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Ready to ‘party hearty’ at home, in style ather than going out to party, Doris and Jamie love to host the festivities at their place. But the couple’s combination sitting room/dining room wasn’t conducive to partying. The space had absolutely no storage, so getting ready for guests involved hauling up a folding table and wine fridge from the basement. After everyone went home, everything had to be dragged downstairs again, and Doris even tucked away platters and bowls on the seats of dining-room chairs. With their first child on the way, Doris and Jamie were anxious to get this renovation done sooner rather than later. They were hoping for a bright, welcoming party room that would accommodate intimate dinners for two as easily as groups of 22. In fact, the room’s first official engagement was already booked: Doris’ baby shower. With the clock ticking, it was time to get moving on this trendy transformation. To add practical seating while also creating a spectacular focal point, I designed a spacious 30inch-deep banquette with a dramatic, tufted custom backrest. A new pedestal

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experience or certification, or simply taking payment and not living up to the contract. Duarte and his knowledgeable staff will work with customers to improve their homes while also accommodating various budgetary constraints. “The old saying is still true to this day, as my dad used to say, ‘You get what you pay for,’” Frank said. “As a small company, we offer personal service like no other. Our commitment to our customers is as good as gold.” D’s Plumbing is well-versed at replacing aged materials with modern alternatives, including swapping out old, dark wood to enhance lighting and replacing galvanized pip-



ith Father’s Day a week away, Frank Duarte is especially mindful of the role his father played in shaping his career.

And, with his son Aaron now by his side, Duarte is perpetuating the family business as he teaches the ins and outs of assisting families with their building and remodeling needs. “Working in my dad’s plumbing business wasn’t easy,” said Frank, who started learning the plumbing trade in 1961 and was certified as a master plumber in 1968. “He was a hard worker who only went to the eighth grade because, being the oldest boy, he needed to work to help support the family. I owe everything to my dad. Now it’s my turn to train my son, Aaron, who I’m very

happy to say has taken a huge step in becoming the third generation of plumbers in the Duarte family.” As the owner of D’s Plumbing and Ohana Home Additions and Remodeling, Frank has honed his craft as an integral cog in the family business. After learning the ropes with his father at the helm, Duarte — the oldest of three boys in his family — started D’s Plumbing more than 31 years ago, and is still going strong today as a general contractor. Meanwhile, Aaron is continuing to learn from his father, something he’s done ever since tagging along with Dad as a kid. “Ever since I was young, I worked with him. I kind of grew up with it,” says Aaron, a member of the D’s Plumbing team for the past 11 years. “Of course, he wants me to take

over the business one day. I take pride in what we do. We’re a small business, and he expects a lot of me, so we do everything we can to please him and the customers.” Customer satisfaction is the top priority at D’s Plumbing. The 73-year-old Frank recounts stories of contractors who fail to deliver, whether it be botching a job because of lack of

ing with copper. Other techniques, including modernizing bathrooms by expanding shower areas to accommodate the disabled, or adding housings in a kitchen to free up more space by getting a microwave off the counter, are just a few in D’s arsenal. “It’s all about the details,” Frank said. “In today’s times,

you have to meet the customers’ budget, and present something to them where they won’t have to struggle down the road.” Frank recounts a recent job during which a woman was looking to expand a shower in order to accommodate her elderly father. D’s worked with the customer and decided on a design that involved converting part of an adjacent closet into space that could then be used to extend the shower. Stability bars and an easily accessible entryway to the shower also were incorporated — and all this was done within the allotted budget. Aaron added that customers also have requested bathroom upgrades that improve functionality without breaking the bank. For instance, homeowners have developed an affinity for “goose neck” faucets, which allow users more room at the sink to wash their hands without being constrained by standard counter-level fixtures. “D’s Plumbing offers you high quality workmanship at affordable prices,” Frank said. “With countless hours dedicated to achieving perfection, we can offer you many different options to handle your needs. Be it a bath, kitchen or new addition, we’re always willing to assist you.” D’s Plumbing also offers a great deal for seniors ages 60 and older. Customers with that distinction will receive 10 percent off the cost of their project — whether it’s plumbing or another construction job that the general contractor is well-versed at addressing. “Heck, I know how it is in times like today,” Frank said. “We need everything we can get, and being a senior myself, a discount is always welcomed.” For more information, visit www.AffordablePlumbing or call 230-8308 or 734-2032. JUNE 10, 2012 | HAWAII RENOVATION | 3


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• Tech/media centers. The tech-savvy boomer generation wants top-of-the-line amenities for their homes, such as a media room with surround sound and central control systems, which manage all media sources in one location. The house may include a wireless home network (Wi-Fi), remote-control lighting and security features. • Wider doors and hallways. Designing a home that is livable now, but can transition to be functional as the occupant ages is important in ensuring that the home will be a good long-term investment. Wider doors and hallways are useful for moving larger furniture today, and will also be wheelchair-accessible tomorrow. • Better lighting/bigger windows. The need for more lighting usually increases as we grow older. To accommodate this, builders are adding more windows and making them larger to let in more natural light. They also are adding more light fixtures in areas including under cabinets and in stairwells.

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A sign of the design times for kitchens he number of kitchen styles and design options for homeowners to consider during the building and remodeling process is enough to make a person go crazy. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by simplifying your options.


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REMODELING TO ENSURE COOL COMFORT DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS ith the summer season starting and the kids home from school, thoughts turn to outdoor garden parties, barbecues with family and friends, and often that remodeling project put off until getting rained out becomes less likely. Here are some “cool ideas” from Homeworks Construction — an awardwinning design/build firm and BIA Remodelor of the Year — for incorporating energy-saving features into your renovations, while creating a comfortable home environment during the hot months ahead:


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• Is it time to add a screened lanai to enhance your enjoyment of the balmy summer weather? Homeworks has added this feature to many homes, usually taking advantage of unused yard space. After clearing the area of vegetation and rocks, and compacting and leveling the ground with a heavy roller, a concrete slab is poured. In the simplest, least expensive form of construction,

4-by-4 inch columns are used to support the roof, which can be waterproofed and sealed with a coating, such as GacoRoof. A low wood panel wall can be added to incorporate electrical outlets. Screening should be cross braced at approximately three feet from the floor, then extended upward. A screen door can provide access to an outdoor barbecue area created by extending the con-

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ith summer approaching, the termites are swarming like crazy. Remember that both drywood and subterranean termites swarm. Since this will be the last in a series of articles about orange oil treatments for drywood termites, Akamai would like to thank the hundreds of customers who have chosen the safer and less intrusive method to rid their homes and businesses of drywood termites. There is so much less stress in our process than the traditional fumigation method. Many customers have asked questions that


we would like to answer for the benefit of everyone who needs a drywood termite treatment:


Why haven’t I heard of this method before now?


This method has been used in California for more than 20 years, where tens of thousands of structures have been treated. Fumigation in California is a three-day process, so many people are concerned about the environment as well as their family’s safety. Orange oil has been available in Hawaii for about 15

years, but no company has developed the process. This is because fumigation was always the method of choice, and change is never easy.


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How long does the orange smell stay around?

Akamai Pest Solutions can treat those specific areas with many warranty options. There’s no sense in fumigating the whole structure — call for more specific information.


Usually it disappears in a day or two. It all depends on how much orange oil is required, the ventilation of the structure and

sometimes the weather. It’s rare that the smell will be around after a day.


Does Akamai Pest Solutions do any preventative treatments?


Yes, we can treat the attic and/or crawl space with a surface treatment made with a non-organic material that is designed for termites and will stay on the SEE PAGE 16

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ou’ve decided to do it — go green and create clean electricity on your roof with a solar system. Congratulations! Solar electricity can be extremely beneficial to Hawaii homeowners if done right the first time, with your specific roof and your family’s energy needs in mind. Hawaii homeowners should keep three things in mind when interviewing a solar specialist such as RevoluSun:

• Is this an experienced solar contractor? Many electrical contractors, roofers or even plumbers installing hot water have migrated to solar electricity. Are they experts in solar electric design and installation though? Will the system penetrate your roof with the possibility for leaks? Is this a one-size-fitsall solar kit or a system designed specifically for your house with your present and future energy needs in mind? What kind of panels will you use? Panels range widely in price based on quality performance. This is a 20-year investment. Cheaper is not always better.

• What kind of labor will install the system? Does the solar firm outsource installation or have its own team to take care of it? Does the installation team have the experience to properly wire the system and seal the job to withstand Hawaii’s tropical rains and fierce sun? Without clear attention to detail, your solar installation may not last. You could end up with holes in your roof, and you might not pass the HECO inspection to begin spinning the meter backward to offset your energy consumption.

• Is there a warranty? Does the panel manufacturer warranty the panel? Does the solar firm that installed the system offer a warranty? What kind of recourse can you take should there be a problem with your system? Thousands of Hawaii homeowners have chosen RevoluSun to be their solar partner. Thanks to the company’s proprietary software system, RiSE, a RevoluSun project developer can issue a customized quote to you

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surface of wood for many years. If swarmers find their way into the attic or crawlspace, they will try to eat the wood and die.


Does Akamai Pest Solutions treat ground termites?


Yes we do. However, we cannot use orange oil because it is organic and will biodegrade; therefore we have to inject a regular termite product into the ground.


Is the orange oil process cheaper than traditional fumigation?


In most cases the orange oil process is more expensive because it’s a labor-intensive and



detailed process. The orange oil itself also is expensive. When you factor in the move-out costs that are associated with a fumigation, though, orange oil often is less expensive.


Is Akamai Pest Solutions only on Oahu?


No, Akamai Pest Solutions has offices on Maui and the Big Island. We have done some treatments on Kauai and Lanai as well.

Once again, we encourage everyone to help to protect our environment here in our beautiful islands. Please call us or visit us online with any questions or concerns, and we look forward to being at your service for many years to come.


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Metroflor is the world’s largest LVT manufacturer and has introduced another innovative product with Engage in the largely popular category. Other products manufactured by Metroflor include Hybrid and Konecto. For more information on Metroflor, please go to our website Find the answer to your needs with Metroflor’s Engage at all Wayne’s locations: Kaimuki, Kaneohe and Sand Island. You also can visit The Carpet Outlet in Salt Lake or other flooring outlets throughout Hawaii.

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Giving your windows a hot look this summer indows do a lot more than just let the light in and keep the weather out. They’re both key elements in your home’s overall design and in the unique look of each individual room. If you’re redecorating, updating your window treatments is a great, cost-effective way to completely change the look of a space. “Today’s versatile window shades offer ample opportunities to create a


truly unique, seasonally appropriate look quickly and easily,” said Lauren Foster, a home design consultant with When it’s warm out, it’s time to open windows and let the sun shine in. Leaving windows curtain-free, and decorating with window shades instead, allows you to welcome the season into the room and show off the window’s intrinsic beauty. Foster points to the window shade treatment trends that will be hot this summer:

• Prints and patterns. Long gone are the days when window shades were drab solid white or cream. Today, you can find a plethora of colors, patterns and even textures. Websites like stock a huge inventory of options, from Roman shades in passionate purple and energy-efficient cellular shades in celery green, to roller shades in sprightly floral patterns. Brands like Laura Ashley, Bali and Graber literally offer dozens of color,

pattern and style combinations, making it possible to find a window shade to complement virtually any design theme. • Bringing the outdoors in. Wood blinds have been a design staple for decades, and with good reason: they’re durable, beautiful and practical. This year, wood blinds play to the trend of bringing the outdoors in. Woven roller shades that feature bamboo, sisal, grass, jute and straw are versatile enough to create both rustic and sophisticated effects in any room. • Exterior shades. Sometimes, the inside of windows isn’t the only spot where you could use some shade. Exterior shades will be “in” this season, as homeowners seek to maximize the appeal and design impact of their outdoor living spaces. Exterior shades

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• Cordless. Cordless shades have been available for a while, but their popularity is growing among homeowners and interior designers for a number of reasons. Cord-free blinds and shades create a clean, uncluttered look, allowing the beauty of the shade to shine without visual distraction. The cord-free adjustment mechanism holds blinds and shades securely in position, eliminating the need to constantly adjust them, and making it easier to raise them evenly. Finally, eliminating cords improves safety for children and pets, making cordless shades and blinds a must for children’s bedrooms and play areas.


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disrupt, those generators. This posed a challenge in the scalability and distribution of small wind turbine systems — until now.

Don’t let its small size fool you Coming in with a 36-inch rotor diameter, the Zefr packs an arsenal of cutting-edge technology. JLM Energy’s Zefr turbine overcame the technological obstacles by developing a new wind turbine that houses revolutionary power electronics. The power created from every Zefr turbine in the Wind Array Turbine System flows through the same tethered cable harness without disrupting the power generation of neighboring turbines. A 3.6kW smart inverter, which seamlessly and optimally generates the maximum amount of power, converts the power from 20 Zefr turbines into

Traditionally, a single turbine was a big investment with no opportunity for scalability. The inherent small size of the Zefr and easy-mounting features make it flexible to put multiple units on a roof line, parapet or other structural surfaces that enable a seamless blend into the architectural landscape of your building. It also is easy to scale up your energy production at any point down the road simply by adding more turbines. Whether you’re a small or large business, owner of a residential complex or simply a homeowner interested in lowering your carbon footprint and monthly utility bill, the Wind Array Turbine System offers the modularity to easily customize the installation. The Wind Array Turbine System also comes with JLM’s energy monitoring software so that you can track each Zefr’s energy production in real time. That way, you can see your investment saving you money and also determine whether your system is running optimally or not.

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he garage door is the largest moving part in your home and is typically used daily. Over time, parts can wear, compromising the operation of the garage door and creating potential safety problems. Regularly scheduled maintenance before problems occur can reduce your overall maintenance costs and improve the reliability of your garage door.

Servco Raynor Overhead Doors recommends annual preventive maintenance on your garage door system. This includes inspection of the entire system; lubrication of all moving parts such as hinges, chain drive, rollers and springs; tightening all bolts and screws; inspection of limit switches, gear drive, cables, track alignment, spring tension, operator and safety eyes as well as the required adjustments. Broken or worn parts should be replaced for the optimum smooth and quiet operation of the system. The homeowner should periodically clean the garage door panels with a mild soap (such as car wash or dishwashing soap) and water. Rinse thoroughly. This is especially important in coastal locations to remove salt build-up. Applying a good car wax to the door also will extend the life of the surface. Servco Raynor Overhead Doors can set up an annual preventive maintenance program for garage doors to keep the system performing reliably for years to come. Call 676-3667 to schedule routine preventive maintenance if you haven’t done so in


more than one year. If you are in the market for a new garage door to enhance the curb appeal and value of your home, when you choose a Raynor Affina garage door, you’re choosing a garage door system that will fit your home perfectly. Beautifully crafted, these doors offer an unprecedented style selection and are thoughtfully designed to provide safety for your family and security for your home. Features include the Raynor Finger Protection System, white-powder coated track and hardware, extended-life springs and unequalled polyurethane insulation. Ordinary insulated doors have a low R-value, limited choices in panel and window options, noisy operation and light gauge construction. The Raynor Affina door has industry-leading R-18 polyurethane insulation. Affina offers several configuration options, including mixed-panel designs. These doors are equipped with nylon rollers with precision-ball bearings and powder-coated track and hardware, minimizing noise and operation friction.

The doors are designed with a sturdy, 24-gauge total skin thickness. Raynor Affina garage doors have a durable, 2inch-thick construction, Raynor finger protection section joints, full-length joint seal as an added weather barrier and are engineered with the greatest attention to crisp, accurate embossment detail. The Raynor Affina door is known for its solid construction and famous “For As Long As You Own Your Home” warranty. Raynor Affina doors also feature superior materials, construction and are very reliable. For homeowners on a budget and looking for a quality garage door, the choice is the Raynor Traditions series. These doors are durable, reliable and built for dependable, long-lasting performance. Choose from the Showcase or Decade lines. Doors are available with limited lifetime warranties in ranch, colonial, flush, carriage house and bead line panel designs. The available finishes are AccuFinish, which is a unique engineered dark walnut, cherry, oak or cedar and ArmorFinish, which offers superior protection from rust in a coastal environment. You also can visit Servco Raynor Overhead Door’s showroom at 2841 Pukoloa St. in Mapunapuna, or visit us at The showroom is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. by appointment. All Raynor garage doors are installed and serviced by experienced and qualified Servco Raynor technicians, and Servco Raynor Overhead Doors is a licensed contractor in the state of Hawaii.


Hawaii Renovation June 10, 2012  

Hawaii Renovation June 10, 2012

Hawaii Renovation June 10, 2012  

Hawaii Renovation June 10, 2012