The need for an accessible bathroom can occur when least expected. This is often a time of stress and unexpected cost. Coriander Design’s experience in bathroom design and project management allows us to rapidly assess a workable solution that can be reached within the physical and budget restraints that exist. An accessible bathroom does not have to look like a public utility but can merge stylishly into your home interior. A cheap upgrade of bathroom product is not usually the best solution for all the users of an accessible bathroom. It has to be functional for the disabled user and the rest of the household, which usually requires a little extra design than a conventional bathroom renovation. The design of an accessible bathroom requires an understanding of the practical difficulties of different disabilities, the NZ Standard NZS 4121 – Design for Access and Mobility- Building and Associated Facilities and the bathroom products which are suitable for disability users. Coriander Design’s objective is to design for the accessible needs of the user but provide a bathroom which is a pleasure for all to use.
Future proofing a bathroom design for current usage but looking forward to the possible restrictions of ageing and other disability is acknowledged by the Lifemark Partnership with Coriander Design. In planning house additions or renovations it is important to plan for your future needs. In New Zealand many bathrooms are “the small room” in the house. However if consideration is given to door width and accessibility to toilet, shower, grab rails etc. at an early stage in design then it is possible to make provision for these necessities and still retain the comfort and presentation of a modern home.