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Universal Design Doesn’t Mean Institutional Bathrooms

When you walk into a beautiful bathroom with a wide entrance, large shower with multiple shower heads, wall mirrors extending all the way to the sinks and adjustable cabinetry, I’m willing to bet that “universal design” is not the description that pops into your head.  Most people seem to equate universal design with accommodation for physical disabilities, which, unfortunately, often seems to mean an institutional look to many people.

Myth #1: Universal Design is just for people with physical disabilities or for aging in place.

Universal design is the art of creating environments that are usable by all people without the need for adaptation or specialized design.


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Universal Design in Bathrooms

Back in April, Professional Builder magazine surveyed new home builders about what buyers want in their bathrooms. Take a look at the list:

• “All curbless showers and pull-out drawers below sinks”Morse Constructions faucet detail
• “No tub; bigger shower”
• “More storage as well as unique cabinet and basin designs”
• “Incorporating universal design features like grab bars”
• “Larger showers with multiple showerheads”
• “Diversity in vanity design with more features for storage”
• “Floating wall-mounted vanities with smaller inlays”
• “Maximum natural light”
• “Heated floors”
• “More walk-in, doorless showers; more 6-foot-plus vanities due to customers wanting more counter space; more built-in storage like medicine cabinets”
• “More ambience items like fireplaces and sitting areas”
• “Focus on fixtures for an aging populace”

It seems as if universal design has come of age. Many of the features that buyers are asking for are standard components of a bathroom designed to be used by people of all ages.

Although universal design is often associated with "aging in place", it really is much broader than that. Universal design is the art of creating environments that are usable by all people without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

If you would like to know more, please take a look at our universal design white paper. Meanwhile, I'd love to know what features you want in a bathroom. Comment on this post and let me know!

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All About Home Renovation and Boston Communities

Paul Morse Morse Constructions smallerWe have decided to add a blog to our website to post news, tips, photos, ideas etc. that might be helpful to anyone interested in home renovation, aging in place, universal design or creating a sense of community in the greater Boston area. Our hope is that readers will comment on posts and that the blog will become a discussion forum.

We've been told that we should be posting weekly but I don't think that is going to happen. We are simply too busy right now actually designing and building home renovations to spend that much time writing about them. However, we are going to do our best to use the blog to communicate useful information. If you would like to see a topic covered or have a question you would like to have answered, please comment on this blog post to get the ball rolling.

Hope you had a wonderful 4th and watch for our next post soon!

-- Paul Morse



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