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Expert Advice for Bathroom Renovations

Expert Advice for Bathroom Renovations

Top Designer Tips and Renovation Advice for the Perfect Bathroom.


When you decide to renovate your bathroom, it can be an overwhelming and daunting task.
How is it possible, that one of the smallest rooms in your house, requires almost every tradesmen necessary to build a new house from scratch!
The key to reducing the anxiety related to renovating, is to be prepared and organised before you begin any demolition or construction.
And the most important factor in achieving the organisation is to hire a professional who will assist with the key steps in keeping your project on track and on budget.

Design and Plan :
Before you obtain quotes or engage the contractor, have your plan and design ready. The size and space needs to be considered, so that the scale and proportion of the design is correct. This includes the functionality as well. Write up a wish list and then apply the ideas to the plan. A designer will assist with executing your goals and will also offer more solutions and options that you may not have considered.


Lighting Features :
Bathrooms pack a lot of punch in one small space, so creating some key features is important.

Lighting is paramount and is required for both task and ambience.
Consider using recessed lighting under a floating vanity or recess shelving for ambience.
A stunning feature pendant over the bath for hotel like opulence.
A wall mounted LED light for makeup and shaving.


Storage Features :

Good storage is quite possibly the most important component of your bathroom.
Recessed Mirror Shaving cabinet storage is perfect for smaller items and easily accessible.
Drawers instead of cupboards is a better form of storage due to the availability of internal dividers and partitions that be inserted and keep everything organised.
Recessed feature shelving in the shower or running along the bath wall is at the perfect solution to housing shampoo and bottles. If you apply a feature tile to the recess it also creates a key feature.


Budget :
So how much is this all going to cost….

Depending on your material selection..marble bench top versus laminate bench top, porcelain tile versus ceramic…The price actually shouldn’t vary too much. If you consider using a floor tile at $65 p/m for 10 mtrs of tiling versus a $35 p/m tile, the cost savings is not huge with only a $300 savings. So bear in mind that the product doesn’t really alter your final budget dramatically. (**It certainly will bring down the overall spend if all items are at a budget pricing)

The best way to consider how much is a realistic spend on your renovations, is to base it on the current value of your home. Professionals will advise that a minimum of 30% of the value of your property be spent on a bathroom renovation. Therefore, if your house is valued at one million dollars, then expect to pay $30,000 + for the materials and construction of your new bathroom.

Contracting the right builder for the job is also paramount, as you are relying on their expertise to ensure good workmanship is done. Waterproofing is one of the most important factors as a leaky floor is a nightmare once the bathroom is completed..you guessed it…the whole space has to be ripped up and redone!
Allow 4 weeks from demolition to completion. All of the trades have a section to complete, in order, and most can’t go in and work until the trade before him has finished. So patience is key, and if you are living in the property during the renovation, consider staggering the bathroom fit outs, so you still having one that works.

In conclusion…Hire a professional interior designer to advise and assist with the design and plan. A well thought out, scaled plan is paramount before you begin.
Select everything. Basins, tiles, toilets, cabinets, lights..everything.
The builder can then quote accurately on every item you have selected and you will know the cost beforehand. This should prevent any budget blowouts once construction commences.
And then, light a candle, pour yourself some wine and sink into that beautiful bath tub and enjoy your new space. You’ve earned it.




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Project of the Month.
Multi Residential Townhouses – Bayside.


White Chalk Design prides itself on working closely with our local Bayside developers to help achieve a practical and desirable fit out for the discerning buyer. This month we are proud to feature this recently completed 2 town house development located close to the beach. We used natural organic materials and light colours to achieve a coastal vibe, with out being obviously beachy.

“The key to creating a harmonious living space is to use a variety products that are cohesive and appealing to the buyer. Therefore the design needs to be aimed at all tastes and a variety of requirements, however, executing a point of difference is of the utmost importance for us. We never want our developers to feel that we are all churning out cookie cutter designs, everything the same on each project. The developments must resonate with the buyer and still feel as if it has been designed exclusively for them”

Serena Elise

Principal Designer  WHITE CHALK DESIGN

White Chalk Interiors Design Video Tip – Pre Demo Advice


Before commencing with any renovation, big or small,  it is always a good idea to have a plan. A concept of how you want the room to look.

Then it is equally as important to check prior to demolition, that certain features you may wish to introduce, can actually be done.

For example, if you wish to do a 1mtr long recess into the shower wall to be a feature and hold products etc, you need to check that the space inside the wall cavity will allow for that size. If it can’t, then quite possibly the look that you are trying to create could be compromised.

Surprises are best kept for Birthdays and Christmas…not when renovating ….


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Mid week Inspiration…Limestone…

Limestone Quarry


I’m not quite sure when I started crushing on Limestone. Was it when I was a kid and my parents had big opulent limestone fire place mantles in the formal rooms? I’m not altogether sure but I seem to have had a lifelong love affair with all natural stones…Be it creamy textured Limestone…or veiny Cross Cut Travertine…Or chic timeless honed Marble…Don’t know. Don’t care. Just keep it coming.


Limestone Stairs

Limestone Stairs
Limestone Pool In a Quarry
Limestone Pool In a Quarry
Limestone Sculpture
Limestone Sculpture


Limestone is a sedimentary rock largely made of minerals calcite and calcium carbonate. Most are composed of skeletal fragments of marine organisms and make up 10% of the total volume these types of rocks. It has, believe it or not a multitude of uses…for buildings, aggregate for roads..and the white pigment or filler in toothpaste…Ok enough Wiki Info…The Sculpture pictured above is from the artist Amedeo Modigliani, and sold at Christie’s, Paris for a staggering 52.8 million bucks! Now Thats an expensive rock..


Travertine Pool Quarry
Travertine Pool Quarry

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The quirky sister of the Limestone family is the impressive veined Travertine. It can be honed, filled, unfilled, cross cut and polished..just to name a few ways of creating with this amazing natural product. Travertine is a form of limestone that is created  by precipitation in mineral springs..especially hot ones..or in the mouth of a cave, where it may create stalactites, or stalagmites.. and has a white and tan or cream coloured varieties.


Cross Cut Travertine
Cross Cut Travertine


Although it is porous, and requires looking after..maybe even sealant..it is still a keen favourite material to be used in many designs in the decorating world. I adore these products..and specify a lot of natural stones in my own design company. It is timeless, classic and paired with the right surroundings, can be totally modern and contemporary as well..



I. LOVE. MARBLE…Honed, Polished, Carrara, Calcutta, Grigio Cornica..It Just Doesn’t Matter…I.LOVE.MARBLE.

I. LOVE. MARBLE…Honed, Polished, Carrara, Calcutta, Grigio Cornica..It Just Doesn’t Matter…I.LOVE.MARBLE.

Marble in Bathrooms, Marble in Ensuites, Marble in Powderooms… You name it and I will try and use Marble ..Everywhere…….

It is bar none, my Favourite Material to use….Its perferct for Tiles and and Splashbacks, Benchtops and Bath Hobs…She sure does get around..But In a good Way!

Marble can be a little Petulant…It can be porous, so people are a often afraid to spend the Big Bucks on a Benchtop that may mark….Personally, I think this adds character to this timeless beauty..If you are considering buying a slab of the Beautiful  Rock and are concerned about the Porosity..I would suggest Using the Honed Marble..Less acid etching….Which is the techy term for …Marks….

But for me …and Millions and Trillions of other Marble Lovers…Using another product would feel wrong…Like cheating on your loved one.. the Would-Be Affair…Its just not worth it……

Take a peek at some of my work…Plus some others that I love….

Hexagon Floor Tile in Honed Carrara Marble…And I used a Polished 2 Tile Rectangular Kicker Tile to add Interest..Love!

Black and White are also my Strong 2nd Favourite Colour Combo..I’ve teamed the Dark Cabinetry with the Lighter Marble Benchtop…

The Gorgeous Calcutta Marble Tiles in this Shower SING……

Even in Itty Bitty BrickBond Subway Style Tiles..Honed Marble is Super cute..And The Effect is Huge…

Have I Managed to Swing You Over to the Marble Team….Enticed You??..As if You Ever Needed Convincing….Sx