Barrier free wheelchair accessible shower in a 5′ x 7′ bathroom
Our aging housing stock in the United States is not prepared to accommodate our aging population. No place is this more evident than in bathrooms. Many homes built before the 1970’s have small 5’ x 7’ bathrooms with combination tub/showers which are difficult and dangerous for older people (and those with mobility challenges) to get into. Check out the video below and read the 5 steps to convert a bathtub into a wheelchair accessible shower to eliminate the worries associated with climbing into a tub.
Curved glass block shower with a curbless entrance in Simi Valley California
If you live in California being thoughtful about space is essential whether you’re remodeling or adding a room addition. John W. of Simi Valley California used careful planning and a high level of construction skills to add a 357 square foot addition which included a new master bathroom, hallway, and office/laundry room. In the article below learn about some of the features (both seen and unseen) that John included that not only works efficiently and effectively – but also looks great as well.
Plan of Simi Valley Room addition adding a Master Bath, Hallway and Office/Laundry Room
5′ x 7′ tile bathroom remodel in Parma Ohio for Kalkbrenner family
“Our small 5’ x 7’ bathroom was in need of a major overhaul. The toilet didn’t flush well, the cast iron tub didn’t drain properly and the finish on the tub was peeling off, and the pink and gray tiles created an outdated look. A few cosmetic touches just wasn’t going to cut it, said Margie Kalkbrenner of Parma Ohio.” The Kalkbrenner’s not only wanted a bathroom that was nice to look at, but also one that used high quality construction methods to ensure the long term performance of the space (with an eye towards keeping the budget in check as well).
Parma bathroom before remodel with old pink and gray tiles
Learn below how Margie and Carl Kalkbrenner (with the assistance of Cleveland Design and Remodeling) turned this small space into one that Margie says feels like a fancy hotel today.
Barrier free tile shower in Traverse City Michigan
“I love this shower so much I don’t want to get out of it!” exclaimed Devah Young of Traverse City Michigan. When Devah and Tom Young decided to remodel their bedroom and bathroom they had already renovated every other room of their home – they were no strangers to the remodeling process!
For this project their goals where to (1) make the spaces easier and safer to live in, (2) provide some unusual touches to make the project distinctively their own (3) to use materials which would perform well over the long run – all while doing the project at a cost effective price. Learn below how Devah and Tom were able to achieve these goals.
Glass block walk in shower kit with acrylic base and DIY interior shower wall panels
“I really needed to ditch that ugly shower door. The one piece fiberglass shower surround had a flimsy framed shower door which was to tough to clean and rusted,” said Debbie Kee about her bathroom in Lincoln, Delaware.
The door dilemma started a one year Internet research project for Debbie to find a stylish, low maintenance alternative to transform this shower space and her bathroom. Learn below how Debbie (in conjunction with Innovate Building Solutions and her contractors Stu Welch and Barry) used a glass block shower kit and DIY shower wall panels to create a easy to clean and good looking walk in shower.
Old fiberglass 36″ x 36″ shower with a flimsy framed shower door
A blue colored glass block shower placed in front of a tub in a small European bathroom
When I first saw the picture above showing off a wet room shower with a glass block wall positioned in front of a tub (taken from a project in Europe) I thought there’s no way some one in the United States would position a shower like this in front of a tub (although I think it looks cool)! The reality is in the United States on average our homes are 2,300 square feet in space whereas in France they are 1,211 and in the United Kingdom they are only 818 square feet. So in Europe it’s critical to use the most of every inch of space. That means in this country we’ve got space to spare and didn’t even realize it!
Do we as consumers in the United States think we have to remodel our bathrooms, kitchens and basements larger than they really need to be? Conversely if someone currently has a small bathroom what are some remodeling ideas to consider to use the existing footprint without sacrificing style and function?
The article below will briefly look at the benefits of small bathrooms and then provide a few tips to create a smaller bathroom remodeling project that will pop and work well for all members of the family.
Luxury roll in shower with a stationary shower screen
Physical mobility challenges should not prevent someone from having a stylish bathroom – no matter how big your bathroom is! If you, or a loved one, is in a wheelchair it is now possible to remodel a bathroom and design a roll in shower which is both stylish and functional. Learn below 3 steps to make a roll in shower really look sharp.
Barrier free shower pan from AKW for an accessible wet room
As people are looking to stay in their homes longer the need for accessible showers has never been greater. Since most people have not remodeled their bathrooms for accessibility they generally have a lot of questions going into the process. Some of these questions might include:
What is needed to make a showering space accessible? What is the difference between a zero threshold shower and one that is barrier free?
What options are available in zero threshold showers? Can they be used with various types of floors?
Who(m) can install this type of product? Is it something I can do myself?
Do I need to follow ADA guildelines?
Where can I get a shower base and the proper accessories to make my space accessible and also provide a way for a caregiver to assist in the showering process?
The article below will provide answers to these questions and also offer some information on what type of accessible showering system to consider:
Glass block steam shower with Kohler spa shower system
When Ken Busch began planning his second floor room addition (which would include a glass block steam shower) he had a vision of what the final master bathroom would look like – but he also wanted to stayed flexible to change features as the project progressed. This flexibility allowed Ken to find some truly unique products and services that created a steam shower that really stands out. Learn below about some the products and installation approaches that really helps this shower pop.
Solid surface shower pan with white cultured solid cultured marble shower panels
Updated January 13, 2019
Choosing a shower base may not seem like the sexiest element of a new bathroom remodeling project but it is literally the foundation of this highly used space. The reality is any cracks or leaks in the base can cause extensive damage and costly repairs. One high quality option to consider is the solid surface shower pan. Although there is no “one size fits all” solution in choosing a shower pan – a solid surface base (also called by many people a cultured marble pan) is one option to give careful consideration to.
This article will explain the advantages, disadvantages and options in this type of base.