What is Inclusive Design?
The official Definition: (British Standards Institute 2005)
The design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible without the need for special adaptation or specialised design.
This means that people of all ages including those who are well or have minor or major health conditions can share and enjoy the same facilities and spaces. It is important to remember we are living in the 21st Century – an age of equality and aspirational living across the generations. Bathrooms are places to pamper, luxuriate and relax in, and bathrooms ‘sell’ houses. Renovating or replacing a bathroom is a major financial outlay, so in order to maximise the return on your investment, it is vital to ensure your chosen bathroom will appeal to, and meet, not only your needs but also those of your extended family and any future buyers.
The great news is that by using the principles of Inclusive Design, whether you are active and healthy or have minor or major health and/or mobility difficulties, we can enable you to have the beautiful bathroom of your dreams fully accessible and usable by you, your family and friends.
Total Bathrooms works collaboratively with Elaine Hollerhead, OT and Interior Designer of ‘DESIGNATE’ and other specialist partners, to create amazing looking bathrooms for people who have specialist needs. That way these spaces can look as fantastic and appealing as possible for them and the various generations of their family. No utilitarian plastic white fittings allowed! Our specialist partners are:
Elaine Hollerhead is an Interior designer and occupational therapist from DESIGNATE Housing Adaptations Interior Design & Colour Consultancy which is a unique health-focused Interior Design Service for people of all ages, including those who are currently well or have minor or major disabling health conditions. let her make functional fabulous.
1st Choice Stairlifts is a ‘Which?’ trusted trader with many years of expertise specialising in stairlifts and vertical home lifts. They supply, install and maintain a wide selection of makes and models and can provide bespoke finishes to help personalise your lift to your home. They’re passionate about keeping people in their own homes, living independently for longer and staying safe on the stairs.
We are currently the only bathroom store in the South West of England to offer this unique service. Please click on the logos above to find out more about our partners.