We are here to help you or the seniors in your life live safely and independently at home.
"Our purpose is to make minor physical , cost effective, modifications to your home that increase its safety, ease of use, comfort, and security."
"Grab Bars Are The New Seat Belts "
BGB is here to help you or the seniors in your life live safely and independently at home. Our services are meant to elevate the quality of life for people continuing to live in their homes.
Our purpose is to make minor, cost effective physical modifications to your home that increase its safety, ease of use, comfort, and security.
Bill will visit you in your home and help you determine the best length, location, and style for grab bars,handrails, and ramps; as well as provide ideas for making the kitchen and bathrooms more user friendly. BGB features designer style grab bars in special finishes that compliment your home, integrating as a shelf, toilet paper holder, or even a towel bar.
BGB helps people stay in homes they love. Over time, almost every house needs modifications to support the life changes that require a more safe, comfortable, and secure environment.
Our typical installations include grab bars for easier toilet, shower, and bathtub use and handrails for front steps, hallways, and stairs. BGB also installs other bathroom safety equipment and temporary wheelchair ramps.
Contact bill@BayGrabBar.com or
MEET BILL ESSERT, owner
After graduating from Northwestern University in 1982 (that makes Bill a Baby Boomer), he moved to the Bay Area where he made music for S.F. Opera, Santa Rosa & Marin Symphonies (where he met his wife, Priscilla), Lucas Films, and even Golden Gate Fields! Ten years later Bill became a licensed contractor and a steward of historic homes and buildings throughout Northern California, including: UC Berkeley, Stanford, SF Opera House, PRESS restaurant, Dominican College, General Vallejo's Home, CA State Parks, the Presdio Trust and 1000's of private homes.
In addition to running BGB, Bill is a volunteer for Petaluma Hospice, and Vintage House. He has been on the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Sonoma, and has volunteered at the Meadows of Napa Valley, Sunrise Villa, and as a docent for the California State Parks. Today you may even hear him play his trumpet (or Swiss alphorn) with varied musical groups throughout the North Bay.
Bill traces his work with seniors a few years back when his mom, Mary, lost her balance, and took a bad fall. Before she returned home from the rehab facility he retrofitted her home with safety and independence in mind. He designed and installed custom railings, grab bars, and ramps. What began as a call to family became a vocational call and the inspiration for Bay Grab Bar.
BGB installs grab bars securely and safely per California building code specifications into all types of materials; including tile, marble, stone, sheet rock, and fiberglass.
We install custom and semi-custom railings at stairs, hallways, and other locations where homeowner’s need balance assistance. Products are fabricated from wood, iron, and aluminum. BGB also installs temporary ramps, Stander poles, and other safety equipment.
Personable, prompt, efficient and a genuinely nice guy. Reasonable rates. Call him!!!!
- Mary Parker, Sonoma California
Adding grab bars to our bathroom to make our family home safer was on the “to do” list forever. Bill Essert listened carefully to understand exactly what we needed and was able to do the job quickly, efficiently and at reasonable cost. The improvements look great. We were happy with his professional approach. And best of all, our parents feel safer.
- Kat Rowlands, Berkeley California
We are VERY happy with the grab bars that Bill installed in our guest bathroom. Bill did a professional and thorough job of installing the bars. He had to install in a tile area and also on drywall. He also guided us as to the various configuration options as well as the color options available to enhance the bath area. We would highly recommend his company.
-Leah Bryant, Sonoma
I called Bill regarding the installation of grab bars in our bathroom and garage. He came over that afternoon with samples. Impressed with his presentation we made an appointment for installation. Totally impressed with his suggestions for placement and the quality of work. I would definitely recommend his service. As an elder am very aware of the consequences of a fall. Be safe.
-Richard Severson, Sonoma
I saw Bill’s car sitting In the neighborhood servicing another customer I took the number and called him up. He came over that evening with a number of samples, told us how he would do the job, when he could do it and gave us a price. He showed up the next day with all of his tools made the installation did a terrific job and cleaned up the place very nicely, all within a few hours. We are very pleased and recommend this contractor highly.
-Gary B, Sonoma
During my rehab in the hospital after a hip replacement, I was advised to make sure that my bathroom was a safe place for me to navigate. A friend referred Bill Essert. Honestly, he was a lifesaver! He made sure that I had grab bars in my shower/bath area and anywhere I would need a hand up. He installed a handheld shower so that I could sit on the seat in the bathtub safely and shower away, and also installed a high toilet seat. It was such a relief to come home to feeling safe. Bill was professional, kind and compassionate, and very precise with all that he accomplished. He communicated every step of the way and even thought of ways to make my environment safer. I am forever grateful at a time when I only had the energy for my recovery. Thank you so very much! I strongly recommend Bill Essert. He's the best!
-Bobbie Jonas, Sonoma
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get started?
Call or text us at or contact us here. (If you are tech savvy, text or email me some pictures showing the area.)
In a few minutes we can get an idea of your needs and give you a fairly accurate estimate of your cost. We can set up an appointment to come by your home for a free consultation. When we arrive, we will take the time to discuss your situation, inspect the installation areas, and determine the best solution for you. We bring all the most popular grab bars with us. You have the option of having your bars installed the same day.
Does my grab bar installation require attachment to the wall studs?
Anchoring into a stud is the ideal mounting method. It will always provide the most secure anchor. However, when a stud is not available we use special mounting hardware that complies with the ADA requirement that the bar support 250 pounds.
Do you install designer grab bars?
Yes. We can provide and install custom or designer grab bars. We have access to most major manufacturers.
Are you licensed and insured?
Yes, we are PENDING licensed, insured.
Do you install grab bars in areas besides bathrooms?
Yes. Grab bars can be helpful at doorways, at the bedside or in the kitchen. Some people find them helpful at the top of the stairs or coming in from the garage. We will help provide safety wherever you may need it.
When can I expect to have my grab bar to be installed?
We can usually come by your home within a couple of days from your initial call. If you need immediate service, let us know and we will do our best to help you right away. We carry a nice selection of bars with us. You can have them installed the same day we visit you for your consultation.
What payment types do you accept?
Cash, Check, VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS and DISCOVER CARDS.
Call or email ; submit a request or book a time to talk with any questions you may have.
Everyone has their favorite way to communicate, my favorite is in-person! Here are a few options.
Drop me a line, send a text, submit a quote request, book a time in my calendar, or send a regular email. Feel free to include picture(s) where you want the grab bar or railing installed in your home.
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