The Essential Guide to Bathroom Renovations

Bathrooms are one of the most frequently used spaces in a home, and renovating them can significantly enhance both functionality and aesthetics. Whether you're updating a dated bathroom or designing a new one from scratch, careful planning and thoughtful choices are key to a successful renovation.

At Fairbairn Builders, we pride ourselves on delivering superior bathroom renovations in Tauranga. Renowned for our craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, our team is dedicated to transforming ordinary bathrooms into extraordinary spaces that combine luxury and functionality.

Our Approach

Our approach to bathroom renovations begins with a deep understanding of our clients' unique needs and preferences. We ensure that every aspect of the project reflects their vision, from the initial concept to the final touches.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process.

1. Set a Budget

  • Determine Your Budget Range: Start by deciding on a budget range that aligns with your financial situation. Remember to include a contingency fund for unexpected expenses, typically 10-20% of your total budget.

  • Choose Finishes Wisely: The materials and finishes you select can greatly influence the cost. 

2. Assess Your Current Bathroom

  • Evaluate What Works and What Doesn’t: Consider the current layout, storage, and fixtures. Identify what you like about your existing bathroom and what needs improvement.

  • Functionality and Specific Needs: Think about how you use the space and what your specific needs are. Do you need more storage? A larger shower? Better lighting?

3. Plan Your Layout

  • Maximize Space: Make the most of the available space by planning a layout that enhances functionality. 

  • Accessibility: Ensure that your bathroom is accessible for all users. This might include installing grab bars, a walk-in shower, or a higher toilet or even a wider door.

4. Select Quality Materials

  • Flooring and Walls: Choose durable, water-resistant materials for the flooring and walls. Options like tiles, porcelain, and natural stone are popular for bathrooms.

  • Fixtures and Fittings: Invest in high-quality fixtures such as your shower and vanity mixers, showerheads, and toilets. These elements not only add to the aesthetic but also ensure longevity and performance.

5. Lighting and Ventilation

  • Lighting: Proper lighting is essential in a bathroom. Incorporate a mix of task lighting, ambient lighting, to create a well-lit space.

  • Ventilation: Good ventilation is crucial to prevent mold and mildew. Ensure that your bathroom has an efficient exhaust fan that allows for proper airflow.

6. Storage Solutions

  • Cabinets and Shelving: Plan for adequate storage to keep your bathroom organized. Consider built-in cabinets, Mirror cabinets , or vanity units with plenty of storage space.

Working with Fairbairn Builders, you can trust that your bathroom renovation will result in a space that is not only visually stunning but also highly functional for everyday use. Experience the difference of working with a team that values quality, precision, and client satisfaction above all else.

See below before and after photos of bathroom renovations we have completed.


After Photo of Coastal Sovereign Bathroom Renovation

Before Photo of Coastal Sovereign Bathroom Renovation

After Photo of Modern Mount Living Bathroom Renovation

Before Photo of Modern Mount Living Bathroom Renovation


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