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Universal Design for Small Bathrooms

Posted 24 April 2014 by Team Hudson

Every day we hear about something important homeowners are faced with…that is trying to make their existing home work during the aging process.

Rather than downsizing or moving to assisted living facilities, many senior citizens are deciding to renovate their home to make it suitable for aging in place. Renovations that allow aging in place do not mean that the entire house needs to be redesigned to function only for the elderly. Universal design techniques and products make rooms accessible for all ages and abilities, so is an ideal solution for families or people who frequently host guests.

Not all bathroom renovations need to be large scale and costly. Homeowners can start small, like this bathroom project we recently completed in a Whatcom County home.

Hudson RemodelingOne of the first things that needed to be addressed with this bathroom remodel was replacing the tub/shower unit with one that was better for aging in place.

Rather than having a tall sided tub that needs to be stepped over (difficult for older people), we installed a low clearance, universally designed shower unit. Getting in and out of this shower will make life much easier for our client.

The universal design shower unit included a fold-down seat and a sturdy grab bar to aid with stability and safety. A fixed shower head, plus a handheld shower head, were also installed. Not only will those features make showering easier, but the handheld shower head makes cleaner the shower easier for all abilities.

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To also help with easy cleaning and maintenance, we installed a vanity surface that won’t require much special care over the years. The faucet of the sink is a lever, which again is more accessible for all ages and abilities. These simple details can make all the difference when remodeling a home with aging in place in mind.

Lastly, Marmoleum flooring was installed. This is a solid sheet of very durable linoleum. Because this type of flooring doesn’t have seams, it is easier to clean and is longer lasting than traditional linoleum.

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Are you starting to consider your options for retirement and are thinking about aging in place? Please consider contacting Hudson Remodeling to learn how we can help with projects large and small.

Want to learn more about universal design, including tips and ideas? Visit Hudson Remodeling’s blog for more articles and information.