We recently completed a master bath renovation for a client. The design challenge we faced on this project was that the homeowner was physically disabled. Her greatest concern was incorporating elements that would insure her safety in the shower, but she did not want to sacrifice style. We were able to give her both. Using the guidelines supplied by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 we replaced the existing slippery linoleum that she kept covered with a rug with ADA approved tile on the floor, both inside and outside the shower. This provided a stable nonslip base, yet maintained a sense of style since we were able to choose the color and look we wanted.
The threshold of the shower entrance was also lowered closer to the ADA recommendations for easy access. Since grab bars were a necessity for safety we chose a simple neutral tone for them so they would disappear in the shower.
Dual shower heads, one handheld, also insured comfort and accessibility. Rows of accent tiles in copper and celadon on the walls set off the fresh design and a seamless glass shower surround makes the client feel like she is in a beautiful spa all the while maintaining a sense of security due to the custom details added.
We’ll cover the final steps of this make-over in another blog and how to update without undertaking a total renovation.