It seems that with each day that passes, we hear more and more about universal design, the practice by which architects, contractors, and designers consider the needs of people of varying abilities in order to create homes and other spaces that anyone can use. A recent AIA Home Design Trends Survey revealed that the number of homeowners considering such design tactics is on the rise, as many are using universal design trends as a way to make their homes more livable as they age.
There are many ways a homeowner can remodel with universal design in mind. An article published on Remodeling Magazine’s website listed over 15 features of universal design, and naturally, the two that really stood out to us involved creating easier access for all and the use of trench, or linear, drains in the bathroom. We’ve summarized them below.
Easier Access by Smooth Transitions – A smooth transition from room to room, indoors to outdoors, and even from inside the shower to out are necessary to prevent slips, trips, falls and injuries. Linear drains provide easy access across many different thresholds within the home, such as a shower or bathroom, floor, patio, pool perimeter, and the garage door. The possibilities are left up to the imagination. Installing linear drain systems makes it more convenient for the homeowner to maneuver from one area to another, even with the use of a wheelchair.
Trench Drains as a Bathroom Basic: Linear drains require less effort to install because they function with only a one-direction slope. This allows for more architectural creativity and does not limit the size or design pattern you desire. There are no standing water issues to be concerned with because the standard shower threshold can be eliminated. Accessibility into the shower is convenient and unhampered. The drain can be placed along the back wall of the shower so patterns are not interrupted.
LUXE Linear Drains has the drains you need to make your home or business easily accessible for all. Visit our website to learn more about our products, or just give us a call at 877-398-8110.