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Nathalie Walker eople in Hawaii not only enjoy, but embrace, outdoor living. Our tropical, breezy weather allows for a blending of the indoors and out at home. Whether you have an expansive yard in the country or a small lanai in town, locals are fortunate enough to enjoy outdoor spaces year-round.

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Connecting with nature “With the spring and the feelings of renewal it brings, we at Geobunga suggest considering gifts for your garden or any green space which gives back to you throughout the seasons,” said Andrew Dedrick, Geobunga executive director. “People have this primal need to connect to nature, that’s why you see parks in urban areas and home gardens. Caring for plants, or growing your own herbs is very satisfying in so many ways, and very simple when you know how. We at Geobunga can educate you and give you the tools to create a natural environment you can enjoy for years to come.” Health benefits Spending time connecting with nature brings a myriad of benefits, added Kasey Baldonado, Geobunga executive manager.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labels gardening “moderate cardiovascular exercise.” In fact, 45 minutes of gardening can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of aero-

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Prep, prime and primp Misusing color can be a surefire way to turn people off from your home. For a more inviting look that nearly everyone can enjoy, opt for neutral paint colors. A subtle beige, slight gray or even white can do the trick. First, move furniture out of the room and place drop cloths to protect the floor. Remove any picture frames, outlet covers and wall decor. Then, gently scrub the walls with a mild detergent and water mixture using a soft sponge to remove any dirt, grime or lint. Don’t forget to prime your walls before applying color to ensure the best end-results.

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Local solar company takes national award R evoluSun, Hawaii’s leader in solar design and installation, announced its Hawaii operations received the Residential National Top Producer of the Year from SunPower Corp. The world’s foremost manufacturer of high-performance solar technology announced the award during the SunPower Regional Dealer Conferences earlier this month in San Jose, California. RevoluSun’s Hawaii operations beat out nearly 500 other solar companies nationwide to receive this coveted award, and it is the only solar company to ever receive this award twice. “We congratulate RevoluSun for its extraordinary performance in 2012 and 2011,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, regions. “We commend them, as a SunPower Elite Dealer, for demonstrating a level of quality and commitment to solar excellence exceeding expectations. We look

forward to their continued success in 2013.” RevoluSun installed 11.4 megawatts (MW) of residential solar energy in 2012, and to date has designed and installed more than 25 MW of clean, renewable energy since the company’s founding in 2009. “We were speechless when we won this award for a second year in a row,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. “It just goes to show that our core commitments — providing the best in experience, technology and service — are really resonating with Hawaii homeowners.” Hawaii-based RevoluSun has offices on Oahu and the Big Island, and in 2012 opened two franchise locations in Massachusetts. “It has always been RevoluSun’s goal to accelerate the use of solar energy, while getting away from fossil fuel use,” Carlson added. “By constantly being on the cutting-edge of solar technology, installation methods cus-

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SURFACE SHIELD ROOFING

Keeping your roof cool, protected o you made the decision to install a new roof or invest in solar power! In this day and age, the choices regarding “what product” and “which contractor” are wide ranging and plentiful. As far as roofing goes, our climate here on Oahu has us searching for not only a long-lasting product, but an energy efficient one to save us money and keep our home or building cool. Statistically, more home a building owners are going with roof-coating products, such as silicone and acrylics, than ever before. These products are not only economical, but highly energy efficient for reflectivity reasons, i.e. they do not allow the heat in. They are traditionally applied upon metal, asphalt and concrete. Home and business owners alike are commonly having this roof installed in a white color, as white will have the highest reflectivity, but it can be tinted. This is an excellent choice for low-slope homes or buildings with existing substrates that are in decent to good condition. Prices range from $3 to $5 per foot. Another low-slope product is the Single Ply Roof. This product consists of great big sheets of plastic or rubber compounds that are mechanically fastened or fully adhered

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PV pros kick off their 20th year as industry experts S olar energy technology is improving every day and changes are happening quickly. If you’re considering a solar photovoltaic (PV) investment this year, the timing has never been better. Celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013, the PV pros at Alternate Energy have spent the last two decades becoming the state’s solar experts. In the coming months, Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers will be introduced to some of these pros. People like operations team leaders Joe and Stan, both certified Mitsubishi installers; Kathyrn, permitting specialist and microinverter troubleshooter extraordinaire; Sherri, solar water heating guru; Amy, Housing Owners Association genius; Ashley the finance whiz, and many more! In addition to their crucial back office duties, the entire team is constantly monitoring the industry for technological and quality developments that are particularly well suited to Hawaii’s unique environment — including the state’s tax credit situation.

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• Check out the company's rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) or the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (http://cca.hawaii.gov/resources). • Make sure the builder has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. • Ask the builder to provide you with names of previous customers.

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doubt suggests an emotional attachment, and, unless it is a family heirloom, you can release it or even list it on Craigslist under “free.” Nothing moves faster than free stuff. Contain the small stuff. Use baskets with covers and ornamental bowls to hold pens and pencils, mail, loose change, and odds and ends that collect on counters, creating clutter. Get furnishings that do double duty. A chest with storage can serve as both a coffee table and a place to store blankets. An ottoman with a top that opens can serve as a leg prop, a drink table, and a place to hold extra items Most importantly, stop judging yourself. Stop thinking that you are “bad” for not decluttering. Although I often talk about the energetic disadvantages of clutter, some clutter may have advantages, but I will save that for another article. Meanwhile, be present with your family and your life, and don’t waste time beating yourself up. It serves no purpose.

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Alice Inoue QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I am curious as to what defines a “hoarder.” When I see TV shows on hoarding, it is extreme and obvious. However, where do you move from having a cluttered house to being a hoarder? Do you have any experience with this?

hank you for asking this question. Interestingly, I do have a lot of firsthand experience in this area because of my upbringing and my feng shui work. My mother was and still is a serious hoarder, but it was only when I started this work that I came to see that hoarding was an undiagnosed mental disorder. In just a few months, the American Psychiatric Association will recognize it as a diagnosable mental disorder.

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Here are a few of the many guidelines that point toward diagnosis as a true hoarder:

• Your possessions start spreading themselves out. Many of us have at least a drawer or two or even a closet or a room with an unorganized mess, or “clutter.” Be concerned when the unorganized mess starts taking over more than one room or even the entire home. • You just can’t seem to throw things away. Hoarders have a tendency to experience extreme anxiety when faced with throwing away things that friends and family would consider garbage. • “Things” in the home have taken over. One of the surefire clues is when the living area is unavailable for human habitation, having been taken over by “things” and only a narrow path of “free” space is available for walking through the room. • You dread having people see your home. The idea of others seeing your home causes anxiety and embarrassment, or, when others do visit, you make excuses as to why you have all these “things” cluttering your space. • You can’t imagine letting go of any of it. Even when you find your possessions unmanageable, you feel anxious when others offer to

help you to clean up. • You just can’t pass up a bargain. When you find a bargain or hear of a free giveaway, it hurts to pass it up. You buy or accept it thinking that you will have it if you ever need it. • You feel that people don’t understand you and your things. Even though reasonable people would consider your things trash, you have an extreme emotional attachment to them and consider them valuable. • You move stuff around without throwing anything away. Whenever you need to find something or sort through your stuff, instead of throwing things like old newspapers away, you just move them from pile to pile. • You can no longer function in your home. At the extreme, the sink is full of dishes and clutter has made it impossible to use your appliances and engage in daily functions like cooking and bathing.

Not Quite a Hoarder? If you recognize that you are nowhere near being a hoarder, but just need some clutter-controlling tips, the following should help. Decluttering does not involve magic, but the magic happens afterwards, as you see how taking control of your clutter leads to solutions and clarity in other areas of your life. Don’t try to do it all at once! It took time for your clutter to accumulate, so allow time to get your home back to a “happy” place. Start with a drawer, shelf, or corner of a room. A few small successes will help inspire you to continue. Spread your things out. Taking everything out of a drawer or closet and spreading it out will enable you to see what you have and to let go of more and organize more efficiently. If in doubt, throw it out. Seriously, when in doubt, either throw it out or give it away. Your

My favorite tip of all Go virtual: If you have things that are sentimental that you haven’t been able to let go of, take a few digital photos of them.This way you can release them and still “have” them, without using up valuable physical space in your home.

We are programmed Clutter is understandable because we live in a country of conspicuous consumption and are programmed to believe that acquisition of material goods gives us value. We face more choices in one trip to the grocery store than our grandparents faced in their entire lifetime. A multitude of choices psychologically leads us to acquire more than we really need.

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Why buy new? A simple update will do I f you’re like most homeowners, you have several furniture and decor pieces around the house that have seen better days. And while the natural response is to throw away outdated items and buy something new, even lackluster home objects deserve a second chance. You can easily transform your trash into treasure with a little creativity and some elbow grease. Follow these quick and easy makeover tips and before you know it, those worn out and uninspiring pieces will be looking great again.

Endless possibilities Because of its resilience, plastic is a popular choice both around the house and the yard. From furniture to kids’ toys, even coolers, plastic surfaces are everywhere. And although these pieces are inexpensive

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Make a stylish transformation Do you have an old furniture piece that just doesn’t fit in with your decor? Chances are you do. But instead of going through the hassle of getting rid of it, breathe new life into it and transform the piece into something completely new. Take for example, an outdated or unsightly chest of drawers you may have hidden in the attic or in the corner of the room. Instead of hiding it - give it a new outlook on life. Simply sand it down and give it a fresh coat of paint that will coordinate with the rest of your room. Add a few embellishments, such as new knobs or paint accents and voila — you have a new nightstand or end table. You can also use the same creativity to transform an old vanity into a chic desk or an armoire into a stylish potting bench and garden center on your patio. This article Brandpoint.

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Loungin’ Around Even the most unconventional spaces, like this pair of shipping containers, can be tranformed into a functional, stylish and relaxing environment

ou may have seen Russell Hata, CEO of Y. Hata, on the cover of last week’s MidWeek and read about how the company is celebrating its 100th year. Russell shared with me that one of the main reasons Y. Hata is not only still around, but also one of Hawaii’s leading food service companies, is because of its employees. He took me on a tour of the company’s 100,000-square-foot facility in Kalihi last summer and asked if I would take on the task of remodeling 14 spaces. In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing with you a few of these restyled spaces, including the most exciting part of the project, his gift to the employees. The company had never had an employee lounge, so they had to make one. They brought on-site two shipping containers from Aloha Containers that we combined to create a 30 by 16 foot space. Generally, these are used as makeshift offices at contracting sites and are not meant for stylish, >> After inviting decor. This was about to change. Russell gave me carte blanche, and I knew right away that I wanted to create a Googlelike setting that was fun and inspiring for everyone from drivers and warehouse crew to salespeople, office staff and executives. And it had to be a setting you’d never know was a container. Y. Hata’s color palette is red, black, gray and white. I laid the foundation of the containers with vinyl plank flooring in a >> Before lighter scraped reclaimed finish and clad an entire wall with 4 by 8 foot steel tured the colors red and black. And above Diamond Plate panels, which you normally that, we put a focal point: a dry-erase see on foot plates of industrial trucks. This board shaped like a giant cartoon thought material would not only be cool and unique, bubble that employees can use for meeting but make the guys feel right at home. We notes or tic-tac-toe! adhered die-cut letters of the logo we It’s a functional counter where they can designed from Jet Graphics for the space. plug in, get recharged, eat lunch or have fun. The last wall we covered in commercial And that’s what this space is all about.There’s vinyl wallpaper in two gray tones and fasha chalkboard wall with a dartboard, a foosball ioned a counter out of the reclaimed table and a game table that can be used to Radford High School gym floor, which fea-

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eat, play Scrabble, have meetings or anything else. Finally, on the opposite end, we added a sitting area with mushroom-colored leather sofas, a reclaimed-wood coffee table, floating shelves and a plasma TV, the space grounded by a red Moroccan-inspired dhurrie rug. There was no doubt in my mind that guys would love the lounge. I added this superstylish area to be sure that women would feel comfortable as well. So how can you apply some of these principles to your employee setting or family room? Consider who you’re designing for. If it’s for both sexes, go for colors, styles and elements that will appeal to both. Be creative. Include touches of fun, but do it in

a stylish way with colors that you love or that reflect your brand. The most rewarding thing as a designer is to see people comfortable and happy in a space. I walked into the finished lounge one day and saw guys talking story at the table, playing dar ts and foosball, and women lounging on the sofas. That’s when I knew we’d done our job. Next week, I’ll continue with more Y. Hata spaces I restyled to inspire you for your home or office. To see more photos from this project, go to www.cathy leestyle.com.

Cathy Lee is president and designer of Cathy Lee Style and Cathy's Marketplace. She recently opened reStyle Hawaii as well. To find out more, go to www.cathyleestyle.com.

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How to add spice to your kitchen or most, remodeling a kitchen includes a complete change of cabinets and countertop, maybe even appliances. If your cabinets are still in good condition but you want to improve your kitchen in some way, replacing your old countertop with one made of granite is a great choice. It is a good investment and will definitely change the atmosphere. Granite has high tolerance to cold and heat. You can safely place hot metal pans from your oven directly on the granite top without the need for a hot pad. Although, you will have to be wary of placing hot glass or ceramic dishes on it as they may crack if the countertop is too cold. This happens due to the difference in temperature and it is called thermal shock. As for cold items, you do not need to worry about condensation that may make your granite countertop have a dark spot if not properly sealed. Any condensation that may happen in the stone will fade away in an hour. Granite countertops may be used as a cutting board too. Because the hardness of granite is greater than steel, you do not need to worry about kitchen knives scratching your granite surface. Although, it is not recommended to always cut on your granite countertop as it will actually make your knife dull overtime. Another way to add to your kitchen or other rooms is to create a standalone island with cabinets as the base. It will be a great place to sit, eat, work, study or hang out. Along with brand new cabinets and countertops, there are other ways to improve your kitchen to be more functional and last longer. Pull-out drawers are a great add-on

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A case for concrete ith a myriad of flooring choices out there, how do you choose one? Granicrete Hawaii is making a strong case for concrete, transforming interior and exterior floors with decorative concrete. The company’s specialty is turning drab concrete slabs into works of art with concrete overlays, stains, dyes and epoxy coatings. It customizes flooring solutions to suit every client’s vision, budget and needs. Decorative concrete comes in a multitude of available colors, textures and finishes to complement any decor. Plagued by unsightly stained and/or cracked concrete? No problem. Granicrete Hawaii’s concrete overlays cover those imperfections and provide a blank canvas for its artisans to create the look you desire. Overlays are patterned, textured and colored by hand to provide unlimited design options for both interior and exterior floors. Flagstone, slate and tile looks are customized to suit each space. Overlays can also be finished with smooth, swirled or stone-like textures and col-

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‘1st Class’ in all your electric needs BY JACKIE M. YOUNG f you want the very best in electrical and solar contracting, look no further than Ron D Electrical Service LLC in Waipahu. “I really take pride in providing honest, reputable service,� said owner Ron D. “I’m not one to shy away from challenges, and I always try to ensure that the customer is happy when I leave a job. That’s why a lot of my original customers from when we first opened still call me back for new projects.� Ron, 41, opened his own business in 2005 after working for another electrical firm for 13 years. “I’d gone through the electrician’s program at Honolulu Community College and attained journeyman’s rank at work (given only after five years and 10,000 hours of experience), but I’d always wanted to be an electrical contractor.� The Waipahu High School grad first opened his business out of his own home, working alone. “Those days I was working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.,� he recalled. After growing his firm to 11 electrical workers and two office staff, Ron moved his company to his mother’s house three years ago and if things continue to go well, he may need to move to a commercial

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an electrical contractor’s license is required for this), at a cost lower than most other firms. “I normally only charge $1,100 a panel,� said Ron, “while many others charge $1,500 to $1,700. “And we work more efficiently, but follow all standard codes and installation procedures. I sometimes see houses we haven’t worked on showing what we call ‘spaghetti’ piping — piping on the outside

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Taking the smart route >>FROM PAGE 15

The fact remains that even at reduced incentives, returns are extremely high. With the current federal credit of 30 percent ($9,000) and a $5,000 state cap, the return on the above example is $2,400 divided by $16,000, which equals 15 percent.There is nothing shabby about that kind of result. Consumers who undertake action as quickly as possible benefit by saving on their utility costs sooner than later. Consumers should definitely “pull the trigger� and “go green.� Hi-Power Solar is a “fullservice� contractor offering sales and service for solar water heaters as well as PV systems. Principals Ron Romero, with more than 20 years in the solar business, and Matt Adams, with more than 16 years, offer an excellent balance of topnotch components, expert installation and competitive pricing. Be cautious in choosing the most appropriate solar system design and explore the financial costs impacting your pocketbook. Work In Progress

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ll too often members of the Hawaii community either directly experience or hear of an elderly loved one tripping over a bathtub, causing serious injury, or worse. To prevent such happenings, Island Bath Works offers walk-through bathtub conversions, an innovative process in which the existing bathtub is modified by removing a portion of the side creating a seamless entrance allowing for safe and easy access.

The need for bathtub conversions Available on all the islands, Island Bath Works’ bathtub conversion is a popular option for those with limited mobility. “Many homeowners commit to doing a walk-through bathtub conversion only after having an accident,” said Eric Thompson, CEO and president of Island Bath Works. “Our goal is to help people take the necessary preventative measures before it’s too late.” With the middle-aged and elderly population in Hawaii increasing, as well as the number of households with multigenerational families living under one roof, there exists a need for bathrooms that can safely accommodate everybody, said Thompson.

Bathtub conversions do not have to be expensive or complex Oftentimes, the high cost of labor and supplies is the reason why many choose to hold off on bathtub conversions. However, thanks to various proprietary methods and techniques, Island Bath Works is able to maintain a significantly lower price tag than most bathroom renovation companies. “Traditionally, to get a walk-in shower or sit-in bathtub would involve costly demolition, plumbing and tile setting work which can range anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 on average,” said Thompson. “Our tub conversion creates a low walkthrough entrance with a high quality and seamless finish that saves homeowners approximately 80 percent compared to doing full scale renovations.” Unlike most bathroom renovations, the walk-through bathtub conversion does not 24 • FEBRUARY 24, 2013

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require major reconstruction or demolition. Labor time is minimal as most conversions can be completed in one day and homeowners can start using the shower the following day. “Most people think renovating any part of the bathroom is a weighty and complex job that requires not being able to use your

bathroom for weeks,” said Thompson. “Since we are converting your existing bathtub and not replacing it altogether, the entire process is quick and burden-free.” Homeowners can place the entryway on any part of the bathtub in any desired size up to three feet. Additionally, the conversion process is advantageously versatile

as it can also be done on any type of bathtub ranging from cast iron to fiberglass to steel materials. “Most homes in Hawaii were built with high-quality cast iron bathtubs, so for those homes it makes no sense to replace the bathtub completely,” said Thompson. In addition to the bathtub conversion, customers can also choose to refinish their bathtub. Unlike bathtub replacement, which would involve removing and replacing all components as well as redoing the plumbing configuration, refinishing resurfaces the existing fixtures to achieve a shiny and clean appearance. “We offer the American standard white or almond for bathtubs,” said Thompson. “For walls, homeowners can choose from a variety of granite-like stone finishes, which give the bathroom a very nice appearance.” Island Bath Works ensures the durability of all its products by guaranteeing a lifetime warranty on all labor and materials as well as a five-year warranty on any refinishing.

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