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 the cabinet is under a window, there’s no easy way to fix it. I don’t think there’s any way at all to fix it at all 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.
The good news is that I don’t use these things every day, and I think I can find a way to keep these items in the glass-front cabinet in the water closet. Since that cabinet has an outlet right by it, and already has an extension cord running into it for the LED lights, I think I can plug things in and keep them charging in that cabinet, and maybe put them in a basket so that they’re not too visible. There’s always a solution. 🙂
And the second thing I’d change in hindsight…
I’m not quite as hard on myself with this as I am on the outlet oversight 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. And it seemed to me that having a main showerhead plus a handheld would be plenty.
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.
It’s only an issue when I’m helping Matt with his shower. Obviously, when I’m showering, one showerhead is plenty. But when I’m helping Matt with his shower, having three showerheads (one on each of the three walls) would allow me to help him, freely move around him, while always being able to keep warm under a stream of water. As it is now, Matt gets all the warm water (yes, he wants the showerhead and the handheld both pointing at him to keep warm 😀 ) while I’m over to the side freezing.
It’s fine. 😀 It really is. I’m willing to be a little cold while he has a nice shower. And the shower is very nice. Actually, it’s been more than nice. It’s been life-changing for Matt. But I do wish I would have known then what I know now.
Those are really the only two things that I’ve wished I could change. But overall, I absolutely love our new bathroom. I do look forward to the day that it doesn’t have an exterior door, though. I can’t wait until that door leads to our new bedroom instead of to Cooper’s fenced in yard. It’s a bit frustrating for now having my big dog track dirt and mud through our new bathroom. 😀 But that’s a temporary inconvenience that WILL be changed eventually.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.