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En-suite accessible wet floor shower refurbishment | Knaresborough | More Ability

Published: 31 May 2024

Our team recently delivered our full design and fit service, completely renovating a bathroom of a couple in Knaresborough who wanted a future-proofed user-friendly design.

We have broken down the entire process of the project in this case study and how we managed to meet their needs and requirements.

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A couple in Knaresborough had a small ensuite shower room that they had adapted over the years to make their lives easier.

They had removed the door and part of the wall that led into the en-suite for better accessibility into the shower room.

The shower was a modern simple design containing a WC, basin unit, and a cubicle shower.

However, the couple wanted to make further adjustments to the en-suite to enhance their overall showering experience and create a more user-friendly design.


Searching online for a local Yorkshire organisation that offers bathroom adaptations, they visited our recently refurbished Harrogate Bathrooms showroom after a recommendation by Harrogate Mobility Bathroom.

At the showroom they were met by Leanne, our showroom consultant, and explained they had been recommended to More Ability and were looking to renovate their ensuite into an accessible user-friendly shower room.

They wanted more information about our service and to see if we were the right organisation that could design and fit a new accessible shower according to their requirements.

Leanne explained to the couple the process of our full project-managed service and how we have a team of adaptation experts who can design a new concept to meet their requirements.

Whilst clarifying the process and More Ability’s history, Leanne took them around the showroom, showing them the range of accessible bathroom designs on display.

Mr. & Mrs. Fegan were scheduled for a free design appointment to go through the initial design stages of the process.

Upon visiting their home, our Senior Designer Andy was taken to their existing en-suite shower to take note of the measurements.

After getting a feel for the room, and how much room they have available, the three of them then sat down for a conversation.

Talking through the design, Mr. & Mrs, Fegan explained that the existing en-suite shower room wasn’t working for them due to the limited space removing part of the wall and door to open it up and make it into a more functional shower room and allowed for easier access for Mrs Fegan, who also struggled getting in and out of the shower cubicle.

These issues led them to want a new design, one that was user-friendly and accessible.

Their early ideas included having a level access shower installation so that they could retain independence. The couple wanted the new design to feature modern features throughout but were equally keen to hear Andy’s opinion and design ideas for the en-suite accessible design.

Andy suggested installing an accessible wet floor shower for the room, he reasoned that having the anti-slip vinyl flooring would ensure the couple's safety while using the room. His suggestions included building a half-height stud wall that would house a comfortable height WC.

Andy also mentioned a few modern features such as wallboard, fixtures, and fittings that the couple could decide on to get the contemporary outlook they wanted.

Taking all this in, the couple were happy with Andy’s design proposal, he had listened to the struggles with the existing design, and their ideas and created a new concept that made their showering experience enjoyable and safe.

Provided with a provisional quote for the project, the couple were keen to move on to the next part of our full design and fit process which Andy invited back to our Harrogate bathroom showroom for a presentation.

At the appointment, Andy presented Mr. and Mrs. Fegan with CAD visuals to showcase how the projected accessible design would look finished, from different angles.

After the presentation, the three of them then went to decide on the fixtures and the couple decided on a distressed wood timber effect for the wallboard. They also choose a wall-hung radiator to match, and other fixtures to complete the en-suite.

Satisfied with how the project was taking shape, Mr. and Mrs Fegan proceeded to place an order with us.

Before their installation, Joe our bathroom surveyor visited the couple to ensure that all the materials ordered would fit and if any adjustments needed to be made.

Joe would be the fitter and the couple’s first point of contact throughout the installation of the new design.

En-suite accessible wet floor shower installation

Multi-skilled fitter Mario completely ripped out the design that was in place.

The removed shower cubicle created more showering space for the new open accessible shower to be installed.

The entire room floor was fitted with a nice soft grey anti-slip vinyl flooring, preventing slips and falls. It would make the couple’s daily life easier as it would be easy to clean and maintain.

The plans to build a stud wall were removed to create space within the room, and a modern integrated WC fit instead.

On the wall where the WC was fit and the majority of the bathroom was fit with a Nuance Panel Chalky pine timber wallboards, complementing the grey flooring.

In the showering area of the room, two niches were created at different heights meeting the requirements of the couple and providing them with a place to put their showering items.

Matching the niches and the needs of Mr. & Mrs. Fegan, two shower head installations were also fit at different heights, allowing wheelchairs access to the shower.

On the wall next to the shower a comfortable wall-hung basin was fit, suiting all individuals including wheelchair users as it would allow them access to the basin comfortably.

That completed the bathroom’s refurbishment, Mario transformed the en-suite into exactly the design that Andy, Mr and Mrs, Fegan had collaborated on.

The en-suite accessible wet floor design solved all of their problems and ensured that they could comfortably enjoy their shower. The new shower represented a future-proofed design that would ensure them of their safety in years to come.

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Senior Designer

Andy has over 15 years experience working within the domestic market in which he has designed, supplied & project managed Bathroom, Bedroom & Kitchen transformations for the modern day home owner.

Andy’s varied experience includes working within a number of Home Improvement company's including Pure Design, Norwood, B&Q and Porcelanosa.

Having studied a BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design Andy’s design skills and abilities are educationally based and readily transferable to cater to the job at hand and customers requirements.

At Passmore’s Andy works directly with the MoreBathrooms & MoreAbility brands, surveying & designing bathroom works and solutions for the domestic homeowner.

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