“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

“Personable, prompt, efficient and a genuinely nice guy. Reasonable rates. Call him!!!!”

~Mary Parker, Sonoma 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

“Bill did an outstanding job! I was knowledgeable, professional, and had my grab bars installed in less than an hour. I’d highly recommend him to anyone needing grab bars or railings installed.”

~Grant Dobson

“Bill has done work on my home over the last 20 years. The work is excellent, and he is reliable and meticulous.”

~Charlie B.

“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

“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


Throughout his varied professional life, Bill has infused his work with a keen attention to detail and aesthetic.  After graduating from Northwestern University as a student of music, Bill pursued a vigorous professional career playing trumpet with various symphonies, orchestras, and bands. Ten years later, his professional pursuits took a new direction, leveraging his interests and skills to become a licensed contractor with a specific emphasis and devotion to preservation of architecture unique to Northern California.  His expertise and demonstrated commitment to maintaining architectural integrity earned his company contracts to work on numerous homes and buildings of architectural significance in the region. Bill has also served on the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission for the Town of Sonoma.  

In recent years, Bill has become a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and started Bay Area Grab Bar (BGB) borne out of his desire to create safe, artful living spaces for seniors seeking to enjoy security and independence at home. His passion for this line of work started years back when his mom, Mary, took a severe fall. While Mary was in recovery, Bill restructured and redesigned her home to prevent further accidents from happening again. What started as a son’s duty led to a professional pursuit to create thoughtfully designed, aesthetically pleasing safety-related installations for seniors. . Each project’s unique challenges and a high customer satisfaction rating reinforce for Bill the importance of this work and the personal satisfaction of creating a safer home environment for seniors in our community.    In his spare time, Bill  volunteers at Petaluma Hospice and Vintage House and continue to play his trumpet throughout the North Bay.


CALL BILL: (707) 509-8222