Building Better Bathrooms

by Julie Sawchuck, Samantha Proulx, and Jane Vorbrodt



Everyone involved in planning, design, construction, maintenance, owning and operating a building with a bathroom needs this book. Although it was written with public and commercial washroom and change room designs in mind, the information also applies to residential spaces. No matter what kind of building, it’s always easier to move a line on paper — before it is a permanent wall. Regardless of where you are in your construction, it’s never too late to make improvements and build better bathrooms.

Every day, millions of people consider accessibility when determining which business to visit. Whether it is a permanent or temporary disability, access to bathrooms will determine whether or not people choose to come to your restaurant, work at your business or use your recreation complex. If people can’t access your buildings and the washrooms, it will cost you their business.

Building Better Bathrooms will guide you through design criteria for each primary accessible component of a washroom and change room. You will see what “better bathrooms” look like, how they measure up and, most importantly, you will learn why doing it right really matters.

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Building Better Bathrooms


Jane Vorbrodt, Julie Sawchuk, Samantha Proulx

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Sawchuk Accessible Solutions Inc.



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