Inclusive Bathroom Design: A Client Case Study
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Inclusive Bathroom Design: A Client Case Study


One of my greatest joys as an interior designer is working closely with clients to make their dreams a reality. It is through the shared process of collaboration that a client’s “wants” and “needs” are distinguished, and a specific vision can be imagined and achieved.

One of our recent universal bathroom re-designs is a prime example of this special collaborative process between designer and client. After trust is established, it is our job as design professionals to push the boundaries and deliver a finished product above and beyond expectations.

This contemporary black and white three-piece bathroom was designed with inclusivity in mind. Core elements of its inclusive re-design include:

Versatile Towel Bar: To save on space and enhance functionality for all ages, a safety grab bar was added at the entrance to serve as both a towel bar and a grab bar.

Single Lever Faucets: I’m a firm believer that inclusive design should be beautiful design. This sleek, modern faucet by Graff is a prime example. Its single lever design makes one-handed control super simple and easy to grip.

Simple Storage: To accommodate bathroom storage needs and minimize clutter, a full-length built-in Robern medicine cabinet with mirror hinged door was installed. The full length makes it functional for everyone – from the shortest to tallest and everyone in between.

Dynamic Controls: We moved the thermostatic tub/shower controls to the side wall, making it safer and easier to access and use. The hand shower bar also functions as a safety bar for added stability.

Tempered Glass Dividers: Our client specifically wanted to keep the tub, as she frequently enjoys baths to relax and unwind. Since this was a one-bedroom apartment in New York City, we had a small footprint to work with. Tempered glass was used as a solution to enclose the shower, with the addition of a large full swing door to allow unobscured access to the tub and safe, easy access to the control knobs.

Accent Tiles: Speckled porcelain tiles were juxtaposed with a pebbled band for aesthetic interest. They are also an asset by creating a horizontal line of sight enhancing balance and stability for the user.

Swivel Mirror: As a finishing touch, swivel functionality was added to the vanity mirror making it easy to use for all in the household.

Want to learn more about our collaborative approach to inclusive design? Set up a residential consultation today. Every client’s home is unique and requires a bespoke approach!

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