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We Have A Usable Bathe!


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It’s an thrilling day right here within the Linauer family. We lastly have a usable bathe in our new grasp lavatory. This bathe was designed particularly for straightforward wheelchair entry for Matt, and it’s going to be so good for him.

It has a curbless entry (i.e., the bathe flooring is completely flush with the lavatory flooring), a pleasant entry huge sufficient for his bathe wheelchair to simply enter, and the bathe itself is large. I believe that the ADA suggestions for a wheelchair accessible bathe is that it ought to be a minimum of 60 inches (5 toes) sq. for a wheelchair to have sufficient room to show. Our bathe is about 7.5 toes by 7 toes. This bathe is sort of as massive as our whole hallway lavatory.

The final time I shared in regards to the lavatory, I had put in a number of the plumbing fixtures, however I nonetheless wanted to grout the ground and caulk the corners and alongside the ground. Right here’s what the ungrouted bathe flooring seemed like…

For the flooring, I used Kolasus white 2″ x 2″ sq. tiles that are available in 12″ x 12″ sheets from Residence Depot.

It truly is superb the distinction that grout could make. It’s magical! 😀 For this complete bathe — partitions and flooring — I used Brilliant White grout. I do know I’ll have individuals ask me if I fear about having white grout on this bathe, however I actually don’t. I really like white grout, and if and when it begins getting slightly grungy-looking (as in, discoloration that may’t be cleaned irrespective of how a lot I scrub), Grout Renew can deliver it again to its vibrant white colour.

In reality, I simply used Grout Renew on the hallway lavatory flooring. That flooring additionally has Brilliant White grout, and after a number of years, the grout was beginning to look a bit dingy. When it will get to the purpose that irrespective of how a lot I scrub it (attempting a Magic Eraser, vinegar in water, baking soda, and so on.), I do know it’s time for Grout Renew. So I took about half-hour the opposite day (it’s a small lavatory) and Grout Renewed the ground in order that it appears vibrant and clear and new once more.

I just about think about Grout Renewing the grout on flooring to be a part of deep cleansing my home each few years simply to maintain the grout trying vibrant and recent.

So if I’ve to do this on this bathe each few years, I’m okay with that. Anyway, right here’s what the bathe flooring appears like totally grouted, and with the corners all caulked.

I simply love the large distinction that grout makes!

Right here’s the entire “tour” of the bathe because it appears now. The bathe is situated behind the mural wall, and is accessible through this entrance on the left facet of the mural wall. (The bath will sit in entrance of the mural wall.) The lavatory flooring isn’t completed but, however you’ll be able to see that the bathe has a curbless entry.

For the bathe partitions, I used Daltile Restore 4″ x 16″ vibrant white subway tiles, additionally from Residence Depot.

I put in two towel hooks near the entry of the bathe, however I put them contained in the bathe. I don’t need towels hanging on the lavatory wall, and this again wall of the bathe is much sufficient away from the bathe head that I’m pretty sure they’ll stay dry.

On this picture under, you’ll be able to see the place the slope of the ground begins. And naturally, it slopes in the direction of the linear drains which can be in opposition to the wall with the bathe head. The bathe area of interest (we simply have one small bathe area of interest since neither of us is known as a “merchandise” type of particular person) is on the wall reverse the bathe entry. One area of interest is sufficient for us.

Beneath, you’ll be able to see one of many linear drains, and you may see extra of the slope when you look a the underside of the area of interest wall. Once more, that wall is about 7.5 toes huge.

We have now two linear drains to span that wall. And this wall has the bathe head, handheld sprayer, and three-way diverter.

The fixtures are Delta Trinsic in Champagne Bronze. The linear drains are Neodrain 36-inch linear drains that I discovered on Amazon.

The precise water management valve is on the facet wall. That approach I can simply attain inside and switch the water on with out getting moist.

So it’s lastly usable! And general, it’s about 95% completed. It has felt like a Herculean activity to get it thus far, so the remaining ought to be straightforward. I nonetheless want so as to add trim to the highest, and I’m really going to hold the identical crown molding and trim that I take advantage of in the remainder of the lavatory proper into the bathe. I do know that appears a bit unorthodox, however I’ve given it a ton of thought, and I’ll share my ideas on it in a later put up.

For now, I’ve a canine and a husband who want showers. 😀

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