Trends in bathrooms for FNQ homeowners, buyers

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FNQ Bathroom Renovations owner Ian Parmenter. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN

WHETHER you live in an apartment close to the city, a bungalow in the suburbs or a sprawling hilltop mansion, there is one room in the house that must offer sanctuary and accommodate a host of different needs.

The bathroom.

And according to Far North renovation specialists, the region’s homeowners know exactly what they want.

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All Seasons Home Improvements design and sales manager Phil Briedger said the biggest trend of recent years was the open-plan bathroom.

“People want one big smooth floor, maybe a glass panel separating the shower but nothing to step over,” he explained.

“They’ve seen examples and it looks good and they like that look — it is easier to clean, easier to move around and you’re not opening and closing doors.

“They want tiles up to the ceiling so they don’t have to worry about getting water everywhere. The trendy, modern, refined look is definitely in.”

A freestanding bath — should you have the space — is also a must, not only because homeowners might like soaking after a long day, but also so they can reap the value benefits if they ever sell.

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Wall-hung vanity units and large tiles are also in high demand, but outdoor bathrooms, not so.

FNQ Bathroom Renovations’ Ian Parmenter agreed.

He also warned against cheap constructions jobs and said the average cost for the overhaul of an ensuite was between $11,000 and $14,000.

For main bathrooms, the cost was anything north of $17,000.

“I get heaps of people ring me up and say they’ve just got a couple of tiles off their shower, can I retile the area,” he said.

“But by that time the waterproofing is broken so you have to redo it and they often get a shock at the price.

“But, generally, most people want their bathrooms opened up. I’ve done projects where they’ve wanted the walls separating the bathroom removed completely or to install mid-walls.

“They want large floor tiles and floors-to-ceiling tiles. Wall-hung vanities are easy for cleaning — bathrooms are a wet area and when you get water on the floor, that swells the sheeting on the vanities in time.

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“People want a more sleek look, they want stone, bang for buck and they want anything but standard tapware.”

Seamless tiling from living areas to bathrooms, feature walls made from floor tiles and flat or satin tiles to reduce glare are also high on renovators’ wish lists.

“Semi-freestanding or freestanding baths are in demand because they make a bathroom look really neat and save space,” Mr Parmenter said.

“I haven’t done too many outdoor showers, if you’ve got a home near the beach, maybe that would be a great addition, but in general there’s not much demand for it.”

Glass is also making a comeback in not only bathrooms but all areas of houses from pool fences, veranda balustrading and room partitioning.

Mr Parmenter said new innovations in glass was making it possible to use the material in a variety of different ways, including one job where he has been asked to cut out the side of a swimming pool and replace it with glass.

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