Making bathroom ‘age friendly’
Designing bathrooms for homes where aging-in-place is a concern, or where mobility of some household members may already be an issue, is a specialty of Tropical Plumbing and Bath.
In-home consultation with a bathroom remodeling specialist is free and available by appointment. A $1,500 discount on complete renovation has recently been extended also to single-fixture installation of custom designed walk-in showers and state-of-theart walk-in bathtubs.
Company president Charlie Beeck, a Building Industry Association of Hawaii “Remodeler of the Year,” advises that the best way to get your project off to a good start is an on-site meeting with an experienced remodeler.
“You can meet right in your home with one of our designers who will assess the area and scope of work, discuss the family’s needs, including any special requirements for household members with physical challenges, such as wheelchair accessibility, choose the new fixtures to be installed, provide a preliminary budget and design plan, and set a time frame for completion,” Beeck says. “The bathroom has become the primary focus of aging-inplace residential remodeling.
“Bathrooms in single family homes and condos are now being transformed into comfortable, safe environments. Small spaces are being redesigned to accommodate fixtures that represent the latest technology. Walk-in, barrier-free showers are typically replacing old-style stall showers. People today are very health conscious — they know the importance of maintaining good health at all ages. Walk-in tubs and showers are seen as a good investment in their future. Grab bars, seats, easy-turn lever-style faucets, and built-in or hand-held showers are standard features. There are also models that provide hydrotherapy.”
Tropical handles all phases of bathroom remodeling, including installation and plumbing. A licensed contractor in Hawaii for nearly 25 years, Tropical has received two Honolulu Star-Advertiser “Hawaii’s Best” first-place awards. They have also received testimonials from satisfied clients (see the breakout box above).
To make an appointment for a free in-home consultation, please call Tropical Plumbing and Bath at 808-847-0970.
The owner of a rental with an old fashioned bathroom writes:
“From the start, your user-friendly approach made the entire renovation process relatively painless. I greatly appreciate your prompt responses, your professional guidance when decisions needed to be made, and your discounts to help make the project more affordable. Your top-notch crew were focused, respectful, skillful, neat and motivated to do their very best. It was a pleasure to work with you. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend you and your team to anyone seeking to do a renovation.”
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