???Aging in place??? refers to living in your current home with the aid of products, services and conveniences which allow you to remain where you live as your circumstances change. Bathrooms are one of the major areas that can be retrofitted to bring significant universal design improvements to your existing home. Of course living well as one ages is more than mere functionality. It also means surrounding oneself with beauty and things that bring us joy. The key to managing aging is place is blending space planning, function and elegance into a coherent design.
When it came to remodeling their out dated baths in their current home, this Vestavia couple wanted to keep in mind the needs they might encounter as they continue to improve their forever residence. Their goals included accessibility, ease of cleaning and maintenance and a high level of finish consistent with their sophisticated tastes.
In the master bath we widened the doorway and installed a large, seamless shower for easy cleaning as well as a step-in jetted tub. A grab bar was installed but additional blocking was added to the walls during framing to allow additional bars to be installed easily and securely in the future should they be needed.
These clients??? taste could be characterized as clean and modern. Around our office we summarized their style as ???Euro???. The walls in the baths were completely tiled floor to ceiling. In the master bath a tasteful listello with a diamond pattern detail breaks up the wall tile for added visual interest. The new vanity and upper cabinets have a clean, transitional door style in an Espresso stain. For many of us at the office, the main highlight is the beautiful Rojo Alicante Marble that adorns the vanity tops. This particular natural stone is quarried in Alicante, Spain which has a nice family connection for our clients.
Moving on to the guest baths, both feature tile in 12??12 inch Paladino Albanella that stop at the door trim just before the ceiling. Each bath has a subtle listello that differs between the two so that each bath has its own identity.
The front bath was updated to include a new cultured marble tub surround, ebony floating vanity, new sink and faucet as well as a new toilet. The floors were modernized from the retro blue octagonal tile to a simple and sleek Gibraltar Queensway 12??12 inch tile.
The smallest of the baths feature again the same wall tile details, Paladino Albanella in 12??12 inch format. In this bath, we customized a seamless shower stall with a frameless glass door. We installed the client???s cabinetry, vanity faucet, light fixture and reinstalled the toilet.