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he Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) will present the sixth annual Remodel It Right Expo on Friday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 15 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Gold Sponsor BIA-Hawaii Remodelers and Silver Sponsor the New Hawaiian Home will showcase more than 200 exhibitor booths displaying Hawaii’s top contractors, suppliers, building industry experts and associates. These exhibitors will combine under one roof to create more than 20,000 square feet of convenient expertise. The event theme, “Remodel It Right, Remodel It Right Green”, will enlighten and educate homeowners on the latest products, services and trends in sustainable living. The “Remodel It Right Panel” of experts will present the basics of Architecture, Contractor Licensing, Energy Savings & Credits, General Contracting,
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Quality, integrity from the ground up
hris Koike, founder and owner of Paragon Builders, knows what makes the difference between an OK job and a job that leaves the client beaming with happiness. The son of a developer, Koike built upon his natural gifts, trained diligently, and constructed his company according to his basic principles. “Build a solid foundation, take no short cuts, pay attention to the finest details, and don’t accept anything less than the very best,” he reflected recently. “I formed Paragon Builders about five years ago with the help, guidance and encouragement of my dad. He helped me see clearly what it would take to start my own construction company. As a developer who worked with many contractors, my dad had an intimate knowledge of Hawaii’s construction industry.” Over the years, Koike worked for several well-established construction companies. The experience, he said, was invaluable. “I worked in several capacities doing a variety of jobs,” he continued. “During this period, while working full-
time, I attended carpentry classes over four years and obtained my carpentry certificate.”
Most of his work has been in renovating all areas of single-family homes. “I’ve found that it’s the builder’s level of commitment and standards of excellence that will drive the other factors,” he added. “My clients have said it was difficult to find someone who wouldn’t cut corners,
who cared more about the finished product than the bottom line. In his work, he pays keen attention to the seen and unseen elements of homebuilding. The aesthetics and visual quality are important, he says, but so is structural integrity. “I take my clients’ trust very, very seriously and give 1,000 percent to ensure safety, structural integrity, comfort and v i s u a l beauty for t h e i r homes,” he said. “After all, a person’s home is his sanctuary.” Koike’s high standards of integrity and quality have shown tangible results. Last year, he received a BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Award for the Residential Remodeling Division. Ann Keamo, Realtor and president of Properties Unlimited Inc., entered her renovated home, which received the award.
“In October 2007, I hired Archipelago Hawaii to do my renovations. They introduced me to Chris and another gentleman to bid for the job,” she said. “The bids were priced competitively, but I felt that Chris had better qualities and would listen to my needs and goals. We had the 40-day rain while Chris was renovating my home, but he protected it and showed an amazing ability to solve problems as they arise.” All the cabinets, appliances, and doors were custom-made, she added, and despite delays, Koike managed to protect her home from any damage. “I clearly remember that we were extending the back lanai to convert it into my office when we had the 40-day rain,” Keamo said. “He couldn’t complete the roof because it was too wet to place the proper roofing on it, but he concealed the areas. He was very creative in solving unexpected problems and was efficient, patient and caring throughout. “Most of all, he showed amazing compassion. During the final inspection, he made sure that all the discrepancies were taken care of to perfection. I am very happy with the work he performed. I would recommend him to anyone who wants the job done in a timely manner and who wants to reach the final inspection with happiness and satisfaction.”
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Solid d hardwood d flooring Solid hardwood flooring is just that â€” a solid plank of hardwood milled into a piece of flooring, usually with a tongue and groove on the edges and ends, so that the pieces fit together on all sides. While it comes in a variety of thicknesses, 3/4inch is the most common produced in the U.S. and is usually nailed to a wooden subfloor. Thinner profiles, such as 5/16 inch, can be glued directly on to a surface such as concrete. Widths typically range from 2 1/4-inch strip to 8-inch and wider plank. Favorite U.S. species are red and white oak, hard maple, ash, hickory and pecan, walnut and cherry. All solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished, however special care must be taken with the thinner profiles. And in all cases of hardwood flooring installation, a clean, moisture-free surface is essential to eliminate future problems with movement or moisture.
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t’s amazing what we can do to our homes today to make them more energy efficient, from green roofs to geothermal heating. While some new homes are built with green in mind, you can also make your existing home more environmentally friendly while also saving some cash. Whether you are looking to conserve energy or save money, reviewing the EnergyGuide label on appliances and looking for the ENERGY STAR label on appliances, electronics and other energyusing products is a great way to identify the most energy-efficient products on the market. By making a few adjustments in your home energy use, such as choosing ENERGY STAR qualified products, you can save on your utilities bills and make a positive impact on the environment as well. “From switching your light bulbs to your appliances, there are many ways to reduce your energy consumption,” says
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Lower material costs make it a great time for a
ave you outgrown your small home, but you’re staying put for financial or economic reasons? Or maybe you recently bought a house in foreclosure that was a great deal, but it needs fixing up? If so, you’re part of the re-energized remodeling market. For the first time since 2006, home-improvement spending is up. The surge is being aided by lower materials costs. And with more custom builders swapping out their blueprints for hammers to get in on the remodeling boom, labor costs have fallen in many areas as well. In short, this is a great time to remodel, and if a new bathroom is on your wish list, you’re not alone. A recent survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) showed that 28 percent of responding architects are seeing greater interest in kitchen and bath remodels. Most homeowners aren’t going for dazzle, however. AIA reports that typical bath projects today reflect practicality and a desire to control utility costs. Although people tend to add or improve bathrooms with comfort and convenience in mind, these projects are also smart values. According to Remodeling Magazine, creating a new bathroom is one of the most solid investments you can make in your home. The magazine’s 2009-2010 “Cost vs.
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he tax credit eligibility for qualified garage doors will expire on Dec. 31. Now is your last chance to save 30 percent off the price of an energy-saving curb-appeal-inspiring garage door, courtesy of the U.S. government. The savings come from a federal income tax credit, which is more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction, because a tax credit reduces your tax dollarfor-dollar, while a deduction only decreases the amount of income that is taxed. Through the end of this year, the U.S. government is offering up to a $1,500 tax credit for homeowners who buy and install qualifying insulated garage doors. Full details can be found at GarageWowNow.com, a non-commer-
cial home improvement resource dedicated to garage doors and garage door openers. Getting a share of the credit Tax credits are available for qualifying garage door purchases placed in service by Dec. 31. A taxpayer may claim a maximum of 30 percent of qualifying home improvement products, and a maximum of $1,500 for qualifying purchases in 2009 and 2010. For example, if you replace two garage doors with two new qualifying insulated doors that cost $1,000 each, you may claim a tax credit of $300 per door, or a total of $600, provided you have not exceeded the $1,500 total over the two years of the tax credit period.
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loset creep is real. No, your possessions aren’t multiplying in the middle of the night, though it may seem that way. But it does take resolve to tame the tendency to keep more than is discarded so your home stays organized and clutter-free. Having the right storage solutions on hand also can go a long way toward helping you get organized and maintain a comfortable, grab-and-go lifestyle. Many do-it-yourself closet systems are available to help with your closet transformation. While professionally installed closet solutions can run thousands of dollars, you can pick up a ready-to-assemble kit containing everything you need to start creating a stylish custom closet in a weekend. So you can have the closet you want without a hefty price tag. But first, a little planning is in order. Start by purging the chosen closet of items you no longer use. Banish sentimentality, and police your thoughts for
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• Unplug electronics you aren’t using. Many electronics products for your home are consuming energy even when they are not on. Using a power strip can make this easier. If you are considering buying a new electronic, such as a TV, DVD player, computer or any home theater or office product, think about buying ENERGY STAR qualified models. According to the EPA, TVs that carry the ENERGY STAR label are about 40 percent more efficient than conventional models. In fact, if all televisions sold in the United States met the new ENERGY STAR requirements, Americans would save $2.5 billion annually in energy costs while reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions from about 3 million cars.
• Be smart about your home climate. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR label can cut your annual energy bill by more than $200. Lowering the heat or turning off air conditioners and fans when you are gone can also help keep your energy use down. You can learn more about HVAC equipment by visiting searshomepro.com for additional details. • Consider conducting an energy audit on your home. During an audit, a professional comes into your home and makes suggestions about things you can do to make your home more efficient. It may be as simple as sealing a few holes, which could end up saving you big bucks in the long run. According to the EPA, in a typical house with forced-air heating and cooling systems, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks and poorly sealed connections.
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a home is very important, especially over the long term, as many homeowners in this economy have opted for remodeling over moving to new homes,” NARI National President Paul Zuch said in a June 8 press release from the association. If you’re interested in increasing the value and livability of your home, remodeling might make sense for you. But before you begin hiring contractors, you need to do some basic prep work first. How will you fund your remodel?
Most homeowners will need to borrow against the value of their homes to pay for remodeling projects. If a home improvement loan is in your future, your first step should be to check your credit score and report. Your credit will affect lenders’ willingness to loan you money, and the terms and conditions they’ll offer on the loan. Knowing your credit score before you begin applying for financing will give you a better understanding of what terms you might be able to qualify for. The higher your score, the more desirable you appear to lenders. Checking your score in advance of seeking financing will allow you to work on raising it, if necessary. Or, it can help give you the confidence to negotiate the best possible deal for your renovation project. You can access your free credit score online at websites with enrollment in Triple Advantage Credit Monitoring. Once you’re sure of your credit status, you’re ready to take the next step — securing financing. Just as there are many different types of renovations that will add value and
comfort to your home, there are many ways to fund them. In an ideal world, we would all have savings sufficient to cover home improvements and still leave some money in the bank for a rainy day. In reality, most homeowners won’t be able to pay cash for improvements. For borrowers with desirable credit ratings, there are still plenty of financing options. You may opt to go with a straight second mortgage. Or a home equity line of credit (HELOC) may work for you if you’ve amassed equity in your home. The HELOC basically borrows against the difference between the value of your home (what you could reasonably expect to sell it for) and the amount you still owe on your current mortgage. You may also pursue a government-backed FHA loan. You can find a variety of tools and information about mortgages at hud.gov. To obtain your credit score, visit the following website, freecredit score.com. Courtesy of ARAcontent
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