Years ago, as people grew a little older or a little less mobile – there were a few options to help out in the bathroom.
These options weren’t really intended to be a permanent solution nor did they look very good. Let’s be honest, when the time came that people ‘needed assistance’ around the home but didn’t need full time care – the main thoughts of most the sons and daughters was ‘selling the homestead’ when it came time to move them into a retirement home.
A couple suction cup hand grabs in various locations. A plastic chair with holes in it so one could shower. And oh yeah, the ole add a hose to the shower so one can sit on that plastic seat with holes to ‘bathe’.
Today there are many options available.
These are about solutions to problems everybody is going to have some time in their life.
- Comfort Height Toilets
- Curbless Showers that allow freedom of movement along with the ability to sit.
- Elegant Mounted Grab Bars that incorporate toilet holders or soap racks for in the shower.
- Sinks and Counters that allow for wheelchairs to move under.
All of this and more can be a beautiful investment into your home.
- Why worry about slipping stepping into the tub?
- Why worry about paying for unnecessary nurse care once, twice or three times a week?
- Why not live in your home for as long as you can?
Trust me in that these design and component elements are not just for seniors. These can be integrated into anyone’s home and still be current and up to date.
Years past when a bathroom (if it ever was) remodeled it was the same components in and out with a new change in tile and or paint color. Really it was basically the same room with the same main features after a remodel.
Today, more than ever, the canvas is blank and the options are wide open. Do NOT think that what I am talking about automatically doubles or triples the cost of a bathroom remodel.
All of Benhardt Construction and Remodeling’s bathroom remodeling projects start by demoing to studs and subfloor. It is vital to know that there is no underlying issues with the structure and this is critical to your bathroom remodel. If you take anything away from this article please understand that it is critical that all of the old must be removed before a new bathroom can be installed. What if there was a leak for years that went by unnoticed? (Anyway, that is another article for another time)
Back to my main point about universal design and your new bathroom remodeling project – With the process I utilize, you are going to have a clean slate to build your bathroom on. Yes making a curbless shower does cost slightly more than than when doing a typical bathroom remodel; that is a truth I will never say otherwise. While it’s open, we can address these features at a much lower cost than say five years after the remodel.