Subtly Accessible

British Columbia has one of the fastest-aging populations in Canada, and the physical limitations that age can bring is being reflected in bathroom makeovers.

Yet, as the team at Kenorah Construction and Design Ltd. found recently, the challenge is to design a modern, stylish and accessible bath that in no way is to look like a bathroom serving a physical handicap, explained design leader Gordon Taylor.

The South Surrey client, in his 60s, had ailments that restricted mobility in his 1970s rancher. He wanted a European-style luxury bath that would not only look great but also allow easy access now and into the future.

Kenorah replied with a design that virtually eliminates barriers, by removing the shower door and curb and adjusting the floor joists to accommodate a gradual slope for drainage. The bathroom was expanded by 14 inches and a tempered glass pony wall, anchored to the foundation, was installed to separate the shower from the rest of the space.

The shower system is a fully adjustable Grohe eight-inch Rain shower head, wand and shower bar. Radiant heating is installed beneath the over-sized porcelain floor tiles.

A cirrus white Corian bench running the full length of the bathroom enables the client to easily access the shower, which is equipped with a Grohe eight-inch Rain shower head, wand, and shower bar.

Kenorah replied with a design that virtually eliminates barriers, by removing the shower door and curb and adjusting the floor joists to accommodate a gradual slope for drainage. The bathroom was expanded by 14 inches and a tempered glass pony wall, anchored to the foundation, was installed to separate the shower from the rest of the space.

A cirrus white Corian bench running the full length of the bathroom enables the client to easily access the shower, which is equipped with a Grohe eight-inch Rain shower head, wand, and shower bar.