So on our list of MUST dos is get a shower in the main floor bathroom. When we built the house, we always knew that a main floor bathroom shower was in the retirement plan.
I had in mind a wonderful tile shower. I wanted it wonderful and perfect…then I saw the price tags and saw the work to it. I knew tiling wasn’t in Kramer’s repertoire of things he could manage so we put in an old claw foot tub. It was what we had and we were going the cheap route….besides, I liked claw foot tubs.
Fast forward and I was doing childcare with the claw foot tub on the main floor of the house. The childcare kids would go in and turn on the water. Of course it was the hot water. I always worried about the water being hot and hurting the kids. I don’t keep the water that hot but still…I didn’t like the idea of kids turning on the water in a bathtub. So…about a year or so ago I asked Kramer is we could take the claw foot tub out. We never used the tub anyway. We did and I put the changing table where I change baby diapers in the bathroom where the tub was.
Fast forward to Kramer’s health problems. He used to shower in the basement all the time. I shower upstairs. We had no need for a main floor shower but now, we do. With Kramer in a neck brace, maneuvering up and down the steps isn’t practical. It doesn’t allow him to be as independent as he’d like. So the plan is to get a main floor shower.
Kayla’s husband Spencer was great trying to quickly get a shower put in while Kramer was still in the hospital but Kramer and I ended up slowing things down. Yes, we want a shower…but we still want a nice shower that we’d pick in a style we’d like. We’ve always wanted a tile shower.
So…how do we do that?
I’ve been Pinteresting.
I seem to be attracted to showers like this one….
I like the wood look tile. I like the half walls.
Then I saw this….
I liked this even better. If I can avoid a door, that would be awesome. It would also help cut costs and cleaning. I like this one with the glass. I don’t need two shower heads.
I love the storage on the side. I’m campaigning for this.
We had the carpenter stop by. He had a different idea that he shared. I didn’t hate that idea, but I think I like this one a little better.
Our bathroom is a little wider so the half wall, that Kramer says he would want to be shoulder height, would be wider.
What do you all think? I’m sure we’ll have a bunch of ideas. Yes we’d love a floor level shower but that’s not possible. The carpenter did say is we end up needing it, he could build a little ramp. That made me feel better.
I know lots of people will suggest a shower chair….We are considering putting a wall chair like this…It folds up.
This was not an expense that we were thinking we needed to address at this point but here we are. Thankfully we’ve kept a savings account. We do want to do it right. I know we’d both rather do it right rather than slap something temporary in.
So add this project to the stuff we are trying to juggle and manage. Thankfully a lot of this can be done by others. We just have to get people in and deal with the mess.
Oh but wait. Kalissa found something else.
Where all the white woodwork is we’d put trim to match our house. Oh my…I love this. Now to choose.