As a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS), we employ universal design for many of our customers. The Centers for Disease Control defines the concept of aging in place as living in one’s own home safely, comfortably and independently irrespective of age, ability level or income.
Contractors such as Ray Floyd, President of Re-Builders, with the CAPS designation are trained in the needs of this population, common remodeling projects and expenditures, codes and standards, product ideas and resources.
What is Universal Design? Universal Design takes into account the full range of human diversity, including physical, perceptual and cognitive abilities, as well as different body sizes and shapes. By designing for this diversity, we can create homes that are more functional and more user-friendly for everyone.
How might this design look in my bathroom? Referring to the photos above, for this customer we employed universal design.
We removed the existing shower, vanity cabinet & top, and the mirror. We reworked the plumbing for the new shower and relocated the shower drain, installed a new vanity faucet as well as a new fixed head for the shower and a new shower valve for the new slide bar with shower arm/hose. We installed a new moisture-resistant drywall at the shower for the new cultured marble walls. Also included was a 60 x 38 inch Mullen base for the shower with a ramp as well as a teak fold-down seat and a new glass frameless door, which removed the obstacle of having to step up and over to enter the shower.
We installed a new wood base and shoe mould for the bathroom, repainted all walls and trim, installed new grab bars at the commode and shower, and two framed mirrors at the vanity.
Is your Grand Strand bathroom in need of a makeover to better suit your needs, perhaps make it more safe? Call Ray Floyd, your local Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist, at 843-448-0041.