Upgrading your bathroom involves more than just making it look nicer. More meaningful changes should be made, especially if you live with someone who has mobility challenges. Besides, slipping and falling can be more than just a painful mishap for everyone. In regards to remodeling or renovating your home’s bathrooms, accommodation is the name of the game!
Add Some Grab Bars
One of the best ways to boost overall accessibility is to include grab bars. Now, this advice won’t apply to all bathrooms – like a powder room – but wherever there is a bathtub or shower stall, grab bars are a good thought. We bet you didn’t know that you could upgrade the toilet with one or two, either! Stability matters for all of your housemates, and you’ll find a wide array of lengths, shapes, and finishes to suit your existing decor and fixtures. Height, weight, ability, and the presence of shower seats are the most significant factors you’ll need to account for during the remodeling process.
Adjust the Threshold Height
Likewise, adjust the threshold height coming into the bathroom. Flush thresholds are another defense against accidental trips and falls. The standard height for walk-in showers is four inches. However, you could also choose low entries, ramped, or zero-level-designs to facilitate getting in and out of the shower.
Install Slip-Resistant Flooring
Slip-resistant flooring is gaining popularity amongst savvy homeowners. Focusing on safety and accessibility is always a good idea. Still, this type of flooring can take that approach up a notch. Smaller and rougher tile is used here; that sounds painful, but we assure you that you will appreciate the extra traction whenever the floor is wet and slippery.
Switch to Handheld Sprays
Fixed showerheads are the conventional outlet for dousing yourself in water. That said, walk-in showers are replacing traditional tub/shower combos in many homes in Maryland and across the country. Shower stalls are easier to clean and maintain. Besides, they won’t necessarily need a door. If you want the best of both worlds, invest in handheld shower sprays. By using one of these nifty upgrades, you can aim the water where you want it to rinse off soap and shampoo – and make bath time less of a wrestling match!
Call Matthews Construction and Design Today!
Are you ready to optimize your Maryland home’s bathroom configuration? The professionals at Matthews Construction and Design can help. For over four decades, our team has been successfully transforming residential properties, inside and out.
Whether you are ready to dive headfirst into your exciting remodeling project or you still have a million questions, Matthews Construction and Design is here to help you. We can fulfill all of your remodeling needs. If you want to learn more, please give us a call at 202-702-3553, or simply visit us online. To see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Houzz. Get more value for your money!