Universal Design


Natural light, abundant floor space and an accessible vanity distinguish this universal design bathroom.  This master bathroom was meticulously designed for a paraplegic client and his girlfriend to make them feel at home, yet accommodate medical issues. Understanding the client’s physical capabilities, a 42-inch wide pocket door was designed, allowing it to pocket in 36 inches, leaving a 36-inch clearance and 6 inches to attach a large handle to both sides so the client could push it open and shut.

To accommodate a ceiling track lift system, a ceiling that included the radius features of the rest of the house was designed, concealing the track. The system would lift the client from his bed through the bathroom door, over the tub, the hat box toilet, the new artistic bidet, into the shower, over the wall and into the changing table, and then into his wheelchair.

In order to make this system functional, a Control 4 system was integrated for the client to run all the lights and smart home systems. Sections of the track lift were re engineered by the manufacturer to comply. An elegant looking carefully sculpted water system was integrated into the design to assist the client in his cleansing routines. The shower features a two-drench system with a zero clearance system. A custom stainless steel shower caddie was built to accommodate a curved wall, and a remote-opened shower system was integrated. The client will then finish up his routine in his non-standard ADA vanity. Carefully catering to the client’s specific needs, this sophisticated bathroom is fully functional and elegant.

National Award:

2014 NKBA Universal Design Winner