Have you ever wondered how an accessible bathroom could look less like a nursing home and more like a tropical retreat? Check out this missive I received from Debra B. in Carlsbad:
“A leaking shower pan became the impetus for a long-postponed bathroom remodel.
“The dark, narrow, corridor-like master bathroom (pictured below) in my 1950s California tract home had been in desperate need of a makeover since the day I moved in but had been repeatedly overlooked in favor of other work.
“In addition to updated fixtures, I knew that my master-bath remodel plans must include handicap accessibility.
“With two total hip replacements behind me, I needed a bathroom that could accommodate surgery aftercare as well as any future mobility constraints.
“However, the last thing I wanted was a bathroom that resembled a nursing home. I had a specific vision for my bathroom and it did not include aluminum rails and plastic benches. I wanted a bathroom that would remind me of a waterfall grotto in Hawaii — sunlight streaming down onto black lava rocks and tea-green waters.
“My mission was to merge my vision with medical practicality. The result is a harmonious blending of tranquil beauty and function. The style could be described as Zen-like — minimalist with accents from nature.
“The bathroom gets rave reviews from everyone who sees it, especially fellow weekend warriors with knee and hip pain who see the beauty of being able to sit down in the shower.”
What do you think of Debra’s new bathroom?