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jaga
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Bathroom renovation

IMG_5044.jpegHi Everyone,

 

After my latest embarrassment - (having to admit that I haven't finished my kitchen renovation from 4 years ago) - I'm posting some details about my bathroom renovation.. The bathroom was renovated just after the Covid lockdowns of 2020..  Here goes - 

 

Existing bathroom was not as old as the original house (1950's), but probably somewhere in the 80-90's. The back portion of our house (where this bathroom is) used to be a granny flat, which was probably constructed in the 80's, but then joined onto the main house in the 90's. The bathroom is only 1800mm x 1900mm and includes a shower, vanity basin and WC only.

 

Photos attached below

 

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The objectives were:

  • Retain the existing basic layout (floor penetrations could not be changed)
  • Demolish the blade wall between the shower and WC -this would provide an additional 100mm width in the shower, and also "open up" the room
  • Relocate the shower rose/tapware to the opposite side of the shower (ie: existing taps were on the blade wall, to be demolished)
  • Improve ventilation - the previous bathroom only had a low-powered, poor quality fan
  • Install new louvre window (you will see from some of my other posts, that we also replaced all windows in the whole house)
  • Install modern finishes (also with low risk of "dating")

I like the timber-grain laminex look, as long as its not "over-used".. I also think that some feature tiling has a tendency to "date".. So I opted for plain white matt wall tiles all around, but with a tiled shower "niche" - I was very lucky to find a "timber look" tile, that matched perfectly with a laminex "Natural Oak" - Image below shows the laminex sample against the timber look ceramic tile. I was satisfied that using the laminex on the vanity, and timber tile inside the shower niche, would provide enough of a "feature" against the plan white wall tiles (with a grey floor tile)

 

Products used:

  • Earp Bros Tiles "White Matt 600x300" wall tile
  • Earp Bros Tiles "Minnesota Cream 1500x250" timber tile
  • Earp Bros Tiles "Alps Dark Grey 450x450" floor tile
  • Custom made vanity & mirror shaving cabinet (using Natural Oak laminex)
  • Random other suppliers and Bunnings - for shower rose/taps, basin mixer, toilet suite, floor wastes
  • 10mm toughened frameless glass shower screen (with black patch fittings)
  • In-line extraction fan (I opted for a separate extraction fan, not the IXL 3in1 with fan included -because I wanted to ensure the best possible ventilation)
  • IXL (heat and light) 2in1

 

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Here are some progress photos showing the louvre window, and tiling (green wedges are used for "rectified" tiles, to ensure each tile surface is flush with the adjacent tile). Bunnings actually sell a different type of system to this, which I didn't find as easy to use as this wedge system.

 

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And the end result - 

 

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Cheers,

jaga

StevieB
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Projects Editor

Re: Bathroom renovation

What a fantastic transformation @jaga. Looks like you've achieved your goal of choosing modern finishes that will also stand the test of time.

 

Thanks for sharing this with us and including details about the products used. I'm sure this will come in handy for those planning their own bathroom renovations.

 

Look forward to seeing more of your projects around the house and garden.

 

Stevie

 

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Robert81
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Re: Bathroom renovation

How much did it cost you? Am planning to renovate my bathroom too.

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Jason
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Re: Bathroom renovation

Thanks for joining in the discussion @Robert81. Let me tag member @jaga so they are alerted to your question about the budget. 

 

We'd be more than happy to assist you with your own bathroom renovation project. Can I encourage you to hit the Start a discussion button and share your plans? We would be confident that you would get loads of helpful ideas, inspiration and advice from our clever and creative community. 

 

Welcome to Bunnings Workshop. It's fantastic to have you join us and we're looking forward to reading more about your bathroom reno. 

 

Jason

 

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jaga
Junior Contributor

Re: Bathroom renovation

Hi @Robert81 

It is a little difficult to identify the actual total cost - for a few reasons - a) I had some people do some work for free and "mates rates", and b) I had some tradesmen doing other things around the house at the same time, so its hard to pinpoint what the bathroom portion was.

 

But here is an approximate summary-

  • Demolition - $3,000 (includes specialist asbestos contractor -as all wall linings were asbestos)
  • Tiling and waterproofing - approx $2,500 (but this was "mates rates")
  • Tile supply - approx $1,200 (clearance centre pricing)
  • Plasterboard wall & ceiling linings - did it myself, but a tradesman probably would have cost approx $2,000
  • Vanity and shaving cabinet - $300 (mates rates), installed myself
  • Fixtures and fittings (taps, toilet, towel rails, etc) - total about $1,000 - installed non-plumbing items myself
  • Electrical - approx $200 (mates rates)
  • Plumbing - someone did this for free, as a gift. -probably would have cost $2,000
  • Shower screen - approx $2,000

Hope this helps.

jaga

 

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Caron
Experienced Contributor

Re: Bathroom renovation

Oh wow!  Love the louvres!  Great use of space - thanks for the inspiration (and tips re $$)

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