Universal Bathroom Design for St Paul Condo

We first introduced this St. Paul condo and its stunning kitchen renovation in Single Level Living in Lilydale.  In this post, we’re going to show you how we transformed the owner’s bathroom with a universal design, creating a beautiful space filled with light that is also accessible for all.

Natural light from skylight illuminates accessible design bathroom

Natural light illuminates this universal design bathroom.

One of the first things you see when you enter the room is the natural light pouring in from the existing skylight, creating a bright, airy feel. The light is reflected and enhanced by the porcelain wall and floor tiles.

Universal Bathroom Design Feature: Small Tiles on Shower Floor

The walls and ceiling are covered in 24 x 48-inch tiles and the shower floor is 2 x 2-inch  tiles. Why the small size in the shower? Smaller tiles provide more grip and fewer slips. They meet both comfort and code standards for universal design.  

Tiled focal wall in accessible design shower with grab bars

Large-scale tiles create a striking focal wall in the universal design shower.

Universal Bathroom Design Feature: Grab Bars

We created a focal wall in the accessible design shower with large-scale 24×48″ tiles. It’s not only visually striking, it’s easier to clean with fewer grout lines! Also note the vertical and horizontal grab bars, providing support at different heights.

Curb-less floor in accessible design shower

The curbless shower with slip-resistant tile is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers.

Universal Bathroom Design Feature: Curbless Shower

The curbless shower makes the space very accessible for wheelchairs and walkers. And, because there’s nothing to step over, it’s safer for everyone in the family and guests with mobility issues. 

How does the water stay in the shower?

You may be wondering how the water stays in the shower when there’s no curb. We created the necessary pitch in the shower floor so that the water drains to the center instead of out of the shower. We also added a special waterproofing membrane under the shower and adjacent floor to catch any splatter. 

Universal Bathroom Design Feature: Showerhead Placement

Another accessible design feature is the placement of the showerhead on the opposite wall from the controls, which allows one to turn the water on and let it heat up while staying outside of the spray zone. 

Custom oak cabinet and mirror frame in accessible design bathroom

Custom quarter sawn oak cabinet topped by quartzite, with matching mirror frame.

Northland Cabinets created the custom quarter-sawn oak vanity topped with a quartzite countertop. The owners chose one sink in order to maximize storage, opting for two three-drawer stacks and a soft close cabinet under the sink. The statement mirror has a matching oak frame.

The medicine cabinet features the same door style as the vanity but is painted white to match the walls. Because it was shifted to the sidewall, it doesn’t limit the size of the mirror in front of the vanity.

Linen closet door in bathroom

The linen closet opens to the bathroom and the hallway, offering easy access.

The linen closet opens into the bathroom and the hallway, so towels and supplies can be accessed from both sides. The door design matches the vanity and medicine cabinet. 

The result? This universal design bathroom is now a serene and beautiful space for the owners to age in place gracefully for years to come.


Remodeling for Your Future: Stay in the Home You Love

If you love your house, you will want to stay in it as long as possible. Our award-winning expertise in Universal Design can help you have the aesthetics and comfort you desire today while seamlessly building in the functional characteristics you and your loved ones may need in the future.

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