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Designing and Building Your Vision
Designing and Building Your Vision

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Mid Century Complete Renovation in Chapel Hill NC Joins the 21st Century and Wins a National Award

Preserving the Environmental Heritage of Heritage Hills in Chapel Hill

 Performance (Green) building has come a long way. While a decade ago many may have perceived green building to be a fad, today it’s about more than just reducing a carbon footprint.  Financially, it makes good sense with eco-friendly designs that deliver appealing functionality and healthy indoor air quality.  For the second year in a row, Jeff Wiblitzhouser with Paradise Found Construction has received the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) 2014 NAHB Green Certified Remodel of the Year Award, this time for a home in Orange County. 

Located in southern Chapel Hill, the 40+ year old, two-story Gambrel Roof home remodel demonstrates how easy it is to preserve the charm and security of an older neighborhood and the many benefits it offers, making the home healthier for its occupants while reducing its ongoing cost of ownership.  This amazing whole hose remodel demonstrates how to preserve the heritage and charm in older neighborhoods with modest investments that create a healthier living environment and yearly savings that compound over time. 

“While any home can be built or remodeled with green features, a home that meets the National Green Building Standard’s certification criteria offers financial gains when the cost of ownership is reduced and a home’s value is increased,” says Jeff Wiblitzhouser President of Paradise Found Construction.  “Plus, growing market evidence shows new and remodeled homes that are green certified are increasing in value and holding it better than those traditionally built or remodeled.”

The Heritage Hills home was structurally sound but needed improvements in energy usage, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality.  By replacing the original single-pane windows with more energy efficient double-pane ones, right-sizing the HVAC system, adding a dual zone controller, replacing and sealing all duct-work and a variety of other energy-efficient upgrades, the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating was reduced from 98 to 59.  In total, energy was reduced by 40% and projected savings are projected to be $900 yearly.

Water efficiency was also addressed by incorporating EPA Water Sense-rated toilets and plumbing fixtures as well as upgrading appliances like the washing machine, which reduced the overall water usage by over 40%.   Furthermore, natural hardwoods with no volatile organic compound (VOC) finishes, formaldehyde-free materials and no-VOC paints were used to improve the indoor air quality.  The original wood burning fireplace was replaced with a direct-vent natural gas one and exhaust fans were installed in bathrooms to help create a healthier indoor environment.

In addition, Wiblizthouser helped the owners incorporate the latest design trends that would harmonize with the rest of the home.  He increased the usefulness and aesthetics of their screened porch by creating an appealing room that could be enjoyed year round.  He also brightened living areas with lighter colors to increase sunlight reflectivity.

The homes in Heritage Hills represent the explosive growth of home ownership that occurred during the economic expansion that followed the end of WWII, and they were designed to foster a sense of community, where families could come together.  They were also built with denser wood that offers superior structural support compared to the same homes built using lumber from today’s faster-growing trees.  Rather than demolish structurally sound homes to make way for larger ones with larger carbon footprints, a green certified remodel is increasingly attractive. 

“We can preserve older neighborhoods with established traffic patterns and charm by changing the inefficiencies,” said Wiblitzhouser.  “With a relatively modest investment, a green certified remodeling provides a short investment payback and continued yearly savings over time as energy and water costs outstrip the cost of inflation.  Plus, when it comes to resale value, green certified homes sell at the upper end of the range and more quickly.”

Just last year, Wiblitzhouser completed a green certified remodel that enabled a Raleigh home owner to sell the home within three days of completion.  Compared to equivalent traditional construction, green certifications offer a significant value and advantage in the marketplace. Paradise Found Construction also won the National Home Builders Association (NAHB) 2013 Project of the Year for Green Certified Remodeling.   

About Paradise Found Construction

Since 2009, our mission and passion has been to help our clients throughout the Triangle NC create their personal Paradise in their homes. We work closely with them to understand Their Vision, and leverage our vast experience in residential design to bring it to life in a 3D Color Visual Design before helping them Rediscover the Paradise in Their Home.

WE SPECIALIZE IN:

HOME ADDITIONS
AGING IN PLACE
KITCHEN REMODELING
BATHROOM REMODELING
ATTIC AND BASEMENT FINISHING
SUNROOMS AND SCREENED PORCHES
HEALTHY HOMES
PERFORMANCE RENOVATIONS
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Pamper Yourself  With a Spa Bathroom

Award Winning Spa Master Bath in Holly Springs, NC

Ann Marie and Mike loved their home and their neighborhood in Holly Springs NC. They had been living there for ten years, but their Master Bathroom had become outdated and uninspiring. They had a large Jacuzzi garden tub that was never used and took up a lot of floor space. Their shower was outdated and felt small and there was nowhere to put all of the shampoo bottles and shower accessories. They longed for a larger shower and a warm and inviting space.

The look and feel of a Spa Bathroom appealed to them, so we got to work.

We combined the space taken up by the old shower and tub and created a large continuous shower space, and added a half-wall tiled on both sides with several large “shampoo nooks” inside the shower to hold all of the shower accessories and keep them hidden from sight. A frame-less “Rain Glass” shower wall added a measure of privacy. We built a tiled seat just outside the shower enclosure that served as a “drying area”, and added a small tiled foot rest in one corner of the shower for ease of shaving. The multi-purpose shower fixtures included a large overhead “Rain Head”, and a hand-held shower head on a slide bar for showering or hand-held use.

For one of the most used pieces of furniture in the home, the bathroom vanity, we designed and installed a wall-mounted double vanity with a storage tower in the middle for storing and hiding every day accessories. The wall hung mirrors, ceiling can lights, and a pendant light over each sink rounded out the amenities. A special touch to the granite counter top was added to hold a hand or shower towel.

The warm rich tones of the porcelain tile with generous accents and the exquisite natural pebble shower floor added pizzazz and the “Wow” factor we were looking for. The earth tone color palette accented the rich dark wood of the vanity beautifully.

Ann Marie’s and Mike’s new Spa Bath is now a special space and luxurious retreat that they forward to using every day!

About Paradise Found Construction

Since 2009, our mission and passion has been to help our clients throughout the Triangle NC create their personal Paradise in their homes. We work closely with them to understand Their Vision, and leverage our vast experience in residential design to bring it to life in a 3D Color Visual Design before helping them Rediscover the Paradise in Their Home.

WE SPECIALIZE IN:

HOME ADDITIONS
AGING IN PLACE
KITCHEN REMODELING
BATHROOM REMODELING
ATTIC AND BASEMENT FINISHING
SUNROOMS AND SCREENED PORCHES
HEALTHY HOMES
PERFORMANCE RENOVATIONS
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Bold Kitchen Design and Remodel in Cary NC

Sonya and Mark bought their dream home in Cary NC and decided to update key areas before they moved in. They wanted to to reconfigured their Laundry Room and completely remodel the Kitchen.

They were drawn toward a green/blue color palette, and our green painted “distressed” wood cabinets resonated with their design tastes. They were worried that they might create a "negative" when they sold the house later, but we convinced them to "follow their hearts" and create the kitchen that they will love to be in every day.

We rounded out the design with antique nickel pulls and knobs and “Jade” granite granite counter tops that contained colors of all of her design elements including the slate mosaic tile backsplash, which all came together to spectacularly compliment each other.

The 36″ Pro Range with a stainless steel back splash and hood was something Sonya had grown up with in her Mother’s kitchen and this was an emotional “must have” for her. We reconfigured the cabinet and appliance layout to facilitate easier flow and usability, and also continued with the slate mosaic tile into the adjoining family room by re-facing the brick fireplace surround and hearth, and their new "dream home" was complete!

They appreciated our interest in environmental responsibility, resource conservation, energy efficient and green solutions, and recycling. She was very interested in our relationship with Habitat For Humanity and our commitment to donate all re-usable items that we removed from their home during the renovation that we could. 

About Paradise Found Construction

Since 2009, our mission and passion has been to help our clients create their personal Paradise in their homes. We work closely with them to understand Their Vision, and leverage our vast experience in residential design to bring it to life in a 3D Color Visual Design before helping them Rediscover the Paradise in Their Home.

WE SPECIALIZE IN:

HOME ADDITIONS
AGING IN PLACE
KITCHEN REMODELING
BATHROOM REMODELING
ATTIC AND BASEMENT FINISHING
SUNROOMS AND SCREENED PORCHES
HEALTHY HOMES
PERFORMANCE RENOVATIONS
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