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Bathroom Components

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Bathroom Components

In this post, we summarize and link to separate posts on those home improvement products that are bathroom components.

Bathroom Vanity

We describe the types of vanity best suited to the master bathroom, guest bathroom, and powder room. Again, from the point of view of Universal Design and accessibility, we like the floating or cantilevered vanity.

Bathroom Sink

We discuss the main types of bathroom sinks suited to a remodel project. These are under-mount bathroom sinks, drop-in bathroom sinks,  vessel bathroom sinks, integrated bathroom sinks, wall-mounted bathroom sinks, and pedestal bathroom sinks. We talk about the best application for aging in place and accessibility

Bathroom Faucets

We detail the types of bathroom faucets that work best in a remodeling or renovation project. We approach this from the point of view of universal design and aging in place. So we only recommend the lever-type and hands-free or touchless, faucet for both bathtubs and sinks. And we think we are ahead of the trend line in this.


We recommend the comfort height toilet for all purposes from the point of view of Universal Design. They can be floor-mounted or wall-hung. We discuss the benefits of the squatting stool for the best elimination.


We cover standalone bidets but recommend the integrated “smart toilet” or the bidet toilet seat add-on. We link to a full discussion of the health benefits of bidets.

Bidet-Toilet Combo

The bidet-toilet combo revolutionized the bidet and made it practical for everyone

Bidet Background and Benefits

This is an extensive piece on the history, health, and other benefits of the bidet, especially in an aging-in-place application.

Bathroom Grab Bars

Grab bars are an essential part of an aging-in-place remodel. However, we recommend their use in any remodel as part of our Universal Design remodeling philosophy. They are an appropriate safety feature for every bathroom. We describe the various types of grab bars and their installation.

Bathroom Shower

Again, we approach showers in a remodeling or renovation project from the point of view of Universal Design and aging in place. So our emphasis is on the curbless shower. We touch on wet rooms. We recommend seats and shelves as part of shower installations.

Shower Heads

We discuss the various types of showerheads available and explain that in our opinion the dual showerhead provides the best overall shower experience. Our opinion is driven by Universal Design principles but, obviously, personal preference has a great deal to do with a decision on showerheads.

Soaking Tubs 

We approach soaking tubs from an accessibility and aging-in-place point of view. We touch on low step-over tubs and tub-to-shower conversion kits.

Air Tub vs Jetted Tub

We explain the difference between an air tub and a jet tub. We focus on its application for aging in place and the walk-in version. We touch on the possibility of their tax deductibility as a medical expense and that they might be covered by certain Medicare Advantage programs.

Home Sauna Spa 

We discuss the benefits of sauna and steam shower therapy. We go over the differences between infrared and regular steam saunas. The occasion of a remodel or renovation project may be a perfect time to add this healthful item to your bathroom.

Indoor Saunas

We briefly introduce the indoor sauna.

Steam Showers

Steam showers are a great alternative to the steam-type sauna, especially if there is no room for a separate sauna. We discuss the standalone steam shower and the steam generator that can be used to convert an existing shower to a steam shower.

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