Safety and beauty combine perfectly in the no-threshold shower, a look long popular in Europe and catching on here, thanks in part to the products that have come on the market to make it easier to design and install. One example that comes to mind is the trench-style drains, which eliminate the need to pitch the floor in two directions, making it easier to maneuver from a safety standpoint. This allows for the use of larger format floor tiles in the shower, an aesthetic benefit. Of course these larger tiles would need to be slip resistant, and we’d add seating and support, which would bring us closer to that goal of safe and beautiful showering.
These are just a few thoughts about current design practices and products that may help reinforce the combination of beauty and safety in your bath design work. You might be interested to know the questions that came in from the bath Webinar. After the always-asked questions regarding cost, most questions focused on where to get the grab bars that were shown and how to do a no-threshold shower, with and without steam. I take this as a positive change in attitude.
If this brief overview and teaser regarding safety and beauty in the bath has captured your attention, you’re welcome to take a closer look at the Webinar. You will be able to find the Webinar online at www.aarp.org/homewebinars.