low cost bathroom renos
August 4, 2013
My 90 year old mother and I are purchasing a little (1100 sq ft) condo with two bathrooms, both of which need renovation. Would like a curbless shower for her master bath along with replacement of all other bath features - not to mention other fixing up needed in the unit we found. Any economical - even innovative designs for us? Is curbless a lot more expensive than other types of showers? We are on the ground floor, so have cement slab under the floors if that makes any difference.
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Laurence Tillett
I don't believe that curb less is any more expensive than normal. And it's a great idea for getting older....maybe you should plan ahead and have your bath done the same way? Put in a bench if you have room, and a hand held shower head. And for sure a grab bar! make sure all door openings are wide enough for a wheelchair if necessary. Good luck!
    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 10:46AM
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Thanks! We are looking for a contractor with background in designs for the disabled.
    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 12:17PM
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Here are some places to look for more ideas and information.
Please take from this whatever is helpful. Best wishes.

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, angle of ramps, handrails, everything.
2.) ADA Ramps: ADA Code 4.8

1.) Consult with a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. You can find one through the nahb.org website.
2.) Go to Houzz Professionals and contact Brickwood Builders. They are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists. (For you other Houzz Professionals who are CAPS, please add your name to this list!)
    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 12:21PM
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