Planning & Design
Updates for Universal Design in the Tub/Shower
It will not come as news to you be straightforward and reliable, number and sophistication. install – the Quick Drain.
that we have design issues and particularly if it’s non-traditional. The number of tubs with doors In terms of meeting all of the
opportunities These are the main criteria product has increased, as have the design criteria, Delta Faucet Co. had a
relating to the age manufacturers are facing – access, approaches for these products. For private showing of its new Lifestyle
boom and the tub beauty, ease of installation and many, the opportunity to sit to exit/ Shower Systems, and these systems
or shower. As bath affordability. enter the tub is critical, and tub seem to have accomplished it all.
designers, we are decks have grown in size, perhaps I had a chance to “kick the tires,”
certainly aware of RESPONSIVE PRODUCTS for the appearance, but also and the shower that caught my eye
the safety concerns Let’s look at some of the products answering this need. Kohler has was generous in size, at 63"x39",
in this space, at K/BIS that met this criteria. introduced an elegant accessory and of an upgraded quality. It had
where we not only For some time, there have been for its Parity tub that looks and clean lines, with built-in storage,
approach, but also a few good sources for grab bars functions as a tub shelf for that and optional fold-up seating and
Mary Jo Peterson sit and stand or that blend with the design of a book or glass of wine, but also support integrated into the design.
CKD, CBD, CAPS enter and exit the space. This year, support systems functions as a transfer surface. It had a flush threshold, trough-
fixture, sometimes or grab bars that do the job and do Creating a flush entry to the style drain and an option for
from wet/slippery surfaces. not look the part are blossoming. shower is beneficial not only for frameless glass French doors, with
Knowing that the bath product More major manufacturers have those who roll into the shower, but a generous door swing.
industry is aware of these and incorporated grab bars into their also for the rest of us who may be It was available in a version
other challenges in the that could be broken
bath space, I headed down for remodeling
to the Kitchen/Bath
Industry Show to check
Access, beauty, ease of installation and affordability are the main situations, and it had a
central drain location
out what might be new.
For this column, we’ll
challenges facing manufacturers in creating tub/shower products that and a locking system for
installation that made it
focus on what I found
relating to design for
promote Universal Design. easy, reliable and flexible.
While the new line has a
safe maneuvering in the number of offerings, this
bathing area. one appealed to me for
Did I mention that its size and its ability to
regardless of need be accessorized for the
or concern, few of luxury shower.
us or our clients are