Remodeling projects can be rewarding for a contractor. The improvement is visible, or the room works better. And of course, the homeowner is delighted with the results. Occasionally remodels go a bit further, and solve some significant challenges that the homeowner has been facing. Fixing a pesky leak in the roof that’s caused issues for years, or improving the layout of a mudroom that was never really functional are good examples. And then there are the projects that change lives. Recently, Cottage Keepers had a chance to do such a remodel.
We were hired to remodel a bathroom for a father and son who both use wheelchairs. We’ve done many ADA-compliant remodels so we knew the basics that would be involved. For this remodel, however, we used a newly made, zero-transition shower. This design meant family members could roll right in, without having to move to a shower chair or navigate a ledge. It looked great in the space, with a clean, modern look. Most significantly, it also gave a new level of independence to the father and son who would be using it. Our work transformed their daily routine as the zero-edge meant they could navigate bathing without assistance. Good work is its reward but great design changes lives.