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Remodeling Your Bathroom for Increased Safety

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As the population ages, bathroom remodeling to incorporate age-friendly features, such as walk-in bathtubs and walk-in showers, has become a strong trend.

Charlie Beeck, company president of Tropical Plumbing & Bath, awarded “Remodeler of the Year” by the Building Industry Association, pioneered the introduction of walk-in bathtubs in Hawaii more than a decade ago. He notes that a common renovation today is the replacement of a small, old-fashioned stall shower with a large, barrier-free walk-in shower.

“Walk-in showers have become one of our most popular upgrades and often in context with complete bathroom remodeling,” said Beeck. “In multigenerational homes, walk-in showers are often the solution to concerns about the safety of family members experiencing mobility challenges. The range of styles and accessories available is continually expanding. Our consultants and designers are available for free consultations to assess the homeowner’s needs and provide the information necessary to make the right choices. Walk-in showers can be designed barrier-free to accommodate wheelchairs, for example, or include special built-in seating and grab bars. Fixtures range from overhead rain shower to massage style to hand-held, and several styles can be combined in the same walk-in shower.”

Tropical Plumbing & Bath was awarded First Place winner of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser “Hawaii’s Best” in 2016. Tropical is a one-stop shop that provides complete bathroom remodeling packages, from design to the plumbing alterations often required by new fixtures. As a licensed general contractor, Tropical has the capability to handle every phase of the installation. Contact them today!


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