Two gorgeous accessible bathrooms for Paralympic wheelchair basketball athlete, Sophie Carrigill

Designed for independence and with a luxurious sense of style, Sophie Carrigill’s two gorgeously accessible bathrooms demonstrate the fusion of function and form that Fine & Able has become known for.


About Sophie

A Paralympic basketball player, Sophie has represented Team GB at the Rio and Tokyo Paralympics and hopes to be selected for Paris 2024. A full-time wheelchair user, Sophie lives in a two-storey house in Lancashire. When she moved in, the upstairs bathroom and en-suite did not meet her access needs or modern luxury style as the before photographs show. For example, she couldn’t get her knees under the basins because they were mounted on top of cabinets, and the small door openings to the shower cubicles required a “leap of faith" from her wheelchair onto a “pretty un-sturdy shower chair” every time she took a shower.

A white plastic shower seat in a grey shower cubicle with a step
A white vanity unit under a sink in Sophie's old inaccessible bathroom

Finding Fine & Able

Sophie decorated the rest of her home in her personal style and added a platform lift, but her bathrooms were lagging behind. That was until she discovered Fine & Able on Instagram, and says of the bathrooms she saw us creating for other people with access needs:  

I just thought they looked incredible. They're definitely my style of living in a little bit of luxury as I don't think just because you need something accessible that it should be anything less than a gorgeous bathroom.

Sophie Carrigill

The design process

Sophie enjoyed working with our accessible designer to create her dream bathroom. Together they discussed how she would use the spaces so that all the bathroom features could be positioned to make her life as easy as possible. She also loved getting to choose how she wanted the bathrooms to look and playing around with colour schemes and tile options, and says:  

The consultation process was really fun. It was great that Fine & Able were fully on board with listening to what I needed and creating spaces that are as accessible and perfect for my needs as possible.

Sophie Carrigill

To help visualise designs, products, and finishes, the Fine & Able design service comes with full 3D renders and technical drawings. An example from Sophie's en-suite is below.


The design details

Sophie and her designer opted for consistency of accessible features across her two bathrooms including:

  • Wall-mounted basins and toilets
  • Matt black brassware throughout
  • Smart storage solutions – shower niches in contrasting tile finishes, niches beside the toilet in the en-suite for easy access to personal hygiene products, and integrated built-in shelving
  • Built-in tiled shower benches inspired by a visit to a luxury hotel and spa
  • Discreet shower screens
  • Neutral slip-resistant floor tiles

With two bathrooms to design, Sophie wanted each to have a unique look and feel. The Luminous Lume Green Gloss wall tiles laid in a herringbone pattern with white grout in the main bathroom were inspired by Sophie Morgan’s Fine & Able bathroom. In the en-suite subtle interest has been created by the tonally patterned Codec wall tiles in Cementine.

Sophie didn’t want to include grab rails in the designs as she doesn’t use them, but if she wanted to add them in future she could as some of the walls have been reinforced.


The final result  

I would absolutely recommend Fine & Able to other disabled people as it's been such a straightforward process, and now the finished result is two amazing luxurious bathrooms that I love.

Sophie Carrigill

Sophie smiling and seated in her wheelchair in her new Fine & Able accessible bathroom leaning on a wall hung basin with green herringbone metro tiling and illuminated shelving
Recessed shelves with patterned tiles and styled with candles, towels and a picture of Lancashire
Sophie using the basin and looking in a black edged mirror in her new Fine & Able accessible bathroom seated from her wheelchair
An accessible shower with built-in tiled shower bench, with patterned tiles on one wall, matt black shower handset and niches
Wall hung toilet below a window with a concealed cistern behind patterned tiles
Sophie's new accessible bathroom, with herringbone green metro tiles, large matt black circular mirror above a basin and illuminated shelves
Sophie using her new Fine & Able accessible shower with built in shower bench, herringbone green metro tiles and matt black fittings
wall hung toilet below a window in Sophie's Fine & Able accessible bathroom featuring green herringbone metro tiles and illuminated shelves


Shop the look

To create a similar look in your home, many products Sophie used in her bathroom are available to buy online in our shop. For anything else, download a brochure or get in touch with our team to discuss what you are looking for.

A moodboard graphic of Sophie's accessible bathroom products and finishes from Fine & Able


  • Codec wall tiles – Cementine
  • Bravestone gypsum slip-resistant floor tiles
  • Hestian wall-mounted basin
  • Libero brassware – matt black
  • Libero rainwater shower – matt black
  • Libero shower handset kit – matt black
  • Ergo matt black wet room shower screen
  • Omega dual flush plate – black and silver
  • Vesta wall-hung toilet

Main bathroom

  • Lume Green Gloss wall tiles - Luminous
  • Bravestone gypsum slip-resistant floor tiles
  • Consilio wall-mounted basin
  • Libero brassware – matt black
  • Libero rainwater shower – matt black
  • Libero shower handset kit – matt black
  • Ergo matt black wet room shower screen
  • Omega dual flush plate – black and silver
  • Vesta wall-hung toilet

Book a consultation

Inspired by Sophie’s gorgeously accessible bathrooms? Get in touch with our accessible design experts for a free virtual or showroom consultation. You can find out more about what's involved in a consultation here.

Explore our accessible bathroom brochure

To start creating your own beautifully accessible bathroom with Fine & Able, download a brochure for lots of inspiration.

Find out more

Follow Sophie on Instagram @SophCaz. Or explore more Fine & Able projects on our blog.