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8 expert answers to bathroom renovation FAQs



a room with a sink and a mirror: Freestanding baths require extra cleaning but they make a bathroom look larger so it might be worth the effort. Photo: Nicole England.


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Freestanding baths require extra cleaning but they make a bathroom look larger so it might be worth the effort. Photo: Nicole England.


1. Cleaning the bathroom is my least favourite chore. How can I keep it to the absolute minimum?

Large-format tiles mean fewer grout lines and less scrubbing. And floating vanities are easy to clean around. Built-in baths require less cleaning than freestanding baths, but a freestanding bath makes the room look bigger so maybe it’s worth the extra cleaning!

Sam Habib, manager, Domayne Bathrooms.

2. How do I find the right showerhead for me, one that feels good to use?

Every showerhead harnesses water differently. If you want a great-feeling shower, your selection should be based primarily on the coverage and spray force the showerhead can provide.

Some conventional showers have limited functionality and can deliver a needle-like experience. Our showers have been carefully engineered to give you a more balanced coverage and spray force.

Laura Keogh, head of marketing, Methven Australia.



a close up of a shower: Photo: Shannon McGrath


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Photo: Shannon McGrath

3. We’d like our bathroom to serve us into our old age. What should we consider?

Thinking ahead, it’s a good idea to design your bathroom to have a wide door opening and an open shower recess.

There’s no need to put in grab rails now if you don’t want to, but it is smart to put some extra supports within the wall to accommodate these later.

Lee Hardcastle, bathroom designer, Enigma Interiors.

4. How can I improve a perfectly functional but dated bathroom on a budget of less than $5000?

A new vanity, mirror, taps and light fittings can make a world of difference if you’re after a cost-effective bathroom refresh. Spend the most on the elements that you most dislike.

Should you decide to replace tiles, proceed with caution; if you compromise the waterproofing, you could end up requiring a complete bathroom renovation.

Katrina Luxton, bathroom designer, Royston Wilson Design.



a large tub next to a window: Photo: Sue Stubbs / Styling: Steve Cordony


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Photo: Sue Stubbs / Styling: Steve Cordony

5. How can I make sure my new bathroom will be a great place to unwind?

Ensure it’s symmetrical. When you enter a room, you see it as a whole before you recognise its individual components. So by working symmetry into your design, you’re giving your bathroom a clean aesthetic and creating a visually restful space.

Daniela Santilli, Bathroom business manager, Reece.

6. My bathroom is tiny. Does this mean I can’t use a dark, moody tile?

If you happen to love a dark-coloured tile, go ahead and use it no matter what size your bathroom. When space is tight, limit a dark tile to one area, such as behind the vanity. Another option is using a dark tile on the floor and keeping walls white.

Tina Di Lorenzo, marketing manager, Di Lorenzo Tiles.



a kitchen with a sink and a window: Photographer: Maree Homer


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Photographer: Maree Homer

7. I’d love a glamorous light in my bathroom. What do I need to know?

You’re in luck, as this season’s lights are all about raw, luxe finishes such as copper and marble, which can complement bathroom decor beautifully.

Check with an electrician as to how far away from a water source your light should be hung, and always be mindful of choosing a style that can stand up to the effects of exposure to moisture.

Denise Hammond, product knowledge specialist, Beacon Lighting.

8. Shower grates appeal to me much more than drains, but would they be as practical?

Yes. Grates visually disappear into the shower recess and long hair doesn’t get caught as much as it does in a traditional drain.

Always discuss the best spot for bathroom drainage with your builder and plumber.

Darren Genner, design director, Minosa Design.

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