A stunning wheelchair-accessible before & after with Sophie Morgan
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...
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'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!.”
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.
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!
Sophie's 3D render as part of Fine & Able's design service.
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.
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.
"I am over the moon. It’s like a piece of artwork, it’s absolutely mesmerising! My friends and family all love it too.”
- 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!