by Lisa Pilorz
Senior Access Planner
Costly problems are often encountered during construction when designs provide only the minimum required clearances. Bathroom layouts can be particularly tricky.
The graphic image and photo, included here, illustrate the type of fixture placement issue that can occur during construction. The architectural drawings show the bathroom layout with just enough clearance at the shower; a minimum 30” x 48” clearance adjacent and perpendicular to the shower control wall.
Since this condition was identified early in construction, the redesign of the bathroom may be less costly than if discovered in later phases of construction or at project completion.
Verifying specified toilet dimensions when designing and including early construction site walks in your planning are two ways to prevent costly construction fixes.