Bathroom Design


A well-thought-out bathroom design is paramount in creating an enjoyable and functional space to get ready for the day. Beyond its utilitarian purpose, a thoughtfully designed bathroom contributes significantly to the overall aesthetic and feel of a home. It is a sanctuary where one begins and ends their day, and it should be a space that promotes relaxation and rejuvenation. A carefully planned layout maximizes both space and efficiency, ensuring that every element, from fixtures to storage solutions, serves a purpose. The choice of finishes, materials, colours, and lighting can profoundly impact the ambience of a bathroom, transforming a mundane bathroom into a luxurious retreat. 


Common Questions about Bathroom Design and renovations

How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

Oh boy, we're starting with this one. Well here's the answer, and I think you already know what it is: "How long is a piece of string?".

When it comes to bathrooms, size really does matter, along with the finishes and fittings when we're calculating costs. 


Something to really remember is that bathrooms, along with kitchens aren't spaces that we are updating very often. A bathroom might last you 10 to 20 years and when we're dealing with water we want to make sure it's done the right way first time otherwise it's likely to come back and haunt you.


But you really want some numbers right? Well a smallish bathroom in a rental apartment with builder grade finishes might run you $5,000 to $8,000 where as a larger space with higher end finishes and designer fittings can run from $10,000 to easily north of $25,000. I'm saying that no to scare you, but to be transparent about what it's costing at the moment.


Remember though, we're doing that design and build with 20ish years longevity in mind. To put that cost in perspective as well, lots of the expenditure is on trades and labour not necessary the tiles, taps and paint. Our motto as Disko; do it the right way, do it once.


How long does a bathroom renovation take?

Another question that will have wildly different answers depending on the scope of work to be done. There's no doubt the quickest bathroom to build will be in a new home where there's nothing to remove and remediate. Once plans are in place for a new build it could take as little as a few days or fortnight to build depending on the number of trades involved. At the other end of the scale it could take weeks or months if you have a big design planned.


Renovations bring about some additional considerations; firstly planning is often more detailed and we are typically working within constraints such as location of services and access to the space. Next is demolition, all the old fitting and fixtures are removed and preparation with is undertaken to install the new bathroom. This is sometimes where we find "fun" little surprises like water damage, outdated plumbing and electrical. Taking the time to fix these issues while the space is exposed is such an important step.


Once we're back to a blank slate, there isn't too much of a time difference between new builds though and the process can be quite speedy, especially in smaller spaces.


Having a design team like Disko Designs work with you and your builder can remove and minimise any delays to the building process and ensure you achieve the amazing space you've been looking for.

How does the design process work in a bathroom?

We're glad you asked! Here is a general outline of how the process works when you're designing with DISKO:


  1. Discovery call - this is where all good things start. You tell us about what you're hoping to achieve, your current pain points, budget and timeline. We share some of the design process and if it sounds like we're a match made in heaven; we can put forward a design proposal which outline fees and deliverables.

  2. On site meeting - assuming you have access to the space, we will come to you and undertake a site analysis. We're looking for things like where plumbing and electrical are, ceiling heights and we often perform a measure up of the space. (Consulting fees apply at this stage)

  3. Project proposal - after the site visit we will document the initial site constraints, general dimensions and provide you a back brief outlining the project as we understand to make sure we're on the same page. At this point we will give you a price on the design fees for the project to engage and retain Disko Designs throughout your construction work.

  4. Design work starts - we've made it to this point, it's time to start putting together mood boards, sketch drawings and material palettes and over a series of meetings we refine the concept and scheme until we reach a fully resolved design that you love.

  5. Documentation and delivery - in this phase we put our heads down and document every detail about your project including technical drawings, schedules and renderings that you can provide to your builder and tradespeople to help them understand what needs to be built.

  6. Construction & follow up - we take a step to the side while construction is underway but we're available as "Designer on call" to help manage any unexpected questions or rework solutions in the event a complication arises.

  7. You move in and love your space! - Hats off to you, it's time to take your first soak in the bath of that first cleansing shower and revel in your new space. 

Book a discovery call

So you’re looking to design a new or existing bathroom. Where do you start? Right here! Book a complimentary discovery call and we can have an obligation-free chat about your new designer bathroom.