Search This Blog

Friday, June 19, 2015

Master Bath Remodel: Aging in Place Without Sacrificing Style | Key Residential

When you first look at this completed master bath remodel what words come to mind? Perhaps luxurious, spacious, spa-like, or stylish? Would it cross your mind that the bathroom was designed as a room that would be readably usable years in the future as the user's needs change over time?

Designing rooms to be functional both now and years in the future as needs evolve, or universal design, has become exceedingly popular as more people are planning to stay i their current homes for many years to come. If you are planning a remodel you may want to consider including items that will make your life easier both now and in the future, even if you don't think you need them yet. And including universal design elements does not mean you have to sacrifice style and current functionality, as this master bath remodel shows. Check out some of the useful and fun features included in this remodel to get some ideas for your own home.


One important feature of the bath is its openness, especially when compared to its pre-renovated state. No square footage was added during the remodel. Rather, through smart planning and minimalist features, the room was able to take advantage of the space it occupied while also meeting an important requirement that the user may have need of in the future: wheelchair accessibility. For a room to be considered wheelchair accessible it needs to have five foot diameters between all fixtures. But as you can see, the openness by no means detracts from the appearance and usability of the bathroom today.


The bathtub features jets with remote control access, a feature almost anyone would probably enjoy. The tub also has a handheld sprayer to make it even easier to use. Who wouldn't want to take a relaxing bath in this tub after a long and stressful day?


A curbless entry allows for easy access into and out of the shower, a convenience that most could enjoy no mater what their age, but will be especially important if the user is ever wheelchair bound. You may notice that a common universal design feature for bathrooms is missing in the shower: grab bars. While no grab bars are currently present in this area, blocking was added during the framing process to allow for their future addition.


It is impossible to see one of the toilet room's best features in a picture: a toilet seat cover that raises automatically when the doors to the room are opened. As with the shower, blocking was added to this area as well to allow for grab bars to be more easily installed in the future.


The vanities were designed to be easily adjusted for multiple options as the client's needs change over time. They currently feature partially recessed sinks with marble countertops held up by metal legs. Their minimalist and open design keeps with the general design aesthetic of the rest of the room.


The closet features beautiful custom built in cabinets. The doorway into the closet is wider than the standard door frame to allow for future wheelchair access, but the wider frame by no means detracts from the high end finished look of the bathroom.


It's an easy feature to miss, but an additional drain was added to the center of the room. The drain, combined with the fully tiled floors and walls, allows for significantly easier cleaning.

See more from this project and others on our Houzz page.