Future planning for all generations
Future planning for all generations As bathrooms have a long service life, it is all the more important to think ahead and consider future requirements. When planned carefully, the comfortable bathroom of today can meet the needs of elderly users tomorrow or even be completely barrier-free. Comfort, flexibility and safety can exist alongside sophisticated design in a welcoming atmosphere.

Starck 3 barrier free bathroom

Variety at the washing area
The washing area is the central functional area of the bathroom. It is in frequent use and has to be easily accessible from the front and also safe to use. The ideal solution: consoles with built-in or above counter basins that provide legroom for comfortable use of the washing area, even when seated. In addition, above counter washbasins enable a raised washing position. Thanks to ample storage areas, all care products can be kept within easy reach. From wood decors and high-gloss varnishes to real-wood veneers, the practical consoles also offer lots of different possibilities for creating an individual look.

DuraStyle barrier free washbasin

Particularly flat washbasins, such as the Vero washbasin that is just 165 mm high, are comfortable to use when seated and, available in widths of 50, 60, 70 or 80 cm, do not take up lots of space. The same applies to the Vital models in the D-Code, DuraStyle, Starck 3 or Architec series that also meet current DIN DuraStyle barrier free washbasin standards 18024/II and 18025/I+II for barrier-free bathrooms and that are wheelchair-accessible. For an optimum effect, mirrors and shelves should be easily accessible or moveable from different heights.

Comfortable use of the toilet
Even those with slightly reduced mobility may find it difficult to use the toilet. The SensoWash C and SensoWash Slim shower-toilets are also suitable for people with restricted mobility and really facilitate hygiene: a stainless steel spray arm with three shower types performs the function of a bidet. Operation is easy via remote control. The height of the seat is also crucial for optimum comfort when using the toilet. The Starck 3 wall-mounted WC offers a five centimetres higher seated position making it easier for the user to stand up again after using the toilet. As it works with existing connections, it is ideal for renovation projects.

DuraStyle  wallhung barrier-free toilet 

Sufficient room for manoeuvre in front of the toilet ensures safe and comfortable mobility, even if a walking frame or wheelchair is needed at some point in the future. Handles that can be added at the sides later on, prevent falls, whilst toilet-paper holders and flush plates within easy reach further enhance comfort. Of course, special Vital models from the D-code, Architec and Starck series are also available to match the washbasins. The 700 mm projection complies with current DIN standards. Fold-out grab bars that are firmly fixed in position and that have an integrated toilet-paper holder are used as transfer devices. A back support also offers additional relief, just in case.

Flush-fitting shower
A flush-fitting shower tray is not only the best solution from a visual point of view but it is also easy to clean, safe and helps to prevent falls. Shower trays with dimensions 120 x 120 cm meet the criteria of DIN 18025/I + II and 18040-2E for barrier-free bathrooms and also offer sufficient room for manoeuvre – even for an additional helper.
DuraPlan shower tray 

The models in three different materials are ideal for forward planning: the DuraPlan shower tray with Anti-slip coating made of sanitary acrylic is the elegant classic. In the P3 Comforts shower tray made of the new DuraSolid A with slip-resistant properties, the easy-clean outlet is beautifully integrated in a slightly raised shelf. The Stonetto shower tray meets highest aesthetic requirements and is made of DuraSolid Q that has an outstanding look and feel. The matte surface looks like authentic stone and is slip-resistant. It is available in the colours White, Sand and Anthracite. A shower seat offers additional safety and comfort in the shower and folds away for maximum convenience.

Comfort and quality of life
Well-planned and well-executed measures for greater accessibility not only improve quality of life and enhance the everyday comfort that is so important to the elderly, but they also increase the value of a property. In addition, thinking ahead when planning a new bathroom also enables its users to live independently for as long as possible. Duravit AG Founded in 1817 in Hornberg in the Black Forest, Duravit AG is today a leading international manufac-turer of designer bathrooms. The company operates in more than 130 countries worldwide and stands for inno-vations in the field of good design, the intelligent use of technology and top quality. In cooperation with high-profile international designers, such as Philippe Starck and EOOS, the company develops comfortable bathrooms that really enhance quality of life for us-ers on a sustained basis. Duravit's product portfolio comprises sanitary ceramics, bathroom furniture, baths and shower trays, wellness systems, shower-toilets and accessories. 

Barrier free bathroom with DuraStyle washbasin and toilet, DuraPlan shower tray

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