A discretely accessible bathroom…

The bathroom required a bit of thought to make it accessible but without making it look like one. The door needs to open outwards and we will put a 45 degree bevel on the floor at the threshold to allow is to get a wheeled device in there - if necessary. The WC is being positioned with plenty of room around it (and we’ll probably install some nice and discrete swing-down armrests on the wall behind it) and the wall of the bath/shower area will be quite low… though we may need to think about a step or hoist there too.

“Lana’s” Doors

At long last the doors have been installed. This was Lana’s little project and we’re very happy with the quality of the doors and the installation.

These are the doors leading from the living room to the bedrooms.

Bedroom Doors (Living Room Face)

This is the left hand door in the above photo, as seen from inside the bedroom:

Georgi's bedroom door seen from the inside

The quality and style of the architrave was particularly pleasing:

Bevelled Architrave

The Turkish door handles Lana chose go well with the doors:

Door handle & frame View from inside the other bedroom:

Door as seen from inside the other bedroom

Bathroom door (on left) and inner entrance door:

Bathroom door & inner entrance door

This is the inner entrance door closed. Actually this was the only screw up because the intended handing was left-hand reverse swing - this is a right-hand swing.

Never mind…

Wrongly-handed internal entrance door

Doors are handed according to the way they are opened when entering a room. In this case we wanted the hinges on the other side and the door to open TOWARDS the front door because it would open that little bit wider and it would be better if it was that way in case of an emergency exit situation.

As it is the door “just about” opens to 90 degrees but this before we fix the skirting to the wall where the end of the door touches, then we may need to add a door stop but, if we’re careful about that, then it shouldn’t affect it very much.

If necessary we can turn the thing round but we’ll see how it goes.

This is the bathroom door in the opened position. It swings all the way in to an obtuse angle to make it easier to get Georgi into the bathroom. The WC will be beyond the end of the door, as it’s shown here. The washing machine will be behind the right-hand side of the door frame as seen in this view, so the door couldn’t open that way.

Bathroom door

Floor Tiling Orientation

This is how we’ve decided to lay the floor tiles. The only tiles laid so far are the ones in the bathroom, which are at a slightly higher level than the floor in the rest of the apartment (which is all the same level). In an ideal world the floor there would have been the same level too, and the joint lines would then have needed to mitre perfectly with the ones in the corridor leading to the living room, but the differing height and the fact that we plan to put a bevelled edge between the two floor levels (instead of a step… bearing in mind that we may need to get a wheeled contraption into the bathroom at some point) means that matching the joints is neither easy nor actually critical: the bathroom door will generally be closed and the ramped threshold will tend to disguise any imperfection in the mitreing.

Flat 9 Floor Tile Orientation

There are just three doorways where the orientation of the tiles changes so we can put some brass strip between the adjoining areas. I’d like to fit drop seals to the doors to seal the gap at the bottom, so the floor itself will allow a wheelchair to travel around the apartment virtually unhindered.

A new doorway and a new archway

We’ve decided to add a door between the entrance lobby and the hallway. We’d been thinking about having the bathroom door with a right hand reverse swing (pulling out towards the front door) but this won’t really work if we add this new door, so the bathroom door will need to be a normal left hand swing (in towards the bath). We can make a small cupboard or something to the right to the door (as you enter the house). The door will need to be glazed to avoid blocking all of the light from the entrance lobby.

New inner entrance door

The new door will be a single leaf left hand reverse swing. An alternative would be to add double doors at the entrance to the living room, but we can add this later if we wish, and everyone seems to agree on putting one near the front door - this will help block any disturbing noise coming from the stairwell/lift, and also help to spare our neighbours from any noise leaking out from our home.

We’re also going to make the entrance doorway (which will remain just as an opening) into an archway, like this:

New archway for kitchen entrance

To allow better access for the wheelchair it might be better to widen the opening - as a guide the opening into the kitchen in our rented apartment is 1 metre wide x 2.26m high, which is plenty big enough. The ceiling height in the kitchen will be ≈ 226 cm so this would give an archway like this:

Archway into kitchen

First bathroom design received

This was the first design we received. As we later decided the ceiling lighting was changed to spotlights and the tiles were all changed - darker tile on the floor (as we already had these), and without the green floral strip along the floor, and also the patterned tiling behind the bath was changed to the best we could find in the tile shop… and the wall tiles were changed - again to what we could find in the shop.


First impressions

We took our first look at the house today or, more correctly, our first look together; Lana had already been there to check it out and had some reservations about the proximity of an adjoining building to the apartment she liked the best, but we managed to get around the problem by choosing an apartment on the next floor up.

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