Powder Room Was Transformed 4 Accessibility

Before: 1970s original powder room showed its age, although well maintained. Entry to the room was in a hallway originally designed to span between the kitchen and entry hall.

Before: 1970s original powder room showed its age, although well maintained. Entry to the room was in a hallway originally designed to span between the kitchen and entry hall.

After: Updated entry hall with new doorway to accessible bathroom. New lighting and flooring.

After: Updated entry hall with new doorway to accessible bathroom. New lighting and flooring.

Powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with a 5-foot turning circle for a wheelchair-accessible space. Side entry onto a toilet is very important, and so is a large knee well with wrapped plumbing drain.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with a 5-foot turning circle, very important in a wheelchair-accessible space. Side entry onto a toilet necessary, and so is a large knee well with wrapped plumbing drain.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with an empty a knee well in the lavatory cabinet, with wrapped drain pipe. The countertop height is important, especially if there's a vessel lavatory sink. The lavatory faucet has been offset to one side for easy access and control.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with a knee well in the lavatory cabinet that has a wrapped drain pipe. The countertop height was important, especially with a vessel lavatory sink. The lavatory faucet was offset to one side for easy access and control.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with room to roll past the toilet and turn around, if necessary.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with room to roll past the toilet and turn around, if necessary.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with a curbless shower. All plumbing and shower features allows easy turning around, and maintains accessibility without stretching.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with  a curbless  shower. All plumbing and shower features  allows easy turning around, and maintains accessibility without stretching.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with a curbless shower that requires an in-line drain instead of a round centrally-located drain in the center of the stall. The floor slopes towards the drain, but allows access without bumps

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility with a curbless shower that  requires an in-line drain instead of a round centrally-located drain in the center of the stall. The floor slopes towards the drain, but allows access without bumps

Powder room was transformed 4 accessibility - Detail. This custom vessel lavatory is a good selection because it is sturdy -- and beautiful. Accessible bathrooms should be comfortable inviting, and safe for everyone.

Powder room was transformed 4 accessibility – Detail: This custom vessel lavatory was a good selection because it is sturdy — and beautiful. The countertop height was adjusted for comfort and safety.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility - Detail: Surface finishes can enhance and humanize an accessible bathroom, so it doesn't look antiseptic. This tile chosen by the homeowners is perfect, and the tile layout (done by the wife) is a wonderful personal touch.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility –  Detail: Surface finishes can enhance and humanize an accessible bathroom, so it doesn’t look antiseptic. This tile chosen by the homeowners is perfect, and the tile layout (done by the wife) is a wonderful personal touch.

The powder room was transformed 4 accessibility at the Homeowners’ request. This was achieved by borrowing space for the roll-in shower from an adjacent hallway. Careful planning included a five-foot turning radius for a wheelchair, an open knee well in the lavatory cabinet, and offsetting the lavatory faucet so it will be easily accessible. Rich colors and beautiful tiles in an interesting pattern were used to make the remodeled bathroom feel welcoming and reassuring for the occupants. ACCESSIBLE BATHROOMS DON’T HAVE TO BE UGLY AND “INDUSTRIAL”!  Links to other rooms in the project are below the photos.

Other rooms included in this project:

Master BathroomGuest Bathroom