Comments (292)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Beverly Browne

I like Jill's comments. At age 82, 5"1" and still shrinking, I much prefer a 36' high counter top, and a comfort height toilet. What I would like is a heated tile floor and a soaking tub that I can get into and out of by myself! My previous home had a "garden tub" with a low side. It was too low for me to grab onto the side for getting out. I think a soaking tub with high sides would be great.

1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Beverly Browne

Like Jill Krol, I too, am long legged with a short torso.

1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Julie Grosskopf

We bought our house in 1982. The main floor bath is 10 x 10, and back then it had a tub shower combo. Kids were all under 7 at the time so usage wasn't an issue. At pre-teen and teen ages usage did become an issue. In 1994 I had it remodeled to avoid the banging on doors, standing in line issue with the kids. Installed a jet tub, separated the shower and toilet areas with walls for privacy to each. Contractor was doubtful about the floor plan, as it wasn't something popular back then. But it worked for many years!

From what I'm seeing here on Houzz, that separation concept is growing in popularity.

And just as it's becoming more popular to make the toilet area private, I've just recently had the walls removed to open the space back up. The reason: wheel chair accessibility.

It's not something we think about when we're young but it can happen at anytime, to anyone, at any age. It's happened to us.

If you're redoing a bathroom, no threshold showers should be a must, but it's wise to include space around the toilet for easy transfer from a wheelchair. Our tub area would be a better space for larger shower but we're keeping it because it's great for soaking and we feel it adds to the selling point when that time comes.

1 Like    
Related Stories
Bathroom Styles Bathroom Workbook: 8 Elements of Contemporary Style
Does a sharp, clean and uncluttered bathroom sound good to you? If so, a contemporary design could be the key
Full Story 62
Shop Houzz Faux Fur, Cashmere and Luxe Accessories
By Houzz
Surround yourself with rich textures and elegant accents
See Products
Window Treatments Curtain Speech
Learn the basic terms for parts and styles of draperies and curtains to get the look you want
Full Story 102
Most Popular 7 Must-Dos on the Day You Show Your House
Don’t risk losing buyers because of little things you overlook. Check these off your list before you open the front door
Full Story 181
Kitchen Design What to Shop for in Cabinet Hardware and Millwork
Learn about finishing touches for kitchen and bath cabinets to pick the options that will work best for you
Full Story 34
Housekeeping Want to Streamline Your Life? Get a System
Reduce stress and free up more time for the things that really matter by establishing specific procedures for everyday tasks
Full Story 56
Shop Houzz Host Your Best Holiday Party
By Houzz
Pick up a few of these festive trimmings for a gathering that’s merry and bright
See Products 1
Pattern 15 Ways to Create Drama With Light Fixtures
Use lights as artful decorating elements, and watch them draw attention for more than their ability to illuminate
Full Story 52
Budgeting Your Project Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?
Learn what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your bathroom remodel
Full Story 381
Bathroom Workbook 5 Common Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid
Get your bath right for the long haul by dodging these blunders in toilet placement, shower type and more
Full Story 399