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Countertops In any kitchen, the countertops are both a significant design element and a functional necessity. Replacing lower-cost countertops such as laminate with higher-end materials like granite can enhance the usability and look of your work surface. Even if you opt to replace older laminate with the same material, your kitchen can benefit from a fresh face and improved material quality.

Lighting and ventilation Illumination and fresh air in a kitchen not only allow you to appreciate the beauty of the room, they

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THE RENOVATION PROCESS ella Pietra, Hawaii’s premier natural stone company, hosts a free workshop, How to Survive a Home Remodel, to help homeowners see their remodeling project through to completion, all while enjoying the process and keeping their sanity intact. The workshop will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Bella Pietra’s showroom and warehouse located at 701 N. Nimitz Hwy. “So often, people come to us at the very end of their renovation or new build to choose their finishes and are absolutely exhausted,” said Layla Dedrick, Bella Pietra owner and CEO. “But this should be the most fun part of the process, where homeowners choose the finishing touches such as the countertops, flooring and paint. This is the icing on the cake, so to speak. It’s through the finishes that the homeowner can truly put their stamp on the project, by showcasing their own personal style and taste. This free seminar will help homeowners relish this part of the process as they see their dreams come together.” Attendees will get a light-hearted look at surviving a home remodeling project, presented by Dedrick and Evan Fujimoto, president of Graham Builders, one of Hawaii’s leading design + build firms. “A home renovation project should be exciting,” said Fujimoto. “Homeowners who take the time to learn and understand how the renovation



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than 750,000 roofs worldwide and offers a 12-year warranty. The movement started off in Australia, where metal and concrete tiles are the most popular forms of roofing. Then, it expanded to Southern California, where the roofs have rapidly grown in popularity because they comply with tough cool-roof standards in Title 24 (also known as the California Building Standards Code). Now, the Cool Roof Store has brought this technology to Hawaii.

Monier tile roofs Since they are so expensive to replace when their protective glaze burns off, Monier tile roofs are the most popular roofs being restored worldwide. With NXT Cool Zone®, you can choose from three different primers that can be used to seal up the weathered tile, depending on how bad the surface is. If it is down to bare concrete, the company recommends its Master Primer to start off with. Then you apply two finish coats and you’re done.

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