Updating a Stylish, Aging-in-Place Bathroom
Michael and Helene Maher live in the same neighborhood as Darlene and George Gayler and were impressed by the work that Gayler Design Build had done on other neighbors’ homes. When it came time to plan a major remodel of their master bathroom, they didn’t think twice about contacting the company. The couple had been thinking about renovating the master bath in anticipation of staying in their home where they planned to enjoy their retirement years. Helene wanted a very large walk in shower, and she had come up with a design idea that included a curved glass wall. They also wanted to expand the square footage of the space. Michael was scheduled for hip surgery later in the year, and the goal was to have the new bathroom in place so that he would be able to maneuver in the space using a walker after the operation.
“George came up with the design that included adding about 100 square feet and redoing the roofline,” says Michael. “I appreciated that he took into account our ideas, along with suggestions from the interior designer and the subcontractors.” In addition to the walk in shower, the new bathroom plans included a spacious tub with an oval surround, radiant floor heating and grab bars placed strategically in the shower. George was also able to include a skylight without additional cost, which was a big plus for Michael. “No one else had thought of adding the skylight, but George suggested it and we were all for it.” Realizing that they were facing a 4-5 week construction project, the couple made plans to spend time in their vacation home while the work was being done. But because the construction team started with the outside addition portion of the bathroom, they were able to use their master bath up until the time they left on their trip. “We liked the fact that when we left for Idaho, we had a firm schedule that we could count on,” says Michael. And even though they were in Idaho, they were able to track the progress of the project. “Paul was very good about sending us pictures as things moved along,” explains Michael. “My wife particularly liked the fact that she could watch her shower wall go up.”
When the couple returned, there was a week or two of finish work to be completed, but the impact was minimal. “They finished when they said they would,” says Michael. “We are very happy with the end result. It was just exactly what we wanted.”