Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides guidelines for building a custom bathroom that is accessible to anyone, including individuals with physical disabilities. While homeowners do not have to adhere to the guidelines stated by the law, these can still be used as a reference point when tackling a bathroom remodeling project.
Today, we outline the key features of bathrooms that comply with ADA’s minimum specifications.
An ADA-compliant sink can either be the wall-mounted or pedestal type as long as wheelchair-bound individuals can have enough room to move their mobility devices into position. According to the guidelines, the sink must be at least 17 inches out from the wall with at least 29 inches from the floor to the bottom of the sink. If located within an actual countertop or vanity, there must be no more than a few inches of space along the front edge.
2. Grab Bars
Smooth and easy to grasp, the grab bars can be installed on any wall or partition closest to where the individual using the bathroom is. Bathtub and shower remodeling companies recommend you include these fixtures if you are updating your bathroom for family members with mobility issues. They must be installed at least 34 inches above the floor and can be 1.25 to 1.5 inches in optional diameter.
An ADA-compliant toilet should have adequate space allowance so that users can have immediate access to grab bars and the seat itself. The unit should be at least 60 inches wide with a seat between 17 to 19 inches from the base to the top of the seat.
Elite Bathrooms LuxStone® of Long Island is one of the leading bathtub and shower replacement contractors in the area. Count on us to install the KOHLER® Walk-In Bath, which features an extra-wide door and easy-to-grip handrails to help enhance independent bathing and accessibility. We can also be relied upon to perform full bathroom renovations, from a full gut bathroom remodel to a new construction bathroom that’s already framed in, and all electrical and plumbing work completed.
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