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How to “Future-Proof” Your Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

How to future proof your bathroom to be waterproof and assist aging in place

I’m sure you’ve heard terms like kid-proofing, soundproofing, and waterproofing but you might be asking what the heck is “future-proofing” and why do I need to do it for my bathroom? When I had a recent conversation with the Operations Manager of Cleveland Design and Remodeling he said to me, “Mike – the key to a bathroom remodel which is built not only to last, but to work for its owners in the long run, is to future-proof the space.” I wasn’t 100% sure what John meant by “future-proofing” so I looked it up. Here’s the Wikipedia definition.

Futureproofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects and shocks and stresses of future events.

OK – you might say – while I’d like to anticipate the future most of us would admit we’re no Nostradamus and we don’t work for the Psychic Friends Hotline either! So how can you and I anticipate the future (and the “shocks” which come from it) to design a bathroom today we don’t have to re-remodel (is that even a word?) tomorrow? The key according to John is to focus on 2 ideas:

1) Learn to use specific construction techniques and products to win the battle vs. the elements (things like water penetration, air infiltration and home movement)

2) Either learn how to reverse the effects of aging (not sure we’re up to tackling the steps to do this) or use ideas to design a bathroom which allows you to stay in your home as you get older.

Let’s take a look at these two areas in more detail below.

A Luxury Bathroom without Barriers for Active Adults

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

A luxury bathroom without barriers for active adults using a one level shower floor

Updated March 3, 2019

When I told my potential customer Anne I was a “Certified Aging in Place Specialist” (this is an earned certification through the National Association of Home Builders to learn techniques and products to help people stay in their homes longer) she said to me, “Who the heck (I’ve changed the word here to keep it clean) wants to age in place? What do I look like some kind of rock?” I had to laugh and completely agree with Anne. She went on to say, “Mike I want a stylish bathroom which not only works for me today…..but for a good many tomorrows as well!”

I could not have said it better. Whether the aging process causes your abilities (the ability to move, ability to see and ability to sense) to not be what they used to be or a family member has had a challenging life event which has impacted them – everyone should be able to enjoy a luxury bathroom (assuming their budget allows).

The practical question is, how do you make this happen? What product and design considerations are important? In the article below I’ll give you 5 essential tips to get rid of common bathroom product and design barriers so you can get the luxury bathroom you deserve – even if you have more gray hairs than you wish!

7 Myths about One Level (Curbless) Showers

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

7 Myths about Curbless One Level Showers | Innovate Building Solutions

 

Updated December 23, 2018 

When most people think about a one level (curbless) shower the words which come to mind are – Grandma, wheelchair, roll in, walker and handicapped. While a curbless shower certainly can be a need for grandma in a wheelchair or a person with mobility challenges to safely enjoy their shower, it’s about much more than that. From my experience a one level shower can be cool, contemporary, stylish all while providing a functional design which will work for life. Let’s take a look at 7 myths about one level showers and bust them wide open.

7 Master Bathroom Strategies for Aging in Place or an Aging Parent

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

7 aging in place strategies roll in shower

Gabi Karpowicz was faced with a challenge – how to redesign her master bathroom (located in the Hilliard suburb of ColumbusOhio) to add style, make it easier to safely care for her mother in law and increase the total functionality of the space. Learn below how Gabi and her husband Joe (along with Columbus Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions) used 7 different space and product selection strategies to elevate the functionality, design and style of this master bathroom without having to totally redo the space.

Inspiring lives through universal and accessible design education – the Universal Design Living Laboratory

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Barrier free bathroom at universal design home

Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder at the Universal Design Living Laboratory

If you have a loved one, friend or family member who is unable to fully enjoy and use their home as a result of a physical or mental challenge you know how frustrating it can be for them. For someone using a wheelchair, walker or who has a sight or mental impairment the “average home” can be a dangerous place! The great news is with proper planning, design and construction techniques it is possible for anyone to enjoy and use all of their home. If you don’t believe me take an inspirational and educational visit to the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) (which is open for public tours through Sunday November 23rd).

The UDLL is not only a home which is being enjoyed by Rosemarie Rossetti (a national speaker and trainer whose paralysis requires a wheelchair) and her 6’4” husband Mark Leder (a universal design consultant and marketing strategist) but it is a “living laboratory” and educational hub for homeowners, designers, architects and building professionals on how to effectively design a home to be used by people of all statures and abilities.

The article below focuses on 7 universal and accessible design features of one room in this home – a lower level barrier free bathroom with a wheelchair shower which can work for anyone. This finished lower level also serves as a classroom/education center for universal and accessible design education. Let’s explore this room.

Project Spotlight Update: Master Bathroom in Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Tub transfer & decorative glass block window in universal design home

Decorative glass block window in universal design

 Seldom does a new home building project come along that can inspire, educate and liberate any person’s ability to use and enjoy the home than the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) being built by Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband Mark Leder. Several months ago (see the related blog post below) I focused on one feature in this home (the glass block windows and glass mural window used in the master bathroom). In this post let’s look at some features in the master bathroom to see thoughtful universal design and green building practices in action (Please note – this home – which is being built in Columbus Ohio – will be open for public touring later this year or early next year).  
 
 

7 Steps to Create a Safe and Stylish Universal and Accessible Shower Design

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block, Windows

Universal and accessible wet room shower design

Universal and accessible wet room shower designWalk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Walk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Walk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Showers and bathtubs can be dangerous places for most anyone. Climbing over a bathtub rail, water and soap on the floor, a dark shower area which limits visibility are just a few common problems. How do you solve these challenges and create a relaxing, inviting shower which is safe as well? Read on to learn how:

Honey, I Shrunk the Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling Project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Exterior Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Small Kitchen Remodeling Project

Small kitchen remodel Small bath remodel

small bath remodel project
small bath remodeling project

Maybe you remember the movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” about a crazy scientist’s miniaturization machine that accidently shrinks his kids (not exactly a cinematic classic – but kind of funny in parts). Well in these times of tight money and low real estate values many homeowner are also finding the need to shrink their bathroom, basement or kitchen remodeling ideas down to a size that fits their budget.

The key to smaller sized renovation projects is about creating cool, well planned spaces in reduced packages. If that sounds easier said than done here’s 5 practical tips to get started on a designer bathroom or designer kitchen on a 2011 budget:

11 ½ Home Modification Remodeling Tips to Help Visitors and Aging Parents

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Exterior Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Universal design kitchen remodeling home modification

No step front entry to home

No step front entry to home

Do you have a parent(s), relative, or friend who is having a harder time getting around your home due to mobility, vision or health challenges? The reality is almost all homes have been designed for people with now physical, mental, or visual deficits. Here’s 11 ½ home modification remodeling tips which will make your home “visitable,” cool and stylish for people of all abilities:

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