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Universal Design Workshop

Hatchett Design Remodel believes that universal design is important to all of our clients, and it is especially important to homeowners who plan to age in place. That is why we recently hosted a universal design workshop for our entire design team from both our Newport News and Virginia Beach showrooms. This workshop, led by Dr. Kathleen Rose Parrot, helps remodelers empathize with the every day challenges faced by people with disabilities by simulating similar experiences.

Dr. Parrot leading Universal Design Workshop at Hatchett Design Remodel

As a highly respected expert in home remodeling and design, Dr. Parrot authored the textbooks for the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) accredited major. She also happens to be Jessica’s former professor at Virginia Tech. Dr. Parrot is a huge influence in her design career, so Jessica was very excited to share her mentor with her Hatchett family.

Hands On Experience

In the workshop, Dr. Parrot asked our team to “try on” various disabilities by wearing special types of gear, like glasses and gloves. Then she asked us to attempt “simple” tasks, such as gripping knobs and reading displays on appliances. While we might think we understand how hard common household tasks may be for people with disabilities, it’s an entirely different level of understanding to experience a similar type of challenge first hand.

Hatchett Designers in Universal Design Workshop
Understanding the Challenges

The truth is that many standards in home design create accessibility and usability challenges for the disabled. A universally designed space, however, can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

Hatchett Design Consultants in Universal Design Workshop
The Value of Universal Design

While you may not currently feel hindered in your home, it is still important to consider universal design options when remodeling your kitchenbathroom or addition. A universal design will improve the livability of your home for both residents and visitors for years to come. Universal features, like widened entry ways, curbless showers, and lowered or raised kitchen appliances, can be worked into any custom design by Hatchett.

Dr. Parrot’s workshop made us even more aware of how our remodeling recommendations will impact homeowners in the near and distant future. This experience will forever influence the thoughtfully designed spaces we create for our clients. To learn more about the universal design options for your upcoming 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!

Reed Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling allows you to express your own sense of style. For the Reed family, that meant bringing a European sensibility to their home in Williamsburg. They hired Hatchett Design Remodel to get the job done right.

During their initial in-home consultation, we learned that Mrs. Reed is from the Netherlands; and like most Europeans, she prefers the modern design style. Many homeowners in the Virginia Beach area have a traditional or transitional aesthetic, so Jessica was excited about the opportunity to work on a modern space.

Modern Design Style

The modern design style offers clean, crisp horizontal and vertical lines with very few (if any) curves. The color palette is typically neutral and simplistic. Modern spaces also usually contain reflective surfaces like steel, glass and shiny tile.

Reed Master Bathroom Remodel Curbless Shower
Showroom Visit

Material selections are easy at Hatchett Design Remodel, because we have showrooms conveniently located in both Newport News and Virginia Beach. In the design phase of their remodel, the Reeds visited our showroom to pick out their materials. Working hand in hand with Jessica, they were able to see and feel the elements that would be included in their remodeled space.

Reed Master Bathroom Remodel Curbless Shower Universal Design
Material Selections

They chose Etic Ebano tile for the flooring, which also extends into the floor of their curbless shower. The shower walls are tiled in Genesi Cenera subway tile, which offers a modern spin on a classic look.

Reed Master Bathroom Remodel Heated Towel Rack

For contrast, Jessica recommended matte black fixtures from the Moen Annex system for the shower and from the Delta Trinsic collection for their sink.

Reed Master Bathroom Remodel Matte Black Fixtures

The oak vanity from Mid Content is painted Portobello with a Silestone Helix Quartz top and Kohler’s Archer Sink. The look is completed with flat black Pennington bar pulls from Top Knobs.

Reed Master Bathroom Remodel Matte Black Hardware

Staying true to the modern design style, the finished project isn’t just simple… it’s simply stunning. When you’re ready to create a space that’s uniquely you, reach out to our design team at Hatchett Design Remodel. Call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… it costs nothing to ask!