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5 ½ Little Known Secrets to Design a Handicap Accessible Shower Which Doesn’t Look Ugly!

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

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Updated March 24, 2019

You and your husband have had ‘the talk’ about Mom moving in. You both know it’s the right thing to do. It certainly won’t be simple. Since Dad passed away 2 years ago Mom’s mobility has been headed in the wrong direction.

You worry about her living alone.

If only she would wear the panic-alert necklace you bought her last year.

If only you didn’t have to worry about her climbing over the tall tub rail. Entering a slick bathtub is an accident you don’t want to see happen.

If only she didn’t live 40 minutes away. Then you could check on her more often.

As Mom is aging – you’re aging too quickly also just worrying about her.

You and John have come to the conclusion Mom moving in with you the kids is the right plan. Mom has finally (after many long-nights of conversation) agreed. Giving up her completely independent lifestyle is not an easy thing to do. Now you need to make your home safe for her (since this is a key reason you’re making this move in the first place). You know the bathroom is the first place she’s at risk of falling. You know your one-piece fiberglass shower on the first floor isn’t any better than what Mom has today.

The ‘ADA showers’ you’ve seen look like a bad flashback to when you visited Mom in the hospital – yuck! You and John are looking for an answer to the question of how you can create a stylish accessible shower which doesn’t scream out ‘Mom or Grandma lives here!’

In this article my goal is to give you 5 1/2 practical (and little-known) secrets to design a contemporary and stylish accessible shower. At the end I’d love to hear your feedback which ideas can help your next project and other ideas you have I haven’t mentioned. Let’s check out these secrets.

5 reasons you shouldn’t buy a ramped roll in shower base (2 little-known better alternatives for aging parents)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 reasons you shouldn't buy a ramped roll in shower 2 little known better alternatives | Innovate Building Solutions

Updated January 20, 2019

The aging problem has hit your Mom and Dad’s doorstep

Mom’s mobility and balance isn’t what it used to be (when she fell last year it created quite a scare for you and your brother Michael). Dad’s knees are so bad from his years of hard work at the plant, going up the stairs to their master bedroom has become a project. You and your brother can see the handwriting on the wall (even if Dad cannot). The family home they raised you both in is becoming a big safety hazard for Mom and Dad. You’re starting to do what all responsible brothers and sisters do today. The “behind-the-scenes” research and family meeting process has begun.

You’re debating if Mom and Dad should move in with you or Michael’s family and modify your home to fit their needs (perhaps giving them your first-floor master bedroom and you move upstairs). You know the bathroom with it’s 5” high tile shower curb is just one of the challenges you’ll have to eliminate IF you can get them to move in with you.

You’re also discussing if Mom and Dad would benefit from a move to an assisted living facility. At a cost $3,500/month you have no idea not only how they’re going to pay for this, but Dad will put up such a major fuss you can’t imagine this happening. Staying in their existing home is an accident waiting to happen. Something has got to give….and soon!

The decision is made for Mom and Dad to move in with you. Let the home modification process begin!

After way too many family meetings Mom and Dad have finally agreed to move in with you, your husband Bill and 2 kids (it’s not exactly how you planned your home living situation would evolve – but family has to come first). You, Bill needed got to do and know your existing bathroom “ain’t gonna cut it!” The custom tile shower with the 5” step over curb to get in is not happening with Mom and Dad’s mobility challenges. You’ve decided a ramped roll in shower is the answer… but is it really the best solution?

A ramped roll in shower has its drawbacks

While it’s not my goal to be the guy who rains on your parade and home modification game-plan, there are 5 negatives of installing a ramped roll in shower (it can be a good option – but it may not be the best option) you should be aware of before buying products for the bathroom remodel. Also, there are 2 little-known alternatives you should consider before making your final choice. Read below so you don’t waste money on the wrong selection for your parent’s current needs and your future needs.

5 Proven Questions to Get the Size of Your Shower Opening Right

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 proven questions to get the size of your shower opening right

Updated January 12, 2019 

If I’ve been asked this question once I’ve been asked it a thousand times, “ Mike – how big should I make the opening for my new shower?” OK – I’ll give you my standard answer. It depends. Boy doesn’t that sound like a cop-out!

In all seriousness designing a shower opening is a bit like being a politician -you’re trading off competing interests. On one hand you want to have the biggest opening so it’s simple to get into and out of the shower whether you’re walking in, shuffling in or rolling in with a wheelchair.  On the other hand you want the opening as small as possible so you don’t get water pooling on the bathroom floor which could lead to leakage in the floor below. Given these competing benefits of a smaller vs. larger shower opening where does that leave you? How can you find just the right sized shower opening for you and your family? Explore the answers to the following 5 questions and you’ll be assured to get the size and design of your shower opening correct.

How to regain your independence with an accessible bathroom remodel

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

How to regain your independence with a accessible bathroom remodel in Akron

You might have heard the saying “when life throws you lemons, make lemonade.” Sometimes a challenge can happen in our lives which not only affects us physically, but also emotionally. The key is to fight through life’s “lemons” (challenges) and to make some “lemonade” (personal victories).

An excellent example of making some “lemonade” is the story of Karen Lee Gast who suffered a stroke in November 2014. Not only was her physical mobility reduced (she now uses the assistance of a wheelchair) but she endured the mental challenge of seeing her independence reduced as a result of the stroke. Simple daily tasks (like showering on her own) – were no longer simple….and required the assistance of her daughter Julie (Morgan) who is of constant support to Karen.

While Karen is grateful for her daughter’s help (although Karen says she can be a wee-bit overprotective at times!) she wanted to regain more independence in her home and control over her life. This desire for independence led Karen to do an extensive bathroom remodeling in her home in Akron Ohio. Let’s take a look at why this remodel was necessary.

The old bathroom

 After Karen’s stroke the existing master bathroom just didn’t work. Here were some of the problems with the old space:

  • The doorway was too small to comfortably roll the wheelchair in.
  • There were no grab bars to safely transfer from the chair into the shower.
  • The old stand up 3’ x 3’ fiberglass shower with a framed metal pivoting door was way too small and difficult to get into.

3 foot by 3 foot shower to be replaced in an akron remodeling project

With these challenges Karen was not only not able to use the master bathroom (which is conveniently located right off her bedroom). She had to use a smaller bathroom in the home and could only shower on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when her daughter Julie could come over to help her. This showering process in this old bathroom took one hour of each of their time. The bottom line was there was no way to make the convenient master bathroom an accessible space without extensive modifications and a full remodel.

In the article below learn 3 critical steps which transformed Karen’s bathroom into an accessible, low maintenance, safe and stylish room she can use without being dependent on others. This now allows her and Julie to do other things (or just spend quality Mom and daughter time together).

7 Ideas to Improve a Universal and Accessible Hotel Shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

7 ideas to improve a hotel shower for universal and accessible design

On a recent business trip in Worthington suburb of Columbus Ohio I was staying at a DoubleTree Hotel and was registered in a handicap accessible room – even though I don’t have a personal challenge which requires this particular space. As someone who studies universal and accessible design principles (I am a Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and who recommends these products (I am the President of Innovate Building Solutions – a nationwide wholesaler and regional installer of universal and accessible bathroom products) the opportunity to stay in this room gave me a chance to evaluate the bathroom – and the shower in particular.

While the overall shower and bathroom was adequate – it most certainly can be improved with more thoughtful design and/or different product selections. In the article below I’ve identified 7 ideas to improve the function (for hotel guests of all abilities), looks, and lessen the longer term maintenance of this particular DoubleTree hotel shower.

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.

5 Questions about Accessible Barrier Free Wet Room Shower Systems

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Barrier free shower pan from AKW for an accessible wet room

Barrier free shower pan from AKW for an accessible wet room

As people are looking to stay in their homes longer the need for accessible showers has never been greater. Since most people have not remodeled their bathrooms for accessibility they generally have a lot of questions going into the process. Some of these questions might include:

 

  • What is needed to make a showering space accessible? What is the difference between a zero threshold shower and one that is barrier free?

 

  • What options are available in zero threshold showers? Can they be used with various types of floors?

 

  • Who(m) can install this type of product? Is it something I can do myself?

 

  • Do I need to follow ADA guildelines?

 

  • Where can I get a shower base and the proper accessories to make my space accessible and also provide a way for a caregiver to assist in the showering process?

 

The article below will provide answers to these questions and also offer some information on what type of accessible showering system to consider:

Anatomy of a Universal & Accessible Design Guest Bathroom – A Visit to the Universal Design Living Laboratory

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Guest bath in Universal Design Living Laboratory wider turning radius roll in shower columbus ohio Rosemarie Rossetti

Rosemarie Rossetti in Guest bathroom of Universal Design Living Laboratory with roll in shower, roll under sink and wider turning radius

How easy is it to visit your home for an aging parent or someone with special needs? If your home is like most – the answers is not easy at all! The cool thing is with some planning and thoughtful bathroom design you can have a stylish space which is safe and functional for everyone.

 

A special home has been developed in Columbus Ohio (called the Universal Design Living Laboratory) which shows how to make your home cool to look at, functional and safe for people of all ages and abilities. This article focuses on key features (and benefits) of a universal and accessible guest bathroom.

How to design a handicap wheelchair accessible bathroom – Part 1 the Shower Base & Entry

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

One level waterproof tile shower in Cleveland Ohio | Innovate Building Solutions

A one level wet room shower

Updated January 20, 2019

For someone in a wheelchair showering or bathing can be a huge challenge (and in some cases an activity to be avoided given the physical strain of the task). That is unless the bathroom and shower has been designed to accommodate their needs. Designing a handicap accessible bathroom requires a mix of careful planning, thoughtful design, selecting the best products and choosing a contractor with the right expertise.

There is NO REASON a handicapped (or accessible) bathroom can’t be a cool space!

In Part 1 of this series the focus will be on the step to design the entry to the bathroom and selecting the best shower base.

5 Bathroom Remodeling Design Trends & Ideas for 2013 for Cleveland & Columbus Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

An accessible shower exemplifies 2013 bathroom remodeling trends

A cool looking accessible shower exemplifies 2013 bathroom remodeling trends

If you’re looking for a way to ring in the new year in style an excellent way would be to remodel your bathroom. It’s important to thoughtfully design this space and use the right materials to make it not only be stylish for today – but to most importantly work for your family in the years to come. Learn 5 top bathrooms trends for 2013 below:

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