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Unit bathroom renovation in Kensington with new plumbing by Passion Built

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Dylan and his team were great throughout the whole process. The professionalism and quality of work was exceptional, and overall was great to deal with. Dylan had the time to answer all my questions and concerns, and provided detailed information for what was happening. Highly recommend Passion Built.

Damien Perkovic

Unit bathroom renovation in Kensington, Sydney

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Building a new bathroom in a unit in Kensington, Sydney

We completed another unit bathroom renovation in Kensington in Sydney. This was a ground floor unit that was sitting on a concrete slab that had subfloor access. The clients wanted to renovate the bathroom in their unit but also change the layout because the old bathroom was very cramped and they didn’t like the way it was designed.

By making changes to the drainage layout we could create more space and build a very welcoming, modern bathroom in this unit even though it was only 1.5 x 2.4 in size we could fit a vanity, toilet and walk in shower.

So this was a complete bathroom renovation for a unit which included helping with the initial bathroom design, creating a layout that would suit, doing the demolition, floor and wall preparation, waterproofing, tiling & then constructing the room for fit off & hand over. It took about 3 weeks to complete the renovation works, but this included 1 week waiting time for the Sapphire ultra clear glass shower screen. 

They didn’t need council approval because this was purely an internal renovation

Unit bathroom designs in Kensington, Sydney

Passion Built‘s renovation scope of work was to make sure the bathroom was completely stripped before we did any of the construction work. We stripped everything to get back to the bare walls and concrete sub floor. This enables us to get access to the plumbing in the walls and the drainage in the floor to make the required changes to the layout that the owner wanted..

Coming up with new floor plan ideas for unit bathrooms is really easy, there could have been another three or four variations to this room, it just depends on the renovation budget that you have and structurally what we need to get access to within the unit block.

We make this process really easy by doing the following steps;

  1. Planning and designing: Before starting any 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.

  2. Approvals: for most unit renovations you need to get at least strata or body corporate approval so everyone in the building knows work is about to commence. You won’t need council approvals if the work is just cosmetic internal changes. If walls are getting moved then you’ll need an engineer or builder, maybe an architect & more intensive approvals from the other owners of units in the block.

  3. Demolition: Once a design, budget and layout has been agreed to & all the relevant approvals are in place we can begin to demolish the existing bathroom. This involves removing all the old fixtures, fittings, and finishes. We take great care to avoid damaging any structural elements of the building while we do this. Sometimes we might discover floor or wall damage that may need to be repaired.

  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 and wiring or installing new 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 wall and floor finishes. This may include waterproofing, tiling, painting, and plastering. It’s important to choose materials that are waterproof and easy to maintain.

  6. Cabinetry and fixtures: Once the walls and floors are finished, the next step is to install cabinetry, such as vanities and storage units, and 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 lighting, mirrors, and accessories. These elements help to complete the look of the bathroom and make it a functional and enjoyable space.

Changing the plumbing in a unit bathroom in Kensington, Sydney

A lot of people think it is too hard to change the layout of their bathroom in a unit block, 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 unit bathroom renovation in Kensington 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 depending how the unit block has been constructed.

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. In this unit there was a sub floor so it was easier than normal to make changes, 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 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.
  • 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.

floor plan design layout ideas for a small bathroom in a unit

When you want to change the layout of your bathroom in a unit the simplest way is to grab some paper and a pencil to begin drawing out some ideas. One of the steps we offer in our bathroom renovation process is to work with each home owner to create a custom designed bathroom layout using 2D/3D planning tools. 

Taking this extra step means you can visualise what it will look like, but more importantly see if the spacing works or not. Small details like this can mean the difference between a door opening or closing properly or having enough space to walk around the different pieces of furniture in the room.

For small bathroom renovations in a unit, getting a 3D design plan becomes even more critical because of the limited space available to work with. In the case of this one it was less than 3m x 3m in size so we had to make sure a toilet, vanity & walk in shower could all fit nicely.

The design the owners ended up finalising was to have the vanity in the corner, toilet next to it & then the walk in shower on the back wall while retaining the existing window. By installing a walk in shower with single piece of glass as the frame it meant lots of light would always flood the room and bounce off the white subway tiles. For interest they choose patterned floor tiling.

Building new bathrooms in a unit in Kensington

Our bathroom renovation company in Kensington can completely renovate a unit bathroom to give it a more modern design. For this unit bathroom the existing layout was changed as we mentioned earlier and this meant we could accomodate the new walk in shower, vanity and toilet that had to be installed. 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;

  • Abi Interiors tapware and fittings in brushed brass
  • Finley shower rail set
  • Elsyian minimal mixer
  • Elsyian basin mixer
  • Custom adp vanity
  • Caroma back to wall toilet.
  • White subway tiled walls
  • Classic encaustic pattern 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.


Bathroom renovating ideas for a unit

Walk in shower for a unit

Any unit has restrictions on space normally so you have to be clever with what you choose to install in your bathroom renovation. Most apartments or units in Kensington will have a combination bath and shower to create the best of both worlds. For this unit we removed that and used the space to have a walk in shower that took up the width of the room while retaining the existing window.

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.

Custom made glass screen divider

A modern bathroom design trend for houses or units is to have a single glass piece that is the shower screen. Commonly used for walk in showers it means you can have a seamless transition from the main room area into the shower. It is great for adults, kids or even pets to simply walk in or out of the shower and for this unit also meant lots of light could fill the room all day long.

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 to create a different bathroom layout. For units this can be hard sometimes if the room is on a solid concrete slab, but for this one in Kensington it was built on a sub floor so we could get access to it & then cut the necessary holes that were needed.

Bathroom renovation design ideas in Kensington.

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 Kensington 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 unit in Kensington using inspiration from magazines, pinterest or other locations

Renovating a unit bathroom in Kensington 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 unit 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, unit 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 Kensington 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.