Universal Design versus Accessible Design in a bathroom

March 11, 2010 at 8:34 am 1 comment

This is a gorgeous example of a contemporary style bathroom that incorporates some Universal Design elements.  The room boasts a large amount of space, a curbless shower with handheld shower head, a wheelchair-friendly sink with lever handle faucet and lots of light.  

Keeping in mind that Universal Design attempts to meet the needs of most users, bathroom spaces may need to be customized to meet the needs of specific users.  For instance, in order for a user in a wheelchair to utilize this bathroom, the height of the sink may be a concern.  I also wonder about the space around the toilet and bidet for transfers as well as the potential need for a shower bench/seat versus a roll-in shower chair.  Also, I do not see any grab bars or space for storage and would have some concern for a person with a visual impairment, as this design does not incorporate much contrast.  All of these concerns would need to be configured into the design of the bathroom, depending on the specific current and potential future needs of the client. 

What do you think of this bathroom setup? 

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