A universal bathroom design is one that can accommodate a wheelchair and provides safety features for someone with mobility issues. If you are planning on aging in your home or have an elderly parent moving in with you, you may need a bathroom remodel. Depending on the needs, you may want a true universal design with proper clearance for a wheelchair or just enough space and safety features for someone in a walker who may frequently visit. Working with an experienced remodeling company is key to ending up with a space that suits your needs and looks great.
Safety Should Be a Priority
Whether you need a remodel for your own safety or that of a loved one, putting safety first will provide you a great deal of peace of mind. Did you know that every year, close to a quarter-million people visit emergency rooms from injuries sustained in the bathroom? It is likely no surprise that a significant portion of that number are injuries suffered in the shower or tub. A smaller percentage happen while using the toilet. Many of these injuries are serious and result in broken hips, head trauma and other broken bones. A properly planned and executed universal design bathroom can help prevent many of these accidents.
Features of a Universal Bathroom Design
Although most families consider things like non-slip flooring for any bathroom remodel, a universal bathroom design includes much more in the way of safety features. It provides anyone with mobility issues safety, comfort and privacy in the bathroom. Some of these necessary changes include:
- Grab bars
- Lever-style faucet controls
- Lever-style door handles
- Lower sink/vanity
- Comfort-height toilet
- Shower seat and/or transfer chair
You may find that changing the tub/shower combination into a walk-in or zero-entry shower is a good idea. It’s also a good idea to add new lighting in addition to the fixture that is likely over the vanity mirror.
According to the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report, a universal bathroom costs around $40,000 on average in New England. However, it returns about 63% of that investment upon home sale. Like any bathroom remodel, cost depends on the size of the space, the features you choose and the remodeling company you hire to do the work.
G.M. Roth Design Remodeling Has Experience in Universal Design
We’ve remodeled countless bathrooms throughout Manchester, Nashua, Amherst, Lowell and Watford, as well as neighboring communities. Just because you need a universal design to accommodate a loved one with mobility issues doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. We have many options for your remodel that suit any style but won’t look institutional.
Whether you’re looking for a universal design bathroom remodel or just want to update your space, call us today at (603) 880-3761 or fill out our contact form for your free in-home consultation. We’re licensed and insured in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and offer complete home remodeling services.