Wheelchair Accessible Bath
The focus of this bath remodel was to accommodate the needs of a wheelchair bound disabled veteran. The remodel involved improving the function as well as the aesthetics of the bath.
Bel Air Construction Solutions
- The demolition portion of this job included removing all existing items that impeded the vet’s easy use of the room. Removed were a soaking tub and surround that consumed a large amount of space, all existing cabinetry and the prefabricated molded and curbed shower stall that limited access.
- Working within the same footprint of the existing bath the Bel Air Construction Team set about improving the bath and making life easier for the vet and his family.
- A significant task to make the room more accessible was to widen the 30” doorway to 36” to accommodate the vet’s large electric wheelchair.
- Functionally, the new shower is designed to allow the vet to get himself from his wheelchair onto his roller shower chair. There is no curb and no enclosure to impede access. An oil rubbed bronze Moen Voss handheld shower head on a slide bar accommodates the vet and as well as other users of the shower. Two properly mounted grab bars provide an added safety feature. Aesthetically the shower walls are covered floor to ceiling with larger format travertine look light grey 12” x 24” Daltile Articulo glazed porcelain tiles. The floor is matching grey small format 1” x 3” Daltile Articulo glazed porcelain tiles laid in a mosaic pattern.
- The floor of the bath is a richly toned Daltile Emerson Wood porcelain planks that is both complementary and contrasting the light grey shower. Daltile describes this tile as a classic choice with a subtle wirebrush effect over the graining to achieve an authentic cerused wood texture and visual. Functionally this tile is installed as a 6” baseboard to help with water management from the shower.
- All tile is installed over Schluter substrates, an integrated family of products in which the individual components collectively form a bonded, watertight assembly which eliminates the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration.
- The use of high performance Spectralock grout with built-in Microban®antimicrobial product protection fights the growth of mold and mildew on grout surface.
- Replacing the former tub is a Signature Hardware 67” Alvaro acrylic slipper tub with an oil rubbed bronze Napier free standing tub faucet and handheld shower.
- The new vanity is a Fabuwood Allure style in mid-tone grey color that complements the floor and wall tiles. The vanity is topped with moon white granite and includes two sinks. The area under one of the sinks is open to allow the vet to access to the sink while in his wheelchair.
- Rounding out the refreshed bath are a new tall-height water saving toilet, mirrors, shelving, medicine cabinet and lighting.
Bel Air Construction Team
Interior Designer – Bernadette Drew
Design plans – Krista Waller
Project Manager – Jake Graham
Tilework – Patrick Hall
Countertops – Classic Granite and Marble
Cabinet Installation – Geoff Boecher
Plumbing – Joe Bahr
Electrical – Mike DeLuca
Carpenter – Geoff Boecher