Making a bathroom easily accessible to people with a disability can significantly improve their quality of life within the home. The bathroom has specific challenges for those who use wheelchairs or walkers, as well as people with mobility issues. Solving these problems with a remodel can help make the bathroom user-friendly and accessible for elderly or otherwise-abled members of the household.
If you choose to modify the bathroom for a person who is using a wheelchair or a walker, make sure the doorway to your bathroom is large enough to comfortably allow a wheelchair to access. This means expanding the door to 36” wide to accommodate enough space to turn the wheelchair around completely. Remember that the turning radius for a wheelchair is typically 60” of clear space in the dead center of the bathroom.
The sink in an accessible bathroom may mean a few different things. In a bathroom used by a wheelchair user, the sink needs to open underneath to allow the wheelchair user to wheel straight up to it. For someone using a walker for mobility, it may be necessary to raise the sink to 34” instead of 31”, so there is no need for the user to slump at the sink. You will also want to have a general contractor install lever handles on the faucet, rather than the type of handle which require the additional leverage grasping requires.
An accessible tub contains:
- A door that is vacuum sealed when shut.
- The door is opened to allow the user to enter and sealed before filling.
- The tub must be fitted with grab bars to help the user to enter and exit safely.
- The shower head should be handheld and moveable to allow for greater control.
An accessible shower contains:
- The shower must be roll-in, without a curb.
- If there is a small curb, it should be fitted with a seat.
- The shower must be fitted with grab bars to help with safe entrance and exit.
- The shower head must be handheld and easily moved to allow for greater control.
No matter if you have a tub or shower, you will want to have a lever or touch-operated valve system to operate the water. Levers will allow for greater control!
If it is time to assess your bathroom for handicap accessibility, please call Rossi Construction at 813.436.0177 to set an appointment for a free consultation.
Have you thought about your any bathroom in your home today? Really, has it crossed your mind even a little? It should. Your bathrooms are a critical part of your home and your daily happiness in your home. If you are giving a little thought to remodeling your home, a bathroom remodeling project should be at the top of your list. Here are some reasons why you should consider having a team from Rossi Construction, Inc. remodel your bathroom.
You spend a large chunk of your life in the bathroom.
No matter how ridiculous it may sound, you spend a lot of your day in the bathroom. You take baths and showers, you prepare for the day and you use the bathroom for the more private aspects of your personal life. Behind your bedroom, the bathroom is almost always visited by someone in your household. Why not spend the time and cash making it inviting?
Some people will argue that because the amount of time you spend in the bathroom is generally short, it does not warrant much attention, but if you add all of the short visits, you will begin to understand why the argument is not sound. Instead of neglecting comfort in a room you actually spend a lot of time in, spend a little time considering ways to remodel and renovate the space.
Guests will always find a reason to use your bathroom.
It is a guarantee that visitors to your home will ask permission to use your bathroom. If this is concerning, you will want to make sure that your bathroom looks as good as the kitchen looks. Do not spend your entire budget on the kitchen and living room, only to have the guests be surprised by a bathroom from 1952.
It is possible for a bathroom remodeling to help you save money.
Your bathroom is a good room to remodel if you are looking to save money. Simple fixture changes could lower a water bill, reduce heating costs and help you save on energy bills. Remodeling a bathroom can allow for more light and could diminish the need for expensive lighting. There is even the potential to prevent plumbing disasters from a simple renovation.
With a better understanding of the benefits associated with bathroom remodeling, it is time to call 813.436.0177 to schedule your free consultation with Rossi Construction, Inc.
Remodeling a Bathroom for ADA Compliance:
If you have a need to remodel a bathroom in your Tampa home, or build a new bathroom that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are a number of different factors that you will need to consider before beginning the project. The most important consideration when working toward ADA compliance are limitations affecting the person you are designing the bathroom for.
In some cases revisions may be needed for accessibility, while in other situations safety may be the concern of the day. For example, the bathroom features needed for someone who use a wheelchair could vary greatly from the needs of a person with a different kind of physical infirmity or mobility issue. Many people are also redesigning a bathroom for easier accessibility for either themselves or older family members, preparing before age requires an immediate and sloppy redesign. Some people are even adding an ADA compliant bathroom to their home in an attempt to increase their property value and make the home more desirable to potential buyers. If you are ready to go ahead with an ADA compliant bathroom in your own Tampa home, here are factors to consider.
Guidelines for ADA Compliance:
- The door needs to swing outward.
- The bathroom needs to be at least 32 inches wide.
- The doors should have latches that can also unlatch from the outside.
- The floor, including the threshold area, needs to be level to allow easy wheelchair access.
- The bathroom needs to be roughly five feet in diameter to allow a 360 degree turn by a wheelchair.
The specialists from Rossi Construction, Inc. can help you design an ADA compliant bathroom that makes life easier for the entire family! Contact us at 813.436.0177 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today!