Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2013

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Project Case Study main foor for the homeowner's mother – complete with a bedroom and a bath that incorporated Universal Design elements such as a curbless shower, shower seat, large vanity, and grab bars around the toilet; a new kitchen where the dining room previously existed; and a new master bath upstairs for the homeowner. Other changes included converting the existing powder room and small bar area to a walk-in pantry; incorporating a mud room and new powder room; and adding a front entry to create a foyer. EASY NAVIGATION Overall, Wisniewski was asked to open the small spaces to provide a more functional layout and a Universal Design solution for her client's mother. "It was quite an undertaking," she says. "But, the more we talked, the more she wanted an open space that QUIRKY GLASS CHANDELIER Karran USA, 1291 East Ramsey Road, Vincennes, IN 47591 866.452.7726 Serves as an element of surprise FRAMELESS GLASS Opens the space to make it appear large Circle No. 26 on Product Card 36 | Kitchen & Bath Design News October 2013 was easier for her mother to navigate." While Universal Design was an important focus, Wisniewski prefers to refer to it as convenient design. "It isn't just for the elderly," she says. "It's for everyone. You never know when you might need to use crutches or a walker to maneuver around your home, even if it's only temporary." She focused on incorporating 'convenient' design elements, such as wider openings – 36" whenever possible; adequate lighting – including under cabinets; and drawers with pull hardware rather than knobs. "All of these elements are essential," Wisniewski says. "Incorporating aging-in-place features is important because it's healthier for people to stay in their homes as long as possible. You need to make the spaces safe and convenient so people can do that." In the kitchen, Wisniewski added an PALE BLUE PAINT Coordinates with the bedroom and enhances the tranquil feel of the space

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