You might remember when Kramer, my husband who passed away from lung cancer, was sick and broke his neck our family went into a scramble to try to get the bathroom on the main floor so he would have a shower that was handicapped accessible for him. Kramer’s decline was fast and we never got it done.
We took good care of him and in the end, we were able to handle everything without that shower. But…what about now. What about me? I might need that bathroom in the years to come and I’d like it to be ready and there before the kids have to scramble and try to put something in. So, slowly, I’m working on fixing the main floor bathroom.
When we first did the remodel we were running out of money and just wanted to get into the house. There was a sink on a free Facebook page. It was a pedestal sink and I didn’t care a free sink could work.
I’m still not sure what I want to do with a shower. I’m getting closer but I’m slow at decision making and am only affording this as I have extra money. That means I’m taking it all one step at a time.
In keeping with that over the summer, I talked to one of my childcare dads who is a cabinet builder, and asked him to make a vanity for me. I am not super picky and I know Luke does great work so I told him two things I had in mind. I wanted a space on the vanity for wash clothes to sit so people can grab a fresh washcloth and dry their hands on it…no reusing hand towels. The other specification is I wanted him to try to make a built-in step stool for kids to step on. Previously I’ve had two step stools in front of the sink and it’s always been cluttered.
Luke did a fabulous job!! This is the vanity he built.
I need to do some other things like remove the old towel bar and patch the wall…but the vanity is a step in the right direction. You can see that Luke did just what I wanted. There is room for a basket of washcloths on the side and check this out…
It is a fold-out stool. The bottom “drawer” can be pulled out and a step stool is created.
Here Lucy is using it. She can reach the sink and it’s awesome.
Gannon is not yet two and he can reach the sink with the stool. I LOVE IT and am thrilled with Luke’s work. This is a solid great piece.
I was happy with the company that made our original kitchen cabinets but moving forward, if I need any cabinets built, I’ll have Luke make them. They are so strong and sturdy.
Now for the rest of the bathroom, it’s pathetic. See?
Where the changing table is, is where I want the shower to go. How it all fits in there I’m not exactly sure about. I have an idea and Luke has helped me a bit to get it in place. The shower should be to the right (3′ x 5′ shower) where the changing table is…a custom cabinet that Luke would make would go to the left.
Luke has recommended Onyx showers. You can find them HERE. They are an American made company and Luke said he has some experience with them and has liked them. Have any of you tried Onyx showers? I’d love to know your opinion.
The shower pieces are supposed to snap together. There’s a base and then wall pieces. They have a low profile entry option for a base and that’s what I would get. They also have a “ramp” that can be put on the outside if needed for as close to a zero-entry as possible.
I’m leaning towards something like this…
Glass doors, a chair on the right and the faucets on the left. I’d make sure to include handles.
There is a whole listing of optional accessories and a large gallery with pictures of option designs that can be custom made.
There are also many colors and finishes for the wall boards.
LOTS of decisions to make. So many that it is a little overwhelming…thus I’m taking my time to decide.
I have a cabinet on the south wall now and that I would move out of here. If I’m still in need of a changing table by the time this is all done, it would go where this cabinet is.
This all is on my five-year plan. Getting the vanity was step one. There will be more steps along the way.
So for now, I’m celebrating the little progress I’ve made towards my five year goal.