Safety & Accessibility within Bathrooms
Think wide doorways and no steps for bathrooms as well. A barrier-free or “curbless shower” is an elegant, timeless look that creates a large, luxurious shower that you can walk, or roll, into. There are also walk-in bathtubs available that are easy for anyone to get into. A lower vanity or free-standing sink are other options, along with touchless faucets and toilets.
Mobility & Accessibility in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, consider installing pull-out drawers rather than cabinets, lowering countertops, and leaving space under the counter. When making your selections, remember that faucets with levers are easier to use than those with knobs. Also think about the space between the island and the counter. Will there be enough room to move comfortably and safely around it if a walker or wheelchair is required down the road?
Be Smart & Future-Proof Your Home!
If being able to stay in your home and have your independence is important to you, design features that will help you do that now, when you have the time, money, and health to do so. While you can always install grab bars and other helpful things later, undertaking a major renovation in your later years will be stressful.
If you’re renovating or building now, it’s easy to create a checklist that allows you to design for the future as well as for today.