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Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block
Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block

Anatomy of an Accessible & Universal Design Master Bathroom – A Visit to the Universal Design Living Laboratory (Part 2)


Rosemarie Rossetti & Mark Leder in Universal Design Master Bathroom

Who ever said accessible bath design cannot look cool and relaxing has never visited the home of Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder. This home – built in Columbus Ohio – is a living example of how inspired design can also be a safe and functional space for people of all abilities, sizes or ages. This home called the Universal Design Living Laboratory is the brainchild of Rosemarie and Mark and will be open to the general public in a few short months.


This article (which is Part 2 in a series– Part 1 looked at the Guest Bath) will look at the key features and benefits of an accessible and universal design master bathroom.



Key Components of an Accessible and Universal Design Master Bathroom


When Rosemarie and Mark thought about the design of this space they wanted to feel like they were going to the beach when they stepped into and used their master bathroom. In addition to having this beach theme the bath needed to be easy to use for both Mark and Rosemarie (note – Rosemarie is a short woman who uses a wheelchair and Mark is a tall man – about 6’ 4” tall). Here are some of the key elements they used to make this space fun and functional:


  • Barrier free tile shower with accessories which are easy for Mark & Rosemarie to reach – Having to step over a shower curb can be dangerous for anyone – but when you’re having to navigate a wheelchair a curb can be a barrier impossible to overcome. This universal shower was designed with a no lip shower so the room is at all one level. A stylish linear drain was used to move the water quickly. In addition the soap/shampoo niches were placed lower than standard for Rosemarie and higher than normal for Mark. Lever style handles make it easy to turn the water on as well.


Accessible Bathroom Design with barrier free tile shower base quick drain fold down seat and shampoo niches
Accessible barrier free tile shower base with a quick drain feature
  • Roll under sink – A key feature of a universal design bathroom is a roll under sink. This picture shows high stylish this feature can be!


Roll under sink with large mirrors in universal and accessible design bathroom
Roll under sink in universal and accessible design bathroom
  • High Privacy Glass Block Window in Bathtub and Shower Areas – Carrying through the nautical theme (and also ensuring privacy on the side of the home) glass block windows with a unique mural design were added by the jetted bathtub. This bathtub used a wider transfer area on the tub deck to make it easier for Rosemarie to get into the space as well. The high privacy glass blocks were also used in the shower.   


High Privacy Glass Block Bathtub Window with an Aquarium mural wider transfer seat jetted tub columbus ohio
High privacy glass block bathroom window with a art mural
Universal design shower with a glass block privacy window
Universal design shower with a glass block privacy window


  • A light filled, safe & stylish toilet room – Separate toilet rooms can be dark and difficult for those in wheelchairs to maneuver through. This room was designed with a 5’ turning radius, a comfort height toilet and a decorative grab bar. The high style translucent resin panel door also allows for privacy while moving light in from the exterior windows.  


Comfort height toilet with a decorative grab bar in a wide turning radius toilet room in Columbus Ohio
Toilet room in accessible bathroom with comfort height toilet, grab bar, and wider turning radius


Glass privacy doors for a toilet room in Columbus Ohio
Translucent resin panel doors in a toilet room

Do you have a need to create a universal or accessible master bathroom? If so – what do you think of these ideas? Please comment below. 




If you’re looking for more information, design assistance or an estimate to install a universal or accessible guest or master bath visit or call The Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) or Columbus (614-252-7294).For nationwide direct product sales call Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888). For complete accessible bathroom remodeling contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270). This author was authored by Mike Foti.  





Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

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