It seems like no matter how much planning goes into a room, there are always changes that I’d make in hindsight. Our master bathroom is no different.
Overall, I’m very pleased with how the room looks and functions, and when talking about a room that is and will be used regularly by a person in a wheelchair, function is very important. But there are two main things that I wish I could go back and change. One of them is really an inexcusable oversight. But the other one was something that I couldn’t really have known because all of this is new to us.
Outlet(s) Behind The Middle Cabinet
This is the “How could I have overlooked that?” mistake that I wish I could go back and change. Why in the world did I not think to put an outlet behind the center cabinet on the vanity wall so that we could keep rechargeable items hidden away in the drawers?
I have several things that I’d love to keep plugged in — a face cleaner thing, a red light therapy thing for the face, a teeth whitener thing. I don’t think I realized how many rechargeable items I have until I actually started moving things into the bathroom.
I would say that my oversight of an outlet behind the cabinet is THE biggest and most irritating mistake that I made in this bathroom, and since it’s under a window, there’s no easy way to fix it. I don’t think there’s any way at all to fix it without messing up a wall under one of the vanities, and that’s not going to happen. I’ll live with the inconvenience before I’ll go backwards on this bathroom and have to repair a wall.
And the second thing I’d change in hindsight…
I’m not quite as hard on myself with this as I am on the outlets since the whole wheelchair-accessible shower was brand new to us, and we didn’t really know what to expect.
At one point, I had considered having two showerheads on the same wall since the shower is so big.
I ended up changing my mind because the whole point of having such a big shower is so that Matt can freely move around in his wheelchair in the shower. Having two shower heads on the same wall would mean that he would be shoved over to one side or the other, and that seemed to defeat the purpose of having such a large shower for him.
But now that we’ve been using the shower, I wish I had gone not with two showerheads, but with three. And I wouldn’t put them all on the same wall, but I would put one on each of the three walls in the curtained off shower area.
There’s no way to add those now without tearing up the shower, and neither of us is willing to go back to not having this shower available for any amount of time. And really, the shower is very nice. Actually, it’s more than nice. It has been life-changing for Matt. And when I’m using the shower by myself, one showerhead is plenty…obviously. It only becomes an issue when I’m helping Matt shower, and I’m standing over to one side or the other and freezing, out of the stream of the shower head, while he has all of the water on him. (And yes, he wants the showerhead and the handheld both pointing at him. 😀
It’s fine. I’m willing to be a little cold while he has a nice shower. But I just wish that I had known then that more is better when it comes to shower heads in a shower.
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