Consider upgrading the standard bathtub if you would like something that holds more water, has a different shape or provides the more luxurious look of a freestanding tub. Most builders will have many bathtub upgrade options; ask your new home sales consultant about upgrade options and pricing.
Dual Ensuite Showerheads
If your ensuite plans allow for a wide shower base, consider adding an additional showerhead. Dual showerheads add a sense of luxury and are a great time saver for couples during busy mornings.
Ensuite Double Vanity
Not always a standard inclusion, consider adding a double vanity to your ensuite if space allows. A double vanity provides more personal space for you and your partner compared with sharing a single sink.
Most builders will extract the bathroom exhaust into the roof space as standard; we recommend opting to have your exhaust ducted out into the atmosphere through a roof or eave outlet. Having moisture sent outside will remove the risk of mould build-up in the roof cavity.
Floor to ceiling tiles
Upgrading your ensuite and/or bathrooms to include floor to ceiling tiles will give them a more elegant, upmarket appearance. This upgrade is also a practical choice as it will make your bathrooms more durable and easier to clean. Floor to ceiling tiles are usually an expensive upgrade; the cost will depend on the size and category of tile you choose.
A hand shower is a detachable shower head that can be used as the main shower outlet or added alongside a fixed shower head. A hand shower makes cleaning tiles and shower screens a lot easier and provides better accessibility for showering children and the elderly.
After walking onto heated tiled floors on a cold winter morning, you will not regret adding this upgrade to your new home. Most systems will have a control screen to help you schedule operational times, saving on running costs. Under tile floor heating acts as an additional heating source in the bathroom and also assists with drying wet floors, helping to reduce mould build-up.
A shower niche is a wall recessed storage space in your shower or bath. It's a neat place to store bathroom products like soap, body wash and shampoo bottles. The shower niche is an inexpensive, modern storage solution that is costly to retrofit after construction.
Shower Outlet Height
When using fixed height shower heads ensure the water outlet position isn't too low - unlike flexible handheld (hand shower) options, getting the position right is critical. Ensure the correct outlet heights are detailed on your elevation drawings before you sign the contract.
Upgrading your shower screen can give your bathroom or ensuite a more luxurious and modern look and feel. Shower screens can be configured differently depending on the layout of your bathroom and the frame type you choose.
Common shower screen frame types are:
- Framed: framed glass and internal edges
- Semi-framed: framed around the external perimeter with a frameless door
- Semi-frameless: framed around the external perimeter with frameless internal edges
- Frameless: All glass edges with no visible frame
Shower Screen Height
Some new home builders offer 1800mm high shower screens as standard; we recommend upgrading to at least 1900mm. Increasing the screen height will improve the appearance of your bathroom and allow taller people to enter and exit the shower more easily.
Soft Closing Drawers & Cupboard Doors
Soft closing drawers and cupboard doors use hydraulics to deliver an almost silent close regardless of the force applied. Soft closing cupboard doors and drawers will give your bathrooms a more luxurious feel and reduce noise inside your home.
Soft Closing Toilet Seat
Soft closing toilet seats stop the loud noise made by standard toilet seats when they're dropped or forcefully closed. This toilet seat upgrade is usually an inexpensive upgrade.
Tiled Shower Base
Improve the look of your new bathroom by upgrading the standard polymarble base to a tiled shower base. In addition to adding a more luxurious look, a tiled shower base will allow a more flexible shower layout over the pre-constructed polymarble base.
Toilet & Bathroom Privacy Locks
Not always a standard inclusion, privacy locks are easily overlooked as an upgrade item when building a new home. We recommend that you replace non-locking door handles with privacy lock handles for all toilets, bathrooms and ensuites.
Toilet Acoustic Insulation
You may want to consider acoustic insulation inside the internal wall for any toilets located next to living areas or main hallways. Acoustic insulation will reduce the noise from the toilet flush and provide better privacy for the occupant.
Towel Rails & Toilet Roll Holders
Towel rails and toilet roll holders may require additional noggins to be installed during the framing stage. If you plan to place these items in a different position to the standard location, ensure these changes are noted on the elevation drawings as moving them after construction can be difficult.