Local remodeler offers age-friendly bath designs
Bathroom remodeling with fixtures and features that meet the needs of all household members, with particular attention to safety and convenience, is a specialty of Tropical Plumbing and Bath. Company president Charlie Beeck, a Building Industry Association of Hawaii “Remodeler of the Year,” advises that the best way to start your project is to make an appointment for a free consultation.
“Our designer will assess the scope of work, the space involved and any special requirements of family members, such as features that address limited mobility … for example, barrier-free walk-in showers and walk-in bathtubs,” he said.
Beeck introduced walkin bathtubs in Hawaii more than a decade ago and has installed these fixtures in homes and apartments throughout Oahu, as well as at Kuakini Medical Center (see photo).
“We were honored that Kuakini chose our walk-in tubs for their senior living facilities,” Beeck said. “We handled every phase of the installation, including the plumbing required by the new fixtures.”
As walk-in bathtubs have continued to grow in popularity, new styles, sizes and accessories have become available. Components such as grab bars, seats, headrests, easy-turn leverstyle faucets and hand-held sprays are standard features. There are also models that provide hydrotherapy to soothe tired muscles and relieve stiffness and stress.
Custom walk-in showers have become the company’s most popular installation and are available with a variety of spray styles, as well as benches and grab bars; wheelchair accessibility can also be specified.
“The segment of the population that we refer to as the ‘baby boomers’ is aging and concerned about convenience and safety in the home. Walk-in bathtubs and walk-in showers are seen as a good investment in their future,” Beeck said.
As a licensed Hawaii general contractor, Tropical handles every phase of bathroom renovations, from plumbing to final finishes. The company has also received two Honolulu Star-Advertiser “Hawaii’s Best” awards.
To arrange a free consultation, contact Tropical Plumbing and Bath at 847-0970. A $1,000 discount is currently offered on complete bathroom remodeling.
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