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The vanity is one long continuous cast concrete surface with open knee space beneath. On either side there are built-in cabinets beneath counter. The left side of the vanity is anchored by cabinetry and shelving (the bottom shelve extends and retract over the vanity much like a drawer). Behind the vanity is a wall to wall mirror which creates the illusion of a larger space. The faucet is from the Brizo Quiessence collection. It’s a simple modern design with a single handle control. There are two sunken canned lights and a horizontal frosted fluorescent light above the sink. Lighting for positive affect in the bathroom can be tricky so give it some thought. I recommend engaging a lighting consultant.
The toilet area is slightly secluded by a partial floor to ceiling wall with built-in storage. Notice the open storage shelving at the end of the wall. Another consideration when designing the toilet area is provide room for an attendant to be present for assistance as needed. Some bathrooms are completely “wet” areas with a central floor drain. Mine is not, but I’ve seen one’s that are and was impressed.
A roll-in shower simplifies bathing like no other device. There’s a slight ramp up then a gradual %2 slope down to a central drain. The shower has both an overhead shower shower head and a handheld shower nozzle. The hardware is all brushed nickel so it matches the stainless steel grab bars. The large glass room divider (which sits atop a concrete wall) allows natural light to wash through into the shower area and gives the illusion of a lager open room.
The air bath creates its hydrotherapy effect by blowing air bubbles at various degrees of intensity on 20 minute cycles. The air bubbles are not as vigorous as whirlpool water jets, but you needn’t worry about bath soaps and/or oils clogging and contaminating the water jets of a Jacuzzi style whirlpool. They make heaters for both air baths and whirlpools in order to keep the water hot. I chose to install two water heaters in my basement and forego the heaters in the tub. As the air bubble cool the water, I simple add more hot water. I have no experience with the long term maintenance of whirlpool baths but it stands to reason there are more moving parts and consequently more maintenance required.
There’s an 18” wide concrete deck housing adjacent to the tub. This serves as the transfer deck/surface and accommodates the tub’s mechanical systems below (note access through the removable square at lower left). Deck height is level with wheelchair to facilitate simple and safe transfers. Built-in shelf on back wall offers attractive and accessible storage options. Natural light and glass room divider gives the illusion of larger room.
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