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Learning Corner 2. Toilet Room. It's important to make sure there is enough space around the toilet for the user. In addition, comfortheight (16 to 18 inches tall) toilets are ideal because they are about the same height as a wheelchair, which allows for an easier, safer transfer. For most not in wheelchairs, it is easier to sit down and get up from taller toilets. Support is also important, so consider adding fold-down support arms on both sides of the toilet to assist the person sitting and standing or grab bars on the wall near the toilet. For users with limited mobility, an electric toilet seat with a water spray feature is a great addition to provide effective and hygienic toileting. Placing a dedicated outlet near the toilet provides for installation either immediately or at a later date. Considering client needs both now and in the future should form part of your planning. 3. Sink Zone. Plan for sitting needs around the sink. A correctly designed wall-hung sink can provide necessary Bathroom Security knee space for a user. Wall-hung sinks must be sufficiently reinforced to ensure they remain securely attached to the wall should a user with limited mobility or balance issues rely on it for support. Another option is to create knee space in the vanity cabinet. This may be an opening or enclosure with pocket-type doors that fold back into the side of the cabinet. Counter height is also important. Universal design Establishing an evaluation program guidelines address more general counter heights rather for customer safety and accessibility than specific individual needs, however, it's important to work with each client to determine their ideal counter height taking into account their reach and overall INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE EXPERTS at universal design can be limitations. This ensures the maximum benefit by placing a tremendous resource to potential clients considering a bathroom remodel. By conducting a walk-through of the existing space with an eye toward accessibility as well as design, they can identify hazardous areas and offer solutions. The first step in producing an evaluation program is to create a questionnaire that will help determine each client's needs. For example, find out how they prefer to bathe, which will help understand whether the client needs an accessible walk-in tub or a shower.The key is to find out how they personally function in their bathroom. Once you've developed the questionnaire, visit the client's home for an evaluation, and focus on the following three areas in the bathroom during each evaluation. Here are some simple rules to follow to make these tips really work for your clients: 1. Bathing Area. The biggest safety issue is entering and exiting the bathing area. For example, do your clients have a large tub wall they must step over? This can be a huge fall risk. Do they have a shower pan with a threshold that creates a fall risk? Pay attention to the surface upon which they get out of the shower; it should always be no-slip. Provide a grab bar a user can hold onto when entering and exiting the bathing zone. Some towel bars are available that provide a dual function as grab bars and also enhance the aesthetic appeal of the bathroom. 48 the sink/counter at their perfect height. Don't forget to consider the mirror and medicine cabinet placement for when the user is seated. Surface mounting the medicine cabinet rather than recessing it allows easier reach access to a seated user. Correct placement of lighting around the sink area is key. For seated users, wall sconces or side lights installed at the correct height will illuminate their face effectively. Overhead lights are more likely to cast shadows, providing inferior light where they need it most. MARC MENDELSOHN, CKD, CBD, is an architectural design professional and president of Universal Design Specialists in Sonoma, Calif. He has specialized in universal design and barrier-free construction since 1992. Planning for aging in our homes requires accessibility and safety considerations, not to mention independence. As design professionals, it's incumbent on us to help our clients prepare for that change and raise important questions so we can provide correct solutions. A thorough, thoughtful questionnaire and evaluation are key to understanding client mobility and meeting their needs. Kitchen & Bath Business / MAY-JUNE 2016 / KBBONLINE.COM / The official publication of KBIS (KBIS.com) http://www.KBBONLINE.COM http://www.KBIS.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016

Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016
Contents
Editor's Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Trents
Dealer Dish
Better Business
All Abroad
Tech Savvy
What’s Hot
What’s Cool
Adding a powder room prompts master bath renovation
Two kitchens and a master bath accommodate family life
Learning Corner
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Intro
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Cover2
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 1
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Contents
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 3
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 4
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 5
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Editor's Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 7
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Happenings
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Hot Topic
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 13
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Trents
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Dealer Dish
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 19
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Better Business
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 21
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - All Abroad
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Tech Savvy
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - What’s Hot
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - What’s Cool
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Adding a powder room prompts master bath renovation
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Two kitchens and a master bath accommodate family life
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