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Only time will tell. California is very strict when it comes to pesticides, and they believe the three-day process is safer for homeowners and for fumigation technicians, who have the potential to be directly exposed to the fumigation gas. This decision is up to the state of Hawaii.

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ahalo Oahu for the great response to Akamai Pest Solutions. Our organic process of treating drywood termites without tenting is catching on fast. There are so many situations with termites, and each one is different. At Akamai, we try to develop a treatment plan for each individual customer. The great thing about not having to tent, other than the obvious inconveniences, is that a onesize-fits-all approach does not have to be used. Would a doctor cut off a hand for an ingrown fingernail? Of course not, so why gas an entire house when most of the time very little infestation is present? As you all know, it’s swarm season, so keep watch and remember that swarming termites may or may not be coming from inside your house, and oftentimes the swarmers are subterranean termites. We receive many questions from our customers, so we wanted to share some with you:

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I manage a condominium building and only a few units have activity. Do I need to treat the entire building? No, of course not. We can target and treat individual units, still inspect any other units and warranty the entire building or complex.

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Do you check and treat attics? Yes, attics are often places with drywood termite infestations.

under a light so it will reflect into the water and termites will fly into the water and drown.

dition, won’t fear treatment and doesn’t have to look for a place to go.

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Can I keep the termites from coming back? No, unfortunately with our process, as with a fumigation or heat treatment, there is no residual to kill future swarmers.

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Is there a treatment that is 100 percent guaranteed to work all the time? There are three proven effective methods of treatment used for drywood termite treatment: fumigation, heat and orange oil. All three are effective, minus human error. So the answer to the question is that no method is 100 percent effective all the time.

Can I stay in my house during and after treat-

Yes, since the process involves a drill-and-treat method, the orange oil is going into the infested wood only. We have treated homes and business with people present. A big advantage over fumigating is that anyone, especially someone with a physical or medical con-

The fumigation process in California is now a three-day process; Will this new process be done in Hawaii?

How can I find out more information about XT2000 orange oil? Akamai is a certified service provider here in Hawaii. You can go on the Internet to XT2000.com or contact the company directly in San Diego.

Please call Akamai Pest Solutions or go online to discuss your termite problems and let us solve them the safe way, while protecting our delicate environment. ANTHONY CONSILLIO PHOTOS

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electrical work, ALL G Electric always encourages them to seek multiple bids before making a decision. This allows the homeowner to meet face to face and interview more than one contractor and get their perspective on how they would approach the job specifically. Each contractor can have a different opinion and approach to doing the same job. This also educates the homeowner on the construction process and can prevent the homeowner from feeling taken advantage of. Be cautious of the contractor whose only concern is to give you the lowest price. Typically the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” tends to be true.

The contractor should provide you with a contract/something in writing that outlines the scope of work as discussed, including any add-ons. It also should state all warranty information and future servicing of your PV system. Typically a deposit is required, so be sure to get a receipt. Be cautious if the contractor insists on dealing only in cash. Cash has no paper trail and cannot be cancelled like a check. Since PV systems are eligible for state and federal tax credits, a receipt showing your purchase and installation of the system will be required.

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everyone is on schedule for the project? Having a contractor control the flow of the project will help make sure the project goes according to plan and finishes within the time promised. CV Construction LLC is just that type of company. For example, a recent project involved a homeowner and serviceman who, just before he was deployed, contacted me and inquired about our services. When I went to complete the free esti-

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SPRING INTO REMODELING WITH THE HOTTEST COLORS FOR YOUR HOME

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s you anticipate what exciting things this year will bring, you might notice your home decor has been left behind. Fortunately, you can easily beautify and modernize your home using hints from design experts on the hottest color trends. Don’t worry that you’ll need to break the bank — simply updating the shades of your walls can create the feel of an entire new home without the cost of buying one. And you’ll enjoy starting the year in fresh, contemporary surroundings. “Our world has become increasingly complicated and fast-paced in recent years, to the point that many people are now taking steps back to reevaluate their lifestyles and consider what’s truly important,” says Donna Schroeder, Dutch Boy Paints manager of Color + Design. “As we look

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back to simpler times, we also see how design and style have evolved. Dutch Boy’s 2012 color forecast is based on this reflection and the self-expression of what people find meaningful. This year’s diverse color trends are rich and full of history, helping people create spaces that truly show their inner selves.” Featuring five groupings of the hottest colors in home decor, the Dutch Boy color forecast offers options for any room or personal taste. The 2012 trends palettes are as follows:

Ethereal Whether it’s the search for enlightenment or just the best

cup of organic coffee within 20 miles, the path is about more than the ground covered. The Ethereal collection floats above other color palettes, airy and atmospheric with tea-stained and faded hues evocative of the lightness of the sky under the midday sun. Light colors from this palette include Epidermal, Faded Mint and Feather Lite.

Primitive A meandering path through the forest takes us past colors only to be found in nature. Deep barks, shocking citrines and raw earth inspired the natural colors of this palette. The Primitive colors are as mysterious as the shaded canopy of the woods that inspired them. Suffused with energy, they speak to growth, regeneration and life. This nat-

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Fundamental We’ve walked far away from the beige computer housings of the 1970s, only to find the hues from this budding technological era coming back full force. Retro office meets geek chic for a new take on ’70s style, as seen in this grouping. The Fundamental color palette makes full use of classic, contrasting neutrals like beige and gray — designed to work as the perfect foil for bold main accents of green, orange and vibrant blue. Basic colors in the Fundamental palette include Ink Blue, Aged Cognac and Rudimentary Beige.

Pastimes The Pastimes color palette is filled with exuberant shades reminiscent of lazy summer days at a lake house without a television, or the intensity of the circus coming to town. It’s a simpler time, an antidote to the

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ith the uncertain economy, homeowners are staying in place and upgrading their homes, rather than moving into something newer or larger. Just as economic conditions evolve, however, so does this housing trend. Simplifying and gaining control are now hot incarnations of the “staying-put” trend. Organizational design expert, TV and radio personality and author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, Peter Walsh hosts “Extreme Clutter” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and has starred on TLC’s “Clean Sweep.” Walsh offers advice for do-it-yourselfers:

Coping in the kitchen The kitchen is the heart of the home, and keeping it organized can save you time and money: • Maximize cupboard space with easy-to-install sliding racks. These racks make it easy and fast to

find items, even in the deepest cupboards.

• Keep cooking utensils and flatware neat and easily accessible with a compartmentalized drawer organizer. You can find them in kitchen and home design stores. • If you store often-used spices in a cupboard, it’s easy to lose track of what’s in there. Just put your most-used spices in a small baking sheet so that when you need something, you can slide the sheet out to make finding it easier. • Retire your junk drawer — we all have one. One way to clean up the paper portion of the mess is with an online organizational tool like MyLowe’s on Lowes.com. The free online tool allows you to keep track of purchases, warranties and manuals.

Cutting closet clutter An organized closet means speedier wardrobe changes and a more har-

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• “We wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time,” Walsh says. Declutter your closet by getting rid of that 80 percent you don’t wear.

• Reclaim vertical space. Look for creative ways to use the walls, backs of doors and other vertical spaces in your closet. Modular home organization systems can solve most storage challenges.

Taming the toy room It’s important to regularly sort toys with your children to decide what to discard, what to pass on and what to keep:

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Advice for every room Getting organized is great, but staying organized is even more important. Rather than having to tackle organization tasks in a daunting mess once or twice a year, take steps to stay organized throughout the year. A little organization today means fewer headaches tomorrow. By reducing clutter and increasing organization, everyone can learn to honor and respect the space they have.

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construction. “The approach I take with each home is to engage the homeowner in the process while incorporating their lifestyle and utility into the design,” says Frank. His company has a unique advantage in that he has built complete homes from the ground up, as well as specialized in additions, renovations and remodeling. “In addition to building and remodeling homes, I focus on other needs like redesigning kitchens and bathrooms, or taking an ordinary bedroom and making it a master suite.

It’s all in how you approach the renovation of your home. By rethinking what areas you spend most of your time in, you can remodel them, which will improve your home life while having a positive effect on reselling your property, should that be a consideration for you down the road.” And if you are tired of coming home and seeing your house look the same, there’s plenty that can be done, Frank

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tile in the adjoining rooms, while providing the cushiony comfort May needed. Inspiration struck, and I chose a three-color Marmoleum checkerboard tile floor that is easy to clean and soft underfoot. My plan called for a lot of counter space and storage capabilities, two things every kitchen needs. We extended a durable and stain-free quartz counter down the entire length of this space, and a tiled backsplash that picks up the floor colors. In the â&#x20AC;&#x153;denâ&#x20AC;? end of the new kitchen, a cozy sofa and a small round table offer casual seating, while a built-in desk with lots of adjoining storage space provides a convenient place to do homework. A wall-

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1. Install floating vanities A big trend in small bathroom design is the floating vanity; its wallmount installation leaves floor space below open and uninterrupted, which tricks the human eye into reading the space as larger than it actually is. Floating vanities come in a variety of materials and designs that offer plenty of countertop space and storage solutions.

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looking for a fast, affordable fix. The 1-inch flange around the cabinet’s perimeter covers imperfections, eliminating the hassle of retiling or replastering, making it a project you can easily complete in a day.

3. Use hidden space to your advantage In a small bathroom it might be hard to imagine where you might find even an inch of extra space, but there’s one secret area you can access and use to your advantage. If you have a blank wall, the space between the studs offers a plethora of potential storage space. You can build shelves directly between the studs, which adds lots of extra space for items like washcloths and toiletries, all within the existing footprint.

4. Get wired for modern practicality Your morning routine charges you for the day ahead, so make sure items like electric razors and toothbrushes are fully charged, too. Cabinets equipped with outlets, such as the Robern PL Series with electric shelf, keep personal care items fully juiced and concealed, leaving countertops and sink surfaces clutter-free for a clean and organized space both you and guests will enjoy.

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ainting contractor Jimmy Suh has been called an “artist” and a “miracle worker” by clients who have seen him bring new life to their home or office with his special talent. His company, Deep Purple Painting, was one of the most sought-after painting contractors in San Francisco for nearly 20 years. The record of hundreds of vintage homes Suh transformed can be viewed on a DVD he makes available on request. Two years ago, Suh decided it was time to fulfill his family’s dream of living in Hawaii and moved the business to Honolulu. His reputation was quickly established as a firstrate professional, much of his new business generated by referrals from satisfied clients. In addition to working directly with homeowners, Suh also contracts with builders and architects for new custom

DEEPPURPLE PAINTING CONTACT: 739-2000 homes and remodeling jobs. “When new clients see my DVD or photos of my work, they always comment on the meticulous detailing we are capable of,” Suh said. “I understand color and the relationships between colors, how some colors complement others, and I can advise the client on choices if they want advice. There also is the matter of surfaces and textures — should a wall or trim be finished with flat or glossy paint, smooth or textured. There are many choices to consider, particularly if the client wants a whole new look. If all that’s needed is to refresh the interior or exterior of a home or office with a new coat of paint, same color, same style, we can do that, too.

vide local references and addresses so anyone interested in having us quote a job can start there.” Suh also makes it a point of meeting with the client at the job site to assess the condition of the property, the amount of necessary prep work, and to determine colors of walls, sid-

“Anyone who has been to San Francisco in recent years knows how the old neighborhoods are being transformed with new paint and elaborate detailing. Every architect and interior designer wants a new and original color scheme. As for our work in Hawaii over the past two years, we can also pro-

ing and trim. Once he knows the scope of the job, he prepares a written quote and time frame for the client. “I assure them that I am there at the job site to ensure perfection and customer satisfaction for every project we take on, whether large or small,” Suh said.

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DREAMS A REALITY designers, vendors and contractors? • Does the company I choose understand and have the expertise to guide me through planning for Hawaii’s unique renovation needs?

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n this economy, many homeowners in Hawaii are deciding to renovate their current homes instead of purchasing new ones. This makes sense, especially since home renovations oftentimes pay for themselves and sometimes more in the appraisal

and final sale price of the home when it comes time to sell. For those who are not planning on selling and moving, a home renovation is a great and often necessary improvement with multiple generations living and growing with their homes.

When searching for home renovation services and products, keep these questions in mind: • Can my home renovation company do it all under one roof, saving me the headache of having to coordinate between many

• Does my home renovation company provide quality American-made cabinets and products that can last the lifetime of my home so I don’t have to worry about problems a few years down the road? • Does the company stand by the quality of its products and installation with a solid warranty and service after the sale?

As a one-stop shop with design, sales and construction under one roof, CS Design Builders handles home renovations from start to finish with a single point of contact and accountability. From the initial walkthrough and design through construction, CS Design Builders takes care of its clients to make sure a homeowner’s renovation is as smooth and worry-free as possible. CS Design Builders also understands Hawaii’s unique environmental needs and will help design your home renovation to suit, as well as provide high-quality American made products that last.

CS Design Builders stands by the quality of its products with solid warranties and responsive service. Most importantly, the company’s single goal is to make homeowners’ renovation dreams come true. CS Design Builders’ showroom and warehouse is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and its Sales & Design consultants are available into the evening to visit your home to give you your free measure and estimate. You’ve been dreaming of renovating your home. Now is the time to make your home renovation dreams come true with CS Design Builders.

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BACKPAGECOVERSTORY

A GARDEN TREASURE WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED

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ake your way to Kapolei’s F.D. Roosevelt Avenue and discover a hidden gem you’ll wish you knew about before. If you live on the West side, or if you’re in the area to get some shopping done, this garden treasure is awaiting discovery. On the corner of Roosevelt and Coral Sea Road sits Tropical Garden Accents, 70,000 square feet of ceramic planters, fountains, lily bowls and garden accents, all available at wholesale prices to the public.

Happy endings

Humble beginnings

Founded in 2006 by owner David Staub, Tropical Garden Accents began humbly out of David’s home in Waimanalo. As a world traveler, he found beauty in garden accents from Asia, and decided to merge those with DAVID STAUB the tropical garden décor in Hawaii. From David’s home to an outlet in Waimanalo, the company’s rapid expansion created an opportunity to move to another area. In 2010, just four short years after opening, the thriving pottery outlet expanded to its 70,000-square-foot Kapolei location, offering a shopping experience with wholesale prices and an endless inventory. The property is bigger, the selection is bigger and the prices are smaller.

Easy on the eyes and pocketbook As the largest importer of ceramics in the state, Kapolei’s Tropical Garden Accents is in a class of its own when it comes to volume and variety. The garden center’s bulk purchasing system allows it to pass on major savings — and the enormous weekly shipments ensure 20 | HAWAII RENOVATION | APRIL 1, 2012

a constant influx of new and different products. As a company standard, the pricing at Tropical Garden Accents is always 35 percent off retail. There also is always an expansive clearance area with discounts well above 50 percent. Walk through the gates at Tropical Garden Accents and see its expansive yard with rows and rows of pottery. The expansive yard is truly inspirational, and the layout makes it easy to explore the latest additions. It’s easy to spend hours rummaging for treasures. There also is a shady tropical showroom with ideas and displays, seating to take a quick break and two friendly, docile dogs to greet you by wagging their tails. You’re likely to run into David himself, because after all these years; he’s so passionate about what he does that he’s there every day with the rest of the helpful staff. If you’re looking to redesign your garden space, Tropical Garden Accents should be your first (and perhaps only) stop. Browse the rustic earthenware pottery, brightly glazed planters, Balinese statues, stone carvings, beautiful garden fountains and lily bowls, and you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your home. You may go for a specific item, but you’ll surely find that there are so many garden accents to inspire you to do more to your outdoor space.

For six years, David has successfully worked to become the largest importer of ceramics in the state. His blood, sweat and tears have gone into every inch of Tropical Garden Accents, and that dedication shows in the quality of service and products at the outlet. Many clients know David by name and continue to visit and see the progress of his business, which has overcome the trials of a tough economy and several relocations. This year, David has decided it will be his last. Tropical Garden Accents will close its doors for good June 1. David has plans to sell the remainder of his inventory at rock bottom prices for the next two months and vacate the Kapolei outlet for good. They are overwhelmingly grateful for the support

they’ve received over the years and hope that everyone will visit the Kapolei outlet one last time before they go. As for David’s retirement plans, he’ll sail off into the sunset — literally. He plans to chart new territory in life and on the open water while sailing and seeking the next big idea.

Going-out-of-business sale

Tropical Garden Accents’ final sale will be from April 1 to May 31, 2012. Clearance prices will be 50 to 70 percent off and all sales are final.

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