If the reason you’re calling a bathroom remodeler is because you have a family member who needs an accessible bathroom, you want to discuss universal design. This bathroom remodeling trend is beneficial for not only you, the current homeowner, but also when you list your home as it’s a great selling feature. Here are some things to consider when you talk about universal design.
Why Consider Universal Design Now
You may not have a need for a handicap-accessible bathroom now, but it’s worth including in your remodeling plans. Not only are accessible features great for resale, they’re also vital if you plan on aging in place. Bathroom remodeling of any type is an investment in your home and you want to make sure that this remodel lasts as long as you are in the home.
Features of a Universal Design Bathroom
Although you can work with your bathroom remodeler and create a bathroom of any style, you want to consider these features:
- Non-slip flooring
- Grab bars
- Lever-style doorknobs
- Easy on/off faucets
- Comfort-height toilet
If you have the space, talk about a walk-in or zero-entry shower. This can make showering for someone with a mobility issue much easier. Also talk about a shower seat that can accommodate a person of average size (most shower seats are only 8-10 inches deep, which may not provide the support a mobility- or balance-challenged person needs).
Whether you and your bathroom remodeler are working within your existing space, taking space from another room or planning an addition, the right layout is essential. You want enough space to move freely in the event you need a walker or wheelchair. You also want doors that open and close without hassle. If you know that you or a loved one using the bathroom needs to be able to transfer from a wheelchair onto the toilet or into the shower, make sure to plan the right space.
Because most homes in Amherst, Framingham, Lowell and the surrounding areas are older, chances are good that they don’t have a large space dedicated to any bathroom in the home. This may mean that you’ll need an addition or to take space from an adjoining room. Working with a bathroom remodeler that is also a home remodeling company benefits you because the team will have the experience and ability to create an addition that blends seamlessly with your home. They can offer all the services you’ll need – such as new siding, roofing and windows – which means working with just one company for your entire bathroom remodeling project can save time and money.
G.M. Roth is just that kind of company. We’re more than just bathroom remodelers; we’re a design/build company that has the right teams to complete a project of any size including a home addition. If you’re looking for a universal design bathroom or have any other remodeling need, call (603) 880-3761 or fill out our contact form and we’ll schedule your free in-home consultation.