Well executed universal and accessible design does not look institutional," says Innovate Building Solutions President and Certified Aging In Place Specialist Mike Foti.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
When one steps foot into new guest bath at the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) (a new concept home that will be opening to show how to effectively use universal design concepts) in Columbus Ohio, one thing is clear: The bathroom in this specially designed showpiece home is beautiful, accessible for all ages and abilities, and safer for those with more limited mobility. The take-home message from UDLL, however, is that this stunning universal accessible bath design is within reach of any homeowner desiring to make their space more functional, particularly when limited mobility is an issue. "Well executed universal design does not look institutional - quite the contrary," says Innovate Building Solutions President and Certified Aging In Place Specialist Mike Foti. "When you hire an experienced, qualified and forward thinking remodeling contractor, the guest bath can simply look beautiful and roomier than a standard guest bath. The benefits can't be overstated. Aging parents, other family members or guests with movement challenges can use the facility comfortably. It is easier for parents with young children to assist with toileting needs for the little ones as well. Plus, the spaciousness is an airy, enjoyable benefit for anyone using the bathroom."
Universal design literally "begins at the door" with a thirty-six inch wide opening at the bathroom entrance to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. Savvy pre-planning and design come into play when positioning the sink and toilet, ideally to provide a five foot turning radius for walkers and wheelchairs. It is important to lower the light switches (48 inches from the floor) and put the electrical outlets higher (18 inches from the floor) to afford those in a seated position improved access. Specially designed toilets which are slightly higher than a standard toilet allow easier transfer from a seated position, yet are still comfortable for those not requiring this added height. Finally, if bathing facilities for people with mobility needs are needed, a roll in accessible shower with a hand held shower option and fold down seat can also be installed.
When looking for an enduring, functional guest bath option, contact Mike Foti at Innovate Building Solutions and The Bath Doctor, a nationwide supplier of bath and shower systems and a bathroom remodeling contractor in Cleveland and Columbus Ohio. Mike Foti is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) though the National Association of Home Builders. He can be reached at 216-310-1074 or via email at mikef(at)innovatebuildingsolutions(dot)com.