BATHROOM RENOVATION IN RANDWICK HOUSE
A RENOVATION TO REMOVE AN OLD BATH & INSTALL A NEW SHOWER
Passion Built was chosen as the renovation contractor in Randwick by the home owners who wanted to remodel the main bathroom in this rental property. To save money the landlord’s renovation brief was to use the existing room and floor plan but to remove the old bath, toilet, vanity and tiling.
By using the existing floor plan it meant that all the waste pipes & existing plumbing could remain in place. The main change was to use space created by removing the bath to then install a new walk in shower with custom made glass frame. This would make the property more attractive to prospective tenants, easier to clean & also make the room feel larger.
While this renovation project seemed fairly straight forward once we demolished the old bathroom and inspected the plumbing we discovered it was quite rusted & needed to be replaced. This became a variation to the scope of work but was extremely important to complete this remedial work before completing any other renovation steps.
The lockdown conditions in Sydney at the time delayed the completion of the work, but eventually we were able to finish the project that included tiling from TFO, a new toilet from Tradelink and tapware from Pheonix.
REMOVING A BATH IN A RENTAL PROPERTY
Rental property owners in Sydney sometimes need to update their investment properties when they start to age or to maximise rental returns. There are quite a few considerations a property owner has to consider because from a financial point of view because maintenance is treated differently to renovations, each person should consult their tax advisor on the best way to approach things.
Certainly if a room is deemed unsafe or has underlying issues to do with waterproofing, water leaks or even plumbing that is failing then you can approach renovating your property to address those issues specifically. For this property it also meant a potential trip hazzard was removed because you had to step in and out of the bath every time you wanted to take a shower.
For this renovation project the owner wanted to give the bathroom a remodel without spending too much money on the room. Changing things like taps, cabinet doors and lighting can be a quick way to freshen up a room. In this example the removal of the bath would give the room a different dynamic, presenting a larger space can make a bathroom feel more inviting & appeal to a wider array of people.
The single piece glass shower screen will also make maintenance simple & the lack of moving parts, sliding rails or doors means there is little obstruction and less places for mould or dirt to build up. This is a clever renovating tip for rental property owners to consider.
RENTAL PROPERTY RENOVATION IDEAS
WALL HUNG TIMBER VANITY
Using a wall hung vanity can help reduce the feeling of ‘bulk’ in a room because you are able to see the floor or wall tiles rather than heavy items crowding the floor space. For rental properties it also means it is a bit easier to keep the bathroom clean because there aren’t small gaps for dust and grime to build up.
Using timber adds a touch of warmth to the room which can also appeal to tenants.
WALL NICHE & TEXTURED TILING
The use of textured wall tiling can give a bathroom a bit of a visual lift & make it feel a bit more luxurious compared to most rental properties that use plain white tiling.
The use of a textured tile can also make it a bit easier to hide blemishes over time which helps with rental property presentation.
The use of a wall niche or shelf in the shower turns this into a practical space where tenants don’t need to hang things from the shower head, taps or try and install their own elements in the bathroom.
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We renovated this small bathroom in Randwock by removing the old bath and installing a new shower with floor and wall tiling