Upgrade With a Home Renovation

Unquestionably, the top reason you may consider home renovation is increasing function and safety in your home. The best home remodeling improves the house's level of comfort and functionality. For example, a well done primary bedroom suite remodel will create a refuge for relaxation,functionality and privacy. A kitchen remodel makes your cooking experience a lot more enjoyable and fun. And a dining or family room remodel provides a warm and friendly zone that brings the whole family closer.

After your home renovation, you may be nuts about your house so much that you don't want to move anywhere else ever again. However, you never know what the future might hold and if you decide to move, getting the best return on your investment can make all the difference. This is why one of the best reasons to start a home renovation project is that you can increase the value of your home and boost its selling potential.

In short, renovating your home allows for a unique, one-of-a-kind room that meets your current lifestyle and helps you expand your space. You'll not only have an improved and more enjoyable living space, but also get even more money back when it’s time to sell.

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Ideas That Will Make Your Bathroom More Accessible

Accessibility is one of the most important factors to take into account when remodeling an existing bathroom or designing a new bathroom.  Accessible bathroom remodeling isn’t just limited to aging adults confined to a wheelchair. Homeowners remodeling their bathrooms need to rethink design considerations to best fit their needs as they age in place. 

Likewise, having an aging in place specialist who is trained in the needs of the aging population, common remodeling projects and expenditures, codes and standards, product ideas and resources will ensure success on your bathroom remodel. 

How to Plan Your Space for a Bathroom Remodel 

The first consideration when building an accessible bathroom is the dimensions to the bathroom door. A mobility device accessible room should have a door with a minimum width of 32 inches. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires a 5-foot turning radius for a wheelchair. It’s also important to consider the placement and dimensions of the toilet, shower, tub, and sink within the bathroom to make it maneuverable for an individual with a mobility device.  

Bathroom Safety...,Shower Head and Stability Grab Bar

A hand-held shower head with a slider bar increases accessibility by allowing individuals with disabilities to maintain autonomy while showering. Installing a thermostat-controlled and pressure-balanced valve prevents individuals from scalding themselves. A grab bar helps with stability while getting in and out of the shower is an easy installation that makes a bathroom more accessible. If you want to avoid an antiseptic, institutional look, choose a colored grab bar that matches other accents in the bathroom.

Height of a Standard Sink

A wheelchair accessible sink requires at least 27 inches of clearance under the sink in order for the mobility device to roll up. If there isn’t any allowance under the sink then the individual’s legs will bump into the fixture making access to the faucet difficult. The top of the sink should be 32 to 34 inches off the floor. Also, it is important  to remember to hang the bathroom mirror low enough for an individual in a wheelchair to see themselves. A bathroom remodel is the perfect opportunity to fit the faucets on the side of the sink to make them easier to reach for a seated individual.

Safe Non-Slip Tile Flooring 

Choosing textured flooring in the bathroom can help prevent dangerous slips and falls —  especially when the floor is damp. Grip-friendly mosaic tile is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it provides numerous design possibilities that are compatible with any style. Whether you choose small tiles or larger tiles with lots of grout in between,  the texture will provide  just enough friction to help prevent dangerous falls.

In Short, remodeling a bathroom with universal accessibility presents both design challenges and opportunities. Involving a certified aging-in-place specialist to take careful inventory early in the planning process of all intended users’ capabilities, preferences, and tastes is fundamental. While universal design better accommodates disabled users, it can make a master bath safe and  comfortable without sacrificing style.


A whole home remodel is the perfect time to integrate smart home upgrades. Many companies are starting to offer products that integrate seamlessly into the design of a home. Smart home features increase your home’s comfort, convenience, and efficiency, and investing in these technologies can increase the value of your home. Smart home technology can set your home apart from other options on the housing market and potentially increase the value of your home.

Capitalize on your next upgrade and consider incorporating these six smart home renovations into your living space:


If you’re planning to install a number of smart home products during your home renovation project, a smart home system can help you automate the function of each device. A good place to start is with a digital assistant, popular brands include Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri from Apple. Once you’ve chosen a smart home automation system, be mindful to select smart devices that are compatible to further the benefits in your home.


A smart thermostat is a nice upgrade for your heating and cooling system. During your home renovation, you can hardwire sensors directly into your smart thermostat, allowing it to automatically regulate the temperature in each room. For example,  smart thermostat can provide voice control through digital assistants as well as control capability of humidity, dual fuel, forced air, and geothermal.


Adding sensors that detect motion, door or window access, smoke or carbon monoxide, and flooding components are items that can be integrated into an automation system and customized to the layout of your home. When you tie an alarm panel into a home automation system, it can turn on instantly or flash repeatedly to alert neighbors of a potential threat.


A home renovation gives you the opportunity to upgrade your home’s electrical system for your tech-friendly lifestyle. Outlets with built-in USB ports allow easy smartphone and tablet charging without the need for a power brick, freeing up the outlets for appliances and lighting. Make sure USB outlets meet the highest standards for safety.


Speakers and entertainment equipment can take up considerable space and unsightly wires can be unattractive. Luckily, there are many speaker suppliers on the market that offer custom speaker systems that integrate directly into your home’s walls, ceiling, cabinetry, and even your patio. And they can be custom-matched to the painting on your walls or to various wood veneers.


Doorbell cameras, perimeter cameras, and interior cameras can be accessed and monitored by your cell phone or note pad while you’re away from home. Sensibly camouflaging security cameras into the design of your home can help protect your home without making friends or family feel awkward. Doorbell cameras are low-profile and minimally invasive. You can easily install one during an upgrade of your entryway. 

Thus, if a home remodel is in your future, the opportunity to update your home’s technology shouldn’t be missed. Your smart home can make everyday tasks and activities more pleasant and convenient, all while keeping your family safer and more secure.

Age In Place Home Addition or Remodel vs. Moving to an Assisted Living Community Cary, NC

Aging In Place

If you’ve taken the time to ponder where you will live as you get older and you’ve opted to stay at home, you are not alone. Now more than ever aging Americans are choosing to stay at home instead of moving to assisted living. Deciding to age at home is a natural inclination. Home feels comfortable, secure, and effortless. 

Conversely, that doesn’t mean that aging in place is the right choice for everyone. In fact, aging adults in ill health may find they fare better in assisted living communities than they do staying at home. Whether you choose to age in your own home or move into a senior community, there are benefits and challenges to both options.

Construction projects that are a good investment if you plan to retire at home

When undertaking a large remodeling or home addition project, it makes sense to do your homework. Research your local real estate market and find out if your project will increase your home value

Also, keep in mind no one can offer generalized prices for remodeling projects, because costs vary significantly depending on the condition of the homeland specific wants and needs.Depending on where you live, the right project may return 100% of your investment. If you’re thinking about remodeling or adding an addition, here are some suggestions from the team at Paradise Found Construction.

Whole House Remodels

Have several rooms in your home become antiquated and energy inefficient? Renovating your entire home with a comprehensive approach brings renewed comfort and function. When your home is skillfully designed-built to your specific needs and vision, it's life-changing.

Ground-Level Owner’s Suite Additions

A ground-level owner’s suite addition is a great investment for individuals and couples who plan to remain in their homes as they age. Construction of the owner's bedroom suite includes meticulous planning, especially with the plumbing for shower, tub, and toilet. 

Finished attics & basements remodels

A finished basement or attic is a great way to add square footage to your home. Your attic and your basement already exist in your home and can be remodeled into an au pair suite, in-law suite, home theatre, or wine cellar, you’re only limited by your vision!

Points to consider, making the decision to renovate your home can be expensive, complicated, and time-consuming. It’s important to be well informed about the process so you can understand what is ahead.  Be realistic. Remodeling is always more costly than you think so be prepared to spend more than you hear quoted on scripted TV. If you can wrap your mind around those hard and true facts then it’s actually easy to pan ahead. 

In short, it makes sense to remodel or add an addition when you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your investment for years to come. Only minor remodel should be considered if relocating to an assisted living community is your primary goal. 

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Au Pair Nanny Suite Attic Remodel in Cary, NC

Molly and Greg's busy lives and their desire to have their children cared for in their home led them to bring in a full-time Nanny to help with child care and day to day home tasks. They wanted to have a comfortable place where she could spend the night and feel at home, and could also function as a private Au Pair Nanny Suite or Teen Suite. Their preferred solution was to add a full bathroom and closet in their finished attic and convert it into an additional bedroom suite.

We got to work designing a bathroom layout that would meet current NC Building Codes and find a way to get the main drain from their 3rd story down to the crawl space. We wanted to bring in as much daylight into the bathroom without compromising the amount of daylight in the bedroom, as well as install a larger window that would allow an escape route from the bedroom per building code, and also provide for plenty of storage space. We also converted an old water heater closet into a clothes closet.

Our solution was to incorporate interior transom windows in the design of the bathroom to bring in copious amounts of daylight without compromising privacy. The modern 1/4 circle shower with sliding glass doors and cabinetry combined with the luxury vinyl floor tile created a wonderfully light, airy, and comfortable bathroom. The larger exterior window in the bedroom brought in additional daylighting and the addition of the clothes closet rounded the Au Pair Nanny Suite out!


About Paradise Found Construction

At Paradise Found Construction, we're grateful and honored  to be trusted with the homes of our clients in Cary, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Holly Springs, Apex and beyond. We are dedicated to providing affordable custom remodels and new custom homes that fit your unique vision, while partnering with you to scale features to align with your budget. We promise to be transparent and reliable to help you along each step of the way.

Choosing custom construction allows you the flexibility to get everything you want — and nothing you don’t.

Our passion is to help you create your personal Paradise in your home. We work closely with you to understand your vision and bring it to life in a 3D visual design, and then turn it into your finished masterpiece.


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