Project Files: Designed for Aging-in-Place
|Posted on June 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM||comments (2067)|
Here’s a look at another bathroom project recently completed. We were asked by adult children of an elderly couple to modify this bathroom to suit their parents. One of the parents used a walker at all times, the other a cane. This existing bath off the master bedroom had a small step down shower adjacent to a garden style bathtub. Neither bath nor shower was functional or safe for these clients and the couple never used the garden tub.
The clients’ wish list for their redone bath included more storage and a second sink. The existing 9 1/2’ x 12’ bathroom while fairly large, did not have a linen closet and while there was a 60" vanity, part of it was wasted with an extended counter without either a sink or storage cabinets underneath. In addition,the toilet was standard height which was becoming increasingly difficult for both parents to use and there were no grab bars anywhere in the bathroom.
Our plan then was to remove the shower stall and bathtub in order to reconfigure that area and build a walk-in shower with adjacent linen closet. We also pulled out the old single sink vanity in order to install a double vanity with a sink for each user.
Our Work Plan
remove existing tub, toilet and 5’ vanity
remove existing step down shower to include glass shower enclosure & wall tile
cap and reroute plumbing lines and close floor drain
remove all bathroom floor tile
fill in shower floor (4”) and bring to same height as bathroom floor
frame linen closet: 3’ wide x 2’8” deep
frame shower: 60” wide by 42” deep with entrance opening at 32”
build shower bench 3’6” wide x 18” deep x 18” hi
build 9” x 12” shower niche; bottom of niche at 46” A.F.F.
install blocking at (2) grab bar locations in shower
reroute plumbing as per plan
install shower valve and two-way diverter, rain head and handheld shower rheads
install 2 trench drains: 1 in opening to shower and 1 along rear wall as shown on plan v
vanity: install plumbing for additional sink
install new sinks (2) and lav faucets (2)
toilet: replace existing toilet with new Kohler comfort height toilet
tile bath floor and shower floor, walls and shower seat; top of seat to be granite
Install 1 row of 4” tile as baseboard as required
install (1) 24” horizontal grab bar in shower at 34” A.F.F. and (1) 18” vertical grab bar with bottom of bar at
install (1) 24” diagonal grab bar adjacent to toilet; bottom of bar at 30” A.F.F.
install 3 new vanity cabinets: 2 sink bases, 1 drawer base
install granite vanity top
replace existing exhaust fan with new fan in same location
paint bathroom walls and closet door & trim
Framing for linen closet on the left and walk-in shower
on the right
You can see the new plumbing in place in the shower and the
old shower plumbing still needing to be removed in the back
wall of the linen closet
The locations for the two linear shower drains. The shower
floor is sloped to the rear drain and catches all the floor water
while the front drain is an extra measure to catch water that
might spray off a body while showering.
A view from the doorway through the newly tiled bathroom.
Shower to the right, vanity and toilet to be placed to the left.
New double vanity in place waiting for granite top and plumbing
The completed bath - a more functional, updated bathroom for aging-in-place!
Double sink vanity with drawer space
Ceiling mounted rainhead shower head plus handheld shower head
situated near built-in seat. Non slip floor tile, levered
handled faucets, and grab bars complete this safe
and functional yet stylish shower
Susan Luxenberg, Pres.
Project Files: Updating a Bathroom for Accessibility
|Posted on July 15, 2013 at 6:41 PM||comments (479)|
Project File: Minor Bathroom Modifications
|Posted on September 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM||comments (533)|
We're back after a very busy summer filled with interesting projects. In the coming weeks I'll share some of the design challenges we faced in the hope they will motivate readers to share their own projects, questions and solutions.
My favorite project of the summer was done for Baby Boomers who live in an upscale oceanfront condo in S. Florida. Although they had recently redone their master bath, one of the spouses had since suffered a disability and bathroom modifications were needed so the bathroom would remain functional and attractive for both. Given that they had already spent quite a bit of money on the first renovation, they hoped to keep the accessibility modifications to a minimum.
1. The biggest obstacle to functionality was the curb at the shower entrance. The disabled spouse accessed the shower via a wheelchair, and while able to stand and pivot onto a shower seat, walking was difficult and the 5" shower curb made it extremely difficult to navigate.
Our preference when adapting a shower for accessibility is to remove the curb and level the shower and bathroom floors so there is a smooth transition between both. We pitch the floor and adjust the shower drainage to include trench drains at either the shower entrance or back wall to catch any water from "leaking" onto the bathroom floor. In this case however, while the pitch was good, the shower floor was actually 1/4" higher than the bathroom floor. Our client wanted a simple, inexpensive solution so that that the shower floor would not need to be dug out, re-plumbed and re-poured to match the level of the bathroom floor.
2. The disabled spouse was using a free standing shower chair which was in the way when their partner used the shower
3.There were inadequate grab bars in the shower to aid the disabled spouse in standing once seated in the shower
4.The lowboy toilet necessitated the need for a toilet commode which both spouses disliked.
5.The entrance door to the master bedroom/bath suite was 30 " wide and was a tight turn for the wheelchair when coming into the master suite hallway. As a consequence, the walls and door trim were getting pretty beat up.
BEFORE – EXISTING BATHROOM
5” shower curb, narrow glass door entry, free standing shower chair
Lowboy toilet with commode; grab bars placement ineffective for client
Narrow doorway created tight access for wheelchair
1. Shower entrance – the 5” curb and glass doors and panels were removed so that non-slip stone tile matching the existing marble was installed as a sloped threshold.
2. A built in shower seat extending across the back of the shower was built to eliminate need for a free standing shower chair.
3. All the glass, doors and panels were removed. The ½ wall between the vanity and shower was built up so that we could install a grab bar at an appropriate height for the client’s use on the interior shower wall.
AFTER – RENOVATED BATHROOM
Curb-less entry shower, 36” frameless shower door,
built in granite shower seat, additional grab bars
The old toilet, commode and grab bars were removed and replaced with a Kohler Cimarron series, comfort height toilet and new grab bars on either side of the toilet better located for the client.
There was no room to open up the doorway given the configuration of the rest of the condo. We were able however, to gain an additional 2” in the doorway by installing swing away hinges and cutting a pocket in the wall for the door handle so that the door would lie flat against the hallway wall.