Morse Constructions Project Featured in New Old House Magazine

When interior designer Barbara Elza Hirsch decided to renovate the master bath in her Acton, MA farmhouse, she turned to Morse Constructions to realize her vision. Barbara is principal of Elza B. Design Inc. and a frequent collaborator with Morse.

We stripped the bathroom down to its bones and built the bathroom that you see here:


We were thrilled that Barbara won a Designers Shine Award from Designer Bath and the bathroom was featured in this ad in New England Home.  Now we are just as pleased that the bathroom was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of New Old House magazine! The magazine is on newstands now (December 2015) and is available on iTunes for download.


If you are interested in bathroom renovations -- or any home renovations -- please contact us!


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Spotlight on Recent Bathroom Renovations

This has been a big season for bathroom renovations. We just received Eric Roth's photos of two projects that we recently completed in Somerville. Both of these space-efficient baths feature a zero threshold shower -- key when accessibility and aging-in-place is a consideration, but beautiful for any bath.

Boston bathroom renovation with zero threshold shower

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Meanwhile, we were delighted that one of our other bathroom projects was recently featured in an ad in New England Home.  We joined forces with Barbara Hirsch of Elza B Design to renovate her bathroom. We were thrilled that she won a Designers Shine Award from Designer Bath and the bathroom was featured in this ad in New England Home! Congratulations, Barbara!

Morse Constructions bathroom featured in Designer Bath ad

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Client Story: Brookline Bathroom Restores Independence

Will Lautzenheiser in elegant Boston universal design bathroomCould you remain in your home if you suddenly became disabled? This was the issue that confronted 38-year-old Will Lautzenheiser when a strep infection took all of his limbs and almost his life. (Read Will’s story).


Will knew he would need to move from his second floor walk-up apartment, but the waiting list for accessible housing in Boston was years long. While he spent nine months in hospitals and rehab centers, Will worked with his family and partner to locate a feasible place to live. They finally found an apartment building in Brookline with an accessible unit, but it was still difficult to navigate a wheel chair around once you were inside.


Will and his partner, Angel, initially thought they would simply widen the doorways, but they realized more significant changes had the potential to restore some of Will’s independence. The biggest issue was the bathroom. Will points out that “the normal set up is not convenient for anyone who is not able bodied.”


Will discovered Morse’s expertise in universal design when he read an article that Paul had written for Will, Angel and Paul collaborated on a bathroom that would look stunning and function effectively for both Will and his able-bodied partner and guests.


The  9’ x 5’ bathroom features:beautiful universal design Boston bathroomt

  • Zero threshold shower with a trench drain
  • Fold-down shower bench
  • Touchless faucets
  • Duravit wall mounted toilet with Duravit sensowash system
  • Rolling shower door
  • Gliding entry door


Will says that his guests joke about having parties in the bathroom because the space is so beautiful and sleek. “Before I lost the use of my limbs, I was a professor of film. I appreciate the visual and love beautiful things, but I never thought I would have a bathroom that is this stunning,” he comments.


Best of all, Will says that the bathroom that Morse Constructions created for him has had a “huge impact” on his life by allowing him to do things that he never thought he would be able to do again. “When you lose the use of your limbs, you need a lot of personal care assistance and give up a lot of personal space. To regain some independence is totally amazing,” he comments.

elegant Boston universal design bathroom


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Paul Morse talks about universal design in bathrooms on


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.


Read the rest of Paul's article on's Real Estate Today

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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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