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From grab bars to spa-like new bathroom

At some point in our lives, we all experience medical challenges requiring us to make our homes more “user friendly.” With the steady degeneration of my knees and my walking, I knew it was time to install grab bars and a bench inside the shower in our master bathroom. The toilet already has been upgraded to comfort height.

Just the thought of adding these safety items, however, made me feel old and sick and depressed. I had to find a way to blend these solutions into our contemporary home without making it look like an assisted living residence. I knew what would make me feel better… remodeling and updating the bathroom.

Coincidentally, I surprised my husband with a trip to the Kohler Resort in Wisconsin for his 60th birthday this past spring. He likes to tell people it was the most expensive trip we’ve ever taken. It was there where we toured both the Kohler Design Center and the factory. I fell in love with one of their new colors… cashmere. The name sounds as rich and warm as it looks. Right then, we decided we would remodel, increase our enjoyment of the space, and go with cashmere sink bowls.

I promised my husband we wouldn’t take the project down to the studs, but we came awfully close. The first time he showers with the new body sprays and powerful waterfall head, he will forget the cost. Not to mention, we did pass on the $6,700 toilet that senses when you’re coming, raises the lid, adjusts the seat to your desired temperature, and plays music from your i-Pod.

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This entry was posted on July 27, 2012 by in Before Surgery.

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