April Showers (and May, and June, and …)
Here are some pictures of Ashleigh in her roll-in shower. She really enjoys it and it really relaxes her. Once we figured out how we could do it in our old house, we are sorry we waited so long.
It took us forever to finally build Ashleigh a roll-in shower. The problem is the layout and structure of our house. We have an old farmhouse built in 1868. The interior and exterior walls are all three brick thick walls. Great for having a solid house but bad for any plumbing or electrical modificatons. We ended up tearing out a pantry area in the kitchen and turning it into the shower.
Ashleigh uses a reclining PVC commode/shower chair to shower in. My wife created a homemade device to keep the water out of her eyes which works pretty well.
My brother-in-law, Hank helped me tear out the old floor and we cut down the floor joists to lower the floor area so the shower chair could roll right in without a lip. The drain and water lines were moved. We then created a custom mud pan so the floor slopes to the drain. First a pre-slope, then a shower pan liner, and then the top layer of mud angled to the drain. I then had to put concrete board on the walls before tiling the floor and walls. I also installed an anti-scald valve and hand-held sprayer. My wife picked out the subway tiles and coordinating floor tile. I think it turned out pretty good.