A family is tragically impacted by the father’s sudden death. Our clients, a widowed mother and daughter moved from a single family home into a one level apartment to better cope with the daughter’s severe physical disabilities due to cerebral palsy. Her father had been her principal caregiver, lifting and carrying his daughter from her bed to other locations. Obviously, the father’s death prompted an abrupt change in circumstances for the family. Our clients needed a functional space that facilitated as much independence for the daughter as possible. Transforming an 80’s sterile, bland master bath into a spacious, accessible retreat for clients that include a young adult with severe mobility issues was paramount.
The designer and construction crew incorporated undiscovered spaces to expand and further the utility of the space. Incorporating numerous assistive technology devices (disappearing pocket doors, ultra-lightweight wheelchair, electronic-activation faucets, anti-scald devices, barrier-free shower entrance, and full-height body dryer), this bathroom makes the most of every square inch. Using luxurious materials judiciously, the homeowners can enjoy an accessible bath that improves their standard of living and quality of life. The bathroom is the opposite of institutional or sterile; it is warm, inviting and incredibly functional. With its variable lighting sequences, all on dimmers, it offers expansive shower space, improved storage closets, a compact jetted tub, and wide vanity countertop enable its users to experience signature amenities without expanding the room’s footprint.