5 Little Details That Can Make or Break a Bathroom Renovation

5 little details that can make or break a bathroom renovation

These smaller elements affect the look and feel of the bathroom.

If overlooked, home owners will discover far too late the little features that need to be fixed. Here are the things you shouldn’t neglect when renovating a bathroom.

Floor Wastes

You don’t have to settle for the traditional silver drain seen in most public toilets.

These days you can choose from options like tile inserts that are cut to fit the drain or you can make a statement with a long drain grate in the shower.


This matt black floor waste adds interest in this bathroom.

Another option to consider it making a feature of the floor waste by selecting a coloured drain.

It’s important to plan the floor waste in advance, as the tiler and the plumber both need to accommodate this element when preparing the floor.

Grout Colour

The grout is a crucial design consideration and it doesn’t have to match the tiles.

To have each tile visually stand out for popular patterns such as fish scales or subways tiles, choose a contrasting grout that clearly defines each individual piece.

For patterns designed to blend together such as large marble and faux-marble motifs, it is better to closely match the grout to the tile.

Test the colour by placing dry grout powder between spare tiles. This should give an indication of how the grout and tiles will look when finished.


The right grout colour can enhance the look and feel of any bathroom.

Wall Niche

A wall niche is that small recessed shower shelf that holds the shampoo and soap.

It is a highly functional space and if done well, can be a design feature of your bathroom.


Selecting the right size tiles for a wall niche is important.

Take care selecting tiles for this feature.

If you are using small tiles in your niche, you won’t be able to mitre the edges to create that clean 90-degree angled finish.

This means metal strips will need to be used to finish off the edging, which might affect the clean line design you wanted.

Sometimes, this comes down to budget as a metal strip edge is cheaper than a mitred one.

Half Tile

Tiles rarely fit perfectly into any space. Inevitably there will be some half tiles that need to be cut to fit the space.

It’s best to have this conversation with the tiler early on and agree on where to put the half tile. Do you want it at the top, near the ceiling, or at the bottom, near the floor?


Plan where the half tile or half tiles will go in advance.

Walk-In Shower

Shower doors have fallen out of favour. A walk-in shower is a trendy option and when designed well, this feature avoids nasty surprises.

It’s important to discuss the fall of the floor with the plumber and tiler for a walk-in shower. The direction of the fall of the floor will be critical to keeping the water contained.

The depth of the shower is also important. If the walk-in shower is in a wet space in the bathroom, it doesn’t need to be much deeper than one metre.


A walk-in shower can look great and with a bit of planning you can avoid water spilling out.

In an open ensuite adjacent to a master bedroom with plush carpet, it’s important to make the shower as deep as possible to avoid water spilling or spraying out.

Article by: Three Birds Renovations / Realestate.com.au