Bathroom / September 4, 2018 / Romina Doran.
Fortunately, it is not generally that hard to widen a bathroom door. Unless it is located right up against a wall where things really can not be moved, you should be able to expand it a few inches and allow for the level of clearance you need. Which side of the door you expand does not matter. The key is getting the door frame the exact right size so that the door will close properly.
That could mean expanding the current bathroom you have, or simply rearranging it so it works better for someone who needs more space in which to maneuver. No matter which you choose, adequate clearance is essential. It is not just about getting a wheelchair into the space, but about having enough room to transfer to the toilet and tub or shower, as well as turning around without hitting walls.
Remodeling a bathroom for someone who is aging in place is very different than one based on aesthetics or home value. If you or a loved one are remodeling with an eye to your future needs, there are some very important issues to consider before you start and as you are going through the process. From design to safety to ease of use, remodeling a bathroom will take time and effort, and there will be costs involved.
But for anyone who wants to age in place, though, it can be very worthwhile to have a bathroom that is comfortable and safe to use easily as needs change. From something as simple as sensor lights to adding another bathroom, there are options and considerations for anyone who intends to stay in place. But without a clear picture of what you really want to do with your project, you may find that the costs continue to rise and the needed changes either do not get completed or are not what you really expected.