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Create a character bathroom with rock-solid durability with James Hardie.

Foundation for the future

When planning a bathroom, it’s easy to get fixated on elements like taps and sinks. However, for a space you’ll love – and one that will go the distance – start with your structure. Hardie™ fibre cement wall linings are the go-to wall boards for bathroom construction. And if your bathroom is built on timber joists, you’ll also want to ensure the structural floor is fibre cement and not particle board.

Skip tiles and get the VJ look

Tiles are a popular finish for bathrooms, but they can create a wash zone that lacks warmth and texture. For a material that delivers the practicality of tiles with the charm of tongue-and-groove timber, try Hardie™ Groove Lining Panels. This ‘VJ’ look is a staple of period and Queenslander-style houses, but works equally well in modern homes, where it adds an element of craftsmanship to plain walls. Use it as a full-length feature wall or – for a more traditional look – opt for a half wall below a dado rail. Hardie™ Groove Lining Panels can also be painted any colour you like – bold, tranquil, or choose a different colour every year!

Where to use lining panels

Although it has the look of timber, fibre cement Hardie™ Groove Lining Panels are far more durable, with greater impact resistance. They are also resistant to damage from moisture, rot, fire and termites. What’s more, the panels can be used in every part of the bathroom (except for the shower zone), as well as any other room in the house.

Tip: Hardie™ Groove Lining delivers the beauty of vertical joint timber with the durability of cement.

Your guide to moisture-resistant flooring

Where you do opt for tiles or similar finishes, what lies beneath is just as important as what’s on show, particularly in wet zones like the bathroom. Moisture damage is a big risk in bathroom construction. Hardie™ Secura™ Interior Flooring is a tongue-and-groove fibre cement floor panel that is not only resistant to moisture damage, but it also has a moisture resistant sealer which removes the need for waterproofing outside the shower recess. Construction is also fast and secure – tiles can be fixed directly without the need for an underlay.

The secret to a shower-proof shower area

For shower recesses, use Hardie™ Villaboard™ Lining Panels beneath your tiles. Being fibre cement, these panels are resistant to damage from rot and moisture. They also boast superior tensile bond strength (up to 75 percent greater than wet-area plasterboard), ensuring your bathroom lasts long-term.

Tip: Any plumbing work must be done by a licensed tradie.

Elevate your interior

Shop our entire range of James Hardie interior lining panels and flooring for a stylish upgrade for your entire home.


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.