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2017 Remodeling Excellence Award

Universal Design: An Accessible and Stylish Master Suite

A good design has a way of bringing people together. That is the case for this universal master suite by Normandy Designer Bill Peterson. When we say universal, we are referring to a design that is accessible to older people as well as anyone with or without a disability. In the case of this renovation, the homeowners wanted to create a wheel-chair accessible space for their adult daughter when she comes home to visit. Eventually, they will also use this as a main-level master suite for aging in place.

“The homeowners have lived in their mid-century, tri-level home for the past 25 years and want to remain there for many more,” said Bill. “Remodeling ensured the layout and function of the space met the needs of the entire family, allowing them to continue to live and host family gatherings there.”

The shower design also checks the box when it comes to style and accessibility. The oversized shower has trench drain with a zero-access threshold for roll-in access and a hand-shower with a massage features was selected for its lightweight design and comfort grip handle. The shower niche was placed at a proper height to give easy access to a seated user and grab bars were included to provide stability.

“Grab bars can be extremely helpful, so you should also think about where else you might need them down the line,” said Bill. “In this situation, the homeowners did not want bars near the toilet, but we put in blocking so that they can add them in the future if they wish to do so.”

pocket door separates the bathroom from the bedroom, eliminating any door-swing issues. A special pressure release latch also allows it to close easily. The closet in the bedroom is open, with a rod at wheel chair height and the bedroom incorporates the same soothing colors as the bathroom.

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