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.
- 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.