Hawaii Renovation 16 Oct 2011

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get some of my best inspiration from the great outdoors. Whether it’s the shade of a flower, the pattern on a leaf or the texture of a strip of bark, I’m a big fan of Mother Nature. So I was particularly energized when Jane and Mark asked me to work on a project for them. The couple and their three children live in a lovely urban house by the lake, and all of them love the outdoors. Their open-concept home has a great casual vibe, with a sandy-beach feeling. Their walkout basement, however, was another story — it had become a dumping ground for old furniture and castoffs. Jane and Mark needed more space and wanted to turn the unused lower level into a multipurpose family room. They just didn’t know where to start. One of the most common questions I hear about design: “Where do I start?” The answer: “Start with what you love.” Since Jane and Mark love the beach, I decided to use a natural design approach to bring harmony and function to their basement, with a rustic, earthy feel. So I chose a gorgeous coastal palette of warm woods, deep

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browns, rich blues and pebbled grays. I started by painting the walls a soft, warm gray. We tore up the old broadloom carpet and replaced it with a cork flooring with a wind-swept texture. This was a family room that had to function on three levels. Mark and Jane wanted a kitchen area to handle holiday overflow and summer barbecues. They also wanted a

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mudroom space for the kids’ sports gear. And all of them wanted a lounge where they could watch TV. My challenge was to create three different zones in the one space and tie them together. Off to one side I created a U-shaped compact kitchen area and installed a long gray countertop with a beautiful deep sink, a built-in microwave, lots

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of Shaker-style cabinetry and a stunning backsplash of glass and stone tile. I also brought in a full-sized fridge/freezer combo, an oven and created an eating area with counter stools. Next to the kitchen I placed the new mudroom that leads out to the backyard. I added a built-in bench along the wall and tall storage cabinets to conceal shoes, boots and

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ua Xia Building & Construction — a reliable, proven contractor in home and condo building/remodeling since 2000 — brings a generation of experience to investors and homeowners looking for the best in quality craftsmanship and price. The company is the right choice for those looking to hire a contractor or remodeler for personal, foreclosure or investment condo renovations. Whether it’s a new living room, deck, patio, bedroom, master suite with spa bath, designer gourmet kitchen, bath-

room with spa tub or custom multi-jet showers with marble or tile, painting or a custom trim to complement your condo design, be it contemporary or traditional, Hua Xia Building & Construction is a business worthy of your trust. The quality of the finishes make a world of difference for your own livability, rental ability and resale value. Trim packages also play a major role in the ultimate beauty and design of any remodeling project, such as custom exotic hardwood bookcases, elegant fireplace mantels, including

Victorian fireplaces, crown molding, chair rail, custom exterior trim and shutters, colonial door, paneled interior and exterior doors and trim, and elegant 12-inch baseboards. Coming from a whole house building contractor background, Hua Xia Building & Construction is the perfect company for all your home and condo construction needs. It knows the construction industry inside and out, and can help you develop the condo or home of your dreams. Call 636-1888 for more information.



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eft untreated, asphalt pavement will deteriorate rapidly. The asphalt binder that holds the pavement together begins to oxidize and weather soon after installation. Moisture penetrates the asphalt causing further damage and deterioration to the pavement. One of the major ways moisture penetrates asphalt is through fatigue cracking. This condition occurs in areas subjected to repeated traffic loadings (wheel paths) and characteristically leaves the roadway in a chicken wire or alligator pattern. This cracking allows water into the pavement and causes the surface to break down, eventually forming a pothole. Potholes are bowl-shaped holes of various sizes in the pavement surface. Do not wait to fix potholes and other areas that are cracking. These areas of damaged asphalt can easily double within a one-year period. When problem areas arise, WalkerMoody Construction can patch and



CONSTRUCTION CONTACT: 839-2781 • www.walker-moody.com • construction@walker-moody.com fill these areas to extend the life of your pavement. Once moisture is prevented from penetrating the asphalt, this also is an ideal time to sealcoat the surface and prevent deraveling. The best fix for fatigue cracking and potholes is a hot asphalt patch. For areas with fatigue cracking, here is what you will need to do: One, cut enough asphalt so the hole is about 2 inches deep; two, clean the patch area so that all loose debris is removed; three, spray tack coat in the patch area and around the edges,

which acts like a glue and binds the hot asphalt to the current surface; and four, place hot asphalt in the hole and compact. A cheaper solution to removing and replacing is crackfilling. For crackfilling, you need to clean the loose debris and make sure the surface is dry. Apply a hot crack filler such as CrackMaster PL (flexible parking lot formula), and open the area for vehicular traffic within five minutes. For a free estimate, contact Walker-Moody Construction, an authorized installer of SealMaster Hawaii, at 839-2781. The company will come out and review your property, measure the asphalt for accuracy, provide recommendations in a formal proposal, and deliver your project on-time and on-budget. Whether you want a quick fix or a long-term solution, give these professionals a call because they can fix it all.

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free consultation at your home, where trained advisers talk with you to determine your needs. An experienced staff uses its knowledge of the industry to get you what you desire. That means no running back and forth to showrooms because products are brought to you. Thankfully, Windows Hawaii is not a one-trick pony. It offers a variety of quality brands at different prices that fit any home and budget. The company also gives you a What Windows Hawaii Does cost estimate on the spot, includFirst, the company schedules a ing any needed construction or

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of experience in the construction industry in Hawaii. As a H.K. Construction client, you will have a pre-construction meeting with a superintendent in order to review blueprints. After completion of your new home, addition or renovation, H.K. Construction will present you with the standard warranty of a minimum of one year.

The Design-Build Process H.K. Construction emphasizes working together with owners, architects and engineers in order to meet the goals of the design-build project. People often ask, what is design-build? It is the use of one company from the start of your project to completion. The chosen company handles every aspect of the project while

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Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and marvel at the variety of samples. Product information, a map to the showroom and stunning before-and-after transformations are available at www.Granicrete Hawaii.com. The company also will offer an Installer Training Course Nov. 3-5. Training is open to professionals and do-it-yourselfers who want to install their own flooring or countertops. Information and registration forms are available at the company website. Granicrete Hawaii offers free consultations and estimates. A certified installer from Granicrete will come to your home to take measurements, assess the condition of the existing surface, and discuss solutions and design possibilities. Call 626-5418 or email arleen@granicrete hawaii.com to schedule your free estimate today. Also, take advantage of a November special that offers a 10 percent discount off your next project.



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Schuler Homes LLC and “La Hiki at Mehana Plan #3”, “Makalae at Sea Country Pawa” and “Pulewa at Mehana Plan B”; Gentry Homes Ltd. and “Haiku at Haleakea by Gentry,” “Trades by Gentry Aheahe” and “2011 Grand Champion Trades by Gentry ‘Olu‘olu”; Hale Ka Lae LLC and “Hale Ka Lae”; Kisco Senior Living and “Ilima at Leihano ”; St. Francis Development Corp. and “Franciscan Vistas Ewa” and “Best in Show Neighbor Island”; and Towne Development of Hawaii Inc. and “Milo Court Haku Plan at Kehalani” in Wailuku, Maui. When visiting the 2011 new model homes, Hawaii residents will be encouraged to enter to win the BIA Parade of Homes grand prize, a $15,000 nine-panel 2.25 KW photovoltaic system from Bonterra Solar Services. Visit www.biahawaii.org for the locations and driving directions to all 11 model homes and information on the Bonterra Solar Services photovoltaic system grand prize.

he Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIAHawaii) honored 11 entries in the 55th Annual BIA Parade of Homes last week, including the 2011 Best in Show Neighbor Island award winner Towne Development of Hawaii Inc. for its entry “Milo Court Haku Plan at Kehalani” in Wailuku, Maui. This home also won the Multi Family Low Rise Category in Division I of up to $399,000. The free open house tour of new homes, with the 2011 theme, “Sustainable Lifestyle…Sustainable Homes” ends today, Oct. 16. This premier array of new homes will educate consumers on the latest eco-friendly technology, trends and Hawaii BuiltGreen energy innovations in residential construction. Great homes at great values are being showcased in 10 entries located on Oahu in Ewa Beach, Honolulu, Kapolei and Ma‘ili. Developers and their projects that will be showcased in these open house Karen Nakamura is execweekends include Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. utive vice president / CEO and “Kealakai at Kapolei of the Building Industry Unit #2”; D.R. Horton- Association of Hawaii.

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y now, people have come to realize that Hawaii Home Expo (HHE) is a simple one-stop shop for nearly all of their renovation needs. To spruce up the look of their outdoors, customers know they can get pool tiles, stone or tiles perfect for outdoor use, Jacuzzi and swim spas, river rocks or even outdoor grills. For home interiors, people have flocked to the company showroom to view toilets, kitchen and bath fixtures, stones and tiles for flooring, granite or quartz countertops, decorative glass mosaics, and even cabinetry. Recently, they’ve come to know HHE for providing green solutions as well, offering photovoltaic systems and LED lighting solutions that complement the low-water usage fixtures and TOTO toilets. But now, HHE has added one more thing to finally make it easy and painless to move forward with the renovations homeowners always have wanted. Financing. A brand new kitchen or stone flooring through the home adds value, but it



www.hawaiihomeexpo.com does take a bit of capital. A photovoltaic system will cut down an electric bill tremendously, but there is a significant upfront expense to own a system. Now, HHE has turned the tables to favor the consumer. Clients can get a loan amortized over five years with the first two years interest free. After the first two years, the

interest rate becomes 5.99 percent for the three-year period (or less than 2 percent per year). The best part is there are no early repayment fees so if the loan is paid at the end of two years, there is effectively no interest charged. This is especially effective when used for a photovoltaic system, because the money saved on state and federal tax credits can be used to pay down the loan quickly. But if clients want to splurge on something a little more fun, such as a luxurious Jacuzzi, the staff at Hawaii Home Expo will be more than happy to help them out.

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Hawaii, there’s large financial savings available to both residential and commercial customers.” Besides helping reduce customers’ electric bills, Lighthouse Solar saves customers the headache that often comes with home improvement projects by operating under a vertically integrated business model. “We focus on all aspects of solar industry, from design and manufacturing, to technical sales, system design and system installation,” said Kelley. That means no middle-men. Instead, every customer receives individualized service from start to finish, thanks to a staff of highly trained technical sales engineers, who are all certified by NABCEP (the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners), the “gold standard” for PV and solar thermal installation certification. “We collectively have more than 40 years’ experience in the solar energy industry,” noted Kelley, “and we are fully bonded and insured.” In addition to its outstanding customer


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CONTACT: 255-8612 before adding decorations or new furniture. So, if a job needs to be completed before Thanksgiving or Christmas, it should be scheduled as soon as possible. “It’s never a good idea to wait until the last minute to schedule a job if you want the best service and highest quality workmanship. However, if someone calls us at the last minute, we do our best to meet their needs. And we can usually find a way to fit them in since we have a large crew … and we do not escalate prices just because we’re busy. But it works better for everyone

if we can plan ahead and spend some time with the client inspecting the home and choosing colors.” Wexler noted that, in some cases, preliminary inspections uncover termite damage or rot, which Island Budget Painting has the capability to repair, since the company crew includes skilled carpenters. If the job is an interior, wall paper removal or dry wall, work may also be involved and can be handled “in house.” Wexler, a licensed, bonded contractor who has been in the business for more than 30 years, noted that a painter who shows up at a jobsite for the first time and immediately begins painting may not be the best choice. Wexler has had considerable experience over the years with structures that were not proper-

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In front of the sectional there’s a big, new flat-screen television flanked by floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. But what gives the whole space visual punch is a huge, stunning graphic photo mural of a rustic beach scene that I had installed on the wall beside the sofa. Throw in more artwork, lovely baskets, lamps and other accessories, and this beach-inspired family retreat was finally ready. Using a palette of seaside colors, textures and materials, I transformed Jane and Mark’s basement from dark and scary to light and airy — simply by going back to nature.

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