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    Master Bath/Room Layout

    I'm doing some renovation to a house purchased recently and wanted to hear and see some people's input. I making two existing rooms into a single master with a walk-in closet and a roll-in shower. I'm going to have a pedestal sink in the bathroom. I'm having a permanent bench built in the roll-in shower. I want to make it look more natural rather than hospital/clinical. Tile throughout the bathroom and wood floors in the master bedroom b/c there already there and no need to tear up what's good. I'm attaching the drawing I had done, but it's not permanent and all the doors will be pocket doors except the linen closet. And no french doors for that will be a window instead. Feel free to make suggestions. Also would you guys please share photo's of your bathroom's/ bedrooms?? Any ideas would be appreciated!
    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 02-23-2011 at 09:04 PM.
    Donnie: Dr. Xiao, What are your thoughts on a cure/combination therapy for SCI's??
    CG Xiao: Donnie, I don't want to disappoint you, but I think it is impossible to restore the continuity of the cord or "bridge the gap" in the near future, let's say: 50 years. Dr Wise Young has been my most respected scientist in SCI. He has dedicated and contributed to SCI no other can match.

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    It looks like you are picking up some much needed space. And I am sure you are looking forward to the changes. Here are a few features that I think every wheelchair accessible master bedroom/suite should have.
    ---Enough closet space for and accessible electrical outlets in the closet to store/charge power wheelchair overnight (you may not need this...)and be able to close the door and not hear the buzz of the charger. Also a dedicated shelf or drawer with a power strip for charging all the gadgets, phones, readers, other portable electronics.
    ---Storage for a commode/shower chair.
    ---Dedicated storage for supplies unique to disability, possibly built in cabinets beside the bed. (Supplies like catheters, leg bags, gloves, suppositories, medications etc.). I don't see the possibility for much storage in your bathroom except for a medicine cabinet, since I don't suppose there will be storage under the sink. I know you have the linen closet, but is it large enough for all the extras we all seem to have above and beyond spare linens, blankets, towels, wash cloths, cleaning supplies?

    Will the permanent bench in the shower have any padded protection? Will bench be wood? Will bench be tile? (Concern here would be skin shear, slippery surface). Grab bars in the shower? Grab bars beside the toilet? (These don't need to look institutional. There are some with finishes to match your fixtures). Enough room at the toilet to do a transfer? Do you have a five foot turning radius in the bathroom between shower and toilet/sink?

    Keep us up to date on your progress.

    All the best,
    GJ

    Edit: If you search the housing forum on this site, you will find several threads that members have contributed to with plans and pictures.
    Last edited by gjnl; 02-23-2011 at 03:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    It looks like you are picking up some much needed space. And I am sure you are looking forward to the changes. Here are a few features that I think every wheelchair accessible master bedroom/suite should have.
    ---Enough closet space for and accessible electrical outlets in the closet to store/charge power wheelchair overnight (you may not need this...)and be able to close the door and not hear the buzz of the charger. Also a dedicated shelf or drawer with a power strip for charging all the gadgets, phones, readers, other portable electronics.
    ---Storage for a commode/shower chair.
    ---Dedicated storage for supplies unique to disability, possibly built in cabinets beside the bed. (Supplies like catheters, leg bags, gloves, suppositories, medications etc.). I don't see the possibility for much storage in your bathroom except for a medicine cabinet, since I don't suppose there will be storage under the sink. I know you have the linen closet, but is it large enough for all the extras we all seem to have above and beyond spare linens, blankets, towels, wash cloths, cleaning supplies?

    Will the permanent bench in the shower have any padded protection? Will bench be wood? Will bench be tile? (Concern here would be skin shear, slippery surface). Grab bars in the shower? Grab bars beside the toilet? (These don't need to look institutional. There are some with finishes to match your fixtures). Enough room at the toilet to do a transfer? Do you have a five foot turning radius in the bathroom between shower and toilet/sink?

    Keep us up to date on your progress.

    All the best,
    GJ

    Edit: If you search the housing forum on this site, you will find several threads that members have contributed to with plans and pictures.
    The closet will have electrical oulet's even though I'm not using a power chair they're good to have. I think you're right about some extra storage b/c the linen closet seems small. Although, I'm going to do some sort of custom cabinents in the master closet which should provide storage for cath's, leg bag's and any other good stuff.

    The permanent bench will definitely have some padding seeing that none of us have any ass left..lol. Going to have two sets of grab bar's installed. Maybe a stainless steel rack as well. Probably two shower heads and a wand attached.

    Thanks GJ, for your response.
    Donnie: Dr. Xiao, What are your thoughts on a cure/combination therapy for SCI's??
    CG Xiao: Donnie, I don't want to disappoint you, but I think it is impossible to restore the continuity of the cord or "bridge the gap" in the near future, let's say: 50 years. Dr Wise Young has been my most respected scientist in SCI. He has dedicated and contributed to SCI no other can match.

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    Hi Donnie,
    Speaking of the shower, soap/shampoo niches are nice (built into the shower wall and completely tiled in; ne in easy reach of the bench. It takes some planning with plumbing before you close up the wall, but think about mounting the shower head or a strip at one end of the shower and the hand held next to the bench.
    Give some thought to the sink and how far it needs to be from the wall (so your toes or footrest don't touch the wall before you are under the sink as far as you need to be, and how high the counter top has to be and the placement of the supply and waste lines to get them about of your way to allow knee clearance (sinks with offset drains can work great). How will you deal with the knee clearance to make it accessible to you but also cover up the pipes etc.

    Some links here:

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=32820
    (my sink is on page 2)

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/archive...p/t-62944.html

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/archive.../t-114669.html

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=87641

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Could somebody post pictures of nice roll-in shower/s they have had built. Thanks.. Trying to get some good ideas.
    Donnie: Dr. Xiao, What are your thoughts on a cure/combination therapy for SCI's??
    CG Xiao: Donnie, I don't want to disappoint you, but I think it is impossible to restore the continuity of the cord or "bridge the gap" in the near future, let's say: 50 years. Dr Wise Young has been my most respected scientist in SCI. He has dedicated and contributed to SCI no other can match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie View Post
    Could somebody post pictures of nice roll-in shower/s they have had built. Thanks.. Trying to get some good ideas.
    Donnie,
    Do a search in the search box, upper right corner of each page. I know there are some pictures posted. If you don't find something here that suits you, try an internet search, say on Google. There is a lot to see, if you take the time to look.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Here are a few bathroom (and other) shots from a remodel I did years ago.

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=34150

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    Suggestions ...

    Donnie, to answer some of your questions. It would help to fill out your profile so people would at know your level of injury. It took me 30 minutes to find out from your early postings that you are a T4 complete. It helps to know especially if you are doing home modifications, most importantly a wash area/wet room/roll-in-shower/shower room, because a para has different needs from a quad from someone who has MS from a senior to walking paras and quads.

    Nick the pedestal sink idea and get a wall hung or a semi-pedestal sink so your feet don’t hit the bottom portion of the pedestal. Duravit makes a lot of nice wall hung and semi-pedestal sinks. On the same thought go with a wall hung toilet too for the same reason, foot space. The tank is hidden in the wall and is almost maintenance free.

    Keep safety in mind not only for you but for anyone who would use this room. So I’d have as many grab bars as possible. My first roll-in shower had no grabs bars because the contractor told me, “It’ll look too much like a hospital!” “You don’t want them!” I have them wrapped around my new shower room. Believe me you never know when you need to grab one and one is there for you.

    Another safety issue is to have your bedroom door, closet door, shower room door and double doors to the outside swing out not in. Your design you have the doors swing in. What happens if you by chance slip out of your chair by your toilet, land on the floor hit your head on the tile floor, knock yourself out and your ‘chair wedges up against the door? How do the paramedics get to you? Swinging the door out also give more space inside the room.

    I would also steer you away from stainless steel shelves unless they are commercial grade restaurant kitchen shelves that are made of high quality stainless steel that won’t rust. I had the same thought for my shower room and sad to say they rusted, made in America too! I would suggest you to have shelves made of out a solid surface material like Corian® or Meganite®.

    http://www2.dupont.com/Surfaces/en_U...ian/index.html

    http://www.meganite.com/na/index.php

    I would suggest to you eliminate the roll-in shower for a shower room instead. Roll-in shower are on their way out. You can eliminate the wall and have an open area. Today trench drains are more available. Some trench drains are ¾” in height where you place it on top the underlayment. Have a window in the shower room especially in Florida because it will dry quicker. My shower room dries without a fan in the wall as many contractors will say “must have” and I live in Ohio. How are you going maintain a fan near the ceiling by yourself?

    http://www.quickdrainusa.com/

    http://www.quartzbyaco.com/

    http://www.aco-online.com/index.htm

    There is a new tile backer material out on the market. If a contractor wants to put in rock board throw out his quote. Rock board is old technology. Certain Teed makes a tile backer named GlasRoc® and it is light weight and water resistance. It will not absorb water. Schulter also make a line of tile backer board and water proofing materials. Excellent product line.

    http://www.schluter.com/

    I sent you a message and you didn’t respond so I took it as you had everything under control. Here’s a print of what I drew up. It is not complete.

    Ti
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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    Duravit

    A Duravit semi-pedestal sink.

    http://www.duravit.com/

    Ti
    Credit: Picture from
    http://www.duravit.com/ Happy D collection, 2011.
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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    View of double door.

    I saw this image at:

    http://www.archdaily.com/

    and I was sold on having double doors put in our new home out to the courtyard.

    Ti
    Credit: Picture http://www.archdaily.com/, 2010.
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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