Universal Age-in-Place Design Reveals the Art of Bath

Universal Age-in-Place Design Reveals the Art of Bath

The client wanted to create a spa-like feel without undertaking any significant structural changes

They were conscious to take into consideration thoughts towards the future for aging in place to be able to stay in their home.

North Burnaby

Master Spa Bath, Kitchen, Main Floor Renovation


Minimalist, Modernist, Modern


To create a spa like bath retreat with considerations to future aging in place capacity in the home.


A cramped dual sink counter was removed creating space for double-sized shower. No barrier threshold enhances room’s open ambiance and helps future-proof for clients ability to age in place. Spa ambiance is enhanced by re-locating the toilet and adding a privacy wall to eliminate visibility while bathing, as well as creating a serene simplicity thru minimalist cabinetry, finishes and fixtures that reduce visual clutter.


Space was created for double sized shower by removing a cramped dual-sink counter. The shower features an elegant frameless glass door, built-in bench heated for comfort, rain showerhead, hand wand, a trio of blind-hung glass corner shelves. A no-barrier threshold enhances the room’s open ambience and helps future-proof for clients who want to age in place.

New his’n’her sinks with matched individual vanities feature farm-style square sinks, floating cabinets, and mirrored medicine cabinets framed by double sconce lighting.

Dated glass block ‘window’ above tub and in shower are covered with sand blasted glass to create illusion of contemporary transom windows – costly structural modifications avoided and natural light penetration retained. Space feels larger with a sense of balanced grandeur and formality without altering footprint.

Project Recognition

CHBA National SAM Award 2013 FINALIST – Best Any Room

CHBA-BC Provincial Georgie Award 2013 FINALIST – Best Any Room

  • hand-held shower wand for bathing alternative
  • strong horizontal design lines
  • durable 'travertine look' ceramic tiles
  • translucent sand-blasted glass feature window
  • contemporary low-profile easy clean fixtures
  • radiant heating - flooring, shower and bench
  • clean modern farm style square sinks