What to consider when installing a bathroom on the ground floor

People with mobility problems often find it increasingly difficult to make their way upstairs to the bathroom and most houses built before the 1980s don’t have downstairs facilities. For people that live alone, the climb upstairs can become more and more dangerous due to the risk of tripping and having no one around to assist. There may come a point when you decide that having low level access to a bathroom makes a lot of sense. There are options for walk in baths, wet rooms and walk in showers. On our website we have some great examples of the transformational work we can do, even in very small spaces.

Planning permission is not usually required to add a bathroom downstairs unless an extension is needed but building regulations will apply. This ensures that the plumbing, ventilation and drainage are all completed to a satisfactory level.

In the past, wetrooms and shower rooms on the ground floor could only be built on concrete, but thanks to advances in technology it is now possible to build a wet room pretty much anywhere. However, wet room flooring is only as waterproof as its surfaces so any looseness or movement can mean serious leakages. A good installer will be able to spot these problems in advance though and ensure that your bathroom is well sealed and leak free. Why not contact us to find out how to get a ground floor bathroom in Edinburgh that suits your specific needs.

Colour schemes for luxurious wetrooms – what to go for

Wet rooms are open plan which makes them look bigger and more spacious. Their design is modern and best of all they offer straightforward access for people with restricted mobility. They are step free and without trip hazards which is really helpful to people with conditions which cause them to fall easily. Having decided to fit a new wet room in your home for easy low level access, you now have the exciting task of choosing how to decorate and accessorise it. Check out some of the before and after shots on our website for inspiration. (Click here)

A two tone bathroom in bold colours is both a creative statement and a helpful way of providing contrast for those with vision impairment. The colours you choose depend on how brave you are feeling! How about energising yellow or warming red? For a more chilled out, calming wetroom, choose blue tones. Teal combined with lots of glass, mirrors and carefully chosen lighting will give an air of luxury. Or to recreate the feeling of a luxurious hotel bathroom, try sleek and modern slate.

Creating a natural feeling bathroom can produce feelings of serenity. Try adding in some greenery or wallpaper depicting the outdoors, combined with natural materials that add texture such as marble and stone.

If you are undecided about the colour to choose, how about getting your colour from the lighting? Neutral colours in the wet room, illuminated by coloured bulbs means you can change your mind as often as you change the bulbs.

Colour is so often a personal choice, but we’d be happy to guide you to what colours would suit your space, so why not get in touch?

 

The Importance of Retaining Your Independence

Our customers tell us that one of the worst aspects of losing mobility is the loss of independence. Whatever your age and level of disability the thought of not being able to get around and having to rely on others to take care of your personal bathing and toilet needs is one that is difficult to come to terms with.

The loss of independence can encompass a wide variety of issues and can include:

  • Problems with vision
  • Low energy levels and reduced physical strength
  • Difficulty getting in and out of the bath
  • Difficulty climbing stairs
  • Difficulty in bathing or showering

As a result many people who find themselves experiencing one or more of these issues, whatever age they are, can find themselves having thoughts of helplessness and fear.

Some may feel guilt at having to rely on family members or friends to do things for them, or anger at not being able to carry out everyday tasks as well as they used to be able to.

However, there are lots of mobility aids on the market today that can help you with various tasks whether that is driving, gardening, cooking or getting around. And whether your loss of mobility and independence has come about through sudden trauma such as accident or illness or whether it has simply crept up on you, one of the biggest aids to regaining independence starts with a mobility-friendly bathroom – whether a wetroom or walk in shower in Edinburgh that suits your mobility and your sense of style.

Call us today to see how we can help you to take back control and regain your independence.

 

Jim Scotland – Wetroom – October 2017

I would like to thank you and your team for the wonderful wet room recently installed at my fathers property, 43 The Paddockholm.

I am very impressed with the transformation. The finished result is excellent and will enable my father to remain in his house a lot longer. Your team did an amazing job and its hard to think it was completed in four days. Its almost as if the wet room appeared as if by magic.

I would have no hesitation in recommending your company. Once again your team were excellent.

Many thanks on behalf of myself and my Father.

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Plan Your Mobility Friendly Bathroom for the Future with BMAS

It is an unfortunate fact that for many of us getting older can often mean struggling to get around. Mobility can be lost or reduced for many reasons, from illness or disability through to simple old age.

If you worry that your ability to get around isn’t what it used to be or that your current health and mobility problems are only going to get worse it could be the time for you to start making plans to convert your bathroom into a more useable space.

Let us reassure you right from the start that this is not the Herculean task you may think it is. We are here to offer expert advice on which kind of bathroom or wetroom in Edinburgh will best suit your needs, whether it is a walk-in shower or wetroom you are after or whether you need advice on what kind of wetroom flooring is most suitable. We can take care of every aspect of your new mobility-friendly bathroom from the initial planning to the installation and beyond.

Our previous customers attest to our professionalism and expertise and all are pleased with the life-changing benefits that their new bathroom has brought them.

All our tradespeople, the plumbers, electricians and joiners work to the very highest standards as one of our previous clients, Mrs Mitchell told us. She was very pleased that they were able to do such a great job in a way that caused minimum disruption.

If you are starting to struggle with your mobility, don’t wait. Call us now and see how we can help.

 

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How Much Space Do You Need for a Wetroom?

When people start to think about adapting their bathroom to make it more mobility-friendly they can sometimes become overwhelmed with the choices on offer. Many eventually decide to go for a wetroom design but aren’t sure whether they have enough space in their home.

There is a misconception that you need a large bathroom to begin with but this is simply not the case. Here at BMAS Edinburgh we have extensive experience of fitting wetrooms in all kinds of spaces and we can tell you that not only do you not need a huge bathroom, a wetroom doesn’t even have to be in a bathroom! Not only that, we have experience in fitting stylish wetrooms in the smallest of spaces.

A wetroom or walk-in shower can be designed to fit into any space you like and can even be installed into the space occupied by a standard bath so there is no need to worry about whether you have the space. If you have room for a bath then you have room for a wetroom! To put your mind at ease further we can tell you that a wetroom can be safely installed either upstairs or downstairs according to your personal needs and preferences.

In our experience every installation is different because our clients don’t all have exactly the same needs and this is why we consult extensively with clients to ensure a completely bespoke design.

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The importance of tile maintenance in mobility focussed bathrooms

If you have, or are considering, replacing your old bathroom with a mobility focussed bathroom in Edinburgh, we look at why the correct tiles and tile maintenance are so important.

Non-slip tiles are simply essential in any mobility friendly bathroom, in order to make the space safe to use for anyone, with or without mobility problems. Non-slip tiles are more porous than your regular gloss or enamel tile and so when wet, they do not pose a risk of slipping and the tile does not allow the water to simply sit on top of it. The porous surface also allows for better grip underfoot.

Easy, but essential maintenance

It is important to keep your non-slip tiles clean and to not let them sit wet for any longer than is necessary. You should mop around your bathroom after it is used in order to soak up any excess water from your floor or walls.

As non-slip tiles are more porous, if you leave water on them frequently it could begin to erode the surface of the tile.

In order to keep your non-slip tiles in the best condition to aid mobility in your bathroom, you should clean them regularly and soak up any excess water after a shower or bath.

If your bathroom or wetroom in Edinburgh is beyond repair, why not contact us here at BMAS and we’ll be delighted to help you update it. We can also give tips on maintenance to make sure it lasts for years.

 

 

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Reasons you may need a mobility friendly bathroom

Mobility bathrooms can be a real help to people with a wide variety of mobility and other problems. Having extra mobility aids and specialist products can mean that a person is able to retain their independence and dignity while they use the most private and personal room in the home.

It is never pleasant to have to have help from someone else whilst you use the bathroom and so a mobility friendly bathroom can really change someone’s life for the better.

Helping to give back your independence

Mobility friendly bathrooms can be adapted to suit a range of needs. Often, the older we get the more our mobility suffers and we may require additional support to aid balance in the bathroom. Handrails and non-slip tiles are perfect solutions for those prone to falls or who need the confidence than extra resting points can give.

Mobility friendly bathrooms are essential for people who use a wheelchair to aid their mobility. Features such as lower sinks, lower toilets, walk-in showers and bath seats can transform a bathroom into a space which a wheelchair user could easily navigate independently so that they do not have to suffer the indignity of having to have someone help them perform the most personal of tasks.

It may be beneficial to completely transform your old bathroom into a wetroom to make it completely accessible.  Wetrooms are open and spacious so they are perfect for people who suffer with their mobility or sight.

BMAS specialise in mobility friendly bathrooms in Edinburgh and can help you to regain your dignity and independence. Designed around your specific needs. Why not give us a call to find out how?

 

 

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What tiles do I need for bathing mobility?

Having the right kind of floor tiles in your wet room can be the difference between having a safe surface to stand on and having a serious accident. Most normal bathroom tiles can become very slippery when wet and therefore make for a hazardous floor. If you are considering turning your bathroom into a wet room to make it more accessible for you, then you need to think long and hard about the tiles you choose to use.

BMAS – keeping you safe

BMAS offer a range of non-slip tiles and vinyl flooring options for your new wet room, walk in shower or accessible bathroom. Even the smallest bit of condensation can make floor tiles a danger to walk on so installing our gradient non-slip floor tiles will ensure that your new wet room is completely safe to use. All of our non-slip flooring is available in a wide selection of colours, styles and finishes so that you can have flooring which compliments the rest of your bathroom perfectly.

It is not just your new wet room flooring which can consist of non-slip tiles. You can choose to use non-slip tiles on your wet room walls as well to make them a more sturdy and safe place to rest your hands for balance or support. This is ideal for those who struggle that bit more with their mobility and confidence and need an extra bit of assistance.

Let BMAS create a stunning walk in shower or wet room which our range of non-slip vinyl and tiles to create a beautiful and, most importantly, safe bathroom for you to enjoy.

 

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The use of mirrors for mobility friendly bathrooms

Interior designers have been using mirrors for years to add an extra dimension to any room. Mirrors not only have a functional use but they can also provide extra light, colour and the appearance of extra space in smaller rooms, which is idea for smaller bathrooms. However, when planning your mobility friendly bathroom or wet room, the way you install and use your mirrors will need a bit more consideration.

Low level access

Those who struggle with mobility may find it easier to use a seat in the bathroom and those who use a wheelchair may find it impossible to stand. Therefore, the height in which you choose to hang your mirrors will need to be lower than usual to make it accessible. You may choose to fix your mirrors at a lower level or alternatively, you could make a hinged mirror part of your bathroom design when you talk to your BMAS adviser. Hinged mirrors can be moved and adjusted to be used by anyone in your new bathroom or wet room.

Other considerations

While mirrors add light and shape to a room, their height isn’t the only consideration you may need to make. People with dementia may find their reflection distressing if they do not recognise it. Therefore you may need to make sure that the mirror can be covered if necessary. This may be a similar case if your mobility friendly bathroom or wet room is being designed for someone with extreme or severe autism or other mental disabilities.