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Universal Design Handicap-Accessible Bathroom Debunks the Sterility Myth The owners of this 1990s home in Austin desired a wheelchair-accessible, second-story master bathroom - complete with durable finishes that were also warm and inviting. Mark Evans with CG&S Design Build, who has also been retained to universally renovate the couple's kitchen, used the existing bathroom footprint but completely gutted it during the two-month project. "My clients' immediate needs included a roll-in shower for two, his and hers vanities - his with room for a wheelchair - and a toilet room with a wider doorway," said Evans. "They are now enjoying the ease of mobility, improved lighting and updated finishes." Accessibility and Aesthetic Needs Addressed As it was also important to the couple that the bathroom be visually pleasing, Evans incorporated several design elements into the project that fulfilled this desire. All of the fixtures in the bathroom match the bronze grab bars, which he says are more attractive these days. Natural stone was used to dress up the tub, and a custom granite tub deck by Architectural Tile and Stone flows seamlessly through to the bench in the shower. Evans said he used lots of glass in the space for an open feel, which can be seen in the shower doors and ample windows that let in lots of natural light. As the toilet is located in its own private room, Evans made the doorway wider and installed grab bars in the space. The shower is curbless This 1990s bathroom received a wheelchair-accessible design that included wider doorways, a curbless shower and improved lighting, including ample natural light that comes in through the multiple windows and vanity light sconces by Hubbardton. Multiple bronze grab bars in the bathroom match all of the fixtures, and the granite tub deck flows into the bench in the shower, which features hand-held and fixed showerheads by Delta. Photography by Tommy Kile 18 + K BB March 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - March 2014

KBB - March 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Industry Viewpoint
Dealer Dish
Universal Design
Solutions
Trends
KBIS 2014 and Design & Construction Week
Products
Design
Ocean Oasis
Coastal kitchen acquires more space and customization
There and Back
Last Word

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