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Universal Design for Bathrooms

In our last blog, we talked about the Universal Design Workshop we hosted for our design teams based in Newport News and Virginia Beach. As more and more homeowners opt to age in place, there’s a growing demand for universal design. This week, we’d like to share some examples of how universal features can be worked into the design of your remodeled bathroom.

Location, Location, Location

The fundamental principle of universal design states that the space should be accessible to all people, regardless of their age, size or ability. While many multi-level homes offer a half bath on the first floor, a universal home should have a full bathroom on the main-level. If your home is a single story, then you’re already on the right track!

Wide Entry

The average size doorway ranges from 30 to 32 inches. For a universally designed bathroom, opt for an entryway that’s at least 36 inches wide. This ensures ease of access for anyone who uses a wheelchair or other mobility devices.

Floor Space

Once IN the bathroom, there should be ample space to maneuver. A good rule of thumb is have enough open floorspace for a wheelchair to make a 180 degree turn.  Beyond the square footage of the floor space, it is also important to choose the right floor materials. Slip-resistant tile and wide grout lines help provide traction even when the floor is wet. If you like having some kind of floor covering in your bathroom, choose for a decent sized non-slip area rug instead of a flimsy bath mat.

Alterations

Bathroom features like your toilet, vanity and shower need alterations to make them universal. A standard toilet seat is only 14 to 15 inches tall. For a universal design, your bathroom should be outfitted with a potty seat that’s 16 inches from the ground. Floating vanities and ones designed specifically for wheelchairs will make accessing the sink easier for everyone. Instead of a tub, opt for a walk-in shower with a wide entry way. A curbless shower threshold provides the safest entry and exit.

Grabbable

Tiny knobs can be hard for people to use, so choose large d-shape door and drawer pulls that are easy to grab.

Speaking of grabbing, grab bars should be placed in the shower and beside the toilet to give your bathroom a safety boost. There is a wide range of metals and finishes available, so you don’t have to sacrifice form for function.

To learn more about the universal design options for your next bathroom remodel, reach out to our design team at Hatchett Design Remodel. Just call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!

Free Remodeling Seminars in March

While each remodeling project is unique, there is something every renovation has in common… questions from homeowners!  To address these questions up front, Hatchett Design Remodel decided to host free seminars last October. Despite the inclement weather, we had an impressive turnout, so we’re doing it again!

Where & When

In March, you will have two opportunities to attend one of our free remodeling seminars: Thursday, March 14th at our showroom in Virginia Beach and Thursday, March 28th at the one in Newport News. Both seminars will take place from 6 to 7pm.

The Presentation

Meghan Hatchett, one of our Design Consultants, will kick off the discussion by explaining Hatchett’s Design Process. Our process is one we have fine tuned in over 60 years of remodeling homes in Hampton Roads. We have formulated this process to maximize efficiency while minimizing cost and stress.

Jessica, one of our Designers, will then cover hot topics including current design trends. She will also demonstrate Hatchett’s Raytrace technology that creates photo-real images of our designs. This part of our process allows homeowners to visualize the finished project before the materials are even ordered. Click here for an example.

Q&A Session

After this brief and informal presentation, we will open the floor to a Q&A session. We have a lot of experience in remodeling, so the most common questions will be addressed in our presentation. That said, the open Q&A allows you to get the answers to your specific questions. Last fall, here are some questions we addressed in our open Q&A.

Homeowner Question:

Does Hatchett’s Lifetime Warranty cover work completed by your trade partners?

Our Answer:

Yes, they are a part of our team and their work is covered by our Lifetime Warranty.

Homeowner Question:

How does your team enter the house during the construction phase? Do I need to be home?

Our Answer:

Like a realtor, we use a lockbox. This allows homeowners to come and go as they please, and we’re able to secure the home when we’re done for the day.

Homeowner Question:

If we have more than one room we want renovated, how will Hatchett approach those projects?

Our Answer:

The most cost efficient approach would be to have our trade partners do all their work in a single visit. For example, if you’re renovating both your kitchen and master bath, it would be cost efficient to have the plumber complete his work in both rooms in the same day. However, we understand that renovating two rooms simultaneously may not be in your budget. Your design consultant will work with you individually to determine the best and most cost efficient solution for your project (or projects).

Don’t let questions about remodeling bog you down and prevent you from making renovations. Come get the answers to all your remodeling questions at our free seminars this March.

Registration

Space is limited, so please register by March 11th for our Virginia Beach seminar on the 14th. Registration for our Newport News event on the 28th is open until March 25th. To register for either seminar, simply email Meghan Hatchett at meghan@hhi-remodel.com. Be sure to let her know which seminar you wish to attend and who will be in attendance.

Since many folks will likely be coming straight from work, we will have cheese, crackers, hors d’oeuvres… and wine, of course. Non-alcoholic alternatives will also be provided.

If you need more information about the seminars, feel free to call Hatchett Design Remodel or stop by our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have… it costs nothing to ask!

Free Remodeling Seminars

Hatchett Design Remodel has renovated thousands of homes in Hampton Roads. We have over 50 years of experience remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, additions and more. Every project is unique, but there is one thing all remodeling projects have in common… questions from homeowners! That’s why we’re hosting free remodeling seminars.

According to Don Hatchett, “one of the biggest hurdles for homeowners is knowing where to start on their remodeling project.” The unknown can be very daunting. How do I pick a contractor? How do I figure out what I want the space to look like? How long will it take? Can I live in my house during renovations? How much will it cost? Is financing available?

Hunting Kitchen Before & After
Remodeling Seminars in Newport News & Virginia Beach
These types of questions can bog you down and leave your project in a stalemate. To help you understand how to get from the “Before” to the “After”, our team is hosting two free remodeling seminars. One will be held in our Newport News showroom starting at 6pm on Thursday, October 11. The next will be the following week at our Virginia Beach showroom at 6pm on the 18th. Both seminars will be hosted by Meghan Hatchett and one of our top designers, Jessica.
Brooks Bathroom Before & After
What to Expect
While we have planned these events around our clients’ frequently asked questions, we want to make sure your specific concerns are addressed as well. Meghan will kick off the discussion by explaining Hatchett’s design process. This process is one we have fine tuned over the years to maximize efficiency while minimizing costs and stress. Jessica will then cover hot topics including the industrial style, colors of the year and other current trends in design.
Titcomb Bathroom Before & After
Jessica will also show you how Hatchett uses technology in the design phase of our process – something we’ve been doing since before Joanna Gaines made it popular!
Ngo Design Rendering & After
Open Q&A Session
After their informal presentation, they will open the floor to a Q&A session. Don Hatchett encourages all attendees to participate in this open discussion, because “it’s a great, pressure-free way to gain knowledge about the remodeling process.” Jessica added, “we hope people gain a better understanding of how the remodeling process works and what to expect whenever they’re ready to remodel.” While HGTV has brought remodeling into the spotlight, Hatchett’s seminars will provide more detailed, realistic information that will better prepare you for your future renovation endeavors.
Bourne Kitchen Before & After
Registration Information
Space is limited, so please register by October 8th for the Newport News seminar and by the 15th for Virginia Beach. To register, simply email Meghan Hatchett at meghan@hhi-remodel.com. Be sure to let her know which seminar you would like to attend and who will be in attendance.
Atkinson Outdoor Addition Before & After
Since many folks will likely be coming straight from work, we will have cheese and crackers for hors d’oeuvres… and wine, of course. Non-alcoholic alternatives will also be provided.
If you need more information before the seminar, feel free to call Hatchett Design Remodel or stop by our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have… it costs nothing to ask!