Could you remain in your home if you suddenly became disabled? This was the issue that confronted 38-year-old Will Lautzenheiser when a strep infection took all of his limbs and almost his life. (Read Will’s story).
Will knew he would need to move from his second floor walk-up apartment, but the waiting list for accessible housing in Boston was years long. While he spent nine months in hospitals and rehab centers, Will worked with his family and partner to locate a feasible place to live. They finally found an apartment building in Brookline with an accessible unit, but it was still difficult to navigate a wheel chair around once you were inside.
Will and his partner, Angel, initially thought they would simply widen the doorways, but they realized more significant changes had the potential to restore some of Will’s independence. The biggest issue was the bathroom. Will points out that “the normal set up is not convenient for anyone who is not able bodied.”
Will discovered Morse’s expertise in universal design when he read an article that Paul had written for boston.com. Will, Angel and Paul collaborated on a bathroom that would look stunning and function effectively for both Will and his able-bodied partner and guests.
The 9’ x 5’ bathroom features:
- Zero threshold shower with a trench drain
- Fold-down shower bench
- Touchless faucets
- Duravit wall mounted toilet with Duravit sensowash system
- Rolling shower door
- Gliding entry door
Will says that his guests joke about having parties in the bathroom because the space is so beautiful and sleek. “Before I lost the use of my limbs, I was a professor of film. I appreciate the visual and love beautiful things, but I never thought I would have a bathroom that is this stunning,” he comments.
Best of all, Will says that the bathroom that Morse Constructions created for him has had a “huge impact” on his life by allowing him to do things that he never thought he would be able to do again. “When you lose the use of your limbs, you need a lot of personal care assistance and give up a lot of personal space. To regain some independence is totally amazing,” he comments.