2023 Master Design Awards: Universal Design — BRONZE

by Emily Blackburn

Bonnie J. Lewis Design

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Location: Scottsdale, Ariz. | Project Cost: $49,675
Square footage before: 158 | Square footage after: 171

The client wanted to remodel her primary bathroom to enable her to age in place beautifully. Currently using a walker, she knew firsthand that the design was far from ideal, safe or accessible. She requested a white, contemporary aesthetic with glam, and nothing institutional looking. She had purchased a freestanding make-up vanity that she wanted integrated in the new design.

A new ADA-compliant floor plan was designed to increase the size of the water closet and shower and provide a curb-less shower entry. The tub was removed and a beautiful slip-resistant tile floor and shower floor was installed. A handheld shower, attractive grab bars, toilet paper/grab bar, towel bar/grab bar and wall-mounted bamboo shower seat discretely provide safety and wheelchair accessibility.

The new design conveys an elegant ambiance with an abundance of gorgeous crystal chandeliers and wall sconce lighting fixtures that interject glam while assisting aging eyes. Light switches were installed at ADA code height. A custom, wheelchair accessible, white vanity with senior-friendly pulls, ADA-sinks and faucets, and an antimicrobial quartz countertop was installed. Also for wheelchair accessibility, a new 36-inch-wide frosted glass panel bathroom door and 36-inch-wide mirrored swing closet door replaced the narrow doors. The non-operable window was reduced to accommodate the larger shower. A false wall was created, partially covering the window to enable it to be centered with the make-up vanity. A custom window shade was installed to dress up the window and provide privacy and light control. A sola tube skylight was installed to compensate for the reduction unnatural light from reducing the window opening.


Doors: Discount Door and Trim
Tile: Bedrosians
Flooring; Crossville
Toilet: Kohler

Bath Cabinetry: Arrowhead Custom Woodworks
Countertop: Silestone
Shower: Schluter

Shower Faucet: Delta
Sink: Winfield
Sink Faucet: Brizo

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