We specialize in Standard & Luxury Bathroom Remodels, Bathtub Conversions For Seniors (Safety Bathrooms), Walk In Tub Conversions, Bathroom Shower Enclosures, ADA Accessible Baths, Tub To Shower Conversions, Custom Bathroom Vanities, Jetted Tubs, and more.
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Accessibility and convenience are two of the biggest factors when you plan to remodel a home. When you remodel a home for someone who is bound to a wheelchair, or anyone who is physically challenged, you need to really focus on these aspects. Their needs must be met, no matter who uses it. We have compiled a list of guidelines to follow in order to provide safety to those who need it:
In accordance to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a 5 foot turn radius is needed for a wheel chair to comfortably pivot in either direction as needed. If the space is tight, the remodelers are advised to do what they can with what they have as long as the accessibility and comfort of the physically challenged individual is in mind. Doorways need to be at the very least 34 inches in width, with levers instead of knobs on all doors in the home.
Curbless Shower Stalls
Unless specifically requested by the client, a shower stall should sit at the least 3 foot deep, 5 foot wide, without a curb. Upon the request, a rubber curb can be installed as long as it meets the accessibility of the wheelchairs passing ( must be able to roll over it comfortably). The floor can slope towards the chain by 6 inches outside of a shower curtain. However, in regards to the majority of the European showers as well as the high-end showers in America, some showers are open.
Hand held Shower
A slider bar can be set as low as 4 foot up, with ability to slide up to 6 feet, with a shower valve that is controlled thermostatically alongside water pressure balance to prevent client scalding. If a full body was is the client’s wish, a regular shower head may also be included. To prevent the feel of an institution in the bath, install colored grab bars instead of straight chrome.
Clearance Beneath The Sink:
The placement of the sink should be high enough to suit for a wheelchair’s easy accessibility, 27 inches of room, with the top of the sink at the least 34 inches tall. The traps for these sinks can vary in styles, including designs that retreat into the wall, or towards it for safety and convenience. Motion sensored faucets, or faucets on the side of the sink are best for a seated person’s comfort, as well as a mirror to be hung in placement for a seated person’s use.
For the specific clients, if budget allows, a combination of a bidet and toilet will be the most convenient. However, toilet seats in general are most comfortable for all users at 17 inches tall, while sitting in the center of support bars (36 inches apart).
Accessible Bathroom Design Options
One of the biggest debates Carefree home owner’s have with themselves, is whether they should move to a more accessible home when mobility becomes an issue. However, there are some optional updates that you can have made in order to make accessibility more comfortable for coming years.
Seats In The Shower
If you fear falling down in the shower, or are no longer able to stand in the shower, an affordable option is small, plastic chairs or stools. These are ideal if you live with family, because they can be easily removed when needed. Furthermore, having seats or benches directly built in is an option to take into consideration while building or remodeling an easily accessible bath. ADA recommends the seats be built directly into the wall, or fold down seats attached to the wall for showers.
To better accommodate a bather who is seated or standing, a hand-held shower-head can be installed. A flexible, 60 inch hose allows for comfort as well as accessibility.
In order to avoid major remodeling, in the event that it is appropriate, grab bars can be installed next to the bathroom furnishings to allow stability and support. Productions from Kohler, Moen, Jaclooffer, and Rohl add a stylish visual appeal to these grab bars for those who are concerned of the décor of their bathroom.
Universal Access Showers
In the event that you or your loved one find issues moving in and out of the bath due to the raised ledges, there is a superb answer. Universal access showers are designed for individuals with mobility issues, while they hold no raised accesses, they direct water down the drain properly.
To address the issue of wanting a relaxing bath on joints too stiff to swing over into a bathtub, walk-in bathtubs are an easy access solution for a calming soak. Though they may be hard to locate due to their lack of popularity in the United States.
When it comes to the toilet, the ADA has recommended that they should be no taller than 19 inches and no shorter than 17 inches. This measurement is made to the top of the seat, allowing you to buy a thicker seat if needed to fill in space for comfort. These are recommended for their comfort and ease of transition between a wheelchair to the toilet, or easily lowering yourself down safely. If you are not seeking to invest in a thicker seat, a platform can be purchased and installed below the toilet that will allow the lavatory to meet the inches you require.
Hands Free Faucet
Through makers like Delta and Kohler, you are able to invest in hands free faucets that utilize a sensor which detects your hand. Alternatives to this, while still keeping the theme of accessibility, single handled faucets make it easy to adjust the water flow with twisting your wrists or grasping.
Lower Light Switch
The most accessible friendly light switches you can get for someone who is bound to a wheelchair are push buttons or massive toggles. These eliminate the pinching motion that can aggravate conditions. Also, an easily missed issue is the height of the switch itself. Make sure they are lowered to a level that are convenient for someone in a wheelchair.
These simple adjustments can help make accessibility and convenience for anyone facing physical impairment for years to come.
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Review: “Before we needed our remodel we got bids from several different companies and decided to stick with well known companies and were a little leery of using a handyman type person to do the complete remodel of 2 of our bathrooms in our house. We got a very prominent company that always advertises on KTAR and we know that they did good work. The sent out a design person and came up with great ideas, right up until the quote..
We told them our budget to start with but there quote was about $15K higher than what we wanted, which irritated me to no end. We asked them what we needed to do to get it back in budget and everything went from high-end to super low-end and turned out to be nothing of what we wanted. This was not what we wanted!! I decided to look elsewhere , I picked up my cell phone and found Allure and looked at the pictures of work that he had done and liked what I saw. I called the number and talked to John (Houser) about giving us a bid. He came out to the house and I told him what I wanted to have done and told him of the other company that gave us a bid. I simply asked John what he could do that would keep us in our budget. He looked at it and simply said “everything”.
I was in shock at first, and then I was really angry at the other firm and felt like they were really going to try advantage of me. In retrospect, dealing with Allure was one of the greatest decisions we ever made. John turned out to be a hands-on owner and monitored all aspects of the remodel. The crew always kept us informed, always showed up on time and offered suggestions along the way that really made the experience so enjoyable. If you are thinking of a remodel, give John a call and I am positive that you will never regret it. It’s been over a year since the bathrooms have been completed and my wife still comes out after her bath (in our nice new jetted tub) and says how much she just loves what Allure has done, and I love the fact that he kept his word, stayed on budget and everything was very professional from top-to-bottom. Thanks John for everything you’ve done.” Dennis K