The center concept

There are many different ways to approach designing bathrooms. This book focuses on the center concept. A center is an area where a particular task or function occurs. The user, space, fixtures, and other components are all analyzed in order to design a center for a particular task. The basic tasks and corresponding centers in the bathroom are grooming, bathing/showering and toileting.

Each bathroom center is described here separately, the tasks and activities are identified, and re­quirements associated with completing tasks safely and conveniently are detailed, followed by design recommendations. The Bathroom Planning Guidelines, important to the safe and comfort­able use of the center, and some related Access Standards are discussed. For a quick reference, summary listings of the NKBA Bathroom Planning Guidelines, with the Access Standards, are pre­sented in Appendix A.

Universal design concepts and ideas are presented and integrated throughout this chapter to en­courage you to think about various user needs while planning the space. Thinking broadly about clients’ needs, now and in the future, can help you develop a thoughtful design that anticipates changes that will occur over their lifespan. In chapter 8, "Accessibility in Practice," you will find

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(a)

 

FIGURE 6.6 This powder room has a wide door and enough floor space that it would meet the criteria for a visit-able bathroom. Grab bars and a clear space under the lavatory would enhance its accessibility even more, Design by NKBA member: Ines Hanl

 

(b)

 

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expanded ideas and recommendations for designing for specific user groups and further discussion of the Bathroom Access Standards.