A Guide To Designing Multi-Generational Baths

Jun 05,15 Karen Zieba
A Guide To Designing Multi-Generational Baths

Multi-generational design has become a fast-growing trend in home building and remodeling in recent years and is showing no signs of slowing down.  Families are deciding to live under one roof with multiple generations for a variety of reasons – to accommodate childcare, care for a disabled family member, or for economical benefits.  At Zieba Builders, we like to approach every project with an eye towards incorporating elements of multi-generational design, which focuses on accessibility, ease of use, and ability to adjust spaces if changes are needed in the future.  We do all of this without sacrificing style and luxury; a  home with a multi-generational design can be your ultimate dream home!

The bathroom is on one of the most common areas for an accident to occur in your home, which makes it ideal for multi-generational design.  Regardless of your age and health, incorporating elements to minimize slipping and ease of movement will improve the function and flow of your bathroom.   Zieba Builders has compiled a list of design elements for you to consider and use as a guide for your multi-generational bath remodel.

Before photo of a recent multi-generational remodel project.

After: This bathroom, completed by Zieba Builders, has space for a wheelchair or walker to navigate between the sink, toilet, and shower. The shower walls have been reinforced to handle grab bars if needed. A tilted vanity mirror can adjust for the user height as needed.

Multi-generational bath design elements:

1. Walk-in or low threshold showers.  Heavy doors can be troublesome to open an have the potential to come off-track.  Shower curtains are much easier to deal with, or you can forego the curtain completely and create a fabulous walk-in tile shower alcove.

2. Seats or benches in the shower. Having a place to sit down or prop your leg while shaving is very handy. If someone becomes injured or handicapped, the bench will allow them to bath with or without assistance.

3. Grab bars. Installing grab bars for balance or reinforcing shower walls for future installation is a smart decision.

4. Levered handles are much easier to open than the standard doorknob.

5. Touch-less faucets and soap dispensers are more hygienic and easy to use.

6. Tilted vanity mirrors can be adjusted for younger children or disabled family members, allowing them to use the sink more easily.

7. Dimmer lighting allows various users to adjust illumination to the level they require.

8. Widen entries to 36″, install double doors or a pocket door.

9. Allow enough space for a wheelchair or caregiver to maneuver between the sink, toilet and tub/shower areas.

10.  Incorporate drawer, cubby or shelving for storage. Items are easy to see and find and don’t require routing around in a dark cabinet.



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