Project Description

Making a master bathroom wheelchair accessible

This homeowner is confined to a wheelchair and needed to remodel the downstairs bathroom to adapt it to her needs.

Bathroom renovation goals and challenges

  • We wanted to create a functional bathroom space that would meet her needs.
  • We wanted to renovate several additional aspects of the downstairs to make the home more accessible.

Renovation solutions

  • We began this remodeling project by removing the existing bathtub. We then enlarged the shower, moved the drain, tiled the walls and added grab bars so the homeowner could easily access the seat in the shower.
  • An adjustable, hand-held shower was added for convenience and comfort.
  • High-quality grab bars with hand grips were added, and we placed extra blocking inside the walls in case additional bars ever need to be added in the future.
  • Instead of a glass shower door, we opted for a shower curtain with a rounded curtain rod to ease access and provide ample room.
  • We retrofitted the existing double vanity, removed the cabinet face from one side and modified it so that she can wheel directly up to the space.
  • A tile floor in the bathroom completes its clean, new look.
  • Elsewhere in the home, we removed the existing downstairs carpeting and replaced it with a new vinyl floor. While we all initially envisioned a hardwood floor downstairs, the homeowner has a cat that throws up frequently. Vinyl plank flooring is an option we recommend in such cases because it minimizes maintenance and ensures that liquid won’t seep between hardwood flooring boards and cause water damage. This flooring product mimics the look of a hardwood floor.
  • To ensure that the homeowner could enjoy her space fully, we built a wheelchair ramp from the kitchen out onto the patio. We carefully planned the space and enlarged the patio to ensure that the ramp had the space it required and there was an ample turning radius on the patio.
  • We also built a ramp in the garage that allowed her to access her house directly from her customized van.
They sat at our kitchen table and listened to our ideas and provided great feedback. They genuinely wanted to take the time to go through everything and to make sure that we were aware of all of our options and all of the materials that were available. They really wanted to know what we were envisioning and not just push standard designs or concepts onto us.
Josiah Wallace, Front porch addition
Once our project got started, work progressed efficiently and quality and workmanship were outstanding. Most importantly, communication was excellent throughout the project. We would highly recommend Palmer Custom Builders and plan to use them again for our next project.
B. Imseis, Master bathroom remodel
We would definitely recommend Palmer Custom Builders. The work was done quickly, efficiently, and completed to my expectations. All the workers who came into my home were polite, kept my house as clean as possible, and were very particular with the work they performed.
D. Pitsos, Shower renovation
We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work you just completed on our master bathroom. We had some major water problems and damage, and you and your crew were prompt and professional in addressing the problems and completing the work.
L. Archer, Home repairs and structural work
We were so satisfied with Gary’s work on our kitchen remodel, we knew we could trust him with a large renovation project. We’ve been very happy with the quality of work and the attention to detail.
Tate, Dramatic addition, See photos of this project
The first job Palmer Custom Builders did for me was finishing off my bonus room. That was six years ago. One year after that, they built a roof over my back patio, and then two years ago I had them add another full bath upstairs. Now they are building my new house. I can’t say enough about Gary and the people that have been working for him. I have been very happy with each job from the start, and now working with both Gary and his wife Pam on my new home has been such an all-together pleasure. I have spoken with people who have had troublesome experiences with builders, but during this time, I’m not finding that at all. We’ve worked together from the very beginning and it’s been a truly pleasurable experience; one that I would enjoy doing all over again. Both Gary and Pam Palmer worked with me every step of the way…I would do it again, anytime.
S. Dye, Existing home renovations, repairs and new custom home