April 16, 2021

Rayjin Teppanyaki

Beauty in design

Independence family with son with special needs gets much-needed bathroom remodel | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

Independence family with son with special needs gets much-needed bathroom remodel | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Bathtub time was often a battle for this Independence spouse and children increasing a baby with specific desires.

“He loves sensation h2o versus his pores and skin,” said mom Erika Hinrichs, talking about her 10-12 months-previous son Mickey.

In point, he loves the water so considerably, she’ll typically come across him entirely dressed and sitting in the bathtub ready for anyone to convert on the water.

Mickey was born with many genetic mutations. Erika quit perform to become his fulltime caregiver.  

“He’s nonverbal,” Erika explained. “He doesn’t stroll. He does not feed himself. He does not dress himself. He’s not potty skilled.”

But Mickey has no issues letting Erika and dad Kelly know how a lot he enjoys to choose a tub. The difficulty is that the lavatory in the Hinrichs’ Independence household is so compact that Erika has to have Mickey to his bed room to dry him off and adjust him. 

Each calendar year the process of lifting Mickey out of the tub and carrying him to his bedroom gets extra of a problem.

Which is also the key rationale Schloegel Design Remodel picked the Hinrichs spouse and children as the winner of the company’s annual Big Splash lavatory giveaway.

“When we set out with this matter 11 decades ago, the driving pressure was how can we make the major effect to a child’s lifetime,” reported Chris Peterson, a Schloegel vice president.

Peterson reported Schloegel’s distributors and subcontractors also give of their time and solutions to make the venture happen. FOX4’s Adore Fund allows locate households who qualify for the cost-free lavatory.

When Erika discovered her spouse and children had been preferred she was stunned.

“I considered there have been so a lot of men and women that applied that had been so considerably more worthy,” she mentioned.

It was not extensive soon after we spoke to Erika that Schloegel commenced function reworking the toilet. To enlarge the house, Schloegel blended the half-bath in the grasp bed room with the entire tub in the hallway. Erika picked out all the tile, hues and fixtures, placing specific emphasis on the at any time-crucial tub.

A several weeks later, it was time for the huge expose. Check it out in the video participant higher than.

“Oh my goodness,” reported Erika as the doorway to her recently reworked bathroom was gradually opened. Her once cramped and dated bathroom was now roomy and fashionable, with colorful flooring and tile. But the tub was the superstar. It has jet streams.

Next to the bathtub is a zero-entry shower that Mickey can accessibility by wheelchair if he does not want to take a bath. Additionally, just one of the doors has been widened for effortless wheelchair entry.

“Everything appears so nice and so clean up,” Erika mentioned. “I would have been thrilled with just that. But they did not just do that. They went over and outside of, bringing to everyday living the heat I so wanted to have and the layout.”

As for Mickey? He experienced previously climbed inside of that new tub, ready for the water is effective to commence.