For those with disabilities, living with someone that has a disability, or own a business, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance is crucial for everyday life. This is not a measure for convenience, but important for those who are wheel chair bound or have other limitations. This Act created standards for layout and additional requirements for residential and commercial settings. If you plan to have a bathroom remodeling in Denver project that requires ADA compliance, there are many resources that will help. Learn more about ADA compliance, top bathroom features, and go-to layout ideas along with costs.
Introduction to ADA Compliance
ADA compliancy was enacted in 1973, just nine years after the Civil Rights Act, and is mandatory for those living with a disability. It is a specific set of guidelines. When adhering to these standards, it enables those living with a disability an equal opportunity. ADA compliance is also required for businesses, government agencies (local and state), public transportation, and companies that have 15 or more employees. With ADA compliance, some of the areas include: Websites must be accessible to the deaf and blind, features throughout a home or building that set specific standards to accommodate those with disabilities, and audio features for the blind or visually impaired.
Compliant Bathroom Features
Bathrooms, both residential and commercial, must have specific features in place. First, there must be a proper amount of room next to a toilet for a wheel chair to fit. At minimum, this is 30” by 48” and then 60” around to enable a full range of motion for a wheel chair-bound person to turn around. Next, grab bars must be installed around all places a person would need to go in the bathroom, such as next to the toilet, a shower, or sink. They need to be between 1.25” and 1.5” in diameter and installed anywhere from 34” to 38” from the floor to accommodate wheel chair height. In addition, there are many more requirements for the ADA-compliant restroom
Layout and Cost Ideas
When constructing an ADA-compliant bathroom, working with a local contractor is the best way to handle a layout. This will ensure that you meet all standards. However, you can do your homework ahead of time to list out the amenities you would like in the space. Not only will the remodel be favorable to those using the space, but will actually increase the overall value of your home or business. Consider a large shower that a person in a wheel chair can roll into—which means there will be no divide when entering the space. Next, add in a bench that a person can move to while washing. You can also add built-in shelves at ADA-compliant height, too. When renovating your bathroom, your needs will set the costs. It can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on your needs (which includes other features in addition to your ADA-compliant changes). Keep in mind, you will be increasing the overall value.
To assist with your ADA-compliant bathroom remodeling in Denver
, HTI Granite and Cabinetry can help. As your premier remodel expert, we will make sure the quality and standards are up to code. Call us today at 303-592-9090 for more information.