Accessible Design: Bathroom Project

Cohen Bathroom Project

The old bath in which the owners installed a walk-in tub. It was terrible, so we started over.

The homeowners had been attempting to respond to changing accessibility needs in their bathrooms, first by installing handrails and then by replacing a standard bathtub with a walk-in tub in the main bathroom. The fixes proved inadequate. We were called in and found we had to manipulate space, combining the toilet and small shower of the adjacent Master Bath with the main hallway bathroom in order to get the necessary floor space that would allow ease of access.

Accessible shower

New steam shower with adjustable, hand-held shower fixtures for standing or seated person and full-length grabbar. Storage cabinet to right houses steam generator for easy access. New double-paned large frosted glass window.

The new bathroom is roomy, allowing the use of a powered wheelchair with sufficient open space for maneuvering. The bathroom can be entered through the Master Bedroom vanity area through the wide, frosted glass pocket doorway or through the frosted glass pocket doorway from the hall. The sink is easily accessible with the roll under feature and personal bathroom necessities are housed in the recessed medicine cabinet. The large shower is a steam shower and is accessible effortlessly with its wide shower door opening. The built in cabinet houses the steam generator in the base for easy access and bathroom supplies are stored above. The bathroom is bright with daylight.

View from Master BR

Looking at the accessible vanity area through to the enlarged completely accessible bathroom with curbless steam shower.

New totally accessible ADA toilet with bidet seat sitting on non-slip tile flooring with complimentary grabbar. Doorway leads to Master Bedroom.

Suspended vanity

New accessible vanity with recessed mirrored cabinet above.

Cohen pocket door

Frosted glass pocket door at entrance to new bathroom.