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!

Tags: universal design, bathroom design