Having an ADA-approved bathroom in your home has many benefits. If you have a disabled resident in your home, it's an obvious must. But making way for disabled visitors is another benefit. Preparing for the future when an elderly resident is present is one other reason that people choose ADA-compliant bathrooms. But it also gives you more options for having visitors and residents of all types. If you plan to do vacation rentals or even sell your home, it will appeal to a wider range of people.
That being said, just because there are some additional requirements for your bathroom, that doesn't mean that it can't be full of great stylistic choices. Here are some ways to grapple with the requirements of an ADA-approved bathroom while also having the freedom to design your bathroom remodels to be something you love.
What's Important in an ADA Bathroom?
There are a few key features of an accessible bathroom to keep in mind. First, the walkways must be spacious. The area of a bathroom might take up greater space, with more open space involved so that disabled individuals can access each space with a wheelchair. Accessible bathrooms should also include railings that act as a safeguard to falling. Shower enclosures might contain a seat and buckle, depending on your design, so that individuals who would normally be in a wheelchair can be safely held up as they bathe. And ADA bathrooms should pay attention to the amount of hazardous materials, such as slippery surfaces or wall and ground obstructions that could be difficult to maneuver around.
How Does Design Play into the Equation?
Some design features lend themselves well to ADA bathrooms. Glass shower enclosures are one example. A glass shower enclosure can have an open side that allows for easy access to the shower enclosure, while it still minimizes the amount of water that escapes from the area. It's also a beautiful design choice, letting light into the room and complementing even delicate color schemes.
Some design features, on the other hand, would take away from ADA possibilities. Unstable wall materials that would interfere with placing a railing are a no-go. Slippery tiles should be avoided, as should wall decorations that greatly reduce the amount of space to maneuver. It just takes a little bit more thought and planning when you want to create a space that's both accessible and interesting. For more information, contact a company like Northwest Home Renovation.