Make Your Bath More Accessible with Universal Design Principles

Schloegel Design Remodel specializes in bathrooms. In fact, that's why we created the Big Splash Custom Bath Giveaway, our annual project in which we remodel a bathroom to make it handicap accessible for a young child with special needs.

But what if you'd like accessible features, without needing a full-blown remodel? You may want to explore universal design, which emphasizes fixtures and layouts that make spaces accessible for people of all abilities.

How do I convert a 1/2 bathroom to 3/4 bathroom inexpensively?


I have a half bath I'd like to convert to a 3/4 cheaply but still have it add to the home's value. There is a toilet at the far end and a vanity cabinet and sink, all on the left wall as you enter the space. There is not enough room for a 36x36 shower base, nor for a 32" base, to fit in front of the toilet as it faces out, and the floor is tile so I'd rather not tear it up.

Historical Hyde Park Renovation Bathroom!

Gayle Jagoda had a wonderful time restoring this beautiful duplex in historical Hyde Park.  She has a passion for working towards restoring older properties back to their original splendor and style—whether they are a classic 1920’s duplex or a vintage 1960’s contemporary!

These before pictures show the main bathrooms in this duplex.

Consider a Curbless Shower

This barrier-free shower floor is not just geared for individuals who have accessibility needs.  It is a seamless look that allows a beautiful transition from the main bath area into the shower area.  “Tuff-Form” is a preformed shower base made by AKW that provides slope to the drain and sits directly on top of the floor joists.