If you are like many modern families, there will come a point in your life in which you may have more than one generation of your family living under your roof. You may decide to take care of your parents during their later years, or have grown children and even their children return to your home. No matter what your situation is, there are some bathroom remodeling ideas that you may want to consider, which will make this situation a win-win for everyone.
Open Showers Without Doors
Not only do open shower spaces create the illusion of having more space in your bathroom, they will provide many more options for a multigenerational family. Although you will be giving up some of the privacy that a shower stall affords, all members of your family will be able to access your shower without any limitations.
This means that any family members who are in a wheelchair, or who just may not be able to lift their legs over the edge of a bathtub, or the shower lip, will be able to easily access the space. You will not have to worry about tripping hazards that the edges may present.
Another plus when you do not have to deal with a nasty shower door is that these types of showers are easier for everyone to keep clean. Many of the newer models are constructed of stone or tile, which can simply be wiped cleaned following your shower.
Walk-In Bathtubs Are Just Not For The Elderly
Although many modern bathroom designs are promoting open shower spaces with no bathtub at all, you may want to reconsider this idea if you are planning on staying in your home for an extended period of time. Not only may you want to leave your bathtub in your space, you may want to consider adding a walk-in bathtub.
A walk-in bathtub will give all of your family members the ability to access the bathtub without any of the barriers which can be present with a standard tub. Since the tubs come with a door that opens and closes, you and your family will be able to walk in and sit down, without having to worry about stepping over the edge of the tub to get in and out.
Not only is this beneficial for the older members of your family, but a walk-in tub can be a real advantage for any family member who may be experiencing any type of ailment. Soaking in your walk-in tub will help to treat everything from everyday stress to inflammation, arthritis, back pain, and other ailments.
If money is no obstacle, consider investing in a tub that comes with all of the bells and whistles. You can add jets for water and air massage therapy, additional heat, lights, and even music. These additional features will allow you to have a full spa experience every time you get into your bathtub.
Install Motion Sensor Faucets
There is a simple remodeling project that will benefit your multigenerational family but will not involve a lot of time nor money. Consider installing motion sensor or automatic faucets in your bathroom. Not only will these stylish faucets improve the look of your bathroom, but they may also help to keep your family healthier.
When you have motion sensor faucets you will not have to worry about germs being passed from one family member to another. No one will have to touch a handle to turn the faucet on or off. A simple wave of your hand past the motion sensor will signal the water to come on for a specified period of time.
This is a great feature for older family members who may have limited fine motor skills in their hands, as well as your younger family members who may love just playing in the water. No matter who is using the faucet, you can rest assure that the water will be turned off when they walk away. This will not only save you money on your water bill, but will give you peace of mind that you do not have to worry about overflowing sinks and tubs flooding your bathroom.
For more tips and ideas, contact a local bathroom remodeling company.