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Changing Lives with Accessible Bath Remodels – Sunshine on a Ranney Day

VIM Products Level Entry Shower System™ Accessible Bath Remodels by Sunshine on a Ranney Day - Atlanta Charity providing accessibility remodels to children with special needs.

Sunshine on a Ranney Day or SOARD is an Atlanta-based charity providing no-cost home remodels for families of children with special needs. They specialize in accessible bath remodels, dream bedrooms, and in-home therapy spaces. VIM Products is proud that the SOARD team chose the Level Entry Shower System™ to create accessible, barrier-free showers in these life-changing home makeovers. 

Sunshine on a Ranney Day was created by Peter and Holly Ranney in 2012. Peter, a general contractor, and Holly, a designer and former buyer for Rooms To Go Kids, set out to use their time, talents, and professional network within the design and construction industry to make a difference for these kids. Over the past 6 years, they have completed over 75 home makeovers for the families of children with special needs. In addition to their home makeovers, each year they take on a special non-residence project to benefit families throughout the community, such as summer camps, counseling centers, and children’s hospitals. 

The SOARD 2017 Highlight video features a few lucky kids getting to see their new spaces for the first time! Also featured are several of the gorgeous Level Entry Showers created by the SOARD team using the VIM Products system. An accessible home is key to the care of children with special needs. These remodels make it possible for families to remain in their homes while also providing their children with the care they need. With each remodel, the team at SOARD considers the needs and personalities of the kids to develop a design that will allow them and their families to live their fullest, happiest lives.

“The VIM systems are the crown jewel of our makeovers.  They have changed the lives of so many families, and they are literally moved to tears when they see them for the first time! ” – Stephanie Baldwin of Sunshine on a Ranney Day

 

SOARD Highlights 2017 from Sunshine on a Ranney Day on Vimeo.

These accessible bath remodels can cost upwards of $30,000 to demo, redesign, and build anew with curbless showers and ADA approved fixtures and vanities. Their bedroom and in-home therapy rooms can cost anywhere from $10,000-$30,000 to complete. Through the help of donors and the generosity of suppliers and contractors, they are able to provide these remodels at no cost to the families. 

“We have witnessed so many parents struggle to lift their children into a tub to bathe them.  Having a zero curb shower where a child can roll right in is life changing for the child and caretaker. To see them gain independence is priceless.” – Holly Ranney, Founder of SOARD

Please consider donating to support this wonderful charity so they may continue to provide these life changing remodels for even more children and families. A donation $100 sponsors grab bars and a donation of $500 sponsors a whole Level Entry Shower System! Any amount makes a difference in the lives of these kids and their families. We hope you consider giving even a small amount to support Sunshine on a Ranney Day.

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Check out the Level Entry Shower System™ in these Sunshine on a Ranney Day home makeovers!

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Ditching the Whirlpool Tub for a Curbless Shower

One of the most popular remodels we see with the Level Entry Shower System is to remove a large whirlpool tub and  increase the footprint of the shower. This homeowner removed a linen closet, tub, and a fiberglass shower alcove, but gained a large level entry shower and a new laundry area.  Many homeowners find that they do not use their garden tubs and whirlpool tubs enough to warrant the space they take or the maintenance and cleaning required. In this case it makes sense to remove the tub and replace it with a large, curbless shower.

Peter S. did the majority of the work on this remodel himself with the guidance of our Installation Video. When he was researching curbless shower systems, the VIM Level Entry Shower System was the only code-approved level entry flooring system he could find.  He appreciated the quality of the materials supplied in the VIM Level Entry Shower 60 x 48 Kit as well as our design and installation resources. Peter and his wife are both extremely happy with their new level entry shower!

This remodel is a good example of how you can transform a traditional shower alcove into an open-concept, curbless shower. We like how they utilized half walls and glass to manage water without needing a curtain or door. The wall niches and shelves are another nice touch to add functionality and organization to the shower.

Are you interested in remodeling your bath to include a level entry shower, but not sure how to design your space? Get in touch and we would be happy to give you some guidance on the layout of your new bathroom!

The tile for this project was installed by Garrett Tile of Crossville, TN.

Products used in this Project

The Strainer Grate seen above is the Grid Design in Brushed Stainless.

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Stylish, Accessible Master Bath Remodel in Greenville, NC

Stylish Accessible Master Bath Remodel in Greenville, NC featuring the VIM Level Entry Shower System - www.vimproducts.com

An accessible master bath that does not sacrifice style!

This accessible master bath was dramatically redesigned to increase safety and accessibility for a family member with a prosthetic leg. The result was both gorgeous and practical.  The Level Entry Shower System was a perfect fit for their needs. The family wanted to reduce slipping and tripping hazards in their shower. Addding grab bars and improving the accessibility of the tub were also key improvements they wanted to make.

They had some spatial constraints as well. They were unable to move the location of the shower, or increase its size by much.  The flexibility of the VIM Level Entry Shower System allowed them to create a true curbless shower in a relatively small alcove space. Their tub was also customized with grab bars and under-mounted in Quartzite. This made it easier to sit comfortably on the edge of the tub allowing for easier entrance and exit from the tub.

The design elements were also very important to the family. Even their daughter got involved in the selection of fixtures, finishes, and colors! Their interior designer, Nancy Bolen of Salem, NC brought their whole vision together seamlessly! Their plumbing fixtures were supplied by Splash Galleries in Raleigh, NC.

What we love about this accessible master bath remodel is that through quality design and carefully selected materials and fixtures, they created a safer bathing space for their family that is also a stylish highlight of their home’s design!

This project features the 60 x 48 VIM Level Entry Shower System Kit & the Folding Shower Seat.

Here are all the talented professionals and products that made this remodel possible:

Contractor:  C. A. Corey Construction LLC   | Designer: Nancy Bolen Interior Designs | Tub & Plumbing Fixtures, & Accesssories: Splash Galleries | Lighting: Slide Bath Vanity Light – LightologySoho dweLed Wall Sconce – Ylighting |Counters: Quartzite from Francini Inc. | Floor Tile – Energie Ker 6″x 24″ in Chalk | Shower Tile – Byrd Tile, Flat Pebble in Figi Cream | Wall Tile – American Olean Tile 4″x 8″ in Matte Designer White

Photos Courtesy of Charlene Peden.

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High Tech Level Entry Shower with a Modern Design

VIM Products Inc - Level Entry Shower System | Featured Shower - High Tech Level Entry Shower with Modern Design featuring the Kohler DTV Prompt. Photo courtesy of Roy Simpson

For our very first Featured Shower, we wanted to share this incredible shower designed and built by a homeowner using the Level Entry Shower System™. All the work with the exception of the glass doors was conducted by the homeowner. The glass doors were supplied and installed by Kenny Berry Shower Doors. We asked the homeowner to share a little about his shower and his experience working with the Level Entry Shower System.

Tell us about your project!

“We replaced a very standard shower pan, Corian wall and sliding door home-builder installation. The project required the removal of all materials including removal of the floor to allow the new VIM floor pan and new tile floor and walls. We also opted for new Kohler electric shower and wand controls to modernize the installation and create added interest.  The demolition and installation work was accomplished by the homeowner with the sole exception of the new glass doors.”

Why did you choose the VIM Level Entry Shower System for your project?

“Much research was conducted in discovering the available shower pans that would allow us to modify our shower to attain a level entry shower with proper sloped drainage. We found 6 sloped floor pans in the marketplace.  Since our home was built on a concrete slab, 3 of the choices were discarded as they where in excess of 1.5″ thick at the edge requiring unacceptable demolition and remaining slab strength to accomplish our goal.  Of the 3 remaining products that had a 7/8″ edge thickness, the VIM Products Level Entry Shower System offered what we felt was the best product with excellent demonstrations of installation for both wood sub-floors and our concrete slab installation. The drain assembly offered by VIM was considered superior to most of the other offerings. Pricing was also competitive. “

Our Favorite Details

The Kohler DTV Prompt Shower Control System is a fantastic feature, adding safety, accessibility and luxury to your showering experience. The digital thermostatic valve accurately control water temperature and includes water-saving features such as a pause button, warm-up mode, and a countdown feature to limit overall water consumption. 

Small details like the placement of the shampoo niche, a corner foot rest, and the fold up shower seat make great use of the space without cutting too far into the overall footprint of the shower. The french style glass shower doors allow easy access if a resident requires wheelchair access.

Finally, we love the placement of their handheld shower wand. By placing this fixture close to the seat, but at mid-height, it is easily reached when sitting or standing. This is a great feature to include if you are trying to improve the accessibility of your shower.


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