Remodel with the Idea of Getting Older

by | Mar 15, 2013 | Home Improvement, Remodeling

One thing is for certain, none of us is getting any younger. And, while many of us do not like to thing about getting older, it is definitely something to consider if you plan to remodel bathroom in Bowie home, especially if that is the home in which you plan to spend your retirement. Usually the minute we begin to plan to remodel, we start to think about all of the fancy features that we would like, or the stunning fixtures that we want to install. And, though those are certainly important considerations, it is equally important to ensure that as we age, we will be safe in the bathroom that we have decked out so elegantly.

The statistics are clear, the elderly have an incredibly difficult time in bathrooms. Whether it is close quarters that makes the maneuvering of a walker impossible, or the number of slip and fall accidents that the elderly suffer in bathrooms, anything that can be done to remodel a bathroom so that it is safer for us as we age is a plus. If you are going to spend the money to remodel your bathroom, make sure that you do so with a view as to how you will want the bathroom to serve you not just in the short term future, but several years down the line.

Obviously, one the best things to do when you remodel is to make sure that safety bars are available in as many key areas as possible – especially near the commode and in the shower. Safety bars will not only help to keep you safe, but they also provide a sense of security for you when you are still perfectly capable of getting around the bathroom, but like the reassurance and added balance provided by grab bars.

Another relatively easy thing to do when you remodel the bathroom is to widen the door so that if the time should come when you or another family member should have to use a walker or be confined to a wheelchair, you can still easily access the bathroom on your own. Most interior doorways are just a few inches shy of being able to easily accommodate such devices and your remodeling company should be able to widen your bathroom door without having to make any major structural changes.

While you are making plans to remodel the bathroom of your Bowie home, remember to think about all of the contingencies that could be involved in a few years. By all means, install the beautiful fixtures you desire, and create the style that you’d like to see. However, at the same time, consider the ways in which you can make your bathroom safe for anyone who might be using it in the years to come.

American Bath can assist you with the remodel of the bathroom of your Bowie home. Family owned and operated, American Bath has offered complete bathroom remodeling and repair services to the Bowie area for over twenty years. We look forward to helping you plan your bathroom remodel and can help you to plan for the future whether that includes the potential sale of your home or plans to remain through retirement. Call us today at 240.821.6367 or contact us via the web at

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