Bathroom renovation improves accessibility.
This master suite remodel has improved accessibility for a disabled client. It is now wheelchair friendly. Architect Mark Evans of CG&S Design-Build talks about the changes.
Upgrading a master suite is an ideal time to consider future proofing – will the design and functionality still suit your needs in the years to come?
The owners of this house took this into account when they planned a remodel, says architect Mark Evans of CG&S Design-Build.
“Because one of the owners has a disability, they wanted to ensure the bathroom would be accessible for a wheelchair,” Evans says. “The existing bathroom was not well suited to their needs. There was a step into the shower, which only had a single wall-mounted showerhead. The bathroom also had a gigantic Jacuzzi and a make-up vanity, both of which were never used.”
Evans says the dated decor, which included purple wallpaper, inexpensive cabinetry, bright brass hardware and carpet on the floor, was another reason to change.
“Fortunately, the bathroom is large, with a 10ft-high ceiling, so space wasn’t an issue.”
New his-and-hers vanities are in a similar position to the former cabinets, but that is where any similarity ends. The new cabinets, in knotty alder, include two tower units, which provide plenty of storage.
“To enclose the vanities and to make this area more intimate, we created a furr down. The towers meet this lowered ceiling, which gives a much neater finish than would have been possible with a 10ft ceiling.”
One of the vanities is open beneath the sink to provide easy wheelchair access. And drawers alongside put items within easy reach.
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