KBB - October 2013 - (Page 12)

UNIVERSAL DESIGN Something for Everyone Mobility needs are discreetly highlighted in master bathroom design BEFORE BEFORE The primary needs for the main bathroom in a home in Melbourne, Australia, were to accommodate the clients’ young son’s special needs and limited mobility and to feature a design that would be suitable for the entire family, as well as guests. Bubbles Bathrooms – a trendsetter in Australian bathroom design – was commissioned to design this space, which required a shower large enough for assisted bathing, as well as a freestanding tub and seating area. Before the design process could start, the original space needed to be gutted. “This was necessary firstly for compliance with the new building codes in Australia,” said Owen Barnes, principal designer with the Melbournebased firm, “and secondly to properly prepare the space structurally for the modifications planned. It was completely stripped, and the space started fresh with just the physical room size, window and door locations left to dictate the design.” Task lighting brightens up the vanity area, and bench height as well as possible future wheelchair access to the sink were considered and applied in the design of this universal bathroom in Melbourne, Australia. Recommendations and Implementations Barnes and his team paid close attention to recommendations from the son’s physiotherapist when designing the new bathroom in relation to flow and accessibility. “The layout of the fixtures and fittings was also carefully planned to ensure the caretakers’ ability to move with ease within the space,” he added. According to Barnes, it was also important to the clients that the new design be suitable for someone with mobility limitations without appearing to be a space obviously designed as such. “We considered the clients’ needs and came up with alternative, yet functional solutions,” he said. “No grab rails are currently required.” 12 + K BB A freestanding, stone composite bathtub with a seating area was used to create initial impact upon entry into the space. A water-saving toilet and showerhead were also used in the design. October 2013 / 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 - October 2013

KBB - October 2013
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Nicole Curtis
Universal Design
Trends
Products
Reader’s Choice Awards
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Dealer Dish
Design
Magical Transformation
Let there be Light
Industry Viewpoint

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