Thinking about renovating your bathroom can be exciting. However, it can also become overwhelming. Any renovation is in no way a simple process. The team at Style Plus look at some of the design planning essentials for a bathroom renovation:

• Will I require a building consent?
• Do I need to waterproof the bathroom floor and walls?
• Which paint do I use for my bathroom renovation?
• Which tiles to choose – ceramic or porcelain?
• Which grout do I use?
• What do I look for when selecting a water efficient bathroom product?
• What are the options to reduce water consumption for my toilet?
• What are the options for bathroom heating?

If you are thinking about renovating your bathroom, having a working knowledge of what to expect and what to consider can make a difference. Start by thinking about the essentials of a bathroom renovation.


– Jan Antoni Glinkowski • Director • Style Plus


Waterproofing applies to the following:

• If you are installing tiles to the floor, the floors must be waterproofed.

• All tiled showers require waterproofing.

• If you’re installing a drop-in bath, waterproofing is required up the walls to at least 300mm.

• If you are installing a freestanding bath, as long as I is at least 100mm away from the wall, waterproofing the walls is not required.

• Waterproofing should be applied 150mm above the basin.

Tip: A wet area membrane must be applied over all of the area that may be exposed to splashing or water flow.

Bathroom paint needs to provide protection from humidity and moisture that leads to staining, chipping and peeling and it is recommended to choose the correct paint product.

Flat/matte finish is commonly used in new construction and on ceilings as it hides flaws. As it does not reflect light directly, imperfections in walls and ceilings are much less noticeable.

• Resene SpaceCote Flat is designed to bring enamel style toughness to broadwall areas, allowing you to get a desirable flat finish without sacrificing durability. Very adaptable, it can also be used on interior wet areas and joinery and trims.

Eggshell / low-sheen finishes provide a slight sheen similar in appearance to the surface of an egg. While it is common for use on walls, it is tougher to clean than walls with satin paint, as it tends to absorb stains.

• Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom combines the benefits of a waterborne enamel with added anti-bacterial silver protection and MoulDefender is a good option.

Satin sheen provide a slightly more reflective surface and are excellent at resisting mildew, dirt and stains, making them better suited to more frequently used rooms such as bathrooms. They can withstand cleaning and light scrubbing better than flat or eggshell finishes.

Semi-gloss finishes offer high resistance to moisture. High-gloss sheens are reflective finishes that are ideal for highlighting trim and architraves.

• Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel with added anti-bacterial silver protection and MoulDefender is a good option.



Porcelain or ceramic? Both are part of the larger category of tiles we can call ceramic. Both made from a mixture of clays and other materials, then kiln-fired to approximately 1400 degrees.

Porcelain tiles are generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is denser and more durable than ceramic tile.

The finish is a finer grained and smoother with sharply formed faces. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and are more wear and damage resistant than ceramic tiles. These types of tiles are suitable for light traffic and heavy traffic.

Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish. Porcelain tile usually cost approximately 10% more than a ceramic tile.

Ceramic tiles are generally made from red or white clay mixtures. They are finished with a durable glaze which carries the colour and pattern of the finished tile.

They are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications and are softer and easier to cut than porcelain. These non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic as they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.

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