Planning a barrier-free bathroom – tips and ideas for renovation

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People with restricted mobility need spaces that offer them freedom of movement and security. A barrier-free bathroom is an essential part of disabled facilities. What do you have to look out for in the barrier-free renovation and what funding opportunities the state offers?

Planning a barrier-free bathroom – public funding for modernization measures for landlords

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Spacious showers, handicapped accessible toilets and washstands, which can also be used from a wheelchair, are the building blocks of an adapted bathroom. For landlords, the public sector contributes to the costs of setting up a bathroom for the disabled. Owners or private individuals, on the other hand, can deduct the handicapped-accessible renovation as an extraordinary burden. the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) supports with loans and grants, if sinks, bathtubs, showers and toilets are installed that meet the requirements for disabled people.

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The funding program for landlords applies to the conversion of existing properties, i.e. only in the case of renovation or modernization. If the modernization of the bathroom is only part of the overall remodeling process, consumers should ensure that all remodeling costs are accounted for. Because if the renovation costs make up more than 15% of the total purchase price of a property, special tax regulations apply. You can find out more about this here.

New buildings do not benefit from this subsidy, but other subsidy programs can be integrated, for example when it comes to energy-efficient construction. In any case, it is worth checking the public subsidies in connection with the overall financing in order to save interest and construction costs.

Planning an accessible bathroom – ensuring accessibility


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Certain measures are deductible for the disabled-friendly extension of the bathroom. This includes, for example, the installation of a hip bathtub with a bathtub door or a wheelchair-accessible widening of the doors. In tax law, however, there are no comprehensive requirements that have to be met in order for a bathroom to be classified as handicapped accessible. Only renovation work that is solely due to illness or disability can be claimed for tax purposes. Nevertheless, a barrier-free bathroom should have the following properties:

  • The room layout will be changed so that wheelchairs can be maneuvered.
  • Installation of floor-level showers.
  • Handicapped accessible modernization of wash basin, bathtub and toilet. The height of the toilet and washbasin is adjustable, and bathtubs are easier to get into.
  • All steps and other pitfalls have been removed.

Design and technology: Not just for people with disabilities


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The products that are suitable for equipping a handicapped-accessible bathroom have long since been designed not only for people with physical limitations. The design is appealing, individual solutions appear spacious and inviting. The results are modern bathrooms that give physically handicapped people security and yet appear inviting thanks to their modern design.

Security in the bathroom with floor-level entry

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A floor-level shower looks elegant and it meets all safety requirements. Every detail counts for the high quality of a shower suitable for the disabled: Every single facility is designed to offer the user comfort and safety. The threshold-free entry means in practice that stumbling is as good as impossible. If a door leads to the floor-level shower, it must be easy to operate and require little effort. It is advisable to design the entry area of ​​a shower without grooves or rails. A wide entrance also contributes to security. It is also possible for two people to be in the shower at the same time, so that a disabled person or person in need of care including a wheelchair and a carer can comfortably find space. Incidentally, when choosing colors, you should also keep in mind that people with poor eyesight can orientate themselves quickly. A color coding system or signal colors are advantageous to mark the door opening and to mark glass surfaces.

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