Improve Bathroom Accessibility
With These Bathroom Renovations
A bathroom that meets the expectations of each and every family members needs, even those who struggle with mobility issues or disabilities, is vital. If you're moving to a house that requires accessibility renovations, or if you wish to update the current bathroom to make it more functional for your needs and requirements, you'll want a barrier-free bathroom that will enhance the usability experience for everyone in your family.
Heilman Renovations in North Vancouver have barrier-free and accessible renovation designs for your bathroom, they also have them for your kitchen and other rooms that may require a wider doorway or other additions in order to be safe.
Here are some of the renovations that they will work on when they're designing your new bathroom.
Size And Location Of Bathroom
First, you'll need to determine if the bathroom is even accessible. Do you need a bathroom on every floor of the house? How many people will each bathroom need to serve? Will you need a bathroom attached to a bedroom? The larger and more spacious bathrooms are far easier to navigate for those who are struggling with mobility limitations. Devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes can all require a larger bathroom. Regardless of whether space is larger or small, these things will have to be taken into consideration to ensure that the person can safely navigate the bathroom. Safety equipment will need to be installed as well.
Placement Of Fixtures Such As Toilets, Sinks, Bathtub And Shower
The reason for a renovation if you have someone who is disabled, is to prevent them from falling. The bathroom is the most likely room in the house for such accidents to occur, especially for those who have balance issues or are disabled. Your design team will work closely with you to ensure that the bathroom is laid out in a safe fashion and that the family can all navigate it without any injuries. Safety bars, taller toilets, fixtures, sit down showers, and more are all fine examples of how they can help the bathroom be a safer place for those who struggle with a disability.
Choosing The Tub, Toilet, And Shower
A regular shower or bathtub should always have a non-slip surface and be re-enforced with safety bars. There are many great ways to ensure that those who are disabled are safe. From lifts and other mechanisms that help to raise and lower a person from the tub, there are many ways to stay safe.
If you have more needs, you can also install an accessible bathtub. These bathtubs are made with higher walls and you simply walk in and sit on a seat and shut the door. You don't have to lower yourself down to the tub level. They also drain quickly so that there are no safety risks. These types of tubs come with many spa-like features.
There are toilets available in varying heights, with different back supports and more. There are also easier to access flushing options and toilets that maneuver easily.
Choosing Design Features Of The Bathroom Renovation
Just as with any renovation, you'll have the chance to select your wall colors, countertops, flooring, backsplash, lights and more. Keeping safety in mind, you'll have many non-slip options for flooring and task lighting that will help to reduce the incidence of falls and to improve the visibility in the room.
Additional Barrier-Free Bathroom Considerations
Your goal of renovating is to remove all of the barriers for those who are disabled. You'll want them to have an easy way to get to and from the bathroom and as much mobility to be able to do what they need to do without assistance. From storage options to safety bars and lower vanities, higher toilets and safer bathing options, they will be able to safely navigate the bathroom and everything will be within easy reach.