My clients, Helena and Boris (made-up names for privacy) asked me to design a wheelchair user’s bathroom for their new home. They were life loving fun people with very active lifestyle. They traveled, they threw parties, and they liked to laugh. Helena’s style was modern glamour, a combination of rustic natural materials with sleek glossy surfaces and crystals. She showed me the two natural stone tiles that she got at a bargain price. “Can we be creative with this?” And so we talked about the style and design avoiding the subject of her husband’s physical challenges as much as possible. At the same time, the bathroom had to be wheelchair accessible without looking different from any other stylish bathroom.
I admired Helena’s ability to have fun with the design project while focusing on functionality and mobility issues. She was having fun and got involved in the process.
After I created the floor plan and the basic layout with the accessibility checklist in mind, the fun part began. I worked with non-slip stone tiles of two sizes 1″ by 1″ and 4″ by 4″ for all the surfaces including walls, ceiling, and floors. I drafted four ACad designs manipulating tiles and creating a variety of patterns. Helena was my inspiration and, honestly, I got carried away. After four different patterns for each surface, Helena chose the most interesting ones. They included additional accents: the glass tile for the floor and the small metal inserts for the walls. We decided to visually lower the ceilings by installing the mirrors on the top and creating the niches around the shower top. The natural stone tiles were laid in traditional, classic patterns, but the use of glass,
We decided to install the mirrors on the upper portion of the room so that the ceilings looked a little lower. The niches were reflecting in the mirrors. The natural stone tiles were laid in traditional, classic patterns, but the use of glass, mirrors, and crystal light fixtures were modern. I designed the bathroom vanities for the wheelchair access. The bathroom is spacious, comfortable with plenty of room for a
Final result: the bathroom is spacious, comfortable with plenty of room for a wheelchair. Helena was thrilled. This was the bathroom she was craving! glamorous!
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