The No-Threshold Shower: Accessibility With Design
Would not it be nice to be able to walk directly to the shower without stepping over a threshold or tripping over a sill? Once considered just as a convenience for anyone with mobility problems, zero-threshold showers are at present trendy additions to any home.
Adding a curbless shower is a relatively simple building project. To get a new house, simply specify one at the design phase so the appropriate foundation can be constructed. Though it’s somewhat harder to do if remodeling, as you need to consider potential structural issues, consider reworking the floor construction to get the needed recess. In any scenario, a zero-threshold shower can improve accessibility and your quality of life, particularly if someone in your home has a handicap, or is old and planning to age in place.
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This constant run of floor tiles from the main bathroom area to the shower illustrates the streamlined and contemporary feel a zero-threshold bathtub adds to a space. The shower comprises a typical round drain in the middle of the space rather than a trenchlike drain at the doorway. If you are emulating this design, only make certain that the floor slopes toward the drain.
This design enabled the cabinetry to expand into the shower area, increasing the operational space in the restroom.
Following is a detail of a trench drain that can be used at a zero-threshold shower.
Ana Williamson Architect
This threshold shower, which nearly qualifies as a less-than-zero design, successfully unites two different flooring materials. The timber planks at the shower have been spaced to give drainage and prevent water from pooling. In a design like this, it’s important to make the floorboards removable so the drain could be accessed easily.
Assembling a zero-threshold shower on a ground floor or in basement with a”slab-on-grade” is simple. In new building, lower the slab a few inches at the shower location. If you are remodeling, you’ll need to get rid of a section of the present slab, a rather simple and inexpensive bit of demolition.
If the bathtub sits along with a wood-framed floor, then possibly notch the floor joists or reduce the joist sizing. Before doing this, make certain to speak with your architect to make certain there is sufficient support and the installation meets building codes.
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