Universal Design Master Bath Redo
Reworking a cramped master bath for accessibility allows everyone room to move
Design for Ease in Use: After
No matter the size, a bathroom is useless if it's inaccessible. That's what Lena
and Ted Swanson found when they bought their 1980s home, in Walterboro, South Carolina, shortly after Ted was diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative neuromuscular disease. Knowing that they'd need to rethink the space to make it easier for Ted to navigate as the years progressed, the couple sought the help of Charleston designer Sandra Gaylord. With Ted's needs in mind, Gaylord gutted the space—including a massive walk-in closet—to set the stage for an open floor plan that would accommodate a shower chair and attendants. The centerpiece: a spacious, curbless shower with four wall-mount sprays, long grab bars, a rainhead, and an adjustable-height hand shower, plus openings at both ends for easy comings and goings. With its expanse of clerestory windows and crisp white and blue walls, the room feels warm, not sterile. "We spend a lot of time in there, so we love the windows," says Lena. "It's so nice to be able to look out and see the sky."