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As part of the 50+ Housing Council in Raleigh, one of the things we look forward to is sharing really cool ideas from new home builders and interior design experts who are willing to share some of their secrets and most popular features.
Our most requested universal design ideas make your bathroom safe, user-friendly, functional, and beautiful - through built-in convenience that costs a lot less when you plan ahead.
Countertop Height - New Home Universal Design in the Bathroom
How high should a bathroom countertop be for maximum efficiency and functionality?
Standard vanity cabinets are about 32" high. At Stanton Homes, we use 35" high vanities, which are optimum height for standing in front of the countertop.
But the most functional countertop height may actually be a combination of heights. Think about including a standard or dropped height "seating" section at the vanity if at all possible. A comfortable chair specifically for the bathroom can be perfect for applying make up or completing other tasks.
The seating area should have leg room of 27 to 29 inches, and be 32 to 36 inches wide.
If the seating area is at a sink, the piping should be set as far to the rear as possible and covered with a protective panel.
Countertop Choices - New Home Universal Design in the Bathroom
Rounded edges are user friendly. Think about traditional Formica tops with their sharp right angles. Today's options include cultured marble, solid surface, and granite, all of which can offer nicely rounded edges.
Consider your color selections. Countertops should contrast with cabinetry and wall colors, very helpful for anyone with limited vision.
How easy are your countertops to clean? Any countertop with an integral sink (like cultured marble) eliminates seams and makes cleaning easier.
Granite is beautiful, but keep in mind that it is porous and will need to be sealed.
Vanity Space and Storage - New Home Universal Design in the Bathroom
Do you have room for the curling iron, electric razor, and other items? Make sure there's enough countertop space (and outlets) to safely keep often-used personal items on the countertop, but out of the way.
For a large vanity, you might even consider a stack of upper cabinetry, or an appliance garage.
Include an outlet inside the cabinet or garage, and it's easy to charge electric razors when not in use, but out of sight.
Consider the amount of storage space, especially if one section of countertop is accessible for seated users. It might make sense to include a set of drawers instead of a large cabinet, for ease of use.
Vanity Door Hardware - New Home Universal Design in the Bathroom
Choose cabinet and drawer hardware that's easy to grasp and pull.
Large "C" or "D" shaped handles work great, and can add interest and contrast to your vanity cabinets.
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Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area
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Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new homes in the Raleigh area today.
Article copyright Stanton Homes 2010. Provided for informational purposes only, no claims are made by Stanton Homes regarding the validity of any statements. Please note: all listing information per MLS, and current as of posting date. Information subject to change. Stanton Homes does not make claims to ownership of above lot listings, but can work with homebuyers to purchase lots and build. Home plans to be approved on an individual basis, subject to neighborhood restrictive covenants and lot restrictions. Ask for further information regarding any community, lot or floor plan. Photos represent typical homes and details of each neighborhood, to help highlight different options available in the Raleigh/Triangle area. No claim of ownership is made to homes or land pictured.
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