A stunning wheelchair-accessible before & after with Sophie Morgan

Sophie Morgan, a young white woman with long blonde hair, wearing a black top and blue jeans seated in a wheelchair

Sophie Morgan, TV presenter and Fine & Able ambassador.

We are absolutely delighted to be working alongside TV presenter, disability rights advocate, artist, and adventurer, Sophie Morgan, to show the world that accessible design doesn't have to look clinical. Instead, it can be bursting with personality, colour and style.

“For those of us with access needs, so often our homes are made to look and feel like hospitals, and personally, I’m over it. It’s time for an inclusion revolution!” says Sophie.

Take a peek at how we transformed Sophie's bathroom in this truly stunning before and after...

 

The before

Sophie's bathroom was the type that is so often built as standard in accessible flats: meeting minimum access standards, but full of clinical-looking products and grey plastic. 

Sophie Morgan's bathroom before. Tired looking room with grey flooring and white shower tray, white walls, light blue toilet seat, padded grey shower chair with beige tiles behind and dark blue shower curtain

Sophie's bathroom before the Fine & Able treatment

Inspired by her travels, Sophie had worked hard decorating the rest of her home beautifully. The bathroom felt out-of-place in comparison, but Sophie was limited by what she could achieve with the uninspiring accessible products she had previously found on the market.

"My bathroom was functional and practical but clinical and basic. Before I moved in, the flat developers had installed a standard accessible wetroom; white plastic grab rails, a grey shower chair and grey flooring, which I assume met building regulations, but honestly, I was reminded of my time in hospital every time I used it!.”

Sophie

 

Aside from the aesthetics, the room also didn’t function that well for Sophie. She particularly disliked that the shower was never directly over her while using the shower seat, making it impossible to fully relax and unwind.

The design consultation

Our design consultation with Sophie took place by video call. We discussed how she used the bathroom and what she was hoping for. After she sent us some measurements and a Pinterest board of styles she liked, we got to work creating an design that suited Sophie perfectly.

Here's a snippet of our consult.

 

A new design-led look

Key to Sophie’s new bathroom was more design-led products. Matt black Freestyle grab rails and matching Libero brassware, a SurfaceHold basin with integrated hand-grips, and a wall-hung Vesta toilet.

What really makes the design so special are the F&A Luminous tiles in green with a subtle grey grout. Sophie chose to have these laid in a herringbone style for a truly stunning finish.

You may also notice a bath! Sophie's condition is greatly alleviated by water therapy. While Fine & Able don't stock baths (we are level access wetroom specialists), we're happy to factor in any design feature that helps make life more comfortable for our customers if there's room. Every person is different and an expert in their own condition. 

3D visuals

Sophie also chose to use our full design service. This includes a almost life-like 3D render to help our customers imagine what our designs will look like in their own homes. You can see Sophie's here. See if you can spot any difference!

A computer generated render of Sophie's new bathroom, white tiles around toilet area, green tiles in shower area, matt black grab rails, white sanitaryware, including large curved bath in foreground

Sophie's 3D render as part of Fine & Able's design service.

Installation

Sophie also chose to use our full installation service to make sure everything went smoothly. getting a bathroom installed is a big job and our expert installation service takes away the hassle. Our dedicated Installation Manager coordinates everything and always makes sure everything is the highest quality finish too. 

Here's our installer working hard! Herringbone tiling is like a giant jigsaw and takes a huge amount of skill.

 

After

The result is that a previously awkward room has now become Sophie's favourite, a place she now delights in using to get ready and unwind. As everything is also positioned exactly where she needs it, the new design has also made it much easier for her to move around, use, and keep clean.

Sophie's new bathroom. Toilet area is white marble tiled, shower area is deep mottled green subway tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. Wood-effect floor tiles throughout and matt black grab rails. Artwork, flowers and candles sit on a built-in shelf behind the toilet. The edge of a large curved bath in the foreground has a wooden bath board across it, decorated with plants and bath salts. A white shower seat is in the shower area behind a single folding glass screen.

Sophie's new bathroom. Toilet area is white marble tiled, shower area is deep mottled green subway tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. Wood-effect floor tiles throughout and matt black grab rails. Artwork, flowers and candles sit on a built-in shelf behind the toilet. The edge of a large curved bath in the foreground has a wooden bath board across it, decorated with plants and bath salts. A white shower seat (in folded up position) is in the shower area behind a single folding glass screen.

 Sophie looking happy, washing her hands over the wall hung basin in her new bathroom, seated in a wheelchair, with illuminated mirror giving off a soft halo of light.

Corner view of Sophie's new bathroom, focused on curved floor standing corner bath. Surrounded by rich mottled green subway style tiles in a herringbone pattern. Wood-effect floor tiles on the floor and a black shelf full of plants and artwork just above the bath. A wooden bath board sits across the bath, decorated with plants, towels and bath salts.  Matt black grab rails subtly blend into the green tile around the bath.

 Toilet and basin area of Sophie's new bathroom. Both are wall hung and feature matt black taps and accessories and a large illuminated mirror behind the basin. Matching matt black grab rails contrast against the while marble wall tile. Wood-effect floor tiles cover the floor.

View from Sophie's shower area looking out of the bathroom door. On the left a large curved bath backed by rich mottled green subway tiles in herringbone pattern. To the right is a wall hung basin featuring matt black taps, accessories and grab rails. Wood-effect floor tiles cover the wetroom floor and into the hallway where  Sophie can be seen in the background moving though her home using her wheelchair.

We'd love to hear what you think! And if you'd like to know how to make a gorgeous accessible bathroom just like Sophie's, get in touch or download a brochure.

"I am over the moon. It’s like a piece of artwork, it’s absolutely mesmerising! My friends and family all love it too.”

Sophie

Featured products:

  • SurfaceHold Basin
  • Vesta Wall Hung Toilet
  • Freestyle Grab Rails
  • Freestyle Shower Riser Rail with built in support
  • Libero Brassware
  • Twelvenoon Wood-Effect Floor Tiles
  • Luminous Green Wall Tiles
  • Sigma Flush Plate

Find out more...

You can see lots more behind the scenes on this project and Sophie's thoughts on the whole process on her Instagram page @SophLMorg

For more information on how to create your own beautiful accessible bathroom, get in touch with the Fine & Able team for a consultation today!