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Bathroom Renovation Jargon Unveiled

Navigating bathroom renovation jargon can feel like a maze. Our guide simplifies the complex terminology, providing clarity amid the confusion.

Say goodbye to getting lost and hello to understanding industry terms, ensuring a smooth journey through your renovation project.

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Understanding renovation lingo will help you communicate with your renovator


This refers to the installation of bathroom cabinets (either custom made or off the shelf), which can provide storage space for toiletries, towels, and other bathroom essentials.


It is a flexible joint between all junction points (eg. corners, tiles, and around products). Forms a durable seal for a secure and polished finish in construction and renovation projects.


Legally binding agreement defining terms, responsibilities, and conditions between parties, providing a framework for business transactions, relationships and protecting both parties.

Demolition | Strip Out

This refers to the process of removing the existing bathroom fixtures, fittings, and finishes in preparation for the renovation.

Finishing | Fit Off

This involves adding the final touches to the bathroom, including painting, installing accessories, and cleaning up the space.

Fixtures and Fittings

This includes the installation of bathroom fixtures such as the toilet, sink, showerhead, and bathtub. Fittings are tapware, towell rails, toilet roll holders, and robe hooks.


This is the process of filling the gaps between tiles with grout, which provides a seal and helps to keep the tiles in place.


This refers to the items that are installed in the bathroom, such as the toilet, bathtub, shower, sink, and tapware.


A formal document outlining terms, conditions, and expectations before finalising a contractual commitment, ensuring clarity and mutual understanding.


The items required for the renovation such as vanities, tiles, glues and grouts.


This is the stage where the plumbing and electrical work is done in preparation for the installation of new fixtures.

Shower base

This comes in the form of polymarble, screeded or manufactured shower bases, depending on subfloor.


It is a blend of sand and cement, creating the slope for a shower base on a prepped surface, ready for the application of tiles.

Shower | Bath Niche

A recessed area in the shower or bath wall used to store toiletries and soap.


Concrete slab forming the foundation or floor of a building, providing stability and support.


The structural layer of flooring that is installed on top of the joists and supports the finished flooring.

Tile trim

A finishing piece used to cover the exposed edges of tiles for a polished look.


This refers to the installation of tiles on the bathroom walls and floor. There are a variety of tile options available, including ceramic, porcelain, mosaics, natural stone, etc.

Tile Underlay

Cement board, placed over the subfloor to provide additional support and prevent moisture damage.

Underfloor heating

A radiant heating system installed beneath the floor surface, promoting consistent warmth and comfort in indoor spaces.


An official modification to the original contract terms and conditions, outlining agreed-upon changes to scope, cost, or timeline. Requires approval from all parties.


The process of removing moisture and maintaining proper air circulation in the bathroom to prevent mould growth and damage.


This process involves applying a waterproof membrane to the walls and floor of the bathroom to prevent moisture from seeping through and causing damage.

Renovating your bathroom renovation doesn't have to be a disruptive nightmare. By getting a grasp on renovation jargon ensures good communication with your renovator, and ultimately having a good bathroom renovation experience.

Considering a renovation but unsure where to begin?

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