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For Americans with disabilities, having wheelchair accessible bathrooms in the home is a necessity.  Meeting the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)guidelines or altering a bathroom to provide wheelchair accessibility does not mean style and design have to be compromised.  There are many options today that allow the same beautiful and inviting bathrooms to also be wheelchair accessible.

 The ADAwas introduced by the Justice Department in 1990 to provide equal access to public places for Americans with disabilities.  Although the ADA’s building codes pertain to public facilities, they have proven to be an invaluable tool for providing accessibility within the home.  After the implementation of the ADA’s detailed guidelines to provide needed functionality, the home bathroom remains a blank canvas for the imagination and creativity of the home owner and remodeling contractor.  Most products and designs found in home improvement books and magazines can be incorporated into the bathroom to create a warm and inviting retreat or a sleek modern design.

Over the past decade, the selection of home products that are available for disabled Americans has increased tremendously.  Today’s bathroom products offer style and design options that weren’t available in the past.  Sinks, faucets, vanities, tubs and showers, currently featured in top designer bathrooms, can be designed and built specifically for wheelchair accessibility.  For instance, by using a barrier free shower pan, the shower walls can be covered in porcelain, stone, marble, or mosaic tile in any pattern or design conceivable.  Grab bars and folding seats can easily be mounted to the shower walls. Hand held shower heads mounted on a sliding bar offer the versatility of detached or mounted use as well as height adjustment for sitting or standing positions.  Faucets and fixtures are available in a variety of finishes and colors to match the desired style.  Vanity sinks come specially designed with a curved front edge, allowing individuals in wheelchairs to have complete access and full contact with the sink and can be mounted in any marble or granite counter top desired.  The vanities themselves can be custom built out of exotic woods with sleek granite counter tops and easy access storage.  These products provide disabled individuals with a chance to maximize independence and with design increase their quality of life tremendously.

There is no reason, with today’s products and ingenuity, that a wheelchair accessible bathroom can’t be a showcase of design and beauty.  The ADA has provided us with the information and insight into the needs of disabled individuals, it’s up to us as contractors and designers to use our imagination and skills to combine functionality with beauty.

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

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