Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom: Two Become One
This is a project all about need and caring for others. It is not about a high end bathroom remodel. So form, function and cleanability are priority. Nonetheless, it is still a pretty great bathroom. A 15 year old home with four handicapped adults living with two cramped bathrooms needed some changes to make life a lot easier. Both bathrooms were removed along with two bedroom closets. Then doorways, plumbing, electrical, ventilation, fixtures and facilities were all relocated and the floor plan was improved. The shower floor is a concrete poured floor with tile, which means this section of floor joists had to also be rebuilt to lower it all 2 inches. The shower walls are thick, gloss finish, solid acrylic full height wall panels. This shower will last for a very very long time. A closet was returned to the neighboring bedroom where the back bathroom door used to be. A 75 gallon gas conventional water heater in the basement had to be replaced with a new direct vent type to eliminate the chimney exhaust pipes that were running up through the roof between both old bathrooms. The walls and ceiling were textured with the skip trowel method of drywall, this is also work we do ourselves. Did you know your home can be updated easily by skip troweling the old walls for a new look. Again there are a lot of pictures to look at because a project like this has a lot involved to make it happen, but it is so worth the work in the end. Wouldn't you agree?