What is Universal Design?
Universal Design is an approach to construction and design that aims to make environments as accessible as possible to all people, especially those with physical disabilities or limitations. And if you’re considering bathroom remodeling or renovation in the near future you should strongly consider implementing some slick, modern Universal Design elements in your new space.
These features may include:
While most doorways are 30 to 32 inches wide, consider expanding your bathroom door to 36 inches. This provides more space for walkers or wheelchairs to move in and out, and can make it easier to squeeze past busy family members on a frantic Monday morning.
No Curb Showers
Not only do they look high class, curbless or Roman shower designs are perfect for aging homeowners or those with mobility issues. Removing or minimizing the raised edges between the shower and bathroom floor makes entry much easier, and reduces the likelihood of trip and fall accidents.
On the same theme, flooring should be installed that is specifically designed to provide a good tread even when wet. Tile with texture or wide grout lines is a popular option.
Stylized grab bars (which can double as towel bars) in strategic locations around the shower and toilet may come in handy more often than you think. Everyone slips or struggles to pull themselves up sometimes, and a firm handhold can make a critical difference when you need it.
You might not think you need a handheld attachment on your showerhead, but there are many who use it on a daily basis and rely on the flexibility it can provide. It’s a simple addition that can make all manner of shower activities easier, from rinsing your hair, to washing the dog, to spraying down muddy children when the need arises.
If you’re an able-bodied adult getting down to sit on the toilet is no trouble at all. But getting onto a toilet can be tricky if not dangerous for the elderly, injured, or those with other physical limitations. Raising the toilet makes this transfer much more straightforward without any real inconvenience.
They look minimal and modern, they’re extremely convenient for cleaning, and they are the perfect solution for those in wheelchairs, as the wheelchair user can pull up underneath and use the vanity as normal. And if this isn’t an issue just add a simple standalone shelf underneath the vanity for towel or toilet paper storage—a winning option for everyone!
Accessible Bathroom Remodeling in Fort Collins, CO
If you’re considering updating your bathroom near Fort Collins Colorado, contact Artisan Remodeling & Design. Our professional team would love to help you design a modern space that meets your needs while giving you the peaceful, luxurious experience you deserve.
Call us at 970-691-6995 or 970-402-2099 today!