Probably the best thing since sliced bread is the dawn of the age of the curbless shower. Not only do curbless showers make it easier for seniors to get in and out of the shower space, with and without shower chairs or walkers, they add value to your home and beautify the room when done with style. When equipped with a sliding hand shower, they can also be a godsend for people who have small children, or large pets who need a good hosing!

The folks from AKW were here a few weeks ago, just as we were getting ready to start construction on a new framess, barrier free shower for our pal, John Lee. It was kismet. We had their new Tuff Room shower floor system delivered in two days, and it took less than 4 hours to put in, with no extra framing work to be done, the drain is beautiful and went in perfectly. The slope made it possible for us to line it up directly with the edge of the tiled room floor, and the tile went in effortlessly.

Walk-in showers or barrier free showers can be used as a term interchangeably. This means they provide easy access for a mobile person or with the use of a mobile shower chair. This allows for mobile access without any step. There are a wide range of sizes of trays available and some types may be cut to size. The size may depend on the room available and the needs of the individual and caregivers. A person requiring the use of a mobile shower chair is likely to require more space.

When considering bathing equipment an individual assessment with an occupational therapist and a trained designer for AIP may be appropriate, your safety in your bathroom is very important. 

You can, with AKW’s products, work with your designer or builder to determine the feasibility and features of your bathroom. Their shower chairs are much easier to install than a bench seat, and the slats are made of ecologically friendly rubberwood which has been varnished for protection.

Stay tuned to HB Building and Design as we introduce you to even more beautiful Aging Gracefully options for your bath and home. Call us for an assessment and pricing on making your tired old bathtub into a welcoming barrier free shower!

This past week was an amazing Amexexperience. A General Contractor in a field of 20 sharp, talented women business owners, all in business more than 2 years, with earnings of over $250k and less than $1m, we appeared at the American Express OPEN Women’s Business Summit to demonstrate to the more than 600 attendees exactly how a successful 3-minute “Elevator Pitch” for our business is crafted when you are vying for the attention of an investor, a business partner, store placement, or just quickly letting someone know exactly what it is you do.

The Event objectives were to provide real advice and useful content to help women business owners grow in the current economy. Here are a few statistics.  Women  Count me INowned businesses constitute approximately 28% of all business in the US. Of those, 70% gross $50K a year annually or less. 2.6% of all women owned businesses ever reach the $1m mark. The goal of, headed by philanthropist Nell Merlino, is to create a million women millionaires, a mighty goal, and a wonderful way to get the economy moving.

Other groups attending in addition to Count Me In members were The e-Women Network, the National Asssociation for Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Houston Chambers of Commerce, and the Women’s Leadership Exchange. I had an opportunity to be interviewed by MS NBC for the early Sunday AM Show, Your Business, sponsored by AMEX OPEN.  It’ll be aired in about 3 weeks.

Oh, I should mention that HB Building + Design made it through to the Winner’s Circle! What an uplifting experience. Look forward to hearing about a few of the other contestants here in this column later on. There were a couple who have great complementary products to what we do best, remodeling your kitchen and bath! Others were just great people like Jillian White, from White Picket Fence Appraisals in New Rochelle, NY, and Maggie Weldon, Maggie’s Crochet & Lace Pottery from Kernersville, NC.  We’ll keep you posted on progress with the program. In the meantime, we’ll be moving forward with our BathPacks on-line product as quick as we can, so we can help more clients get great bath designs installed for a quality price by a quality installer, and put people to work!

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