What Are Some Handicapped Bathroom Remodeling Tips?

Answered by Brendan ~ January 14, 2010 ~ Comments

I am remodeling my master bathroom in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to accommodate my wife, who is handicapped. I need some advice on installing a walk-in bathtub, wider doors for a wheelchair, grab rails, and lower counters. Where can I find a building supply house that carries these items?

Smita V. ~ Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Brendan Fowler

Bathroom for people with disabilitiesHandicapped access items are widely available and can be purchased at most suppliers. Items such as the walk in tub are not a high volume so they will probably be special order. It can be very useful to review handicapped accessibility rules as stipulated by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

The ADA code book will provide you with info for grab bar placements, door opening widths, toilet placement etc. These are national standards and if you stick to their rules you will have a very functional ADA bathroom. Most of the installation advice you might need would be related to the plumbing trade.

If you feel overwhelmed by the plumbing equation in your new bath you may want to consider a plumber for that aspect of the remodel.

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