Let’s talk about shower accessibility
Using a rolling shower seat or fixed shower seat in the shower can accommodate some users. Shower seat should be at the height of 17” to 19”. A small stool or plastic chair can allow the bather to sit while taking a shower and can be removed for users who don’t use the seat to shower.
the Teak Shower Seat With Drop Down Legs is another option that we use a lot.
Installing tub controls near the front edge will avoid a long reach.
Installing grab bars in all bathing areas. For a tub- two bars should be installed on the sidewall at standing and sitting range. For a shower-all three walls in roll-in shower should have grab bars and two walls should have grab bars in a transfer shower. Coordinate the controls to be near grab bars when possible.
A nonslip floor is one of the most important things to address in the shower to prevent falls. A textured tile or a slatted wood tray over a concrete floor can provide a nonslip floor.
Installing anti-scald mixing valves to maintain a safe water temperature and volume when there are water pressure changes will prevent burns. Limit the temperature in the tub and shower to 120 degrees.
Consider the placement of items that a user will want to reach such as hair care, bathing products, soap, washcloth, etc. Adequate storage and accessible placement for all products so they do not fall into the floor and are easily reachable for all users should be addressed.
Installing shower controls where operator can use them without getting wet. Also, installing a handheld shower head that can accommodate a seated bather. Install one with at least a 60” hose.
Teak Foldable Bench
on this post we want to share how to do an inexpensive Fireplace makeover of a red brick fireplace to provide a visual lift to the living room to complement the new decorating style.
in this particular case we were looking to match the color of the mirror.
Here are the steps we followed to refinish this fireplace
- light sanding with 220 grit sand paper
- clean up dust with lacquer thinner (wear protective gear)
- apply a coat of bonding primer (let it cure for 24 hrs at least)
- apply paint with new color (two Coats)
Sometimes a fireplace simply needs a thorough cleaning and a little maintenance to give it an updated, fresh look.
for the brick area we used a similar process
- repair cracks
- clean bricks
- apply a coat of primer and then apply a fresh coat of paint to your red brick fireplace to provide a new look.
Light-colored paint tends to make a fireplace stand out and look larger. Conversely, dark-colored paint can make an oversize fireplace appear smaller. After cleaning the bricks, apply a paint primer formulated especially for brick. Allow the primer to dry before brushing on an interior latex paint over the fireplace bricks. Apply a second coat of paint after the first coat is dry. Use a high-temperature firebox paint to make the firebox look clean and new.
colors used on this project:
- BEHR BASE:750 GENTLE RAIN (SATIN) for bricks
- MCCORMICK MISSION BROWN 205040 (satin) for woodwork
In this post, we are going to share how we help our client create the best use for the space under the steps in his living room.
After listening his needs and desires we started by:
- Drafting a sketch:
- Once the sketch was approved and some ideas were taken from images from websites like Pinterest and houzz.com, we proceded with a quote, and started on demolition and preparation of the area for work.
Drywall demolition, and preparation
After all of the demolition and preparations were made, we began to build the cabinets in our shop and schedule another day for installation (depending on complexity and due to the fact there may be troubles) in this case, we had to move an electric outlet and cut back some wall space to make room for our 12” deep wine rack. It might take more than 2 or 3 visits to finish the job, but in the end, the result was fantastic.
Shelves built in the pantry
Wine rack under steps