It would be a good thing to take a second look the next time you visit a gorgeous master bathroom. It would be easier if one had a step or two on getting in and out of a large tub. But one of the Interior designers, Adele Lampert of Page One Interiors, Inc. in Barrington, disagrees. It is much safer to sit on the deck and rotate than think of a slippery foothold. While we often think of interior design as creating pretty rooms, there can also be underlying safety issues. Educated and experienced designers like Lampert can spot them and find solutions for homeowners.
If you want paint colors, that’s a decorator. If you’re remodeling, you need new lighting and all kinds of details and you need a higher level of expertise. All designers are good. Everyone has their niche.Elk grove homes on sale have all the designer look and feel that one would expect especially in bath, kitchen, and bedroom.
Here are other safety tips that designers know - and they all assure us these can be done attractively.
• Put smaller pieces - even mosaics - by the tub. Tiles are rated for slipperiness, but generally shiny is not good.
• Consider safety bars and hand rails, most of these have gotten much more attractive.
• Low-level LED lighting that are operated by a switch or photocell, is a good idea in areas such as cabinet toe-kicks as well as along stairs and can make nights much safer. (Joan Kaufman of Interior Planning & Design, Inc. of Naperville)
• Tub and shower faucets should have anti-scald valves, said Barbara Ellen Polster of Barbara Ellen Home Interiors in Roselle.
• If you have room, a door that opens outward from the bathroom could prevent someone who falls from being trapped in the bathroom.( Polster)
• Sometimes shiny countertops can reflect light in a way that makes chopping dangerous. Round those corners on the countertops to avoid sharp ones, and make sure that people can put hot pots down close to the cooktop to minimize the danger of burns. (Polster)
• Elk Grove homes normally see that microwaves should not be installed above the cooktop.
• Especially in a home with children, knobs to operate a cooktop are safer on the top than on the front/
• Even though outlets in the kitchen must have ground fault circuit interrupters, they should still be kept away from plumbing and water.
• Be sure any window treatments are made of flame retardant fabric and do not have cords that can be dangerous to young children. Blinds can come with remote controls these days.
• Shag carpeting, can hide very painful things small things under the carpeting rug.
• Motion activated lighting at every entry is a good idea.
• In a room where more people are found is to install lighting fixtures with more than one bulb, then if one bulb burns out you still have light.
• Threshold and level changes between rooms can be tripping hazards.
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