easy to access wet room

Converting To An Easy To Access Wet Room

During a stay in hospital, Mrs J had opportunity to use an accessible wet room and found it to be a big improvement on the shower room she had at home. The level floor gave easy access and the wide open space provided an obstruction free shower area.

On her return home she discussed it with her husband and they decided it was the right time to replace their shower, which had a high step and cumbersome sliding screens. As they both had reduced mobility they found their shower awkward to use and the wet room idea was a perfect solution.

With a rough idea in mind of what they wanted, they approached several firms for quotes, Absolute Mobility being one of them.

An easy choice of accessible bathroom installer

After our visit to their bathroom, Mr and Mrs J decided to choose Absolute Mobility. Our Advisor had provided a more thorough site visit and had picked up on several details the other firms had overlooked. This, combined with our Which Trusted Trader and Checkatrade reviews, made them confident they had found the right firm to undertake the work. After taking a weekend to think about it, they placed their order with Absolute Mobility.

Converting the shower room into an accessible wet room

Once underway, the work involved the complete removal of the existing bathroom. When installing a wet room, the whole room typically needs replacing as the floor needs to be covered in waterproof, anti-slip flooring. The walls also need to be waterproof within the shower area. The existing bathroom furniture can be re-fitted if required, but many people replace it to ensure it fits in with the new look bathroom.

In this instance, Mr and Mrs J opted to keep their existing heated towel rail as it suited the new bathroom, but chose to replace the vanity unit with a wall mounted corner cupboard, which eliminates the need to bend down to reach the storage space. You can see both the towel rail and storage unit in the image below which shows the shower room prior to conversion.

shower room before conversion to a wet room

Care and attention to detail

Our work also included boxing out from below the window to cover the basin waste pipe. The previous boxing was at skirting level, which created a low raised surface which was hard to reach to keep clean, especially for people with reduced mobility.

In keeping with the easy cleaning theme we fitted waterproof cladding around the walls in the wet room area and the rest of the bathroom. This is easier to keep clean than traditional tiles as there is no grout to discolour and the whole surface can be wiped clean.

The images below show these elements of the wet room once the team from Absolute Mobility had finished the installation.

new sink and boxed in pipes
anti-slip level access wet room floor
easy clean shower panels and grab rail

An easy to access and use showering space

The finished job created a wet floor shower area with basin (the WC is in a separate room) that was easier to access, use and keep clean, perfect for people with reduced mobility.

If you are interested in an accessible bathroom, get in touch with Absolute Mobility today. Call us on 0800 2922 110.

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