For clients who use a wheelchair, nothing beats a bathroom sink with legroom underneath. Without such a sink, a wheelchair user must roll sideways up to a cabinet and employ an awkward, potentially painful body twist just to use the faucet. But an accessible sink lets wheelchair users experience a level of ease performing simple hygiene tasks that the able-bodied among us take for granted. With such a noble function, however, form often gets short shrift. It doesn’t have to be that way. We show that accessible sinks can be both handy and handsome.
82% Respondents with a full bath on the main level of their home. 43% have a half-bath on the main level*
“Home and Community Preferences of the 45+ Population,” AARP survey, November 2010
|Lock & Roll
When architect Emory Baldwin designed a Seattle house for his family, he thought of both current and future needs. Though the family is young and able-bodied, visiting inlaws — who may one day move in — need an accessible environment. Baldwin designed the ground fl oor for wheelchair accessibility, including this bathroom. When wheelchair users visit, the vanity cabinet rolls out of the way on its lockable casters. The house won an AARP/NAHB Livable Communities Award for its intergenerational focus.