Consumer Guidelines For Residential ADA-Compliant Bathroom Remodeling Projects

Posted on: 27 January 2023

Remodeling one or all of the bathrooms in your home to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will significantly improve the accessibility and safety of your home for those living with mobility challenges. Since an ADA-accessible bathroom remodeling project involves making specific changes to the bathroom space, it is often challenging for homeowners to know what options are available and where to start.

To this end, here is some basic information on the critical elements of an ADA-compliant residential bathroom remodeling project.

Showers and Bathtubs

  • Install a low threshold or curbless shower to make it easier for individuals using wheelchairs or with mobility issues to enter and exit the shower

  • Use a handheld showerhead for added flexibility and convenience

  • Consider installing a shower seat for individuals who have difficulty standing for long periods of time


  • Install a sink that is wheelchair-accessible, with ample knee space underneath for individuals in various-sized wheelchairs to use comfortably

  • Use lever-style faucets instead of knobs to make it easier for individuals with limited hand dexterity to turn the water on and off independently


  • Use a toilet with a higher seat height to make it easier for individuals using wheelchairs to transfer onto the toilet and those with mobility issues to sit and stand back up easier

Grab bars

  • Install grab bars in the shower, next to the toilet, and near the sink to provide added stability and support for people with mobility issues


  • Install cabinet hardware that is easy to grip and use, such as lever-style door handles instead of knobs, which makes it easier for those with limited hand dexterity to open and close the doors

  • Install pull-out shelves in lower cabinets to make it easier to access items stored in the back

By following the guidelines outlined above, you can make your bathroom more accessible and comfortable for everyone who lives in or visits your home. Keep in mind that while some changes may be more costly, they will ultimately pay off in many ways for years into the future.

Lastly, it is essential to consult with a professional remodeling contractor to ensure that your project is up to code and meets the necessary ADA standards. Most bathroom remodeling projects require building permits, and a properly permitted ADA-compliant remodeling project goes a long way toward increasing the value of your real estate when it comes time to sell.

For more information, contact a company like TDR Contracting.


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