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Convertible Bath

Goals: Make the guest bath beautiful, functional and ready for wheelchair access with only minor changes.

Looks can be deceiving! This room is ready to be converted into a fully accessible bath should the need arise in the future.

The floor joists in the shower area were cut to create a slope to the drain and to allow for a curbless entry. The roll-in shower is equipped with a bench, and the handheld rain showerhead lifts off of the wall bracket for seated use.

The cabinet beside the toilet can be removed to create a five-foot circle of unobstructed floor space. The wall-hung vanity is mounted nine inches above the floor, and the cabinet beneath the sink can be quickly modified to allow access from a wheelchair. The counter is already at the proper height. Solid wood blocking in the walls will allow grab bars to be added in the shower as well as around the toilet.

The mixed stone mosaic backsplash carries through into the shower, and wraps around the corner, making the room appear wider. The natural stone floor tile for the whole room is a 2"x2" version of one of the stones in the mosaic, and the shower walls are rustic travertine. Epoxy grout was used throughout because of its resistance to stains and mildew.

The beautiful Squak Mountain Stone countertop is a paper and cement based, locally made material that resembles soapstone or limestone. It is so stone-like that it appears to match the natural stone in the backsplash and the floor.

The maple custom cabinetry is glazed to harmonize with the bathroom’s many stone colors.

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