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Question DetailsAsked on 8/27/2013

I am in need of a bathroom remodel with a walk in shower that is handicapp/disabled friendly.

I have a standard 6 1/2' x 7 1/2' bathroom and want to install a walk-in Shower and new fixtures and cabinets. I will need to move and/or increase the access door, add new fixtures and I would much prefer this is done in tile. I will need many Grab bars positioned around for saftey purposes,

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You need a General Contractor who specializes in bath and kitchen remodels - Search the List (in green banner bar) for local contractors, reviews, and ratings. In interviewing I would try to find one who has done an ADA job before. I would also have it designed by an architect with ADA compliance experience, because mnost contractors do not know or understand the requirements.

I would strongly advise that you require in the contract that ALL grab bars be fastened into studs or stud blocking, and that any of what would be towel bars within 5 feet of the floor also be grab bars, because if it is there it should be able to hold you if you need it, even though it is serving as a grab bar.

I would also strongly recommned requiring rounded corners on countertop and vanity and shower tile corners, consider if you need a tall toilet (has a higher seat elevation), and put in the contract that the bathroom as completed shall conform fully to the requirements of the locally adopted building code (International Residental Code or Uniform Building Code, most likely) and the Americans With Disability Act with respect to bathrooms.

Be sure not to forget door width issues and wheelchair/walker turn-around space - not only for the bath but for front access door (usually not a problem) and bedroom door.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I just read a blog that had some good tips on how to do this, you should check it out!

Answered 6 years ago by ambeverpean

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