Any home renovation is a big deal. Whether you’re adding a room or renovating, it’s going to be an investment of time, money and patience. Choosing the right contractor for your renovation can be the difference between a great experience and a devastating nightmare.

Graham Builders, Hawaii’s premier design and build company specializing in aging-in-place design, has been delivering best-quality workmanship with excellent customer service for 28 years.

Waipahu residents Char-lene Lorenzo and her husband, Carl, both in their mid-60s, were contemplating a big kitchen and bath renovation with aging-in-place features for their 1,946-square-foot home. They have lived in their home for 31 years and decided to research builders that could accomplish their goals before committing to the project. After attending three builder seminars, they fi nally chose Graham Builders.


“It was wonderful working with Graham Builders,” said Charlene. “Each step of the process went smoothly and they were very clear in exactly what I wanted done. We had several meetings during the design process and revisions were made whenever needed.”

The couple wanted to renovate, update and add aging-in-place features in the kitchen and bathrooms; and open up and connect the kitchen and dining room, all while modernizing the look and feel of the interior living space.

Starting with the hallway bathroom, Graham Builders installed a new tub and shower, solid surface surrounds, a new vanity cabinet and a countertop with an integrated sink. In the master bathroom, the old tub and shower was converted to a curb-less shower for an easy, zero-step entry. Grab bars were installed, along with an adjustable showerhead for showering while sitting or standing. Using part of the hallway closet, the company enlarged the shower by four feet, adding a vanity cabinet with an integrated sink to complete the design.

The brunt of the renovation occurred in the kitchen, where crews removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room to open up and streamline the space.


Graham Builders installed cabinets rising to the ceiling and pullout trays in all lower cabinets and cupboards so the Lorenzos wouldn’t have to kneel to reach way in the back of the cabinet. A new island in the existing dining area and an extended countertop provides additional prep space. The new pantry also features pullout trays for easier access. In addition, the company removed a sliding glass door and replaced it with jalousie windows.

“For years I’ve wanted to change our glass sliding door to windows because every time it rained, I’d have to close the door and cut off the ventilation,” she explained. “Now with the jalousie windows, when it rains, I just have to close the lower bank of jalousies.”

For the Lorenzos, the modern fi nishes and aging-in-place design features have made life at home much better. “We don’t have to go down on hands and knees to get pots and pans from the bottom shelf. I don’t have to worry about getting in and out of a tub-shower in the master bath. And my husband and I sit at our island to have our meals and read our mail, even though another contractor said I couldn’t have an island,” said Charlene.

“It was a great experience working with all the top-notch employees at Graham Builders,” she said. “I would recommend them to a friend so that they could have the same great experience as we did.”


See how Graham Builders can help you at its free upcoming Building Your Home for Life seminar on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9-11 a.m. at the Honolulu Country Club. Register today at Graham or call 593-2808 to reserve your spot.


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