So you’re finally doing that big bathroom remodel! You can avoid headaches down the road and save money by designing your new bathroom to suit your needs through your retirement years, which may not be as far away as they seem.
If you want a big whirlpool tub, go ahead and get it — it will likely serve you well for many years. And the soothing warm water jets will still be useful should you develop arthritis — or any other kind of ache or pain — down the road. Consider a sunken variety, or one with a door that swings outward, eliminating the need for climbing or descending stairs.
If you decide to go with a standard whirlpool tub, a walk-in shower will still be able to accommodate you well in later years. You can get one with a threshold of only an inch or two, or one with no threshold at all. They look sleek and sophisticated, but also give easy access to a wheelchair.
Seats and Handles
Grab-bars are a must, no matter your age or health, and a detachable shower nozzle with hose is always handy not just for showering, but for bathing the dog or cleaning and rinsing the stall too. A built-in bench is a handy, attractive option, but a removable chair is suitable if space is a concern. And it doesn’t have to be plastic or antiseptic-looking — you can get handsome ones in teak. Add a few plants, and your bathroom will look like an Asian garden!
Your toilet may be fairly new and still in good working order, so you may not want or need to replace it when you do your remodel. But if you are in the market for a new toilet, consider getting one that is higher off the floor than the one you have now. A higher toilet will eliminate the need for a seat extender later on, which is less attractive and more difficult to keep clean.
Leave Enough Space
One last concern you will want to address when designing your new bathroom is space. Bathrooms in older homes can be claustrophobic, with a tub, shower, toilet and vanity all squeezed into 30 square feet. If at all possible, expand the size of your bathroom so that you have adequate space to maneuver a wheelchair or walker if necessary. If you are wrestling with the question of which bathroom will get the remodel, choose the one on the main floor.
You made many sacrifices to finally be able to afford the bathroom of your dreams — plan ahead to make it last a lifetime! FCI specializes in bathroom remodels — call them today to help you plan the perfect bathroom for you.