Modest changes during a bathroom remodel can increase accessibility. These features are sometimes known as Universal Design which means bathroom design which accommodates any user — barrier-free access for people of all ages and abilities. A universal design bathroom can be luxurious and upscale, even spa-like, with some creative effort and planning and the help of an understanding contractor like Bay State Refinishing & Remodeling. An accessible bathroom or universal design bathroom can let you stay in your home as you get older, or help you care for a loved one in your home. Today more people choose to improve rather than move.
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Here are some of the key features of an accessible bathroom remodeling project:
- An open floor design. Wider doorways, no doors, no thresholds.
- A curbless shower. No lip at the door and a slope to the drain. The shower floor or pan is usually below the floor level and this requires an experienced contractor like Bay State.
- Grab bars. It is best to reinforce the bathroom walls during remodeling to take these loads day to day.
- Shower bench and handheld shower and/or a step-in bathtub.
- Wall-mounted sink.
- Lever handles and faucets or handle-less faucets.
There are additional design considerations for people in wheelchairs and specific disabilities. You may need to consult with an accessibility specialist, physical therapist, or rehabilitative therapist on some of the design choices you need to make.
Call Bay State Refinishing & Remodeling today for a free consultation about your accessible bathroom remodeling needs.