Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 509-8222
Bill Essert, CAPS, 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. Ballet, 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 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.