Universal Design – KBDA 2017 Silver Winner
Roll-in Wet Room
Diane Foreman, CKD, CBD, Neil Kelly Co., Seattle, WA
According to Neil Kelly Co. designer Diane Foreman, this bath project evolved out of the needs of one of the clients, who was rapidly approaching the point where a wheelchair would be needed for mobility. As such, it was decided to remodel the master bath, prioritizing accessibility, function and aesthetics with a warm, neutral color palette.
The existing space presented several challenges: The shower/water closet room was too small to be wheelchair accessible; the angled entry to the walk-in closet negatively impacted functionality, and the soaking tub had no grab bars and there was no seating area.
Foreman began by removing the soaking tub, which the clients never used, and using the space to install a zero-threshold walk-in shower with two showerheads, one set at wheelchair height. A bench was located outside the shower, and the Kohler toilet was relocated to a separate room.
A 36″-wide pocket door was located at the entry from the master bedroom and the entry to the master closet, with a T-shaped turnaround space designed to ADA standards.
The vanity areas open below for knee clearance, separated by a tall linen closet, which adds storage and is designed to help organize medication. The Decor vanities are topped with 3cm “Tabacco” Polished Pental Quartz to add design pizzazz.