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As smart baby boomers begin to reach retirement age, they’re thinking about remodeling based on their future needs. But they want to do it in style. This spa bathroom, designed by Midwest Living Senior Home Editor Carol Schalla, meets the challenge by putting a fresh spin on accessible design.

Aging in place with style

“This space is all about aging in place, but it doesn’t look it,” says Schalla. “I designed this … to accommodate an empty-nester, baby-boomer couple. [It’s] a getaway space for this couple who wanted to start a new time in their life.”

This bathroom is custom-made for couples who like to relish the morning ritual--enjoying a leisurely bath, sipping coffee and watching the morning news.

At one end, shimmering glass sinks rest on illuminated countertops, adding a touch of glamour. This shimmer echoes throughout the room, from glass windows and tiles to the scrolled mirrors above each sink.

Glossy accents contrast with natural elements throughout the room. Rich cherry cabinets surround and separate the vanities, housing the coffee maker and TV. A tropical theme emerges from the blue print wallpaper, and makes its way to the bath and shower area, where indoor plants and leafy art prints add organic greenery.

This bathroom is custom-made for couples who like to relish the morning ritual ...

Soak it in

A spacious tub for soaking away stress and muscle aches is key to any spa bathroom. Schalla placed an Archer® Comfort Depth® tub in the center of the room, against a wall separating the bathing area from the toilet area.

The tub is equipped with aging-in-place features, including a 15-inch deck, low step-over height and lever bath handles for easier operation.

“We made sure the deck on the tub was quite wide and the tub itself is a low-rise tub,” says Schalla. “That makes it easy for someone older to sit on the deck, easily lift their legs over and ease themselves into the bathtub.

”On the other side of the tub is a spacious walk-in shower, complete with multiple WaterTile® bodysprays, a DTV® digital interface and convenient handshower. An extra-wide opening accommodates wheelchair access, and a built-in bench allows for a seated spa experience.

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