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aeve and Phillip live in a charming house filled with plenty of personality and traditional character. But with a young son and a large, rambunctious dog, home life can get pretty chaotic. Their kitchen should have been a familyfriendly hub where everyone could relax and enjoy meals together, but the overly floral room just didn’t suit their needs or their style. It had an awkward layout, a cramped feel and an outdated look. To top it all off, Maeve’s relatives were coming to visit from Ireland and the couple wanted to make the space more of a focal point where people could gather and get caught up over their morning coffee. With some good ideas, a new design and perhaps a little luck of the Irish, I knew I could turn this problem space into a practical, yet cozy, family kitchen.

The kitchen was a classic case of form following function. But the kitchen desperately needed to function better (the dishwasher wasn’t even connected). This project required a radical rethinking of the entire space to create several well-contained areas that would blend seamlessly together. I decided to flip the floor plan by switching the eating and kitchen areas, and creating a large island between the two. I also created a small work area with a computer station, storage area and access to the outside via a new, modern sliding door. Once the floor plan was outlined, I got started on the kitchen’s fresh, new, contemporary look. I scraped the flowery paper off the walls and the ceiling, yanked out the oldfashioned cabinets and counters, pulled out the dreary lighting, ripped up

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the unsightly flooring — and, finally, we were on our way. To brighten up the room, I chose creams and blues as the main colors with a little Irish green thrown in. I painted the walls an antique cream, added banks of cream-colored cabinets and installed new baseboards and crown molding. I then created a kitchen backsplash in a dreamy, blue handmade tile, topped the maple-finished island in a speckled, denim blue and replaced the vinyl flooring with a diagonal pattern of large cream-and-blue tiles. For the kitchen’s main accents, I chose a striped pattern of blue, cream, green and red. This fabric

was used to create several throw pillows, as well as a new valance that was created somewhat above the window to give the illusion of height. The lighting in the room was almost nonexistent, and what was there was drab and dull. I cheered things up by adding recessed lighting around the space, installing under-cabinet lighting to accentuate the backsplash, suspending stainless-steel

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lighting pendants over the island and hanging a contemporary chandelier over the kitchen table. The finishing touches for the room included a modern, built-in coffeemaker, a blackboardcoated cupboard for grocery lists and memos, and several storage baskets and shelves. I even installed the dishwasher, and voila! — the cluttered, clumsy kitchen was no more.

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How to make your holiday event stand out W

hen you open your home to family and friends this holiday season, you want to give your guests the best impression possible. But it’s likely that you might not have everything that you need to accommodate your visitors. Hosting a large gathering is not something you do every day, so many of

the necessary items are not things you’ll have sitting in your kitchen cabinets or garage ready for use. Fortunately, you won’t need to break the bank buying everything you need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in your home, your local rental store will be able to help. Here are a few things you can do to make your

to china and silver. If these aren’t items that you or another relative has at • Not enough seating? their disposal, find them Consider renting some at your local rental store. tables and chairs. It’s better • Don’t forget that elethan buying an entire new set of chairs only to realize gant lighting and centerthat you have no place to pieces will go a long way store them. Renting is sim- to creating the perfect look and feel for your speply hassle-free. cial holiday event. Small • Set your table with the things like this can make a latest styles of linens, huge difference in the ambiance of your gathering. holiday event remember:


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ne of San Francisco’s top vintage home-painting contractors, Jimmy Suh, moved his business to Honolulu two years ago and was quickly recognized for the quality of his meticulous work. A record of the hundreds of homes, both vintage and new construction, that Suh transformed during his 15 years in San Francisco can be viewed on a DVD he makes available upon request. The precision of his work and understanding of color, as well as the technical aspects of painting, have made Deep Purple Painting one of the most “in demand” painting contractors in Honolulu. Suh’s projects include both residential and commercial buildings located in neighborhoods through-

DEEP PURPLE PAINTING CONTACT: 739-2000 out Oahu. He said he is amazed to find that so many of the home and business owners who have contacted him, and eventually became clients, attribute the poor condition of the surfaces to badly executed paint jobs from the past. “I’ve found that other painters have added coats of water-base paint over oil base … you just can’t do that without bad consequences later in the form of cracking and peeling. The first thing we do when we accept a job is make sure the surfaces are prepared properly. Sometimes we need to strip off improperly applied paint.

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• Bathtub, wall-surround liners — Fit a new tub over your old stained or rusted tub or wall surround in one day. In today’s cost-conscious economy, more and more people are using these types of remodeling choices, which could save you thousands of dollars. In the 20 years that All-Island Bath has been in business, the company has had many satisfied customers who have remodeled their bathrooms multiple times to keep up with changing styles and needs — and done so at a fraction of the cost of others. This has been a great asset to property managers and hotel managers, who are always looking to update the look of their bathrooms. Call All-Island Bath at 358-7780.

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Choosing the right garage door system FROM PAGE 5

garage door can recoup the homeowner 130 percent or more of the job cost depending on the quality and features of the garage door. This is because of the enhanced curb appeal of the property with a new and attractive garage door. Visit Servco Raynor Overhead Doors’ showroom at 2841 Pukoloa St. in

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hana Building Supply is a onestop shop for homeowners and contractors alike. The company has a variety of high-quality kitchen and bathroom materials at very reasonable prices, and from ready-made to custom cabinetry, Ohana Building Supply’s selection includes a full line of gran-

ite countertops, stainless steel sinks, hardwood and laminate flooring — all to fit any architectural style. The ready-made and custom cabinets are constructed of full plywood boxes, solid wood face frames and doors. Locally stocked are maple, light or dark cherry espresso oak and the new white oak, constructed of plywood

boxes and engineered MDF-flat panel style doors and frames. Selections are growing, with new styles soon to come. Ohana Building Supply stocks a vast selection of granite countertops such as New Colonial Cream, White Galaxy, River White and Black Galaxy, to name a few. Finished with an elegant bull nose

edge, these stylish countertops add character to any kitchen and bath. While supplies last, Ohana is offering free granite (three styles to choose from) with the purchase of any kitchen cabinet set. Other granites are 15 percent off with purchase of a

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A guide for getting through emergency home repairs emergency repair at any time. An outside water pipe breaking or a sewer line collapsing can easily rank as a homeowner’s worst nightmare; however, when an emergency occurs, most homeowners are not aware of who is responsible for the damage. In fact, less than 50 percent of the homeowners, in a recent national survey conducted by GfK Roper Custom Research, knew that they were responsible for repairs to the water line between their house and the street. Tom Rusin, chief executive officer surprise can be fun on some of HoneServe USA, suggests the foloccasions, like your birthday. lowing things to minimize the potenBut when it comes to home tial financial liability and hassle assorepair emergencies, a surprise is the ciated with home repair emergencies: last thing you want — especially in • Speak to your homeowners insurthese economically challenging times. Unfortunately, this is a situation all ance agent to get a clear understandtoo many homeowners find them- ing of which areas of your home are selves in after a home emergency. covered by your insurance policy and Often they discover that a repair they which ones are not. Potential trouble assumed would be covered by their spots include interior and exterior home insurance or local utility is electrical wiring, outside water service and sewer lines, inside plumbing actually their responsibility to fix. From water and drainage systems and gas piping, central air conditionto electrical and heating/cooling con- ing systems, and the water heater. figurations, your home is a complex • Similarly, speak to your local elecnetwork of pipes, wires and electrical components that could require an tric, gas and water utilities to deter-


mine equipment that you may be responsible for. As mentioned earlier, the water and sewer lines that run underneath the lawn are the responsibility of the homeowner in the majority of cases. • Proper maintenance of home components greatly minimizes the chance of an unexpected emergency. For example, check the air filter on your central heating or cooling system regularly and change it about once every three months during the season. Protect water pipes from freezing with proper insulation or draining them prior to winter. And fix leaky faucets and toilets to save water and prevent bigger problems. • Consider a home emergency protection plan that can relieve you of not only the financial burden of a home emergency, but also the uncertainty involved in looking for a repair person on a Sunday afternoon. “The more prepared homeowners are for a home repair emergency, the more peace of mind they’ll have and the more time they can spend enjoying their house with their families,” says Rusin.


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Why wait for a show? E

very once in a while, customers get a little confused about Hawaii Home Expo. In fact, there are oftentimes purveyors who call to ask if they can reserve a booth for the upcoming show. Unfortunately, there aren’t any booths to reserve, but customers are starting to realize that it truly is an Expo. Hawaii Home Expo is a single company, but touring the facilities and thousands of

square feet of showroom and displays is akin to walking around a home product show. In every product line, Hawaii Home Expo maintains relationships with vendors all over the world. If given enough time, product specialists in the showroom can help to source all types of materials for any size project. For example, in the stone and tile product lines there are materials

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from Italy, Philippines, Norway, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Pakistan, Spain, and of course the mainland USA, just to name a few. For cabinetry, Hawaii Home Expo has a dozen different companies that can be sourced to achieve the desired look with materials from North Carolina, Anaheim, Canada and China. For fixtures and plumbing, there is a dizzying amount of product lines

to choose from. And just like every home product show, there are the green products. There are dozens of porcelain tile lines manufactured in Tennessee for which the recycled content is anywhere from 10 percent to more than 80 percent. To reduce water consumption, patrons of Hawaii Home expo know exactly where to go to purchase Toto brand toilets and their proven low flush technology. For Energy Star appliances, customers can choose from trusted brands such as Bosch, Thermidor, GE, and Liebherr. LED lighting choices range from Philips to Cree, and Ruud. And of course, no home product show could ever be complete without Photovoltaic panels. At Hawaii Home Expo, there are several brands to choose from. Canadian Solar, Sharp, Sanyo, Samsung, and they now also feature the hot selling new AC module from AUO Solar which features a pre-installed Solar Bridge micro-inverter. Lastly, the one true advantage of touring Hawaii Home Expo is

that there is an abundance of products that can be purchased immediately. And it couldn’t be any easier with the financing package that is available for any purchase of any product. They currently offer an incredible loan that is amortized over five years. The first two years are interest free while the last three years have only a 5.99 percent APR. That actually calculates to a little more than 2 percent per year over the course of five years. Best of all, there are no pre-payment penalties, so if the loan can be paid off in the first two years, there is effectively no interest on the loan. Maybe it’s time to indulge in a jacuzzi or sauna? So while the big shows are fun to traverse and browse through the various product lines, there is already an Expo that is open six days a week. There is no admission fee, and the parking is free. Hawaii Home Expo is truly a home product show that can be experienced at any time. Come and take a tour at 2933 Koapaka St.