Universal Bathroom Remodeling In Waukesha WI


Universal Bathroom Remodeling - Schoenwalder Plumbing - Waukesha WI
Universal bathroom remodeling often includes large easy to enter showers, shower chairs and hand grabs for balance

Universal Bathroom Remodeling is the design of bathroom environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptation or specialized design. The bathroom represents one of the most significant areas where effective use of Universal Design allows people to live in their homes in their later years with dignity.

Studies show 89% of people say they want to stay in their homes as they age. This means the everyday activities must be able to be done, regardless of the bending, reaching, stretching and other routine movements most people take for granted.

The goal of Universal Bathroom Remodeling is to build function and ease of use of each product within the environment. It allows people to live in their homes safely, independently and comfortable, regardless of age or ability level.

Step One In Universal Bathroom Remodeling

The first thing to do in assessing your bathroom is to ask a few basic questions to give you a general idea of the scope of the changes you may have to consider.

Are the sink, bathtub and shower faucets easy to use? (Lever handles are easier for those with limited use of their hands or fingers — i.e. arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.)

Universal Bathroom Remodeling - Schoenwalder Plumbing - Waukesha WI
Making everyday activities most people take for granted available to most people is a significant part of universal bathroom remodeling

Is the bathtub or shower floor slippery? (Slips can be extremely hazardous for older people or others with less balance and strength to recover)

Are there grab bars in the bathtub, shower and toilet area? (Grab bars can help with balance, standing or reaching)

 Is a low toilet seat making it hard to stand up? (Leg strength & balance is diminished with aging)

Are there exposed hot water pipes beneath the sink?  (Will eliminate burns)

Is there a bath seat in the bathtub or shower? (Standing for extended periods and slippery floors can be difficult)

Is the hot water set at 120° or lower? (Protects against scalding accidents)

Is there good lighting? (Limits accidents caused by poor sight)

Are the outlets GFCI protected? (Eliminates chance of electric shock)

Universal Bathroom Remodeling creates a safe environment that is accessible to everyone. Easy access to everything is the key. With these guidelines, it is also important to remember there are physical realities each home presents. The design realities, in part, dictate the plans we make and design options we have.”

Universal Bathroom Remodeling - Schoenwalder Plumbing - Waukesha WI
Universal bathroom remodeling makes the “easy” even easier

Simple No Or Low Cost Universal Bathroom Remodeling

If  complete universal bathroom remodeling is not an option in the near futures, consider the following adjustments to make your bathroom more universal in nature.

Install a night light

Place non-slip strips on tub &shower floors

Install grab bars by toilets and tubs

Install shower or tub transfer seats

Install a hand-held adjustable shower head

Make sure bathroom doors can be unlocked from outside

Universal Bathroom Remodeling - Schoenwalder Plumbing - Waukesha WI
hand grabs are standard design tools in universal bathroom remodeling

Install lever handle faucets with built-in anti-scald protection

Add a seat extender to the toilet

Install GFCI outlets

Schoenwalder Plumbing serves Waukesha County and Lake Country including Waukesha, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Pewaukee, Delafield, Hartland, Oconomowoc WI.

To get more ideas on how a universal bathroom remodeling project might work in your home, call Schoenwalder Plumbing at 262-542-7908, email or visit our professional design staff at our complete bathroom and kitchen design studio and showroom in Waukesha WI.

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