When undertaking bathroom modifications, the size of the room will be a major factor in the conversion. By re-using existing services, the cost and difficulty of modification can be greatly reduced. Typically, larger bathrooms allow for easier conversion.
By accommodating ageing in place, the sizing of a bathroom can be configured to allow for the use of walking frames, wheelchairs or electric scooters. Circulation spaces around the pan, basin and shower should be considered for manoeuvrability.
- Showers should be located in a corner recess to allow for the future installation of grab rails
- Shower screens should be easy to remove in case it is required in the future
- Floor surface should be properly graded so when shower screens are removed, water should drain efficiently to drainage wastes
- Basins – wall mounted basins with a removable vanity will allow for ease of modification to provide suitable clearance underneath the basin for sufficient wheelchair toe-knee clearance