John and Linda Vogel have a story that began with a bathroom brainstorm. That was followed by an almost immediate stopover at a dumpster.

The idea formed in September 2020 when a renter at a duplex they own was concerned that her elderly mother was having trouble stepping into the bathtub. When the Vogels got a price for replacing the tub with a shower, they were told it would cost $8,500.

“After our meeting with the bath contractor, my husband, John, took on a challenge to design a tub kit to walk through a tub instead of ripping it out," Linda said. "We literally stopped at a dumpster on the way home from the meeting and picked up some cardboard to design a prototype to send to draftsmen for a 3D drawing.”

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