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A new bathtub features a polished granite tub deck that extends through to the new shower, forming a bench seat. “We added curves to soften the look,” says Evans. Major structural changes were undertaken to create wheelchair access for the shower. Floor trusses were cut and the floor re-engineered to allow seamless entry. The shower also features a hand-held showerhead as well as a wall-mounted fixture, and there are matching bronze handrails. Evans says the color palette for the bathroom was largely determined by the porcelain floor tiles, which feature in another bathroom in the house. “The owners liked this tile, so we used the same tiles for this bathroom floor and the shower walls, and we chose smaller versions for the floor of the shower. We then teamed these tiles with a beautiful natural quartzite stone tile, which runs along the front of the tub and into the shower.” Evans says the lighting was another area of concern in the original bathroom. This has been greatly improved with recessed can lighting, a central light and decorative sconces either side of the two mirrors. These pages: Knotty alder wood vanity cabinets with polished granite tops are positioned either side of the door in this remodeled suite. One of the vanities is open beneath to accommodate a wheelchair. The remodeling project also included widening the door to the toilet room. Following pages: Large corner windows bring in plenty of natural light. The new tub is positioned so the owners can enjoy the leafy green outlook while bathing. search | save | share at 111