Re-Bath & More remodeled a bathroom featured in the Lancaster County Parade of Homes for 2014. Description below by bathroom designer, Pat Caulfield.
Universal Design makes things safer, easier, and more convenient for everyone. This bath was designed using the principles of universal design, which is the term used for a space can be used by the widest range of people possible.
Everyone faces difficulties at any given point in their lives – from a sprained ankle to a serious injury – universal design addresses the needs of people using the space for the longevity of the space.
At Re Bath & More, we feel that a universal space can be beautiful as well as functional. One of the key points we incorporated into this bath was to design a space for all the senses. As we age, our vision yellows and depth perception can become an issue. By using a high contrast of light colored flooring, darker cabinets and lighter countertops there is a clear definition of space. The floor is also textured for safety in walking on a wet area and the long vanity can provide support when walking through the space.
The vanity utilizes drawers with pulls for easy to reach storage, as well as the ability of the user to grip the pull and open the draw effortlessly. All doors and drawers are equipped with soft close for a smoother, quieter operation. The feel of the pull is as important as the function – many have arthritis in their hands and how hardware fits on the hand is as important as how it looks.
The sink bowls are rectangular and give ample space on the countertop and are ADA compliant. The Moen Aris faucets in polished chrome are in keeping with the Arts and Crafts style of the home with a nod to the Industrial Age in their clean, angular lines. The center cabinet has two drawers for effortless storage of most used items. Inside the cabinet is a GFCI outlet to keep items like electric toothbrushes and razors/shavers off the counter and tuck away any exposed electrical cords.
Lights mounted on the mirror amplify the light in the room, yet can be dimmed if needed.
In keeping with the universal design principles, the shower is a walk in with a zero threshold – there is nothing to step or trip over as you enter the shower. The shower itself is a treat for the senses, from the elegant bronze tiles to the glass feature in the center – it boasts multifunction fixtures. With two adjustable body sprays and a Kohler Moxie shower head that allows you to sing while you scrub – this shower is a full experience tucked into the Master Bath. A seat with a hand held wand and two niches complete this luxurious shower – with walls braced for future grab bar installation, no inch of this space has gone untreated.
About Pat Caulfield
Pat Caulfield is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and Design Consultant working independently to renew interior spaces including kitchen & bath remodel. Her design focus is on ease of use, aging in place and ADA compliance. Use of cabinet, countertop, appliance, flooring, and tile design are incorporated into dynamic floor plans with an eye to cost effectiveness for every client. Pat was influential in the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Susquehanna Valley Chapter where she held the position of Chapter President for two years. She has taught courses at The Art Institute of York and is well known for her kitchen and bath expertise.