Planning bathroom renovations? If your household includes older members, or some who may be experiencing limited mobility for any reason, you may want to consider “age-friendly” fixtures.

Charlie Beeck, president of Tropical Plumbing & Bath — a first-place winner in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s 2016 Hawaii’s Best Awards — noted that fixtures such as walk-in showers and walk-in bathtubs are now commonly specified in bathroom remodeling projects.


“People are living longer, are more health-conscious than ever before, and consequently converting their bathrooms into a more ‘spa-like’ environment,” Beeck said. “They also may be concerned about the safety and convenience of family members with lessened mobility, whether due to age or accident. They may opt for a walk-in bathtub so these individuals can bathe independently and safely without fear of falling.

“Walk-in showers have become one of our most popular installations, often replacing old fashioned stall showers … they are larger, more open, with built-in seating, often with a variety of special shower heads, and some are entirely barrier-free and wheelchair accessible. We are also installing grab bars with the necessary blocking in various bathroom areas, and, as licensed contractors, we understand the structural modifications all these appliances and accessories require.”


Tropical Plumbing & Bath pioneered walk-in bathtubs in Hawaii more than 10 years ago. The products it sells and installs are high quality and American-made. Features include 80-second, dual-drain technology, stainless steel frame, seats, head rests, hydrotherapy jets, air massage, inline water heater to maintain temperature throughout the tub as water circulates, hand-held shower, grab bars and other accessories. For a limited time, a special accessory — a seat heater — will be included at no charge with the purchase of a tub.


Tropical Plumbing & Bath is a “one-stop shop” that handles all phases of bathroom remodeling, including design, sales, installations and plumbing. To arrange a free in-home consultation, contact Tropical Plumbing & Bath at 847-0970.

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