Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2018

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Universal Design Luxurious Freedom KATHERINE KAWAGUCHI, CAPS, ASID Guchi Interior Design, Roseville, CA Designer Katherine Kawaguchi, CAPS, ASID, of Guchi Interior Design was tasked with transform- ing a closed-off and inconvenient master bath into a highly functional, safe and beautiful uni- versal space. The client, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a spinal injury and uses a wheelchair, requested a design that would not only serve her needs, but also those of her family. By removing the existing water closet walls, Kawaguchi's team was able to create an open space with plenty of clearance for wheelchair access. The client initially request- ed a bathtub, but after research, it was decided that a lounger and curbless shower would provide optimum luxury and utility. Waterproof walls and flooring and outdoor-grade Danver cabi- netry create a wet-room environment. The lounger, custom-de- signed and fabricated by Guchi Interior Design, boasts drop-down support bars by Moen that can be stowed away when not in use. Stonepeak White Plane thin body porcelain tile, fixed Delta Faucet support bars, a Phylrich wall-mounted bidet faucet and a water- proof Schluter radiant heat system offer plenty of comfort. The remodeled master bath features many additional thoughtful Universal Design elements, including a touchless motion-sensor Delta faucet, strategically placed electrical outlets, a comfort-height Kohler low-flow toilet and a custom lower vanity cover by Stonepeak to protect the client from pipes. Of course, creating an accessible space was only half the challenge – the bathroom also had to be beautiful and timeless. Rich Caesarstone quartz countertops in Vanilla Noir and a dec- orative border of Maniscalco Botany Bay Pebbles combine with the metallic bronze matte finish cabinetry to create a sleek and modern flavor. GOLD Photos: Dave Adams Photography 76 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018

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