Bathrooms are a place to retreat and unwind in before and after a long day. It’s important that they be designed with our lifestyle and needs (including future ones) in mind. Often times homeowners come to me with a vague idea of what they want out of their bathroom remodel. They’ve pulled a few ideas from Pinterest and Houzz. However, when I ask them why they want to incorporate certain elements the answer always almost comes down to aesthetics. My firm aims to design client visions, but we also want to make sure the space suits the homeowner’s needs – now and in the future. Here are a few options to keep in mind when designing your bathroom remodel:
Tub and Shower Design
Some of the biggest confusion about aging in place centers on design. Most homeowners picture grab bars and wheelchair accessible showers. Those choices can be beneficial for some homeowners, but aging in place design can also be aesthetically pleasing. When it comes to selecting your tub/shower layout, one example is the hugely popular walk-in shower with the tub built in. Essentially, this means one glass-enclosed ‘wet room’ for bathing and showering. This configuration has an airy spa-like feel and look, and takes up less space than designing separate tub and showering areas.
Shower Seats and Built-in Benches
Shower seat options have become very versatile over the years. The options available may surprise you. An adjustable folding seat can satisfy your needs, and can also be easily tucked away to maximize maneuvering space. While shower seats and built-in benches are increasingly common features, they often are not utilized the way they were intended because most seats are placed too far from the shower head(s) and controls. Placement near the shower head(s) and controls means you can stay seated and have the water come towards you instead of moving yourself back and forth. Are you picturing a spa-like experience now?
Light the Way
Entering a dark bathroom in the middle of the night can be an issue for some as they grow older in their homes. Often times, homeowners turn to quick solutions such as night-lights. However, these don’t always light up the spots we needs them to. Luckily there are so many options to aid with this such as LED light placement underneath bottom cabinets. Glare can also be a problem in a bright bathroom. Sconces on both sides of the mirror provide a solution to this as they are easier on the eyes than overhead lights.