An ugly 3 way bathroom transformed into a stunning modern traditional bathroom in Lismore NSW.
This bathroom renovation entailed a large scope of works.
The old bathroom was a 3-way design layout. This made each room quite pokey and dimly lit due to little natural light being available. The shower was leaking, the ceiling was cracking and the floor joists had started to drop to one side. The homeowners, wanted to convert the 3-way bathroom into a single room bathroom design.
We started with a complete internal demolition, taking out the unwanted internal walls. All wall sheeting and ceiling sheets were removed.
Due to the floor joists sinking the floor sloped the wrong way for drainage. The flooring was removed, the floor joists adjusted and new floor sheeting installed.
The old window above the bath was also removed and a larger window installed to allow more natural light to enter the bathroom.
(please note all structural alterations must be done by a licensed building contractor)
The homeowners had a vision of a modern traditional bathroom style, a style befitting the heritage of the old farmhouse.
Our clients couldn't be happier with the outcome. A beautiful, modern traditional, open space bathroom with plenty of natural light and a nice deep bath for a soothing soak.
Where to now?
Grey bathroom renovation in the delightful village of Wollongbar, nestled between the towns of Lismore and Alstonville NSW.
Our clients brief for this bathroom was to remove the bathtub to create more floor space within the small bathroom.
We stripped out the bathroom and replaced wall framing which had been damaged by the leaking shower.
The old bathroom design had the vanity unit placed under the window which left no room for a mirror. We moved the plumbing and installed the new vanity onto an adjacent wall, making it possible to also install a mirror cabinet above the vanity for extra storage.
Location: Wollongbar NSW
Price Guide: $20,000 - $25,000
Duration: 4 weeks
A Farmhouse Bathroom Renovation on a Low Budget in Clunes NSW
When it comes to bathroom renovations, everyone has a different budget and different lifestyle needs. Knowing how much you are able to invest in your bathroom renovation, helps you to eliminate falling in love with items that don't fit your budget.
If you need to be careful of your costs and can only afford a low budget renovation, don't worry. While you might not be able to have all the latest bells and whistles of current trends such as LED mirrors, heated towel rails or thermostatic shower mixers, you will still have plenty of great options to choose from when it comes to your fixture and fittings.
In this article we will show you a low cost bathroom renovation that Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations completed in Clunes NSW 2480. We will give you some ideas and tips on how to keep your renovation costs down.
This main bathroom was originally an owner-built project that consisted of just a vanity bench with basin, a corner shower and a toilet. The bathroom area itself was quite generous in size but the area was poorly utilised with no built in storage area to keep toiletries, towels or other bathroom products. Our client not only wanted to update the look of her bathroom but she also wanted to add some storage space and if possible a bath tub, however, it needed to be done within a lower end budget.
Keeping bathroom costs down!
One way to keep bathroom renovation costs down is to keep the plumbing in the same place. In redesigning this bathroom, we kept the vanity and shower in the same place. This helps to keep costs down by using the existing plumbing. However to make the room more appealing and because our client really wanted to include a bathtub, we decided to move the toilet to behind the opening of the bathroom door and installed the freestanding bathtub where the toilet was originally placed. This new floor plan keeps the toilet hidden away and allows the bathtub to be a prominent feature of the bathroom.
Cabinetry & Tapware
When it comes to bathroom cabinetry and tapware, it is really easy to go over budget. Bathroom renovation costs can be kept low by forgoing custom made cabinetry and choosing a premade factory vanity instead. Our client choose the Hampton vanity with a moulded ceramic basin top by Fienza Bathware as well as a premade factory mirror cabinet. It's a win win situation for budget and storage.
The basin mixture is a budget range from Caroma Australia featuring a 5 star WELS rating and ceramic discs. Proving once again that quality can still be bought even with a low budget.
Tiling is one of those trades that is very labour intensive. The more tiles that need to be laid, the more expansive your bathroom will be. The tile type you choose can also wreck havoc on your budget if your not careful.
Our client choose low budget ceramic tiles and also kept the tile heights on the wall minimal. By choosing to keep the original wall paneling and only using a skirting tile, both material and labour costs were kept within budget.
Light Fittings and Windows
Our client choose to keep the original light fitting, which meant she saved money by not needing an electrician to rewire new fittings, saving money on both trade labour and material costs.
Another budget saver is to keep the original bathroom window. Some people choose to replace windows due to the window frame colour not matching the new bathroom interior. A handy budget idea is to hang a blind or install shutters over your window. These two option will be much cheaper than having your widow replaced.
Here's a few more Before & After Images
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Ceramic and Porcelain are both clay tiles, however despite the fact that both are man-made and created from clay, they are very different materials in looks, durability and how they are created.
In this article Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations from Lismore NSW, explain the difference, Pro's & Con's of ceramic and porcelain tiles.
The easiest and fastest way to tell a ceramic tile from a porcelain tile is to take a look at its edge. A ceramic tile, whether for floor or wall use, has a glaze on top of the surface, giving it, it’s colour and finish.
Ceramic tiles come in two types, monocottura and bicottura. Both types are made with pressed wet clay, however monocottura is only fired once and bicottura is fired twice. A bicottura tile is much harder and denser than a monocottura tile.
Porcelain tile is made of clay dust not wet clay. The dust is dyed or pigmented into the desired colour, then compacted under extreme pressure, which makes the tile much denser and durable. The resulting tile is then fired to much higher temperatures than the ceramic tiles, resulting in a non-porous, hard and highly durable tile.
Pros & Cons
Wet Room Bathroom Styles & Designs
Wet Room style bathrooms are a hot trend in Australia right now, and for many good reasons. It’s a trend that's not disappearing anytime soon. In this article, Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations explain what a wet room is, the different styles of wet room bathroom design commonly seen in Australia, and the Pros and Cons of wet rooms.
What is a Wet Room?
With its design roots from Japan, a traditional wet room would usually be two rooms. The first room, known as an entrance room, is used for undressing/ dressing and would also have a bathroom vanity/sink. The 2nd room would be the actual bathroom consisting of a shower and a deep bathtub. The toilet would be separate from these two rooms.
In Australia, we don’t usually see the traditional Japanese style wet room, but rather we see many versions of wet room type bathrooms, especially in the bathroom renovation industry where the renovator is often limited by the existing room size and accessibility to existing plumbing. A wet room is a bathroom in which the shower is open (might have a partial screen but not fully enclosed) and its floor area is flush with the rest of the room.
The following wet room bathrooms are the three most common wet room designs we see in Australia.
One big Open Wet Room
One big open wet room. This style of bathroom is often referred to as an open bathroom. This bathroom design is where the shower is not enclosed with a shower screen or panel. There is no shower tray or shower hob.
An Open Wet Room bathroom designed and renovated by Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations in Bexhill NSW. The design consists of an open shower, freestanding bathtub, floating vanity and toilet all in one room.
This Open wetroom Bathroom was created by converting an old 3-way bathroom into one big room. Converting the old 3 way design to one room created a very functional design, people can come and go using the vanity or toilet and not need to worry about stepping in water as the shower is up the opposite end of the room.
Another stylish open wet room bathroom by Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations in Alstonville, NSW. This small bathroom design has a wall hung vanity, a samll freestanding bathtub and a screenless shower in one room and the toilet in a separate room.
While an open bathroom design is not for everyone, this style of a wet room is ideal for people with disabilities or for people who hate cleaning shower screens. If an open wet room is designed right, they can be an extremely functional space that’s easy to maintain with minimal cleaning.
Shower only Wet Room
This style of wet room is as the name suggests. It is a bathroom that doesn’t have a bathtub. It is a wet room design that can have various layouts depending on what the homeowner is wanting to achieve and the existing space to be used. This wet room can be just one big shower room, with the vanity and toilet in separate rooms of their own, as seen in the image below.
Another style of this shower only bathroom design is a room that has the shower and vanity in one room and the toilet in a separate room. The shower can either be an open shower (no glass screens or panels) or it may have just one panel of glass (also known as a walk-in shower) to help control the spread of water.
The other most common shower only bathroom design is where the room includes a shower, vanity and toilet in one room. Once again, this room can have a screen-less open shower or a walk-in shower with one panel of glass.
A shower only bathroom design is great for small spaces or for those families with a busy lifestyle where having a bathtub is not an important aspect in their home. These bathrooms are also extremely accessible and are often the first choice for those who are seeking a bathroom design that is assisted living friendly.
Partial Wet Room
The design of this wet room bathroom has a bathtub and shower separated from the remainder of the bathroom by a shower screen panel. The shower screen panel helps to control the spread of the water and protects the vanity from water splashes. This type of bathroom design does not usually include a toilet in the same room.
The bathroom above is a classic example of a partial wet room. Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations designed and built this bathroom for a client in Lennox Head NSW. Our client wanted a completely new layout that was spacious and had clean lines. Our client had a young family and it was important for them to include a bathtub in the bathroom design.
This type of wet room layout is perfect for long narrow bathrooms. Space is used efficiently in an open plan layout, creating visually stunning bathrooms that are practical to use. The partial wet room design is popular for young families and homeowners who want to open up the floor space of a small bathroom but still want a bathtub.
A partial wet room design can also work with an inset bathtub, as shown in the image above. This bathroom was designed and renovated by Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations in Suffolk Park NSW. Our clients needed a wheelchair friendly bathroom but still wanted to have a bathtub for their grandkids.
Pros & Cons of a Wet Room Bathroom
Are you thinking about a Wet Room Bathroom Renovation.
Essentially, the secret to a successful wet room renovation is quality workmanship by a licensed bathroom renovator who is an experienced bathroom designer and engages the skill and workmanship of an expert tiler.
These are some key elements to consider:
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