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Are bathroom accessories like a toilet paper holder, towel bar, or grab bar required by the building code?
Sunday, June 17, 2018
While a toilet paper holder and towel bar are expected by homebuyers, especially in new construction, we know of no building code requirement that they be installed in a private residence. Local housing authorities may have specifications for them in the properties under their jurisdiction, however, and there are also standards for toilet paper holders and grab bars for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance in public bathrooms.
Having grab bars in a bathroom and the readily accessible placement of other bathroom accessories becomes more important as people age; but, again, they are not a building code requirement. These features are now often included in new homes in 55+ communities and being retrofitted in existing homes as part of the “Aging in Place” programs to help seniors stay in their home longer. For more on this, see our blog post What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?
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