Our house has been a complete disaster zone for the past few weeks. The first weekend in April, we went and picked out all the materials to begin the process of making our home a little more "Wade friendly". As we won't be staying in this home forever, we don't want to modify too much, but we still want Wade to be comfortable in his own home. We also needed a place to keep all of his equipment without taking up space in the living room. And since we started the order for his power wheelchair in February, we definitely needed to start pulling up some carpet!
Here's a rough list of the things we've done/are doing:
* remove garden tub and shower in master bathroom and but in a big roll in shower with a bench and retractable shower head
* pull up carpet in master bedroom, living/dining area, kitchen and utility room--replace with ceramic tile that looks like wood (We were going to go with wood or laminate, but the sales lady told us there was no way she was going to let us do that because we were putting it down in wet areas--utility room and kitchen and door from pool in yard. She also said the tile would be so much better with his wheelchair.)
* replace linoleum in master and hall bath with tile
* convert garage to a sensory/therapy/play room for Wade
So, our lives have been up in the air for about a month and a half. When they semi gutted the bathroom, there was a fine white dust covering our entire house--and our lungs for that matter! We decided to leave a typical garage door on the garage, but replaced it with an insulated door with windows to let in some light. This way, it will be easy to convert back to a regular garage when we move. Plus, it gives Wade extra room to practice out into the driveway with his wheelchair or gait trainer or whatever. For the floors, we put down those cushion interlocking tiles, but we got the ones with carpet on top. I chose navy. We also installed a heater/ac unit. Then we painted it a lime green. I love it, but Curtis was a bit worried. I wanted it to be stimulating and fun. Jordan (my sister) and I picked up some shelving from IKEA with some tubs in primary colors. The final touch for decorating will be some circle decals for the wall. We also found a red love seat at a garage sale for 10 bucks!! This is my new favorite room.
Our floors were finished this week, and the painter was here today touching up baseboards and doors. We also had a lady across the street clean yesterday and today to get things back in order. It looks like we're on the home stretch. We have to be down by tomorrow night because my mom flies in from VA!
Pictures of our construction zone!
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