Here at Geelong Bathroom Renovations, we believe everyone should be entitled to a luxurious bathroom experience, no matter your age or level of ability. Our design team can help implement subtle features into your bathroom renovation that will ensure your bathroom is accessible to all.
There are many things to consider when designing an accessible bathroom, needless to say, our design team have the knowledge and expertise so you can feel comfortable you are in expert hands. Here are a few things that we will consider when designing your dream accessible bathroom.
Location: The ideal place to have an Accessible Bathroom is the ground floor. This becomes more important later in life if mobility becomes an issue. Positioning a bathroom on the ground floor will allow the user ease of access when navigating a staircase may become difficult.
Step Free Shower: A shower with a flush transition present between the shower and bathroom floor is the most common option available for bathing and showering for those with accessibility constraints. Step-free access means the shower can be accessed by everyone with minimal assistance, including children and older adults, those who can walk easily and those who rely on mobility devices.
Fixtures & Fittings: The shape & size of the toilet, sink, bath and shower need to be carefully considered to ensure apt open floor space is maintained with the bathroom
Level Floors: In an accessible bathroom, there should ideally be no zero thresholds or steps present inside the bathroom, including the entrance and lead up to the room. We understand that in some circumstances, small thresholds cannot be avoided, in this case we will and limit the heigh of such thresholds to 1/2 inch or less, enabling those using a wheeled mobility device to pass over with ease.
Wide Entrances: The doorways to the bathroom must obviously be wide enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair - there must also be adequate space between the bathroom fixtures and fittings to accommodate easy movement around the room. Our team can work with you to ensure that the required doorway width and space between fixtures are suitable for the individual mobility devices being used in the home
Wide Entrances: The doorways to the bathroom must obviously be wide enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair - there must also be adequate space between the bathroom fixtures and fittings to accommodate easy movement around the room. Our team can work with you to ensure that the required doorway width and space between fixtures are suitable for the individual mobility devices being used in the home.
Height of Surfaces: Subject t space restraints, we can install multi-level countertops which will allow users, seated and standing, to comfortably make use of the amenities.
Sink Cavity Space: Open space should be maintained below the bathroom sink to enable seated user’s knees to slide underneath, allowing them to safely and easily reach the tap and cabinets.
Power points, taps and other controls: All amenities should be installed at a height that would allow a user who is mobility impaired to safely use.
Sufficient Floor Space: Plentiful open floor space will allow for easier use and access of the bathroom and its amenities, special considerations needs to be made to ensure:
- The door can be easily closed from within the bathroom when using any mobility aids
- Use all the fixtures and fittings with relative ease
- Pivot around the bathroom whilst using mobility aid, with an aim to exit the bathroom facing forward (to alleviate any additional safety risks)