Many homeowners want a bathroom that is accessible to people of every ability level. Many designs can create accessible bathrooms that are a pleasure for anyone to use. Plus, this type of upgrade makes a home much easier to sell. Whether it is a first-floor adjustment that makes guests that are differently-abled feel more at home or an upstairs accessible bathroom renovation for your own personal use, there are several ways you can make a bathroom easy to use.
Listed below are the basics of handicap accessiblec bathroom remodeling. Once you have a good idea of where your bathroom could use improvements, consult with us about the best way to get started.
Increasing floor space for an accessible bathroom
More often than not, one of the main challenges a homeowner faces when installing accessible bathroom features is floor space. After all, if you want to comfortably use a wheelchair in a bathroom, you will need to have room to maneuver. Often, this means removing walls and making other rooms beside it a bit smaller. Since this can alter the structure of the home, only professionals should attempt a project of this nature. Instead of fretting over this major interior design overhaul, many homeowners will approach it as a chance to remodel the other affected rooms in the process.
Changing the places you use your hands
When you are using a wheelchair, some features in a bathroom are simply out of reach. This includes electrical outlets and light switches. Other features that will need to be lowered are handles on doors and closets. While they may not need to be lowered, it is certainly advantageous to have shelving, vanities, medicine chests, drawers and sinks at a seated level. Finally, one other remodel that suits a wide variety of disabilities is the installation of sturdy grab bars throughout the bathroom.
Making bathing a breeze
While every family member will benefit from slip-proof surfaces in the bathtub and throughout the bathroom, certain styles of showers and bath tubs are essential for people with disabilities. For example, a full-size shower that easily accommodates a person using a wheelchair is a common type of accessibility remodeling. You will need a professional contractor who is able to build an accessible bathroom that is easy to use by everyone in your home. To get the process started, call us today.