Innovations in Bath Design
More homeowners are replacing bathtubs with the practicality and sensibility of walk-in showers. One of the main reasons for a curbless shower is the greater ease of use and accessibility for everyone from older family members to children. This universal design feature is also safe for wheelchair use. Some of the other benefits of a curbless shower include lower maintenance because there are fewer nooks and crannies to clean. And design-wise, it also creates cleaner lines in because there’s less visual clutter. We often pair these showers with full glass doors which also create a feeling of open space.
Low Profile Drains
Shower drains have come a long way, from being a mere utilitarian feature to a statement piece in showers. Traditionally, drains were installed in the center of a shower and required four slopes and small tiles. Now low profile and linear drains are being used in curbless showers with a single slope and can accommodate large format tiles. These new drains reduce barriers and increase accessibility. They can also be installed at the exit of the shower for barrier-free showers. The grates of these drains also feature modern patterns and bronze or stainless steel finishes.
Rising Wall Bath Tub
Another universal design feature is the Kohler Elevance™ Rising Wall bath tub. Unlike traditional or walk-in baths, this product allows the user to sit comfortably and then raise the side wall for use. A stylish alternative to walk-in and institutional-looking options, this bath is designed to fit a standard five-foot alcove. It is engineered to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for years of independence, comfort and safety. The extra-wide opening and chair-height seat provide a safe and comfortable way to enter and leave the bath, while the specially designed waterfall fill eliminates the need for a spout.