Bathtub or not ??
Lois Lindeman
April 18, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Starting to get ideas for renovating our moderate size bathroom. We definitely want a walk in shower unit and am debating on NOT having to replace the tub (prob would get a garden size, as we would most likely never use it). Is it advantageous for us (we are in our 60's) to go ahead and NOT replace the tub or is it better for many years down the road when its time to sell.
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0825sam
If you have another bath tub in the home the consensus on houzz is generally that you can forgo a tub in the master for resale
April 18, 2013 at 3:35pm   
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Imperial Kitchens and Baths, Inc.
We always recommend that our clients do what is the best for them in the present. We agree with sam0705. However, if you are renovating the entire room, this is the time to change out the tub - saving it will do you no favors. Everything will be shiny and bright while the tub will look worn. "New dress, old shoes."
April 18, 2013 at 5:58pm     
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ginale
We did a complete Reno with a large master bath and I thought a jetted tub would be " necessary" for a finished look. Mistake. Two years later and I have used the tub twice. It was expensive, looks pretty, but does not fit our lifestyle. We are both showerers. :)
April 18, 2013 at 6:13pm   
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CMR Interiors & Design Consultations Inc.
I like showers but prefer them to be zero clearance so in case you grow old in the space-if you ever need to use the shower in a chair-you can. People in their 50's and up need to consider this when renovating. I have family who have had surprises--you never know when life will throw you for a loop.
April 18, 2013 at 6:19pm   
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nasmijati
If you are renovating, now is the perfect time to seriously consider designing for Aging-in-Place.
Here is my very long post about Universal Design and Handicap Access

I have been interested in Universal Design for some time, now. I have collected some of the ideas that I have posted and that others have posted on Design Dilemmas.

Please take from this whatever is helpful. Best wishes.

Houzz
1.) Go to Houzz Ideabooks and enter "Universal Design" in the search box.
2.) Go to Houzz.com/Handicap-accessible
3.) Go to Houzz Design Dilemma and enter "handicapped" in the search box

Universal Design
1.) www.universaldesignstyle.com
2.) www.schaefferconstruction.com specializes in Universal Design

Handicap Access
1.) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) site has specific measurements for wheelchair turning radius, placement of grab bars, everything.
www.ada.gov/adastd94.pdf
www.ada.gov/

2.) ADA Ramps : ADA Code 4.8
[Thanks to Houzz contributor S. Thomas Kutch for finding this.]

Bathrooms
1.) For decorative grab bars that do not look institutional, look at www.faucets.efaucets.com
[Thanks to Houzz contributor Sense of Space for link]

2.) For accessibility products for bathrooms, go to www.arcfirst.net
[Thanks to Houzz contributor Megan McDevitt for link]

3.) Commercial Bathroom Handicap Guidelines
www.eHow.com# ixzz2Og8QNIff
www.houselogic.com#ixzz2OgAPANpb

4.) Here are some Houzz Ideabooks about Universal Design in bathrooms:
741559 The No-Threshold Shower: Accessibility with Style
1562246 Houzzers Say: Dream Features for the Bath and Closet
1061289 Bathroom Safety Features that Support Your Style
2504909 Doorless Showers Open a World of Possibilities
4492518 How to Design and Accessible Shower
2507115 Houzz Tour: Universal Design in a San Francisco Home
5008400 Make a Powder Room Accessible with Universal Design

Kitchens
1.) America's National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
2.) www.starcraftcustombuilders.com for Guidelines for rules for accessibility in kitchens and baths
3.) National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Enter "Universal Design" in the search box.
4.) www.ergonomics.about.com/od/kitchen/qt/Galley_design.htm
April 18, 2013 at 6:25pm     
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Dytecture
many years down the road probably means the bathroom is due for another update.
April 18, 2013 at 7:10pm   
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