Central_bathroom_guidelines.jpgIf you are considering remodeling your Orlando area bathroom or adding an additional bathroom to your home, you will want to become familiar with the current guidelines and rules that will help you have a successful remodel.

The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) created this list from current research, design trends, and building code requirements. They also took into consideration current lifestyles. When following these rules, you can be confident that your bathroom will be both safe and functional.

Bathroom Design Guidelines

Door Size– The entry of the doorway should be a minimum of 32 in order to meet the America with Disabilities Act. While most of us may never use a wheelchair it is always good to plan for the unexpected. With universal design being one of the biggest trends your bathroom should be accessible to people of all ages and disabilities.

Door Interference Your goal is to make sure when the door opens it does not slam into the back of a person or bump into another cabinet or bathroom fixture. If you have a small bathroom it is suggested that the door swings out instead of in.

Clear Floor Space It is recommended that the floor space is 30 between the front edge of fixtures (ex: toilet, tub, shower) to any opposing bath fixture or wall.

Bath Clearance The clearance in front of the bathtub should be at least the length of the bathtub and a minimum of 30 wide.

Sink Placement The centerline of the sink should be at least 20 inches to the sidewall or any other obstacle. If you have a freestanding sink the distance between a wall and the edge of the sink should be at least 4.

Toilet Placement Dont try to cram your toilet in to such a small space that your elbows are hitting the wall or vanity. NKBA recommends a minimum of 18 even though most building codes will allow for 15. If your toilet is in its own separate room the dimensions of the room should be 36 X 66.

Ceiling Height 80 is the recommended minimum standard height from floor to ceiling, except in areas where individuals cant walk. It is recommended that you check the building codes for your area

Vanity Height A lot of that depends on the height of the users and what is most comfortable. If you have two or more users with varying height it is usually recommended that you opt for 36, which is standard. According to the NKBA vanity height should be between 32-43. Keep in mind 32 would be for a small child and they do grow up.

To read the complete list of bathroom guidelines and for visual images click here.

When using Central Cabinetry to help with your Orlando area bathroom remodel you have the added benefit of professional designers who know and understand the building codes and specific bathroom design rules for your area. While it is good to be familiar with them so you understand why your contractor is doing something you can leave the worrying to the experts. We can help you avoid common bathroom remodeling mistakes and save you time and money. If you would like to discuss purchasing Central Florida cabinets and countertops for your bathroom renovation you can contact us here to schedule an appointment.

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