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Old 03-11-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
 
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Conjugal Shower Ideas Needed


Need ideas for a remodel for a 45 x 61 shower making it a 2 person, ADA compliant, and Multi-functional for an older couple.

Already making it roll-in accessible for a wheelchair, with shelves and 2 shower heads. Just want to know if anyone has ever come up with workable ideas of the conjugal type.

They are interested in a bench and or some stable safe way to elevate wife's standing height to match husbands. The wife is almost 10 inches shorter. This is a very serious post.

Any other serious suggestions would be appreciated.
I know I'll get some jokers with this - but this is a serious request.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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Are you the remodeler, plumber, or what? Your trade is listed as "printing"?

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OK Mike, we are familiar with the swing, but it won' work in the shower! And I am seriously looking for built-in features here. Maybe we'll have to be original, just would like to know ideas would work before tile them in.


Rselectric1- oops! I'll go back and change that. I am the remodeler and I have never had a project like this before. No experience and no desire to go to X rated sites for this info, so thought perhaps this would be a place to start.
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Sounds pretty simple to me.

Make one section of the floor 10" higher than the other.

Add a stanchion so she can't get away and your set.

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I'm intrigued, and you have to know this is unusual. I hope you have a sense of humor cause the guys here are pretty funny.

I'm a little confused about your description though. Is it the wife in the wheelchair, and she needs to be able to scoot off it onto a bench? You are looking for some method so she can be mechanically elevated?

As you'll hear from the tile guys here, showers need to be water tight. I can't think of any built-in options that would move without sacrificing the integrity of the seal.

You will be amazed what some of the guys here can come up with though!

A little more description will help. (Not too descriptive though )
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I had to post this over on the Green Kool-aid forum Mike, this is one of the best answers Ever.
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Rselectric, thanks for your help.
First- this couple has had all of their improvements done to ADA standards because they are planning to stay in this house long term. Neither of them is in a wheelchair yet, but are just being proactive with this remodel. Since they are in relatively good health for their age and wanting to enjoy today, I am trying to come up with something special.
Their idea was to have two small individual foot stools along the shorter wall, rising maybe 10” off of the floor, about 10” wide and each centered 30” apart from each other. The purpose to be used standing. These would be covered with nonslip material. I would also install small handrails on either side on the longer walls.
Alternately they are also interested in a narrow 14” bench, (not wall to wall) that would extend 18” from the center of the opposite short wall. This would be for sharing face to face, with him sitting down first with his back to the wall. It would probably not need non slip but I would use it on either side of it and also in front of it. I would probably put a safety bar on the wall behind it.
I am not sure if the shower would be large enough to accommodate a wheel chair with both of these features, but now that I think about it I don’t think they realize that wheelchairs are supposed to be kept out of the water? A person could use a walker, walk in and sit in a portable shower chair.
But – I am looking for feedback on these ideas and any others that would work with them. I know I can just do what they have asked for- but I want to make this special. I wonder have these ideas never been thought of before?
Thanks for your thoughts to make this project work.
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One idea might be to find a CAPS certified designer.
http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?sec...ontentID=46799

A custom shower is just that. There's lots of options provided you have enough floor space and the tile is done right.

I assume they have some ideas of their own about the design too.

Your most recent explanation makes it a little more clear. I think you are on the right track.
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Make sure to include a lazy susan. I don't know why, but I find that thought appealing. And velcro.
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Rselectric that is a great link and I had never heard of this program.
Not sure if I can get an specific help with this project from them - although it's probably worth a try.
But that will really help with other projects in this home and others.

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Rselectric, thanks for your help.
First- this couple has had all of their improvements done to ADA standards because they are planning to stay in this house long term. Neither of them is in a wheelchair yet, but are just being proactive with this remodel. Since they are in relatively good health for their age and wanting to enjoy today, I am trying to come up with something special.
Their idea was to have two small individual foot stools along the shorter wall, rising maybe 10” off of the floor, about 10” wide and each centered 30” apart from each other. The purpose to be used standing. These would be covered with nonslip material. I would also install small handrails on either side on the longer walls.
Alternately they are also interested in a narrow 14” bench, (not wall to wall) that would extend 18” from the center of the opposite short wall. This would be for sharing face to face, with him sitting down first with his back to the wall. It would probably not need non slip but I would use it on either side of it and also in front of it. I would probably put a safety bar on the wall behind it.
I am not sure if the shower would be large enough to accommodate a wheel chair with both of these features, but now that I think about it I don’t think they realize that wheelchairs are supposed to be kept out of the water? A person could use a walker, walk in and sit in a portable shower chair.
But – I am looking for feedback on these ideas and any others that would work with them. I know I can just do what they have asked for- but I want to make this special. I wonder have these ideas never been thought of before?
Thanks for your thoughts to make this project work.
This is F'n hilarious. I think there are maybe 1 or 2 old members I remember here who could come up with this thread.

I want pictures of the design, pictures of the final product and most importantly pictures of this couple but outside and inside the shower.
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and most importantly pictures of this couple but outside and inside the shower.
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What do you mean funny,Funny how?Like I'm a clown?Like I amuse you?How am I funny?
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I think you will find a Grab bar installed 60" - 72" of finished grade will open up bathing options you have yet explored. A simple chin up bar can be installed in the garage to fine tune heights.

A shower bench and counter height shelf help.

Install a Chromotherapy light fixture for mood lighting.

Make sure to double up your walls studs - glued and screwed.

Make sure to use cement board in stead of drywall as a backer board - It has much less deflection and can handle much more abuse.

My two cents.

Not that I have research the subject or anything... I think I'll go have a shower.... "Babe!"

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