Bathroom Remodeling Case Study

(Universal Access Design):

Universal Design Bathroom Remodel


In this bathroom remodel the husband was in a wheel chair. Showering was one of the couples’ biggest issues in their home. They had a curbed shower with a narrow opening making it difficult to lift him into his shower chair.  The couple wanted to update the space, make it more modern, and make it accessible enough for the husband to shower and shave independently.


We created a curbless shower with a staging area where the owner transfers himself into his shower chair. We updated the space while including various accessible amenities to enable the owners’ independence, and his wife’s comfort. The result is a striking new bathroom that enables the husband to shower and shave independently, and his wife to have her dream bathroom.

Universal Access Staging Area to switch from electric wheel chair to shower wheel chair

Lineal Drain

We used a lineal drain to enable a curbless shower so the husband could enter the shower independently in his wheel chair. We created a staging area for him where he can switch from his electric chair to his shower chair and proceed to the shower with no obstacles or help from his wife. We installed a thermostatic valve (single button) that is set to his temperature every time he gets into the shower.

Thermostatic Valve

Bathroom Vanity

We also modified his vanity to fit his needs, making the vanity and sink more shallow, and tilted the custom built mirror so he can see himself when he shaves. In addition, we installed a niche in the wall so he can retrieve his bathroom items (toothbrush, shaving kit etc.) easily. A further touch is the Panasonic whisper fan with heater and light that warms the room while he is in the shower.

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