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Crest Ridge Master Bath, Austin, Texas

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    Smart features abound. LED under-vanity motion lighting prevents tripping at night.

    Allison Cartwright

    Smart features abound. LED under-vanity motion lighting prevents tripping at night.

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    The wheelchair-accessible vanity sink includes sleek paddle handles.

    Allison Cartwright

    The wheelchair-accessible vanity sink includes sleek paddle handles.

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    The wide doorway is suitable for a wheelchair or a walker.

    Allison Cartwright

    The wide doorway is suitable for a wheelchair or a walker.

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    Lowered light switches allow wheelchair access.

    Allison Cartwright

    Lowered light switches allow wheelchair access.

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    The curbless shower is made with slip-resistant tile.The ADA toilet is pre-plumbed for bidet, and includes grab bars.

    Allison Cartwright

    The curbless shower is made with slip-resistant tile.The ADA toilet is pre-plumbed for bidet, and includes grab bars.

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    The shower has two heads; one for sit-down and one for wheelchair access.

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    The shower has two heads; one for sit-down and one for wheelchair access.

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    The shower fixture controls are accessible from wheelchair height.

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    The shower fixture controls are accessible from wheelchair height.

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    Niche shelves positioned at wheelchair meet the needs of household members who are physically challenged, as well as those who are not.

    Allison Cartwright

    Niche shelves positioned at wheelchair meet the needs of household members who are physically challenged, as well as those who are not.

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    In the curbless shower, the tile runs in the direction of a large drain, facilitating water capture.

    Allison Cartwright

    In the curbless shower, the tile runs in the direction of a large drain, facilitating water capture.

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    Grab bars are set throughout the bathroom.

    Allison Cartwright

    Grab bars are set throughout the bathroom.

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    The shower was designed around an existing skylight to provide natural light during the day, resulting in a master bath that meets ADA requirments, with an overall impression of style and high function.

    Allison Cartwright

    The shower was designed around an existing skylight to provide natural light during the day, resulting in a master bath that meets ADA requirments, with an overall impression of style and high function.

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    Niche shelves are positioned at each shower head, for both standing and sitting access.

    Niche shelves are positioned at each shower head, for both standing and sitting access.

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    Vanities are ADA compliant and include undercounter lighting.

    Allison Cartwright

    Vanities are ADA compliant and include undercounter lighting.

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    The judges awarded the Crest Ridge Master Bath a Special focus for being a design that's truly universal. It exemplifies that meets current needs of the household, and it looks down the road toward future needs.

    Allison Cartwright

    The judges awarded the Crest Ridge Master Bath a Special focus for being a design that's truly universal. It exemplifies that meets current needs of the household, and it looks down the road toward future needs.

 

The words universal design get used frequently. But design that’s meant for all—equal parts hard-working and beautiful, answering both current needs and future ones, and that serves those who are physically challenged as well as those who are not—is rare.

The Crest Ridge master bath earned a Special Focus award because it does it all with its sleek finishes, motion-sensitive lighting, curbless shower that drains easily, and showerheads and niche shelves set at both standing and wheelchair height. The jury was in unanimous agreement about the Crest Ridge master bath: Universal design like this is design that needs to be encouraged.

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