Bathroom design for everyone – Davis Enterprise

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By Penny Lorain
Special to the company

We live longer, stay active, and stay home alone until the age of 80 and 90. So why include accessibility features that we used to think of as “disability modifications” in your bathroom remodeling plans?

Features that make a bathroom more wheelchair accessible are often already on most homeowners’ bathroom remodeling “wish lists”.

Consider these ideas:

Before I started, this bathroom looked like any other. Courtesy photo

* Enlarge a cramped bathroom: The bathroom in the attached photos started out as a standard home bathroom – 5 feet wide by 9 feet long.

After studying the required side yard setback, we determined that we could extend the length of the room by building a new 2 foot exterior wall in the side yard, then we also added 1 foot to the width of the room. by cropping the wall between the master bedroom and the master bathroom. The new space, 6 feet wide by 11 feet long, was a big improvement.

* Add a borderless shower “entry to the beach”: Whether you now have a tub combination, shower tray, or tiled shower rim, this is certainly a stylish upgrade for the bathroom floor to transform into a shower without a raised rim or stopping point. visual.

The floor material will often change in the bottom of the shower, but the continuous flat surface not only makes wheelchair life easier, it also makes the bathroom larger and more open.

* Leave space to maneuver around the toilet: What if the daily exercise you are doing now results in an injury or surgery and you have difficulty moving around while you recover?

It is not uncommon to have a knee, hip, or foot injury that reduces your mobility for a short time, although you are generally very fit and agile. Doesn’t it make sense to have extra room around the toilet for crutches or a temporary walker or wheelchair?

* Consider widening the door: Small bathrooms tend to have small bathroom doors. If your overhaul can include widening the door, this is a change worth making.

While bathroom doors are often 28 inches wide or less, a door at least 32 inches wide could make your access much less restrictive and your life much easier down the road. In the example we moved the door to the side wall which allowed us to expand the door to a spacious 56 inch space with a pair of barn doors above the opening which added a design style as well as functionality.

Other improvements to consider when remodeling a bathroom are adding a framing in the wall to allow for secure grab bars in the future, keeping your sink height at 34 ” or less and maybe even installing an under-sink cabinet with removable doors underneath that could allow room for the knees if needed.

Most renovators are also turning to beautiful surface materials that require minimal cleaning and maintenance. Large slabs of quartz or marble composite covering each shower screen with a large sheet will give you a high-end quality look, while being much easier to maintain than tile and grout.

Creating a more spacious modernized bathroom is every homeowner’s dream. So, when planning for your bathroom remodel begins in earnest, designing an exquisite bathroom that will work for you now and in the future doesn’t just make sense, it’s a wise financial investment.

– Penny Lorain is the founder of Lorain Design Associates, 527 G Street, Davis. www.LorainDesign, com.


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