

How to design the floorplan to convert an ensuite to full bathroom

Passion Built‘s renovation scope of work included designing the new floor plan to convert the ensuite into a bathroom. We measured up the space available and then created 2D / 3D bathroom layout using our professional bathroom planning software. 

We could easily convert a  2D plan with all the room measurements into a virtual reality model so that the home owner can approve the design and visualise how it will look. While we didn’t do it for this project, it would have been possible to create a plan for the whole bedroom including the new bathroom so that it was possible to see the space that would be available after the renovation was completed. 

By creating a 2D drawing it can be used as the site plan to then begin the room preparation, move the walls, adjust the plumbing and get the renovation work started. The home owner can use the 3D model to look at the room from different angles and even zoom in and out to see how it will all fit together. 

The benefit of choosing a home renovation company in Sydney like Passion Built is that we can take on conversion projects where a room is being changed to have a different purpose. Converting a bedroom into a bathroom or even a powder room into an ensuite with a shower is possible to do. Solving renovating problems like this is what we enjoy doing and is why our company is chosen for so many renovation projects in Sydney. Our team of renovation specialists can give you a quote for getting anything you needed renovating in your home whether it is a house, unit or townhouse.


Changing the bathroom plumbing layout

As you can see from the bathroom design plans, the room was going to be made larger by moving a wall, the vanity was going to be installed in the same location, the toilet was going to change orientation and the extra space was going to be used to build a walk in shower. 

This meant we had to move the bathroom plumbing layout before we could begin sheeting the new floor and doing the tiling. This meant moving the sewage plumbing and also installing new piping for the shower taps as well. 

By completely demolishing the old bathroom it means you can basically ‘start again’ and built a brand new bathroom just the way you like it. That is the benefit of complete bathroom renovations vs a makeover or a remodel where you are working with existing items.

Can you build a bathroom in an attic

Some homes have an attic that is just empty & used for storage. It is possible to convert an attic into an extra room, but also install a bathroom as well. You can fit a full bathroom including a tub, vanity, shower and toilet in pretty much any attic. 

In most cases when a terrace is built the attic would have been left an empty void. Although with the values of homes going through the roof these days, people want to be able to use all the available space they have available. This can be a cheaper way of making your home larger compared to extending, adding another storey or building a granny flat. 

Converting an attic is very common in Sydney, especially for older homes like terraces or duplexes. Many new homes are lack attic space because they are being built with trusses instead of rafters. Rafters allowed for storage space. However, trusses are not able to support the weight of storage, builders switched to trusses because they are easier to work with. Although many older homes have huge ceiling spaces with rafters that can carry the weight of a bathroom quite easily.

Converting an empty attic into a bedroom or study with a bathroom is quite possible with the right council approvals, engineer sign off (especially if you want a bath tub so high up in your roof) and working with a licensed renovating company in Sydney like Passion Built.


Ensuite converted to bathroom before and after photos

Our renovation company in Sydney loves working on complex bathroom conversions like this. It brings together our expertise across building, plumbing, tiling and renovating to create new spaces in people’s homes.  Moving a wall to make a bathroom bigger isn’t a simple task, but in many cases it can be done, even if that means we are engaging with an engineer to ensure it is safe.

The owners of this home used ABI Interiors tap ware, frameless glass shower screen on a sliding rail, ADP timber vanity and lovely new wall and floor tiling. They chose a simple colour palette which was predominantly white with timber accents, matt black tap ware and soft stone like floor tiling.

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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.


Renovating ideas to convert an ensuite

wall hung vanity

Keeping things up off the floor can make a room feel larger because you can see more of the floor area. This timber vanity was just the right size for the room with the deep drawer providing plenty of storage without taking up any floor space.

Walk in shower with sliding screen

The huge custom made glass shower screen had a barn style sliding glass door. A unique design feature that is also practical to contain the water from splashing on the floor. By not using a bulky pre-made frame in this small room it also creates the illusion of more space in the room as you can see to the window without any obstruction.

This bathroom will be great for the kids or elderly people as it is easy to walk in and out of with no hob getting in the way.

Floor waste recessed into the tiling

We love this feature, we combined the floor waste with the sliding shower screen door. So they ‘feel’ like they are working together but they are actually providing separate functions. This is much nicer than a huge ugly floor drain in the middle of the shower.

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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. 

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