No Enthusiasm Curb for Curbless Showers

Filed in Design, Housing Trends, Remodelers by on May 29, 2019 3 Comments

When it comes to the most sought-after aging-in-place projects, bathrooms dominate the top spot.

In a recent NAHB survey of remodelers, more than eight out of 10 reported that installing grab bars (89%), higher toilets (85%) and curbless showers (82%) were the most common aging-in-place projects.

Widening doorways, the next most-common project on the list, came in at a distance 59%.

Even though the underlying motivation seems similar in both cases, walk-in bathtubs have not become nearly as common as curbless showers. Only 12% of remodelers reported installing walk-in tubs.

When NAHB began asking aging-in-place remodeling questions in 2004, curbless showers were about as common as wider doorways. But over the years, the share of NAHB remodelers installing curbless showers has grown from 54% to 82%.

NAHB senior economist Paul Emrath provides more details in this Eye on Housing blog post.

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  1. JOYCE WATTS says:

    Yes – good changes/installs. Lever type faucet handles also a high priority (not listed here).

  2. mark worley says:

    Curbless showers by far. Gone are the whirlpool tubs…We are removing the tubs and incorporating the shower and tub space into a carwash shower. http://www.worleyconst.com

  3. Jill Barden , PT, CAPS says:

    All are great aging-in-place features, but the real benefits and value come from the detailed planning of each product installation. “Curbless” is oftentimes interpreted as “a lower curb or threshold”. Curbless should mean just that – NO CURB or Zero-entry. Even a 3/4″ curb will prohibit the use of a rolling shower chair. The functional ability of the end-user should determine locations and heights of ADA compliant grab bars, shower controls, vertical slide bars, and hand showers is critical to maximizing the independence of the user. ADA specs do not accommodate all users. Clear space outside and inside the shower area must provide turning space for a wheeled assistive device as well as maneuvering space for a caregiver. The need for an accessible bathroom sink is oftentimes neglected. The homeowners do not always know or are in denial about their long-term needs. Having a CAPS PT or OT do a home assessment and make recommendations for the overall design will ensure that the home modifications will truly make the customer’s home a for a lifetime! Jill Barden, PT, CAPS – NAHB Homes for Life Award recipient

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