Peaceful Retreat in Gilbert

 

 

 

Starting with a builder grade master bathroom, we have created a Peaceful Retreat for our homeowners. Having recently retired and downsized, they loved everything about their new home, except the master bath. Due to deteriorating health, including mobility and vision issues, our homeowners needed a safe and functional master suite. Since their wish was to be able to live in this home for as long as possible, it was very important to take into account their current and future physical abilities. Our staff of designers consists of Certified Kitchen & Bath designers, who are also Universal Design Certified Professionals. As such, we are able to design homes so that whoever lives there or visits, is able to do so safely and comfortably. First of all, the focal point of this bathroom has got to be the shower. It is stunning. So stunning that it does not immediately come across as an “accessible” bathroom.

wet zones & dry zones…

Your eye is drawn through the large expanse of clear glass; the double doors and fixed panels, to porcelain tile resembling multi-colored slate. While deliberately constructed to be large enough for wheelchair access, the shower has two zones for added comfort and function. So, as you first enter, you have easy access to a built-in transfer bench, robe and towel hooks, the water controls for the shower and multiple grab bars. This is considered the “dry” zone. Towels and/or robes can be hung here and will stay dry. In addition, there is enough room for the wheelchair, within easy reach. The other side is the “wet” zone. Therefore, we have a hand-held shower spray on a vertical slide bar, a fold-down shower seat, two large niches and multiple grab bars, all at convenient heights.

accessible features…

Next, is the sink area which features a floating vanity with wheelchair clearance, ample counter space and nearby low storage with full-extension drawers. We also included roll-out trays for easier access to the upper portion of the tall cabinet. Furthermore, lever style faucet handles and a tilted mirror complete the sink area in this peaceful retreat. In the toileting area, we made sure to place the proper blocking in the walls as they were built, for the grab bars. In addition, a special seat that enables safe sitting and standing was included. The main floor is smooth, firm, and most importantly, slip-resistant. The shower floor consists of small format tile that is also slip-resistant. In order to provide visual cues between the shower and the main floor, color was used to define each area.

lighting…

Finally, considerable thought was put into the lighting plan. A combination of natural, task, ambient and general lighting was used to create a more positive, cheery and safe space for our homeowners. Due to the husband’s diminishing sight, we adjusted the lighting in the sink area and included a sensor switch for the source of light. Consequently, at night, a light comes on before any hazards can be encountered.

 

If you are interested in a bathroom remodel like this one, or any other home remodeling project, please contact  Steve at 602-478-5102 or email Steve@HomeworkRemodels.com.