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3 Universal Design tips and why you should care about them

Written by Ann Bridgman

3 Universal Design Tips and why you should care about them.
You don’t need to worry about getting older and needing things like a grab bar in the shower, right? Well what if you have an injury and can’t put weight on a foot? A grab bar would be mighty handy then, right? This is the concept behind universal design: creating spaces that accommodate all needs, at all stages of life. and fortunately, your bath does not need to look like a fast food “handicapped” stall to achieve this. A few simple thoughts when designing a bathroom will make a big difference when life takes an unexpected turn.
 
1. Curbless shower
Removing the curb at the lip of the shower allows for those with limited mobility to get in and out of the space easily. And yes, done correctly, the water stays in the shower!
 
2. Extra wide doorways
There should be 32″ of clearance to allow for a wheelchair or walker to get through. If you are redesigning doorways, consider making this switch now, before it’s urgent.
 
3. Grab bars
These can blend right into the style of your faucets and shower kit and should be added not only in the shower, but near bathtubs and toilets. It will never be easier than when you are renovating.
 

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