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Bathroom Reveal - ADA Shower with custom Vanity in small Bathroom

Nancy in Mich
2 years ago
last modified: 2 years ago

Lets see if this will post today! I had the entire bathroom with all the comments in a post yesterday that never loaded. Today I will try with a couple of photos and add photos in the comments. Please jump in with any questions and I will do my best to answer.

Don't forget, Houzz chops the photos and you have to click on them to see the whole thing!



The shower is by Transolid. It is sold on the Bath1.com site. This is the ADA trench drain 37.75" x 63" shower base and the Remodel Shower Wall Kit. You have to talk to someone on the phone to make up a shower wall kit because they do not show up on the website, but they do have them. I also ordered the Wall Extension Kit. The regular wall kit ends just below the shower curtain rod, at the half-round molding that goes around the shower. The Wall Extension takes the walls up to the ceiling. I also bought a panel to use for my ceiling, so the entire shower would be done in the Transolid walls. Transolid is a solid surface product. That means the color goes through the material and if there are ever any scuffs or scratches, they can be sanded out.


This is the view from the door. We widened the bathroom door and all the bedroom doors to 36" in this project. I designed this vanity myself and Jim Hartman, Contract Remodeling, Roseville Michigan (586 405 2175) made it. There are three features: the shelves by the toilet, a drawer, and a pull-out shelf. It had to rest on the floor because I tend to grab and put my weight on furniture when my knees pop out (happens daily), but it also had to be wheelchair and rollator walker accessible. The top had to be 16" deep so that we would have enough floor space for turning a wheelchair or walker around. Jim made this of walnut veneer over birch plywood and we got a solid walnut top laminated at Armstrong Millworks in Highland, MI. Finished with Waterlox.

More to come in the comments!

Comments (51)

  • dmpsd
    2 years ago

    I love the vanity. It looks great and functional.

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  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    2 years ago

    This time, we will see the rest of the shower.

    Here
    is a long view of the wet walls. the shower controls are by Strom. I
    loved their option of getting the ceramic discs with the words on them
    to indicate what the valve controlled. With three shower heads, I
    figured that this was a good thing! Of course, I did not think to take a
    picture of them! the big center valve with the chrome back controls
    only the water temperature. The lower valve controls the hand held
    shower volume. The left upper is for the rain head, which is peeking
    into the picture in the center top, and the right upper is for the wall
    shower head. All of the room and shower handrails are Jaclo. The wall shower head is Speakman. The rain head is a 12" Hansgrohe.
    The Hansgrohe is flanked by two dals LED water resistant lights. They are pretty nifty and my contractor already loved them before I had them. They have such a low profile that they will fit right in the depth of the ceiling drywall, they are their own self-contained electrical box and don't need that blue octogonal box behind them. You can place the lighting anywhere in the room without thinking about where the beams are with these things. You can put them anywhere you can get the wires to. They come in water resistant and "normal."

    Here
    is the shower floor. It has a regular drain near the center of the
    trench drain. It is covered with a piece of the 1/4 " Transolid
    material, but an open slot lets the water in all around. A half-inch
    high ridge directs most of the water to the main drain.
    The low corner shelf is by Invisia and it is meant to be a good solid grab bar. I am using it as a foot rest for washing.
    This
    is the bathroom's second shower pan. Really. I wanted a floor drain
    in the bathroom because of the no-sill zero-access shower pan. I wanted
    backup. An insurance policy. See the square in the floor? (It is about a foot and a half in front of the leg of the vanity.) It is a
    drain. If anything overflows in this bathroom, we are covered.


    Jim went to Virginia Tile and talked over the situation with the counter guy who he buys his Kerdi supplies from. He sold
    us a Kerdi shower floor slope kit to fit most of the bathroom, and a
    ramp that goes from the height of the edge of that kit down to the
    threshold at the entry of this room's door. That will keep any spill
    inside this room. After preparing the floor joists (some were high by as
    much as 1/4 inch - no wonder the old floor's grout all cracked!) and
    putting down new subfloor (cement board, I think), Jim and his son
    applied thinset and then the shower kit. The next day, they applied
    thinset and the Kerdi membrane, continuing up the wall 5 inches. After
    that, they could tile. The shower floor is set into thinset, too. I am
    not sure if the waterproof membrane was adhered to the front edge of
    the shower floor slab, or if that joint was just caulked. My bathroom
    floor is waterproofed as well or better than most showers around here
    are.

    The guy at the Virginia Tile counter told Jim that this is
    the method required by code for putting in a wheelchair accessible
    shower. It was required by ME. Since there are really no penalties
    around here for not getting inspections on a lot of things, I don't
    bother with much of what Jim does. He is usually pickier about doing
    things the right way than the code is. He is a general contractor,
    licensed to do all the trades. He does not do jobs too big for himself,
    he tells me to call that trade in when the job is too big. I trust him. We do get inspections for some things (like replacing the electrical service panel, pouring a new slab foundation, replacing a furnace or a water heater). For Jim's work, not so much.

    So far, no significant water has escaped the shower pan.

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  • cat_mom
    2 years ago

    Über functional and nice looking as well!!!

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  • Kitty Lanier
    2 years ago

    What a beautiful, super functional and accessible bathroom.

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  • Denita
    2 years ago

    I love what you did in this bath. It has storage, practicality and beauty. It is so well thought out too. Congrats on getting your long awaited bathroom with everything in just the right place.

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  • grannysmith18
    2 years ago

    Wow. Beautiful and functional! We have the same Toto washlet. Love it.

    I really like the pull-out with the pegboard. I'm doing something similar in the Master bath we're working on now.

    Wishing you many, many years of enjoyment from this gorgeous bathroom.

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  • lizziesma
    2 years ago

    Great use of space. A lot of thought and planning obviously went into this bath. Enjoy!

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  • writersblock (9b/10a)
    2 years ago

    You obviously spent a lot of time thinking this out, and it sure shows! Great bathroom, very nice looking.

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  • aprilneverends
    2 years ago

    I'm very impressed. Totally accessible, superfunctional, very well thought out-and looks beautiful and not sad one bit. Love walnut plus gray. Many happy showers to you!!

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  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    2 years ago

    Wow, thanks everyone! I did have a lot of time to plan, and that was unintentional. Jim, my contractor, was working a commercial job for almost three years, so I had to wait for him to be available. Everything in the remodel was done by Jim Hartman and his son/apprentice, Jacob.

    I was also waiting to find a deeper wheelchair accessible shower pan. I actually found Transolid on YouTube, of all places! I saw their video of their shower pan while browsing there, then searched them out. I have never come across Bath1.com in any internet search for ADA showers. I learned of the site from talking on the phone with Transolid. The Transolid products are becoming more available and do show up on a Houzz search now.

    Aprilneverends, I nerver intended to have the walnut top on the vanity. Until the final planning, I was going to use Cambria Parys quartz.

    I had a few problems with communicating with the local supplier of the product while planning the design of my vanity. I tried to ask a few questions that would help me to decide among four sinks I was considering and I had a local shop fax four sheets of paper, each one showing a diagram and asking one or two questions about what was possible to do with these sinks, which are unusual, and used in unusual ways in relation to the stone. For instance, look at the angle that the top had to be cut at to meet the belly of my sink.
    I figured that Jim could manage this. Stonecutters? They did not even answer any of my questions about using the four sinks. Subsequently, I learned that they had lost the Cambria account and we had no local supplier. Jim's usual dealer used a supplier from further away, but I was becoming disenchanted with the process of dealing with the fabricators and having seen the gray and walnut in other bathrooms on the forum, I decided to go for a walnut top.

    So I decided that I would go totally walnut and say goodbye to the Parys. I saved $2200 on materials. Given the extra busy-ness that the floor had, in the end, I think it was the right choice. The floor was the one variable that I had not previously chosen. I had several options identified, but had not settled on one. The ones I liked best were all marble, and I refused to put marble on the floor, once I really thought about it. Since the floor was being sloped so much for the floor drain, it needed a small tile, so it was this small hex or a similar penny tile. Hex won due to far less grout.

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    2 years ago

    Very nice!

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    Filipe Custom Woodwork
    2 years ago

    No reason why the disabled cannot have something nice and elegant.

    Thank you for sharing! Will save.

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    Creative Tile Eastern CT
    2 years ago

    I'm familiar with your research for some time. Great outcome!!

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  • roarah
    2 years ago

    Well done! I love the built in shelves on wall and by the toilet? I love the wood with the blues and greys. I love the functionality of it all!

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  • kats737
    2 years ago

    Well done! I love all the thoughtful details that work for your needs, but in a very beautiful way.

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  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    2 years ago

    Thanks for the nice comments.

    Your advice really did help me, Creative Tile Eastern CT. I think you were in on the discussion when I decided I was going to have a floor drain. I think that no one came out and said, "you need a floor drain with that," but led me in that direction!

    In four or five years of planning, I got a lot of good advice. Enduring was always there to give me ideas and I greatly appreciate all the help she offered to me. Although I may not have said, "yes, that is the product I need!" and jumped on one of your finds, Enduring, your advice and the advice of Mayflowers and so many others over the years really did help me to think through the issues. Your photograping a chair in front of your sink really did help me see the relationships and went way beyond the call of helpfulness! Thanks so very much!

    Another special thank you goes to all of the folks who did solid surface showers and shared their photos and discussed the issues: HB, rerod, Teenytidyhome, Hudson Smith Interiors, Janice DeMatteo, Lehman Associates, P.C., Rob McDonald, and especially Joseph Corlett, LLC, whose unstinting support for solid surface showers gave me confidence in my decision.

  • enduring
    2 years ago

    OOOOHHHHH Nancy, this is spectacular. I love it all. That shower is to die for!! and the floor is pretty in the room. I like that the new cabinet near the entry is shallow, easy to reach. I love. your vanity and the practicality of the open floor space for maneuverability. I like the shallow depth of the 16" counter, it looks nice next to the door trim; not too crowded.

    You have done such a wonderful job and are going to get so much use out of this room. So happy for you!!!

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    2 years ago

    nice job

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    2 years ago

    Great job!

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  • Lyndee Lee
    2 years ago
    Fantastic!
    It is quite rare that I see a bathroom that appeals to me in these three key directions: functionality, appearance and workmanship. This bathroom gets top marks in all three areas. My other key criteria is appropriate to the style and era of the home, and based on this post, I am sure it gets good marks in that area too.
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  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    2 years ago

    Lyndee Lee, ours is an 1978 ranch home. Builder special, very bare bones, they did not even put lights in the bedrooms! I have been fighting my impulses to make it into something that it is not for the whole time we have lived here. I have done a few things right, though, like using sheet Marmoleum on the floors in the public areas. I recently have been refurnishing the family room with an MCM theme, and that influenced this bathroom's vanity a lot.


    The workmanship is all Jim and Jacob Hartman. I have had Jim do two kitchen remodels for us in the past and many other jobs. Jim is meticulous. Exacting. He is teaching his son to do the same quality work. I can trust that they will do something correctly. And Jim is constantly asking how I want everything done, making no assumptions. I then ask his opinion, and almost always go with it! I waited until he was free to do this job because I needed his opinions and good judgement when it came to putting this kind of shower into my home. My husband is not a mechanical kind of guy. He is a musician and a good cook and an excellent provider, but he does not "see" things in spacial dimensions and understand their problems. I needed Jim to bounce the issues of this curbless shower off of. I know him enough to understand when he is satisfied that a plan is good and when he is not. I did not want a contractor who would do something because "that is what the customer wanted." I wanted a collaborator who would help me get what I needed, but do it in a way that made sense for the house. I waited several years for Jim to be free to do my bathroom. I needed his expertise and judgement as the final say-so after getting the opinions for the experts online here on the Bathroom Forum to fill in my lack of knowledge. I am so glad to have Jim to trust in that role! I know how rare it is.

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    KT tile
    2 years ago

    Looks nice!

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  • Jules M
    2 years ago

    Beautiful mix of form and function!

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  • ilovecomputers
    2 years ago

    I love all the storage, I love the idea of warm towels after stepping out of the shower, I love the colors and I especially love the floor.

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  • B o b McCauley
    2 years ago

    Looks great!


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  • R11 thal
    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Wish I had a Jim and Jacob here in Berkeley, CA :)

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  • Janet
    2 years ago
    Hi Nancy in Michigan, I’m Janet from Michigan! I found your post of your beautiful bathroom because it has many features I am thinking about for my own remodel. Thank you for all the detailed source information. I don’t have need of an ADA designed bathroom today, but who knows the future and we hope to stay in this condo as our final home. Having been through bilateral knee replacement (both at once) I got a glimpse of some of the functional difficulties of using the bathroom. Congratulations on such a well planned and executed bathroom!
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  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    2 years ago

    Thanks, Janet! I have always found that details are important. If you don't know the name of the thing in the picture, it is very hard to find it! I probably picked up the habit in the Kitchen Forum. Check that place out, if you have not been there.

  • Janet
    2 years ago
    I’ve been on the kitchen forum for about 9 years! Just finished the long awaited kitchen remodel two weeks ago (well, almost finished, but usable now). Bathroom is next!
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    2 years ago

    Nice!

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    last year

    Inspiring and Beautiful!

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  • Janet
    last year

    Nancy, now that you’ve used your bathroom for more than a year, I’m wondering how the shower is working out for you. Does your floor stay dry? How is it for cleaning? How do you feel about the shower curtain? Is there anything that you would do differently?

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  • cpartist
    last year

    Nancy I've followed you and your needs for a functional bathroom and am so pleased to see the results. It's beautiful and functional and doesn't feel at all like a "handicap accessible" bath. It just feels like a beautiful and well thought out bathroom. I have a good friend in a wheelchair and I'm going to show her this.

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  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    last year

    Hi Janet, yes, the floor stays dry. We squeegee the walls and floor after most use and I have never cleaned the walls. Every few months, I clean the shower floor because it develops a pink, slippery organism in the floor crevices. I use an e-water system called Force of Nature that makes an electrolyzed water that kills crud like that with no other chemicals. Then I brush with a scrub brush and rinse and it is fine again. We use a cloth to wipe all that chrome in the shower and I have never had to clean it. I don’t get it dry, just wipe it so there are no drips to calcify minerals on the chrome.

    I find that the shower curtain billows a bit inward, but not enough to be a bother. I did buy a couple of decorative shower curtains to use outside the white vinyl one and wish I had not spent the money. I like the white better. I believe I got the heavy anti-microbial curtain at some odd site online, but I can’t think of where right now! It has not needed washing yet. I sometime squeegee off some of the water from it. We have never accidentally sprayed below or around the curtain with the hand sprayer, so it works well with no glass doors.

    The corner shelf/grab bar that I had mounted low for a foot rest has held up very well. No issues at all. The shelves that came with the shower are sturdy and having no issues, even though they mount with no grooves to hold them, just caulk.

    Everything else is working fine. Oh - the one possible exception is the faucet with the handle on the side keeps wiggling loose. It then rotates on the sink a bit. Hubby had tightened it by hand, but needs a special wrench to get up there.I may contact Rubinet to see what they recommend. We don’t want to tighten it so much we crack the sink! I think that the side-mounted control puts one-sided forces on the stem, eventually making it turn in the nut. If the handle were on the left side, it would turn to tighten, not loosen, the nut. Since we are right-handed, I wanted it on the right. Maybe LocTite is what I need. Any ideas?

    I did see some rust developing on the trench drain cover. I just removed it. It is easier to clean the trench, now, too. This shower base has a shallow trench (less than a half inch, I would estimate) molded into the base. It is easy to step over it. That is easier than stepping over a curb would be. If I ever need a wheelchair, I will reinstall it. I need to contact the manufacturer for a replacement.

    I love my rain shower head and Hubby loves his Speakman wall head. No issues with either.

    I use my big, sturdy plastic shower stool as my vanity stool. I have it at the tallest height due to my terrible knees. I dry my hair sitting on it. I can see most of my head in the mirror, so I am happy with that. If anyone were to wear makeup and want to sit to apply it, I recommend having the second mirror mounted lower. I knew I would have trouble seeing in the mirror when I had it mounted even with the one over the sink. I did not want it looking odd, so took a chance with it. It works for me. If I had gotten a lower faucet, it would have been possible to mount them both lower, but I hate those squat faucets that you can barely get your hands under more than I dislike not seeing my whole face in the mirror while sitting. It was really the only chance I took in the design and I do not regret it. But then, one of those squat faucets would not be getting loose and turning!

  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    last year

    Thank you so much for the kind words, cpartist. If your friend has any questions, I would be glad to answer them.

  • Janet
    last year

    Thank you so much for your feedback! (Are you in a position with your knees that you are considering replacement? It was a long recovery, but I had a good recovery and it gave me back my life, pain free! It was the best thing I could have done!)

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  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    last year

    I did find a surgeon willing to do one knee, and I trust him. The question remains whether I want to risk ruining my half-good shoulders and bad wrists that will have to do the work in recovering. I have a connective tissue disorder that makes all joints loose and wonky.

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    PRM Custom Builders
    last year

    Great use of space! We're here in Oakland County MI :)

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  • P M
    last year

    Fabulous well thought out job!! Beautiful! Congratulations.

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  • Mary Beth
    last month

    Nancy I love your bathroom and wish I would have seen it before I did my ADA mb remodel. We are doing our main bathroom and you have given me inspiration to explore the solid material option. Now that you’ve had you shower for two years are you still happy with it? Your attention to details really makes your beautiful bathroom shows how an ADA bathroom can still be beautiful ! Great job!

  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    last month

    Thank you, Mary Beth! Yes, we still love the shower. I would always get a solid surface material, after this experience. I think I would go with Swanstone if I had a choice, because Transolid has the silly faux-grout lines and I had to have a molding and extension for the higher walls. If Swanstone had a panel side enough for this 37.5" base, I would have gotten that. My base slopes toward the front, which leads to water sometimes sloshing out of the shower, so I would not do my base without the floor drain that I added to the room. I managed to flood out to the drain once, and out of the room once. That big flood was because I had a bath rug situated between the shower and the floor drain. The thick rug got saturated, then directed the water away from the drain and out the door! It was during the time when I was still losing a lot of hair (for no known reason, I lost a handful of hair every shampoo all spring and summer) and I neglected to check the drain before I showered. So, the drain plugged and the rug blocked the path to the drain, and I had water out into the hall! Now, I keep the rug to the side. If you can find a setup that works in your house with the drain going to the back, it is better. But that would not work in my house. There was no way to get the back of the shower lower than the front and still have a no-curb shower. Floor joists got in the way.

  • Brenda Hagel
    last month

    @Nancy in Mich, I keep coming back to your shower too, absolutely love it. I just wanted to comment on your hair, it sounds a lot like what happened to me a few years ago. I had telogen effluvium, where large amounts of hair would come out every day when I washed it (handfuls like yours). I have really thick hair and I eventually went from a 2" around at the base ponytail, to one pencil thin. Since my hair is so thick, it then looked like "normal" thickness hair, but but I knew how much I lost. The best my Dr. could come up with was stress, we ran all sorts of medical tests, including thyroid etc. After about 6 months it stopped, and eventually started growing in thicker again but it was an awful time for sure. Since then I make sure to take plenty of biotin (which helps with hair and nails) and even then sometimes in the spring it can happen again, but for a much shorter time, and not nearly as much hair loss. To swing the conversation back on track, does the linear drain capture hair pretty well? I have looked at drains where you can buy hair catchers for them, but they are usually the smaller square ones.


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  • Amy Lynn
    last month

    Looks wonderful Nancy! You mist be thrilled. Armstrong's is a great place. We found the special molding to make our fireplace surround there.

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  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    last month

    Hi Brenda, my doc thinks it was stress, too. She says a lot of people started losing hair with the pandemic. She had me start taking Nutrafol vitamin supplements. I am still taking them and will probably continue until at least summer. I started with a pony tail smaller than a quarter and ended up with a bit more than a dime. My hair waves a bit, though, so it looks like a lot more than it really is. I always joked with ladies who cut my hair that my hair might actually curl if the individual hairs ever got together and agreed on a direction. Normally, it is fuzzy like a ball of cotton candy. Then I discovered the curly girl method (CGM) last winter and tried to encourage them to get together in locks and form curls or waves. It never looks very good if I leave it unbrushed with the curl clumps it makes. You can see my scalp if I leave it unbrushed. It makes me wonder what it would have been like if I had done CGM with my old head of hair. Now I have a lot of short hairs coming in. Thank goodness!


    My drain is a 1/2" deep trough carved into the front of the shower pan material and directs water to a 4" square regular shower drain at the center behind the trough. My metal cover for the trough started to have surface rust, so I took it off. Since I do not need to wheel into the shower, leaving it open makes it easier to clean everything out. The trough gets dusty/hairy, so I swipe it with a clorox wipe occasionally. There is a 4" square piece of the shower base material over the real drain, so it is not very visible. You can see the space around it (where the water goes through) in the floor pictures up above. The base has a 1/2" tall hump that directs the water to the 4" drain, so the trough is like the back-up for any that gets over the little hump. The 4" drain under the plastic square is good at catching hair, but needs to be cleaned every shower or two. I have had some hair go down and get pulled back up with the wad of hair on top. I have not even considered taking the drain top off (it would mean unscrewing a screw) to see if anything much got past. Let me know if you get serious about buying this base and I will take photos for you.

  • Nancy in Mich
    Original Author
    last month

    Hi Amy Lynn! I was impressed with the speed and quality of the counter from Armstrong's. If I needed anything done with wood again, I would drive out there. It is a half hour to 45 minutes for me, and well worth it.

  • enduring
    last month

    Hi Nancy! Enjoyed looking at this post again. Such a practical room with style.

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    Badeloft USA, LLC
    last month

    Looks great!

  • kculbers
    29 days ago

    Lovely❣️