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previously used disinfecting wipes to clean everything in the house, but after a while I noticed something: For certain materials like wood and glass, the wipes left streak marks on them. It turns out that just like handiwork, where you need the right tool for the right job, cleaning also requires using the right products for the right materials. So one day, about halfway through a cleanup, I realized two things: one, I needed wood polish; and two, I didn’t want to run to the store to get it. Instead, I looked up a recipe online, and I’ve been using it ever since.


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Using this list to save a trip to the store will help me big time this year. Thanksgiving is just days away, and I couldn’t be more unprepared. At this time last year, I had recipes ready, food bought, party games planned (Minute to Win It games are a big hit) and the house spick and span. While I still need to run to the market and plan some games, at least I know I have all the cleaning supplies I need. Best of all, I know that this time they won’t leave streaks on my coffee table.

Wood Polish 3 parts lemon juice 1 part olive oil Now, I make most of my cleaning products — for several reasons. I already have most of the ingredients on hand, so they eliminate the need to run out to the store when I’m elbow-deep into a cleaning session, and they save money. Plus, they are non-toxic, so I feel a little better eating off the counter when a crumb or two falls on

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Different spaces for different paces With multigenerational living trends on the rise, these kitchen design tips will accommodate every family member’s needs arents are moving in with their adult children. College grads are coming home to Mom and Dad. Siblings are moving in with one another after a home foreclosure. Across America, the need for home design that supports multi-generational living is on the rise. In 2008, an estimated 49 million Americans, or about 16 percent of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation, according to the Pew Research Center. And, trends show this will continue. “Factors such as job losses, home foreclosures and a changing attitude toward multigenerational living have all contributed to the rise,” said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. “Now families are finding relatives at both ends of the age spectrum living together under one roof.” As the number of multigenerational homes grows, homeowners will need to adapt to the changing landscape. Reep recommended the following kitchen design elements to create a home designed for all ages:


1. Get creative with lighting. Different tasks and generations require various levels of lighting. A combination of recessed, pendant and under-cabinet lighting provides both aesthetics and functionality. Adding dimmer switches is a


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2. Add a splash of color. While monochromatic color schemes have been popular in recent years, older generations may prefer contrast between countertops and cabinets in order to maximize visual acuity.

4. Install the right hardware. Older or smaller hands may have trouble grasping or pulling certain types of cabinetry hardware. Consider larger drawer and cabinet pulls that are easier to grasp and more ergonomically friendly, such as the Tapered Bow Collection from KraftMaid Cabinetry.

3. Vary countertop heights. Lowered counters will create a workspace for small children, wheelchair users and those who prefer to sit while preparing meals. Homeowners can also use the varied heights for different tasks, such as lower counters for kneading dough and higher

5. Keep counters clutter-free. There’s a common theme when it comes to kitchen cabinetry accessories — more storage in a clean design style. Creative storage solutions like a wall appliance garage and pull-

out cabinets keep must-have items always within reach. “Living in a multi-generational home can be a great experience, but it can also be very challenging,” said Reep. “It’s important to take each generation’s ideas and needs into consideration, especially when it comes to home design.”

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Baby boomers dominate latest housing trends BY KAREN NAKAMURA

he largest American generation is either retired or quickly nearing retirement age. Baby boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 and who count more than 76 million, may be getting older, but they are definitely not ready to head to the retirement home! The boomer generation is more active than generations past, has a more sophisticated style and wants options for their homes. Some features that home builders and remodelers are seeing as they begin to cater to the boomers include:


Home offices Some boomers are choosing to work past the age of 65. As they transition from a traditional 9-to-5 job, however, they want home offices for flexibility. A second career or part-time employment often eliminates the hassle of commuting while keeping them active and bringing in supplementary income.

Tech/media centers The tech-savvy boomer generation wants top-of-the-line amenities such as a media room with surround sound and central control systems, which manage all media sources in one location. Wider doors and hallways Designing a home that is livable now but can transition and be functional as the occupant ages is important in ensuring that the home will be a good longterm investment.

downstairs, a 15 percent increase from over a decade ago. Boomers not wishing to go up and down stairs with bad knees and aching backs have helped fuel this trend.

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.

To find a designated Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH) or Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) builder or remodeler in your area, contact Building Industry Association of Hawaii at www.biahawaii.org.

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Boosting your home’s curb appeal for a quicker sale S

elling a home in today’s market requires a bit of marketing, some sweat and elbow grease and a touch of luck. But even in a competitive selling market, it is possible to turn the sign in your front yard from “For Sale” to “Sold” so you can move on to your next residence. First, look at your home as if you were a potential buyer. Drive up to the driveway or the front curb and park, carefully looking at the home as if for the first time. Make note of the beautiful aspects of your home, and also areas that could deter potential buyers. The outside of your home is the first image they will see, both in person, and while pre-shopping online. One maintenance project to tackle that will really spruce up the exterior of your home is refurbishing the outside woodwork that has been weathered by the sun and rain. If you have a front porch, wooden window edgings or even a back deck, chances are these areas could benefit from new stain for a refreshed and clean look. Home decks return about 70 percent of their original cost back to homeowners when a house is sold, according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs.Value Report, but that’s only when the decks are kept in top shape. To remove mois-

ture and sun damage, and protect your exterior woodwork from further damage from moss, mold and rot, Flood wood care offers an entire wood care system from prepping materials such as deck cleaners to stain. Before prepping your deck, consider if you need Wood Finish Remover to remove latex, oil, semi-transparent and solid stains, or if your deck is unstained, you may need Wood Brightener/Cleaner to bring the old and faded gray coloring back to a fresh new wood appearance. Finally, apply a Flood wood stain to your deck and woodwork to give it a beautiful look that will have home buyers and your neighbors impressed. In addition to your exterior woodwork, also take a look at your siding and gutters. Vinyl and aluminum sidings can collect dirt and look dingy after a season or two. Use a power washer on the siding and gutters to wash away the grime and spider webs and bring some vibrancy back to the outside of your home. Also consider adding season-appropriate flowers, plants or landscaping, or replacing gutter downspouts with decorative chains to give your home an artistic look. Finally, take a close look at your exterior lights. Glassenclosed lights can become filthy from all the elements, so take

a quick moment to wipe them clean with glass cleaner. If your light fixtures are tarnished or looking run down, purchase a can of spray paint in any complimentary color to the exterior of your home and freshen them up. These quick-fix projects will boost the look of your home both for prospective buyers arriving at your front door, and also in the photographs visible online. With this better exterior appearance, chances are you’ll be able to sell your home much quicker. This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

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Let there be light at home for the holidays W hen it comes to decorating with lights for the holidays, there are unlimited ways to add twinkle to the inside as well as the outside of your home. Some people favor an elegant, restrained sprinkling of lights around a door, while others go for a more exuberant display of illumination on virtually every surface. The American Lighting Association (ALA) offers some holiday lighting tips and ideas:

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• Make your home’s entrance a priority. The front door is more than just the entryway into your home; it’s also a welcoming first impression for family and friends. Start by adding a few, easy-to-install landscape uplights to highlight trees and shrubs, or path lighting to illuminate a sidewalk or driveway.

• Illuminate corners. When decorating with lights for the holidays, make your space feel larger by placing spotlights in room corners to illuminate dark spaces.

• Add drama with color-changing lights. Newer LED lights can add custom color scenes that complement a specific holiday decorating mood. You can produce the exact ambiance you like at any moment during your party or gathering this season. Colors can be changed at the push of

• Use lighting to create a focal point. Lights can draw attention to virtually anything — a centerpiece, buffet, unusual decoration — which helps guests know where to focus their eyes.

• Swap out lighting accents. Replacing a neutral lampshade with one that is red or gold will soften the light and create a pretty atmosphere when decorating with lights for the holidays. For information, visit www.AmericanLightingAssoc.com. This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

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s 2012 is starting to wind down, Oahu residents are in a mad dash to have their future photovoltaic (PV) systems installed. Getting them installed within the calendar year is crucial in order to take advantage of the state tax credit program that could be revised or reduced in 2013. Why should this matter to you as a consumer? Many PV companies have been or are very close to being booked throughout the end of the year. This leaves only a few choices to find a quality installer at a reasonable price.

Although the time crunch is on for consumers, they should not rush into any decision or choose the first available installer. Installing a PV system is a major decision and careful research and planning should still be implemented when deciding on a PV installer. You want to be sure the installer can deliver on his or her promised date, will provide you with quality installation and also provide you with the best PV panels and equipment. EnergyPro Hawaii is now fully stocked with 260-watt panels that are matched with Enphase’s M215 microinverters. Its

ENERGYPRO HAWAII contact // 596-2890 web // www.energyprohawaii.com energyprohawaii@gmail.com install crews have not been hired just for this busy season, but have been welltrained and employed with the company for an extended period of time. EnergyPro Hawaii wants to ensure you receive the highest quality work possible and that your installation is done right. As of now, EnergyPro Hawaii still has openings available to install PV systems in 2012, but time is running out. And with added obstacles — such as community association approvals, possible re-roofing and financing options — the process can sometimes be unexpectedly prolonged. Currently EnergyPro Hawaii has some

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slander Cabinetry is an exclusive brand of kitchen and bath cabinetry, designed and imported by Honsador Lumber for island living. Islander Cabinetry is available from island inventories and comes in different door styles, stain finishes and three hardwood species. The line is 6 years old and has met with incredible success because of its quality and availability from robust inventories. The entry-level cabinet is the Oak Hardwood species in a distinctive raisedpanel door style with a medium stain finish. The mid-level cabinet features a raised-panel Birch hardwood species and natural finish. Additional choices are available in the slightly higher priced Shaker style in both natural and Cherry finishes. On the higher end of the spectrum sits the Kamalani product, which is made from genuine Walnut species and a modest raised-panel door style.


All Islander Cabinetry is constructed using 5/8-inch-thick Hardwood plywood. There is no particle board in the Islander product line. Cabinets feature a strong face frame design in Mortise and Tenon construction. The quality features continue to the adjustable and concealed chrome hinges that open beyond 90 degrees for easy

access to cabinet interiors. Drawer slides are heavy duty and come in either standard or soft-close function. Dovetail is standard. Shelving is constructed from sturdy 3/4-inch hardwood plywood with finished edging. Cabinets are completely assembled and ready for easy installation. Quality was a major concern, and the only way you can guarantee seamless quality is to have careful inspection of all the parts that go into each cabinet. That’s how “Quality Touch” was born. Every part is looked at and accepted. The last and most important part of our “Quality Touch” program is for every cabinet to be fumigated, to rid all parts of insects such as termites and beetles. Insects could cause serious, unnoticed damage months after installation, when it’s too late

and the damage has been done to the cabinets and perhaps further into the home. Islander Cabinetry was created to close the gap between domestic and marginal imported cabinets. Many imported brands have left out certain features that are usually found in domestic (U.S.-produced) cabinetry. Imported brands tend to have thinner cabinet sides, thin shelves that can sag under use, poorly constructed drawer boxes and lightweight drawer slides.There are no short cuts and weak materials used at Islander Cabinetry. Islander is truly a high-value, affordable cabinet. Please compare the quality of all aspects of your cabinetry. Ask about Islander flooring and Islander Granite, two great companion products to round out the family of Islander products.


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designs as well as a selection of beautiful granite surfaces. The C&C Summer Sale is for 10-by-10foot kitchens with any style of cabinet and selected granite for $1,999 plus tax. If the space you are designing is approximately 10 feet by 10 feet, the C&C sales associates will quote you a special price, including design at no extra charge. All cabinets are precisiondesigned and include high-quality handles, pulls and runners. No particle board or other synthetic materials are used in the fabrication of the cabinet doors, shelves and drawers. Customers who wish to display their glassware or dinnerware can order cabinet doors with glass insets.

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The company has more than 40 varieties of granite in stock as well. The latest product is quartz, which will be in stock by the end of this month. Call ahead or stop in at the showroom where sales associates are available to work out a preliminary three-dimensional design for the cabinet and counter layout on the computer. If the customer approves of the quoted price, the sales associate will meet with the homeowner at the job site and work out a detailed plan there.

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Put your house in order Don’t shut the door on your mess! Create an energetic pathway of environmental support in your home by clearing the clutter and letting go of dated belongings


Alice Inoue QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I loved reading the stories about a few of your consultations last month and learned so much. Can you share more? f course! I too have learned so much from doing consultations over the years and am constantly amazed at the direct correlation the environment has to our lives. The more conscious we are about the links between our own environment and our lives, the more aware we become of how the choices we make in our homes affect our lives and vice versa. Here are additional consultation stories you may enjoy and learn something from. For confidentiality reasons, I have changed the names of the people and created different situational scenarios. Any similarity to you or someone you know is purely coincidental.


The weight of the past A friend of mine in the construction business called me one day and asked if I could take a look at a home he was renovating. He said the man who lived there needed some “help” and had agreed to my consultation. I have been to many homes and seen some unusual things inside them, but what was happening in Louis’ home was a first for me. Already in his 50s, Louis lived alone and had a lot of clutter, which was not unusual. What was unusual was the type of clutter he accumulated. Throughout the house were stacks of newspapers and magazines dating from the 1970s to the present. He had prescription medication bottles with expired dates in the 80s and unopened canned goods more than 20 years old. Not surprisingly, Louis’ conversations all revolved around the past — when life and health were “good,” before his kids moved away and before he was demoted at work. He had nothing positive to say about the

present and would not let go of the fantasy that the past was better. His environment fully reflected that he was unwilling to move forward. The lesson here is that dated material more strongly ties us to the past. Living in the present means embracing what life has to offer now. So ask yourself: Is it time to let go of expired goods, medications and old magazines? Private challenges show up at home Cynthia initially hired me for a consultation because she wanted less worry, better sleep, and more peace, health, harmony and happiness — the usual things. As we walked around her three-bedroom home, where she lived with her husband and daughters, I saw nothing out of the ordinary. I asked her if she was looking for anything specific, and she said that her family was dealing with some major challenges that she wanted to keep private. She was hoping that my advice would help her solve some of the issues. The home had a great feel and was obviously well kept — no excess dust, nothing

unkempt, no visible clutter. Cynthia showed me her kitchen, living room, daughter’s bedroom and the master bedroom. She then walked by the third bedroom. When I asked her about it, she said, “Oh, that room just has my daughter’s pets.You can ignore that one.” “Hmmm,” I thought. When it was time for me to assess the property, I peeked into that room. I actually had to blink my eyes to see if what I thought I saw was actually there. In stark contrast to the rest of the house, the room had sheets of newspaper scattered everywhere and days-old rabbit and guinea pig feces. The pets were given free rein of the room. The correlation was obvious to me in light of what Cynthia had just shared. My advice was to focus on that room. Although it may seem easier to keep the door closed and pretend that the mess doesn’t exist, the reality is that it does. Cynthia could create an intent to heal while creating an energetic path toward supporting the private challenges her family was facing by having the room organized, getting proper caging for the pets and cleaning up the existing mess. The lesson here is though it may not be so obvious or as extreme in your home as it was in Cynthia’s, ask yourself where you have “closed the door,” pretending that a mess does not exist. Is there something you need to address, something you’ve put on the back burner, hoping it will eventually work itself out? If so, schedule a time to physically organize your mess, even if only for an hour. You will be amazed at how it will help unlock things and usher you forward with solutions and options. Use your environment for support You don’t have to know feng shui to make an energetic difference. Whether you feel stuck, overwhelmed, anxious or sad, do something in your home, no matter how

small, and it will physically bring order to your space and support change in other areas of your life.

Alice Inoue is a life guide at Alice Inoue Life Guidance LLC, a company committed to assisting people in living empowered lives. Alice shares her wisdom as a professional speaker and personal consultant, and offers a series of instructional DVDs on feng shui, as well as her award-winning books on feng shui, happiness and spiritual life wisdom. Visit www.aliceinspired.com to read her blog, sign up for her newsletters and download useful feng shui tips.

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f you are feeling a lack of support from key individuals in your life, think “pairs.” Position the items on display in your home in pairs. Bring in two items that match, such as end table lamps or matching candles. Malefemale pairs are excellent for relationship, love and support!

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Making your abode smarter, more efficient T

he holidays can be the busiest time of the year. With entertaining and overnight guests, it can be hard to ensure your home systems are performing for optimal comfort and efficiency. Thanks to new home automation technologies, you can run your home in a smarter and more cost-effective manner than ever before — from wherever life takes you — even from a smartphone, tablet or Web connection. For example, the Nexia™ Home Intelligence system from Trane® and Schlage® allows you to remotely manage multiple systems throughout your home, including heating and cooling, door locks, video surveillance, lights, shades and energy usage via any Web-enabled computer and most smartphones. Designed for today’s mobile lifestyles, it helps you make everything in your home speak one simple lan-

guage. Visit www.nexiahome.com for more information. Such technologies are growing rapidly in popularity as they become more affordable and easier to use. According to ABI Research, the number of home automation systems sold in North America is expected to grow to about 6 million by 2016, a sixfold increase since 2011. Smart temperature control for better comfort Comfort and efficiency starts with smart temperature control for many homeowners. Picking up relatives at the airport? Turn on the air conditioning in the guest bedroom from your smartphone while waiting at the baggage claim. Does one of your guests have allergies? Activate your system’s allergy clean cycle to temporarily boost air filtration and clean air output.

For example, the Trane ComfortLink II Control works as an up-to-the-minute weather station inside your home. It can provide you with access to weather information, temperature control and air quality from afar via your smartphone, computer or tablet. In addition, you can create automated cooling schedules to save

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How to choose the right home automation system Home automation is a hot topic, not just among the technologically savvy crowd and remodeling enthusiasts, but also among increasing numbers of mainstream homeowners. From setting the alarm via smartphone to turning on lights automatically and programming the air conditioning, technology brings enhanced convenience, comfort and safety for consumers where they need it most — at home. Many homeowners have already taken advantage of this technology, and more are joining the ranks every day. Homeowners who are planning to make the switch to an automated or smart home should consider three factors:

rity companies within their area that are members of ESA. They should ask each company the following questions: • How long has the company been in business? • Can you provide references for previous work? • Are your employees licensed to work on different systems (air conditioning, lighting)?

• What system features are important Smart connectivity to fit your lifestyle When it comes to home automation systems, you can often pick and choose which devices you wish to control, for smart and efficient use of your budget, too. For example Nexia userspay a monthly subscription fee and then select from up to 200 different devices that can be purchased separately or bundled together, making it easy to expand the level of control as lifestyle needs change.

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Soft around the edge Having a cool, urban design scheme doesn’t mean your space has to feel “cold.” Layering in textures and accent pieces will warm up any contemporary look

ast week I showed you photos from the model apartment at 680 Ala Moana that I staged for Kamehameha Schools. My goal was a decorating style that was urban and edgy, to reflect the surrounding Kakaako neighborhood. To help you create that same vibe, I gave you tips on using urban colors like charcoals, browns, taupes and creams, going planet-friendly in your material use and making dual-purposing a priority. What else do you need for a distinctive urban vibe? I’ve got a few more tips for you:


Mixing hard, industrial surfaces with warmer textures The one-bedroom apartment at 680 had stainless steel surfaces, concrete walls and scraped vinyl flooring. These helped set the foundation for, as well as enhance, the apartment’s urban look. If your space already has finishes like these, that’s great. If not, try to incorporate hard surfaces like metal, concrete, glass and wood (as opposed to wall-to-wall carpeting, for example, or fully upholstered furniture). If you don’t have these as part of your architecture, you can incorporate some in your furniture pieces and accessories. But urban loft spaces with lots of hard surfaces can feel cold.The trick — and this is key — is to layer in other textures to add some warmth and give your space more character. For example, at 680 we had a stainless steel kitchen with very hard, clean lines in the cabinetry.To add earthiness to this side of the room, I put some Indonesian wood carvings above the cabinet. (They also draw your eye up to the high ceiling, increasing the feeling of space in this 600-square-foot apartment.) Then I layered in a couple of stone sculptures in front of the carvings to create dimension and tie in to the cream colors of the walls. I repeated the warmth of the woods in the kitchen’s cold stainless island by placing there 16 • NOVEMBER 18, 2012

above This kitchen reaches design harmony with a mixture of industrial features and warmer accents left Personalized accessories give a kitchen wine center character right Creams, charcoals and pops of yellow keep this space young, urban PHOTOS BY JUSTIN DOTSON

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the kitchen, I created a wine center that also opens up as a table space for entertaining. My touch of whimsy here: wine letters. In the bedroom, where I didn’t want to be gender-specific, I created a bed that was white and cream and charcoal with just a splash of yellow in the hot modern modern ikat print. What ties in with the yellow is also the touch that really makes this room unique and puts a smile on your face: It’s a clue about what you don’t need in a bedroom. I found a large carved picture frame, and instead of putting a picture inside, I had letters cut out that spelled NO TV.

It’s easy to find letters to create your own statement in your own space. You can get vinyl clings online or find cutout letters at almost any craft store. At 680, my goal was to stage this unit with a cool, eclectic urban vibe. Remember, keep your colors and textures urban, but don’t forget to add a bit of your personality and fun. That’s cool!

Cathy Lee is president and designer of Cathy Lee Style and Cathy's Marketplace, a furniture and accessories showroom with design services at 1110 University Ave. She recently opened reStyle Hawaii, an affordable, style-conscious consignment warehouse with upholstering and repurposing services at 420 Keawe St. in Kakaako. To find out more, go to www.cathyleestyle.com.



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taking care of your solar installation on your largest family investment? Just in time for the holidays, with every complete Akamai Energy PV solar system purchase during the month of November, customers will receive a new iPAD, $500 mall gift card and free semiannual cleaning for the first two years of owning your new system. This holiday season, Akamai Energy encourages everyone to give your family the gift that keeps giving back thousands of dollars in savings month after month, year after year: a PV solar system from Akamai Energy. Call 445-9119 or email info@aka maienergyhawaii.com for more information, and lock in your 2012 PV install before it’s too late.

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Beauty meets durability with Country Manor Shake roofing O ne of Hawaii’s best looking roofs, installed locally by Aluminum Shake Roofing Inc, is the Country Manor Shake (CMS) system. The CMS roof system was developed by Alcoa in 1974 and is currently manufactured in Ohio by Classic Products. You get the look of hand-split cedar shakes without the drawbacks. It may be the coolest, most lightweight and longest-lasting roof on the market, but will it last for 40 years or more? See for yourself. The pictures on this page show some of hundreds of CMS roofs that were installed at least 20 years ago.They all still look beautiful and continue to keep the weather out. Conventional asphalt composition shingle roofs need to be replaced every 15 years on average. If you travel around Oahu and look for the oldest roofs in the most mature neighborhoods, you will find countless examples of old Alumalock aluminum shingle roofs that are 40, 50, even 60 years old, and are going strong with no signs of deterioration other than a paint coating that may have eroded away. While those roofs still look great, the


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after an aggressive acid testing, the finish was unaffected. Call Fred Rehm at Aluminum Shake Roofing for a free, clear and detailed written estimate. He’ll come out, measure your roof and explain everything you want to know about installing a new lifetime roof on your home.

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Find ‘your home for the holidays’ It’s easy to embrace this season with the following decorating ideas aimed at adding festive cheer to your home

ith the holidays just around the corner, how can you give your decor a little festive spice? Geobunga offers a free seminar Saturday, Dec. 1 that will provide you with both inspiration and easy tricks to liven up any home, on any budget.The first seminar starts at 9 a.m. at 4299 Lawehana St. in Salt Lake across from Target, and the second one is at 2 p.m. at Geobunga Windward, located at 41-829 Kakaina St. in Waimanalo. Led by Geobunga merchandiser and customer service representative Keola Kalama, this informative seminar is just in time for the winter holidays. “During this time of shopping and event madness, embracing the holidays in your decor should be simple and stress-free,” said Kalama. “First and foremost, I encourage people to declutter their space, to give you an open canvas with which to work and provide an open and inviting place for people to gather.” Kalama said that one way to enliven your decor for the


FREE SEMINARS Your Home for the Holidays Saturday, Dec. 1at Geobunga and Geobunga Winward 9 a.m. at 4299 Lawehana St. in Salt Lake 2 p.m. at 41-829 Kakaina St. in Waimanalo Reserve your spot at www.geobunga.com

GEOBUNGA contact // 422-4567 address // 4299 Lawehana St. web // www.geobunga.com holidays is to create a container garden display near your entryway. For those who have an existing container garden, Kalama suggested switching out some of the plants with flowers that remind you of the holidays — poinsettias or bromeliads before Christmas and Cherry Blossoms around New Year’s are an inexpensive way to bring new color and spirit to your home. “Then after the holidays are over, you can move these flowers to your garden or lanai as a happy reminder of the past holiday season,” Kalama said. For those who may not want a Christmas tree, Kalama suggested using a bamboo trellis to display your favorite ornaments, with a bamboo bench in front for your gifts. “Be creative,” said Kalama. “Do what works for your home. Choose colors and pieces that complement your existing decor and fit within your space. Oftentimes, tasteful and meaningful pieces to you that connect you to a past Christmas celebration will be a wonderful treasure to

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enibac Kitchen Cabinets & Casework was conceived with the idea that custom cabinets can be affordable and at the same time offer “door styles unlike any other.” The company has door styles that best reflect Hawaii’s lifestyle. It offers door styles in Koa, Teak, Bamboo, Anigre, White Paint or custom colors. It can even add a Koa inlay to a Maple Shaker door. The kitchen design professionals at Tenibac have the design expertise necessary to help you create what will turn an empty kitchen or existing space into a dream kitchen that is both beautiful and functional. Outstanding kitchens begin with creativity and a practical design that fits your needs; it takes careful planning and attention to detail. Each customer and project is unique and presents its own set of challenges. Listening carefully to customers allows the company to work through those challenges, and only then will the design truly reflect your personality and lifestyle. Tenibac offers Aristocratic Cabinets for a truly custom-built kitchen. That is why it is an “Architect and Designers Choice” cabinet company — it does what other companies

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‘Pocket’ doors bring a whole lot of elegance to entryways A dd a dash of charm to any room or entryway. Install a door-in-the-wall with a Pocket Door Frame. A pocket door can be installed in any room of your home.They’re especially convenient for walk-in closets, bathrooms, powder rooms, bedrooms, between a kitchen and dining room or in doorways that only need to be closed occasionally. The Johnson Pocket Door Frame is designed to eliminate the problems traditionally associated with a door-inthe-wall. The product has a boxshaped track and convex rails, which make it impossible for the hanger wheels to jump off. Special key hole slots allow you to remove the track easily without tearing out a wall. There’s a unique hanger-clip system that enables you to remove the door

for painting or staining after the drywall and trim are in place. The pocket door frame also has self-adjusting anchors to allow for settling without disturbing the horizontal alignment of the header and track. To keep the frame straight and provide a rigid surface for attaching wall materials, the Johnson pocket door frame is equipped with rust-resistant, zinc-coated steel sides and back plating. This also helps prevent drywall nails from penetrating the stud and scratching the pocket door. You can put in a pocket door frame with basic hand tools. Make it easy on yourself and get a ready-to-install product like the Johnson Hardware model, which comes with all hardware components, including a preassembled track and header. All you supply is the door.

A carpenter can install the pocket door frame in about 10 minutes. Figure a little more time for a handyman. Accessories include a converging door kit for joining two pocket door frames, doors pulls and privacy locks. The privacy locks fit standard pre-bored doors. You can install them without cutting the door and invalidating the manufacturer’s warranty. For more information on how to add more zip to your entryway recipes with Pocket Door Frames, visit johnsonhardware.com or follow the company on Twitter at twitter.com /johnsonhrdware.

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Get acquainted with the most innovative home appliances S ervco Home & Appliance has provided Hawaii residents with the latest premium appliances while offering superior customer and delivery services. In order to ensure that the newest product innovations are available to you, Servco works closely with representatives from brands such as GE, Thermador, Bosch and Gaggenau. There have been many new product introductions this year and they are now on display at Servco’s showroom. One of the most recent introductions is GE’s next generation French Door Refrigerator. It is made-in-America and Energy Star-qualified, which means it saves energy and money. It also includes a hands-free auto fill that lets you walk away while the dispenser automatically fills your container, and TwinChill Evaporators that separate climates in the fresh food and freezer sections to help keep food fresher longer. With refrigerators as large as 29 cubic feet, there is plenty of room to store everything your family needs. GE also recently came out with the 28 • NOVEMBER 18, 2012

next generation of GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heaters, which save you approximately $980 a year on utility bills and reduce water heating expenses by up to 62 percent, according to Department of Energy testing. This appliance, like the French Door Refrigerator, is also made-inAmerica and Energy Star-qualified. Not only does it come with a limited 10-year warranty, it also is eligible for an up to $200 rebate from Hawaii Energy. GE has introduced the newest color in the appliance world. GE appliances with the new “Slate” finish are now available at Servco’s appliance retailers. Slate is a one-of-a-kind, low-gloss finish that resists fingerprints and complements a wide spectrum of countertops, floors and cabinetry finishes, making it extremely easy to match. It is stunningly versatile, and it available on refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and microwaves. You can see these items on display at Servco’s showroom in Mapunapuna. Servco also has the most anticipated appliance of the year, the Freedom

Induction Cooktop, on display in its showroom. This 36 inch wide unit is the first full-surface induction appliance that intelligently recognizes cookware size, shape and position to deliver heat without boundaries. It is built with 48 individual 3inch induction-heating elements and offers one limitless cooking surface with an intuitive touch-screen interface. Thermador offers exceptional cooking performance regardless of cooktop preference. Its 30-inch and 36-inch gas cooktops have been rated No. 1 by leading consumer magazines, and the brand has also made improvements to its already No. 1-rated wall ovens. Thermador wall ovens currently have the largest cavity and fastest preheat and self-cleaning times in the luxury segment. New Thermador ovens are now made with SoftClose Doors and SoftClose Warming Drawers on triple combination units, which make them the only oven in the industry with this unique feature. Thermador also has improved the design of its ovens by making the full-

depth manifold, temperature gauges, knobs and clocks all stainless steel. Its new ovens offer true convection and telescopic racks, which have thicker wires and wrap around tines with handles. Another great addition to Thermador’s ovens is its new Masterpiece Series Steam and Convection Oven with professional handles. This oven offers passionate cooks the ultimate cooking flexibility with 40 EasyCook food programs and steam convection, which provides unrivaled food taste and quality. This professional 24-inch oven is eligible for Thermador’s One-TwoFree Promotion, which can save you up to $6,097. To learn more about consumer rebates and which Servco appliance dealer you can find these items in, visit the company’s website at ServcoAppliance.com, or call 564-2493. You also can see the latest products on display at Servco Appliance Showroom, located at 2841 Pukoloa St. in Mapunapuna. The showroom is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.