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Toilet converted into a bathroom in Alexandria by Passion Built

Toilet renovation to convert to a bathroom in Alexandria with new vanity
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My and my wife were weary about building a new bathroom but we put our trust in Dylan and wow.

The sheer dedication showed by this company to make me and my wife’s dreams a reality were truly amazing. I am so grateful to the dedication of this team, the efficiency to the beautiful and friendly customer service provided made this whole ordeal a pleasant and smooth one.

I have renovated 3 bathrooms in my years as a home owner I have never experienced a more smooth process.

Forever grateful to the team at passion built 10/10 definitely would use again.

Dominic Uli

Converting an existing toilet into a bathroom with walk in shower

Passion Built is a licensed builder in Sydney that does renovations in houses, apartments, granny flats or commercial locations. For this home in Alexandria, Sydney, the scope of work our renovator team needed to complete was to convert an existing toilet (also called a WC or powder room) into a bathroom.

The owners had a master bathroom upstairs but they wanted to add one downstairs to add value ot their home but also improve its practicality. It wasn’t possible to extend the existing home to create more space or remove any existing walls, so the solution was to convert the existing toilet that was located under the stairs by adding a new wall and use some of the existing living room floor area.

The client used Distinctive Design Studio to come up with an interior design and floor plan to make this type of bathroom renovation not only practical but aesthetically pleasing. With a very unique curved wall design, open walk in shower and slender subway tiles the finished room looks stunning and feels spacious. 

The renovator scope of work was extensive and included;

  • Initial consultation with the client to discuss their preferences, budget, and design ideas.
  • Providing a detailed, written, fixed price bathroom renovation quotation
  • Assessment of the existing space, including measurements and inspection for any structural issues or plumbing concerns.
  • Design development, including the creation of 2D & 3D site layout plans.
  • Demolition of the old toilet and removal of the existing wall.
  • Plumbing work, for drainage systems, and fixtures such as the sink, toilet and shower.
  • Electrical work, including the installation of lighting fixtures, outlets, switches as per the new design.
  • Installation of new waterproofing, floor tiling, wall tiles and painting.
  • Installation of bathroom fixtures and fittings, including taps, shower head, towel hooks, mirros, and accessories.
  • Testing and quality assurance to ensure all plumbing and electrical systems work properly.
  • Final cleanup of the renovation area, including the removal of debris and construction waste.
  • Client walkthrough and inspection to ensure satisfaction with the completed bathroom.
  • Handing over warranties, care instructions, and maintenance guidelines for the newly renovated property.

Unique aspects to this bathroom renovation

  1. Adding a new wall that was curved: As mentioned it wasn’t possible to build house extension or to remove an existing wall for this home, so by using some of the existing living room space we could construct a new wall that would become the new bathroom. The wall was designed to be curved to match the existing interior design of the home while at the same time creating a unique focal point when you walked into the bathroom itself.

  2. Converting an existing toilet to be a fully functional bathroom: So many homes have a toilet or a WC that is a small area with a tiny wall sink. In many situations this can be converted to be a full bathroom by adding a shower. There is already an existing water supply, electrical wiring and drainage, this can be used to create a new layout that has a toilet, small vanity and shower to create a bathroom. 


What products were used?
Some of the products used included;
  • Meir Tapware
  • Tiles from Amalfi Tiles


A small bathroom designed to fit under the stairs of a home

If you are thinking about renovating your bathroom, one of the clever decisions you can make is to engage with an interior designer or an architect which is what the owners of this home did. The visuals above show some of the thinking and design ideas they help to visualise to make planning & decision making much easier. 

Engaging an interior designer or an architect for the renovation of a new bathroom can be an astute decision given the complex interplay of functionality, aesthetics, and regulatory compliance inherent in this type of building projecs. Bathrooms, despite their often limited size, require meticulous planning to ensure that they are both practical and visually appealing. With this home it became even more important with their expertise becoming invaluable to create a clever way to convert the existing toilet into a bathroom.

Interior designers and architects possess a comprehensive understanding of spatial dynamics. They can effectively maximise the utilisation of available space (or in this case work out ways to create space), ensuring that every square metre serves a purpose. 

This is particularly crucial in bathrooms, where the arrangement of fixtures and fittings can significantly impact usability. An experienced designer or architect will consider ergonomics and flow, ensuring that the layout promotes ease of movement and access. This expertise can prevent common pitfalls such as cramped conditions or placing items in the room that might look ‘pretty’ but not be very usable.

These types of professionals bring a wealth of knowledge regarding materials and finishes. Bathrooms are exposed to high levels of moisture and temperature fluctuations, necessitating the use of durable, water-resistant materials. An interior designer or architect can recommend products that not only meet these practical requirements but also align with the desired aesthetic in terms of colour or texture to match the rest of your home.

Another critical aspect is the adherence to building codes and regulations. Bathrooms must comply with various standards concerning plumbing, electrical work, ventilation, and safety. Architects and designers are well-versed in these regulations and can ensure that the renovation meets all legal requirements.

It means you can elevate a bathroom from a mere functional space to a sanctuary of relaxation and comfort. They can integrate unique design elements and personalise the space according to your preferences while blending style with practicality. 

The plans and drawings they create can then be used by bathroom renovators to build the new room with millimetre precision. There is no guesswork involved, the site plan has every measurement of every item to be placed in the room.

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How you can add a bathroom into an existing home without adding an extension

As you can see in the Site Plan pictured above, this home had a long rectangular shape with the old toilet positioned under the stairs. By adding a new wall around the stair case it effectively creates more space to then build a new bathroom. It means the living area space is reduced slightly but in this home there was still plenty of floor area available to fit a sofa, TV etc.

With a bedroom on the same level together with the kitchen and living area, it means people living there, guests or visitors could use the ground floor bathroom instead of needing to walk upstairs.

This solution means a bathroom was added to the home without needing to build an extension, adding a second storey or knocking down a wall in another part of the home. With the existing water and drainage locations it became a simple, but effective way to add a bathroom to an existing two storey home in Alexandria, Sydney.

The steps to convert a toilet into a bathroom


If you are considering your options and whether its possible to convert an existing toilet into a full bathroom then you have to think about these steps needed;
  • Evaluate Space: First step is to measure the existing space to determine if it can accommodate a shower and vanity along with the toilet. Consider the minimum size requirements for each fixture and like this example maybe there is space on the other side of the existing walls that can be used.
  • Budgeting: Establish a budget that covers all aspects of the renovation, including materials, labour, fixtures, and any unforeseen expenses. Some people will say they don’t know how much a bathroom costs, but there is plenty of information available online to give you an idea, most bathrooms will cost at least $20,000 for a complete renovation. Get more information here.
  • Design and Layout: You can choose to work with an interior designer or architect to create a layout that optimises the available space, ensuring adequate room for movement and accessibility. They will typically create detailed floor plans and 3D renderings to make decision making easier.
  • Local Building Codes: Research and understand local building regulations and codes that pertain to bathroom renovations. Ensure your plans comply with these requirements as each Council has different requirements. Most of the time internal renovations don’t need approvals.
  • Obtain Permits: Apply for the necessary permits from local authorities before commencing work if they are required.
  • Clear Out Space: A bathroom renovator like Passion Built can help you demolish the existing toilet to get ready to build the new bathroom.
  • Plumbing: New plumbing lines might be needed to accommodate the new shower, vanity, and toilet. This may involve significant changes, including installing new pipes, drains, and venting systems depending on the house and existing layout.
  • Electrical: Update electrical wiring to ensure it can handle new lighting, exhaust fans, and outlets, following safety codes and standards as required. Different room types or locations will need different elements which will be included in the interior design plan.
  • Floor Reinforcement: If necessary, reinforce the flooring to support the weight of the new fixtures, especially if a bathtub is also going to be installed in the room.
  • Wall and floor construction: Construct or modify walls to create the desired layout that include moisture-resistant drywall in areas that will be exposed to water and of course waterproofing.
  • Tiling, painting & fixture fitting: Once the room is prepared and ready to be used for renovation the work begins once the waterproofing has been completed to start doing the tiling, fitting fixtures, lighting, and then painting.
  • Professional Inspection: Have a professional inspect the completed work to ensure it meets building codes and standards.
  • Touch-Ups: Address any minor issues, such as paint touch-ups or adjusting fixtures, to ensure a polished final appearance.
  • Thorough Cleaning: Clean the new bathroom to remove any construction debris and dust.
  • Final Walkthrough: Conduct a final walkthrough with the renovator to ensure satisfaction and address any concerns or adjustments needed.

Want pricing information?

Dylan from Passion Built will be happy to answer any questions you might have & share information about current renovation package options available.


Bathroom renovation interior design ideas

A walk in shower without a screen

Believe it or not you don’t need a shower screen or sliding door for your shower. You can have a completely open space and simply walk in and out. 

With the really small space available in this bathroom it also made a lot of sense to not install anything else that would take up space or be an obstacle in the room.

Roof mounted showerhead

A shower head doesn’t have to be mounted on the wall of a bathroom. As you can see in this bathroom design the showerhead was mounted on the ceiling which is not only luxurious but keeps the wall free of any objects to make it feel larger than it is.

Concealed floor waste

Forget about ugly drain wastes, these days you can conceal the old drain and make it blend into the floor so it is not too obtrusive.

Wall niche in the shower

You can get a wall niche installed in a new walk in shower or near a bath to create a practical storage solution. Instead of using hanging ranks, floor stands or shelves with suction cups the wall niche is a simple, easy way, to keep everything close at hand.

Free site inspection, consultation & quote

It’s really easy to find out the cost to renovate in Alexandria. We offer

  • Obligation free site inspection.
  • Free bathroom design consultation.
  • Written fixed price quotation.

We make it easy to calculate bathroom renovation costs in Alexandria before you make any commitments to renovating your home.

Bathroom renovation examples

If you would like to see more bathroom renovation examples, below are some more of the builds we have completed in Sydney. You can look through lots of photos and our design idea explanations to get inspiration for your bathroom. As you will see, each design is very different, proof that our renovation company can renovate any style or type of bathroom in Alexandria that you can dream of. 

We are a bathroom renovator in Sydney that can custom design a bathroom in any size or shape, demolish your old rooms, then build a completely new one.

Get a new bathroom designed in Alexandria

Designing a bathroom has never been easier with inspiration available from photos, interior design websites or videos. You can have a new custom designed and built bathroom for your house or apartment in Alexandria using inspiration from magazines, Pinterest or your interior designer.

New bathroom designs
Building a new bathroom or renovating an old one in Alexandria 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.

Choose your own materials
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.


Fixed price quotations
Regarding 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 Alexandria 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 home in Alexandria 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 renovating your bathroom in Alexandria.

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We are known for our exceptional craftsmanship in creating modern, stylish, and trend-setting bathrooms. With an extensive background in bathroom construction, Passion Built specialises in catering to the unique preferences and needs of each client, ensuring the delivery of bespoke bathroom solutions for homes and units alike.

A spectrum of styles
Our expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of bathroom styles, allowing us to adeptly handle projects of any scale and complexity. Whether you envision a compact, efficient space or a luxurious, expansive bathroom, our team is equipped to bring your vision to life using a variety of high-quality materials. We take pride in our flexibility and creativity, ensuring that each project reflects the individuality and lifestyle of our clients.

Modern features
One of the hallmarks of Passion Built is our proficiency in incorporating modern features into our designs. This includes the construction of elegant walk-in showers and the installation of sophisticated free-standing baths, among other contemporary elements. These features not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom but also contribute to its functionality and comfort.

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Design & construction
Understanding that a bathroom renovation is not just about aesthetics, we offer comprehensive services that encompass design, structural alterations, and full-scale construction. Our team works closely with you from the initial design phase, helping to conceptualise a layout that maximises space and efficiency. We are skilled in modifying floor plans, relocating walls, and even combining rooms to create a more spacious and inviting bathroom environment.

High standards
The demolition and construction phases are handled with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. Our commitment to quality ensures that every aspect of the renovation, from the foundational work to the finishing touches, is executed to the highest standards. We coordinate all aspects of the project, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for our clients.

Exceeding expectations
At Passion Built, we recognise that a bathroom is more than just a functional space; it is a personal retreat that should reflect your style and enhance your daily routine. Our dedication to excellence, coupled with our experience and versatility, makes us the ideal choice for transforming your bathroom into a space that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

Let us help you create a bathroom that is not just built, but passionately built to perfection.

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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.