Universal and Accessible Guest Bath – Dream Home 2021 Room Reveal

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Dream Home 2021 ADA Universal and Accessible Guest Bath 1

Hello! I’m thrilled to share the first completely finished space in the LMDS Dream Home 2021 project – the Universal and Accessible Guest Bathroom. I shared the beginnings of the plan a couple of weeks ago and why I wanted to create a home that could serve all physical needs presently and in the future. The guest wing of the house has two bedrooms each with its own private ensuite bathroom. Since the house is all one story, it only makes sense that it be fully accessible to anyone regardless of physical requirements. This doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful. No institutional spaces here! There is a full list of resources below for everything I used in this space.

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Dream Home 2021 ADA Universal and Accessible Guest Bath 1 vanity

I’m going to point out some of the choices made to make this bathroom fully usable and comfortable for someone in a wheelchair.

  • The vanity top is about 33IN H, slightly lower than the usual 36 inches, but still a comfortable height for someone who is standing.
  • The width between the cabinets is 36 W, a comfortable width for a wheelchair
  • Below the sink is a “sink shroud” (what a terrible name – sink “snood” would be cuter!) which covers the pipes when a space is visually open such as this. But, its main purposes is to protect the legs of someone sitting at the vanity from rough plumbing and hot pipes.
  • The sink faucet has levers which are easier to use for someone experiencing hand pain or mobility issues (think arthritis, etc).

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Dream Home 2021 ADA Universal and Accessible Guest Bath 2

  • The mirrored pocket door is 36IN W.

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  • The toilet is ADA (American’s With Disability Act) compliant.
  • The grab bars are mounted at appropriate heights and distances from the toilet. Their finish and style matches the rest of the hardware in the room. (Note the rods on the left mounted on the tiled wall are towel rods. Never confuse towel rods with grab bars)
  • There is room to the side of the toilet for the wheelchair and a helper if needed.

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Dream Home 2021 ADA Universal and Accessible Guest Bath 3 toilet

The basket on the left is meant to be for laundry and is easily moveable. The waste basket is meant to be a custom made basket using the wallpaper.

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  • The shower opening is just under 36IN W, which will accommodate a wheelchair.
  • The shower dimensions are 63IN x 65IN, which provides sufficient turning ratio for a chair with a helper.
  • The floor tile in the shower is clearly different than the main floor tile which makes the transition very clear for someone who might have vision issues.
  • The grab bar is for an added hand-hold even though there is no threshold.

 

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Dream Home 2021 ADA Universal and Accessible Guest Bathangled

A little overhead view.

071221 Linda Merrill ADA Universal wheelchair accessible guest bathroom blue and white dollhouse view

View Dream home ADA Bathroom 360 in Chief Architect’s 360° Panorama Viewer.

As I’ve said previously, I am not a certified aging in place specialist (CAPS) and have not had recent and formal full training in universal design, aside from studying it on a broad level in design school, so I may have missed something. But I have been doing the research for this virtual project and believe that it all just makes good common sense for a universal and accessible bath.

And now, to the pretty parts!

Resources – Universal and Accessible Guest Bath

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Dream Home 2021 ADA Universal and Accessible Guest Bath finishes flatlay

Wallpaper: * Scalamandre Catwalk in Nordic Blue

(*To the Trade Only – I am happy to provide information and sales on this item.)

Paint: Benjamin Moore #827 Lake Placid

Main Floor Tile: Tilebar Delancey Starwood Blue 8×8 Matte Porcelain Tile

Shower Floor Tile: Granite State Tile Porcelain Hexa Deep Navy Matte

Shower Wall Tile: Tilebar Brushed Stone Carrara Marble Tile 

Counter and Shower Surfaces: Caesarstone Pure White 1141

Hardware: Brizo finish Brilliance Luxe Gold

 

(Pin for future reference)

Guest Bathroom ADA Pinterest Pin

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And finally, a little sneak peek at the Kitchen and Mudroom/Laundry Room/Dog Washing Station/ Guest Resources room (yeah, that’s a mouthful!)
Linda Merrill Dream Home Kitchen
Linda Merrill Dream Home 2021 Mudroom Laundry Room Guest room
The LMDS Dream Home 2021 is a virtual design project by Linda Merrill for the purposes of sharing great design, inspiration, resources and ideas.

xoxo Linda

12 thoughts on “Universal and Accessible Guest Bath – Dream Home 2021 Room Reveal”

  1. Hello Linda, When word of this guest bath gets around, I’m afraid you’ll have so many friends clamoring to stay with you that you’ll never get to enjoy the rest of your dream house! I do have one question–how high are those lights on either side of the sink? Perhaps they just look high because the counter is low, but when men shave there is nothing nicer than a little light on the neck area. I have to admit that my own dream homes never got to the point of picking out shower tile, although perhaps what I had in mind was the original 19th century Minton tile (imported from England) surviving intact!
    –Jim

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    • Thanks so much Jim! And there’s already a virtual waiting list for visitors! Good point about shaving at the sink. So, my fix would be that the mirror would have embedded lights to turn on as needed. Minton tile is so gorgeous!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous, Linda – I love all that pretty blue millwork with the gold hardware! Soooo…is this the bathroom that goes with “my” bedroom??? 🙂

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  3. Oh wow Linda! This bathroom is gorgeous and so functional! The floor difference between the main floor of this space and the shower is so smart to illustrate a change. Beautiful renderings!

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