23 July 2015 by Patricia Marsters
If you are planning on remodeling your home, then you should focus on two things – improving the function of your home and improving the value of your home. You can do both of these by focusing on renovations that will improve your home’s accessibility. One of the best ways to make your home more accessible to those that are mobility-challenged or have physical limitations is by building a more accessible bathroom on the main floor of your home.
Having a bathroom on the main floor of your home makes things much more convenient, whether you’re physically limited in some way or not. There’s nothing worse than having to run up the stairs in order to go to the bathroom – especially if you’ve just held it in on a long trip home. This is an even more difficult task for anyone that has issues with mobility. Even if no one in your family has issues climbing the stairs, consider your future as you age in place. You may begin having trouble with mobility as you grow older and it’s smart to plan ahead for that now.
When designing a bathroom for the main floor, don’t just settle for a closet-sized space under the stairway. A full-sized bathroom is the way to go if you have the space. Otherwise, it should be at least 60 inches wide and 60 inches deep to make it easy to use. Make sure the sink and toilet are offset from each other as well in case the person using the bathroom needs physical assistance. We also recommend making sure that the doorway is at least 34 inches wide to make wheelchair use easier.
Design a more accessible bathroom on the main floor of your home. Contact us at Totally Accessible Homes for more universal design tips.