Many new house plans include at least one accessible bathroom in the overall plan because of the increase in marketability as well as profitability of such homes. Also, many people are finding a need to install a new bathroom or renovate an existing bath area in their home because of particular handicap needs.
In any case, there are several types of bathroom designs that can be built for the handicapped that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
Bathrooms That are Barrier Free
A bathroom that is built to be barrier free is perhaps the most comfortable for anyone who is handicapped or who is struggling with any mobility issues. In this type of design, there are no walls or framed in sections that are typical in most conventional restroom areas.
Showers and tubs are not boxed in, but are left completely open without obstructions such as curbs or uneven flooring areas. Other fixtures such as toilets and sinks are generally wall mounted for easy access to anyone in a wheelchair or other type of mobility aid. These designs are also increasingly popular in new house plans as a trendy, stylishly modern bathroom area.
Retrofitting a conventional bathroom is most commonly done by those who have more limited funds and need to make an existing bathroom area more accessible to a disabled family member.
This doesn’t require an extensive renovation process and the use of commonly available mobility aids are used, such as a lift for the tub, a toilet seat that is raised, and other adjustable products that can make a typical bathroom more comfortable and practical. The most important areas to consider addressing are the shower area, toilet, sink accommodations and safety accessories such as grab bars.
Conventional Bathroom for the Handicapped
A conventional bathroom that is built or renovated for the handicapped usually are designed to use more traditional handicapped equipment and permanent fixtures such as shower encasements, standard ADA toilets, and bathtubs that made to walk in to rather than climb in for bathing. They look more institutional, but are very functional.
All three types of handicap accessible bathroom plans are great for just about any home. However, before you make a final decision on which to install, be sure to consider the type of disability needs that you wish to accommodate and what type of budget you have to invest in your project. Also, you will need to determine if you can do it yourself or if you will need the services of a reputable contractor.