Universal design master bath in Andover

Designing 2 baths for aging in place seniors upgrades look and safety.

The original property owners of this spacious retirement rambler wanted two things: safer and easier access to both the tub and shower, and an aesthetic upgrade. So we enlarged the master bath slightly to accommodate a larger shower with grab bars and a lower darker color Onyx 3-inch curb pan for easy access and to act as a visual transition point. We also added a universal design built-in jacuzzi-style tub with grab bars and a low entry point.

Lead Design/Build Consultant — Jonah Smith

Field Painting — Dave Christenson

Project Manager — Drew Johnston

Lead Carpenter — Mark Arntzen

AFTER — Master bath: Caesarstone countertops "Alpine Mist,"; vanity paint color is “Rain Barrel”

AFTER — Note large vertical grab bar. Flooring tile is Baltimore Beige 15x60cm, from the Tile Shop.

AFTER — Note: special universal design grab bar blocking was added in multiple places throughout the master bath, behind towel bar on left and in the shower.

AFTER — Note Universal design element: under cabinet lighting for late night safety.

"We also added additional blocking for future grab bars in the master bath as might be needed," explained Design-Build Consultant of 15 years, Jonah Smith. Their existing vanity was still in pretty good shape, so our own cabinet makers simply custom-made new drawers and doors along with new Ceasarstone countertops, flooring, and lighting, to create that new aesthetic appeal they wanted," said Smith.

AFTER — Note: Swinging glass door, shower wall tile "Hall Blanco" and Kohler fixtures.

​AFTER — The powder room facelift involved new countertops, Silestone "Desert Silver"; tile flooring, papered walls, and Spacebox” H0493 for vanity paint color.

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