Universal Design features are subtle and stylish but have a purpose. The concept has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 60 percent of designers surveyed for its 2014 Design Trends Survey say they are including Universal Design features in their bathroom projects.
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The bathroom design trends we expect to see in 2014 focus on comfort, aesthetics and detail. Small half baths and powder rooms are becoming more inviting for guests. Master bathrooms are being designed as a private retreat with optimized space and spa features. Walk-in showers are customized to better fit the space in a room and to provide more comfort for users.
A second floor addition was built onto a vintage 1918 home in the late 1970’s to add more space for a master suite, but it didn’t match the original architecture or decor. The design of the bathroom addition failed to address both privacy and style. The re-design and remodel of this bath addressed both of these issues by creating a new floor plan within the long narrow space, restoring elements of a home built during the “American Progressive Era 1890-1920” and adding modern amenities to the renovated bathroom.
A walk-in shower is one of the most popular trends for bathroom remodels. Walk-in showers are attractive, easy to clean and can be customized for safety, comfort and use. They can be designed to fit almost any bathroom space and can be integrated with a soaking tub.
Do you feel as though you need more living space in your home? The solution could be a basement multipurpose room.
When remodeling a bathroom, more homeowners are adding walk-in showers. They often will replace a tub with a walk-in shower. Walk-in showers have many advantages. They can be designed with or without doors. They are more accessible than a tub/shower combination because of low or level thresholds. And, many showerhead and accessory options can add comfort to make a shower as relaxing as a warm bath.
Today’s bathtubs are designed for style and comfort. There are many options on the market. Tubs come in a variety of shapes and a range of sizes. When selecting a tub for your bathroom, first consider size, then materials and finally amenities.
“Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”
Do you remember the pink tubs, toilets and sinks from the 1960s? Powder blue 4-inch walls tiles from the 1970s? White laminate cabinets from the 1980s? Sliding door shower enclosures from the 1990s? Bathroom design trends seem to change every ten years or so. There are always new products arriving on the market and new ideas about how to create comfort in this personal space.
In many homes, bathroom space is limited. The bathroom is often the smallest room and most used. A standard bathroom in a home typically measures 5-by-7 feet. In that space you will find a toilet, sink and shower/tub combination. Bathrooms may be intentionally designed that way to create more living space in bedrooms and on the main floor.