Making your bathroom greener and more accessible
As we grow older some of us begin to struggle with the accessibility of particular areas of our house. This is particularly evident in the bathroom which can be a dangerous environment when wet. People who suffer from manoeuvrability problems therefore often remodel their bathroom to make it more accessible.
You may want to reconstruct your bathroom completely and consider building a walk in shower. Walk in showers, or wet rooms are great because there are reduced trip hazards and users do not have to worry about getting in or out of the shower and can simply walk into it. There are many other options for making your bathroom more accessible but is there a way to make them green too? After all, we all want to be as environmentally friendly as possible nowadays and that extends to our home improvements.
Raising the height of your toilet seat is a simple and inexpensive way to improve the accessibility in your bathroom. You can get on and off a toilet with relative ease when it is raised higher and things such as foot-activated flushers can also be good aids when you are going to the toilet. To give this improvement the green edge, look for a toilet which is efficient on its use of water too – perhaps offering two different flush options.
A few well-placed grab bars can make all the difference to your bathroom too. Make sure that they are the correct height and angle on the wall and are properly installed to a reinforced wall for safety concerns. Mobility aids like this don’t waste energy or other resources so there’s no need to worry about green considerations.
Extend the space
You can expand your bathroom space in other ways other than putting in a walk in shower. You could make the whole bathroom space bigger and this would help your to manoeuvre around your bathroom. Wide aisles and outward opening doors help make the most of the room that is available in your bathroom.
If you are planning on extending the space then now is a good time to look at using environmentally friendly materials in your new bathroom. You’d be surprised at what recycled materials can be made into these days and there are a great range of eco-friendly bathroom products which you can use. By renovating your bathroom you could also take the time to invest in a more efficient shower or update your water heating system – changes which can have a profound impact on your carbon footprint.