From Attractive Renovations For The Young Family To Functional Handicap Bathroom Remodeling
It is important to have it be both aesthetically pleasing AND functional for any user. Before construction begins, it is important to assess the needs of the user and keep that in mind when designing the space and incorporating any necessary modifications. Below are modifications we consider ensuring the space fits your needs.
Shower and/or Tub
- No Curb – Install a walk-in shower with no curb to eliminate the need to step over a raised threshold when getting into the shower, or a minimum curb height under 4” tall.
- Shower Seat – Add a permanent seat to the shower or install a pulldown seat that can be folded up out of the way for other users, or add blocking to add scat later on.
- Handheld Showerhead – Adjustable height handheld showerheads allow easier show- ering for bathers.
- Grab Bars – Attach stabilizing bars to the walls surrounding the shower and tub, or blocking for future.
- Walk-in Tubs – These types of tubs are equipped with doors on the side to allow the user to walk in and out of the tub with ease, without having to step over a high ledge. They also have an upright seat inside, so the user doesn’t need to recline all the way back like a standard tub.
- Wall Mounted Sink – Installing a wall mounted sink eliminates cabinets that are usu- ally underneath, which provides knee space for wheelchair users, or cabinets that can be removed at a later date.
- Tilted Mirrors – Having a mirror that can be tilted forwards and back allows access to a user who may be sitting while using the sink.
- Faucets – Purchase single-handle faucets that can be turned on and off without twisting or opt for hands-free motion detec- tor faucets.
- Toilet Placement and Height – The toilet should be placed in the bathroom to allow a minimum of 2 grab bars. Replace a standard toilet with a comfort height about 17 inches high or a wall mounted toilet for a taller height. Installing a bidet pro- vides added hygiene and more privacy for those unable to independently use toilet paper.
General Bathroom Safety
- Wide Doorways – Widen the door way into the bathroom to a minimum 34 inches to allow for a wheelchair to fit through.
- Radius –A 5-foot turning radius is required for a nonelectric wheelchair, so try not to clutter the space with bulky vanities or tubs.
- Pocket Doors – Standard doors can act like barriers, while pocket doors conserve space by sliding into a pocket in the wall without taking up any space in the bathroom.
- Door Handles – opt for lever style door handles instead of knobs that require a twisting motion.
- Plan Ahead – When designing, take into consideration that two people may be simultaneously using the space if an attendant need to assist the user.
- Of course, there are certain cosmetic improvements homeowners can do to improve the look or function of their bath- room. These do-it-yourself projects like painting, updating bathroom faucets or cabinet hardware are quick and can impact the aesthetics of your bathroom. If you are ready to tackle more of a major remodel, or need guidance on how to maximize a small space, improve the function, address special needs or increase energy efficiencies, you need to hire a trusted professional who can guide you through the project – keeping you on track, on budget and ensuring you comply with ever-changing building codes and regulations. Hiring a proven professional for your remodeling project is a greater investment for certain, however the right partner will bring peace of mind and a level of experience that is truly unmatched.