It's always a great idea to plan ahead... especially when it comes to renovating your home. Which is exactly what our clients did in our latest project. They fell in love with their forever home, but soon came to realize that the layout of their master suite just wouldn't work for them in the long run. The existing bathroom and closet spaces were narrow, dark, uninviting and inaccessible. If they were to grow old together in this house, they'd have to ensure they could make it work both now and when their golden anniversary came around.
The phrases "accessible design", "aging in place", "designing for longevity", etc. are just designer talk for how to help a client's space transition with them through the years. Ensuring that the design and function work for them both now and into the future is extremely important and requires a great deal of forethought. Our clients had already secured a contractor who knew the ins and outs of accessibility codes and requirements, but they needed help with the actual space planning and execution of a cohesive design plan. Enter, Cori Ashlyn Design! One of our absolute most favorite things to do is to take the puzzle pieces of the existing space and reconfigure them into a design that is thoughtful, intentional and functional (oh, and also, really pretty!).
We decided to remove the wall separating the existing bathroom and closet to create one large master en-suite. The open floor plan would ensure that no matter your mobility level, you could still fully enjoy everything that this re-imagined space has to offer! Relocating the closet to one end of the bedroom didn't compromise its spacious feel and allowed for a more custom walk-in closet!
By tucking the vanity cabinetry into the newly created niche, it allowed us to keep our door openings wide and the floor free and clear: both vital components to creating longevity in design. This allows our clients to access the space even from a walker or wheelchair, should the need arise, in the future. Extending the shower depth and installing a low-profile curb creates a hazard-free entry, and the stylish floating bench tucked into the corner is both beautiful and functional.
We chose a neutral color palette and timeless finishes that will easily transition with our clients through the years. The hand-cut porcelain tile in the shower and along the vanity wall provides texture and interest while also remaining classic. The herringbone accent pattern will never look dated or out of style and the charcoal cabinetry provides the added drama this space really needed.
Creating a space that makes it possible to stay in your home for the long-term should be at the top of your priority list when choosing your Forever Home. This project proves that making design accessible through the various stages of your life does not have to come at the sacrifice of beauty and style.
It was such a privilege to help our clients re-imagine their space and create a home that they can and will love for many years to come!