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JAN. 1, 2012

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appy new year, my friends! Today marks the beginning of yet another year filled with possibilities and potential. What do you want for yourself this year? Have you thought about it? At the beginning of each year, I ask myself what I want to

Out with the old, in with the new me in all of my endeavors. Now, if your home is not yet prepared for the new year, don’t worry! Chinese new year, which is determined by the lunar calendar, is on Jan. 23, so you still have plenty of time to get things ready. Think of the new year as an important and welcome “guest.” By clearing out the old, you physexperience in ically and energetically every area of create space for this new my life. I take the time to plan clear out the unnecessary year “guest.” If you don’t know the year ahead because I accumulations in my know it is important to home. We are energeti- where to start, use the my success. Even though cally tied to things in our points below as a guide. I document my visions environment, so before Engage every person in the and goals, I know that to the year ends, I set aside house to get ready for “out reach my highest envi- two days to prepare my with the old and in with sioned potential I must home so that it supports the new” feng shui action:


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Next, in a large plastic bag, put clothes you haven’t worn, CDs, books, figurines and other items with which you no longer resonate. For large items, make a list and schedule a day to remove them from your home. For now, remove the items that will fit into a few bags. Don’t think too much. Just do it. If you have a hard time letting things go, imagine the smile on the face of someone who needs the item more than you do.

Put your mind in “I’m on a mission mode.” Then grab a trash bag and go from room to room putting everything that you no longer use or need in that bag. Stay no longer than 10 minutes in each area. Get rid of expired food items in the refrigerator and cabinets, old newspapers, junk mail, chipped cups, old cosmetics, burnt down candles, broken items, warped Tupperware and other things that you know it is 3. Clear and Clean time to throw away. Be Clutter creates letharquick and snappy. This is gy and overwhelms. To an easy step that takes no make space to welcome thought at all. SEE PAGE 14



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our roof is probably one of the last things on your mind as you lie in bed looking up at the ceiling. But wait, why does that part of the ceiling look a little different? Kind of dark, wet looking? Touch it and it feels a little moist to the touch and a bit mushy? It’s possible that your roof is leaking. Take a walk in your yard the next morning. Are there pieces of shingles in the yard? Are there shingles missing on your roof? Does the roof itself look warped, or buckling in some areas? When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? What about those troublesome pests? Every day while you’re at work, and every night while you lie sleeping, they are chewing away at the structure of your roof, the very supporting beams


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and determine what the best solution will be for your situation. The consultation will consider your budget, how long you plan to stay in your house, whether you live in a rainy area of the Island, and whether heat is an issue in the summer. Next, you’ll get a written estimate for the roofing solution that makes sense for you. Murakami’s Roofing will make sure that you understand the document, and before you sign on the dotted line, the goal is to make sure you are confident in the process, and that going forward with Murakami’s Roofing is the right choice.

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The Murakami family began its roofing business more than 35 years ago, started by family patriarch, Clifford Murakami. A second generation roofer, Clinton Murakami grew up learning the business with his dad, and started his business in Customer Experience 2003. Inspired to run a professional operVisit Murakamiroofing.net to read ation every day, Clinton recommitted Aloha, himself to delivering a strong, durable some glowing letters from very satisfied customers. Clinton Murakami and his roof at a good value for local folks. Randy crew work with a pledge that they will deliver the best product to their cusThe Process The Next Step Once you’ve determined that the rain tomers, and go the extra mile even when it’s not necessary to complete the job. Call Murakami’s Roofing. The inspecshould be outside, not inside your home, give Murakami’s Roofing a call. A profes- They are just that nice and quality-driven tion is free and worth it next time you’re sional roofing expert will make an at Murakami’s Roofing. Read about the lying in bed at night looking up at the ceiling. appointment for a free roof inspection response to Murakami’s Roofing: JAN. 1, 2012 | HAWAII RENOVATION | 3


Instant gratification How painting projects to update your decor can be accomplished in one weekend


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door, because you don’t want the contrast to be jarring. Be sure to paint the frame too, so the door doesn’t seem to float in space, and use a gloss or semi-gloss finish. When applying paint or primer, work from the center of the door outwards in the following order: molding, inside panels, rails, stiles.

easily, so a fresh finish — and color — can really perk up the staircase. If you’re unsure of which shade to choose, cut and paint cardboard pieces the same size of the risers and position them on the steps to get an idea of the effect. Apply latex primer to wooden risers or metal etching primer to metallic ones.

Step to it Furniture facelift Whether it’s an old pair of chairs in the attic or a desk that’s seen better days, it’s easy to breathe new life into pieces of forgotten furniture with a fresh coat of paint. You can add interest and a pop of color to any room. A semi-gloss finish works best when painting furniture because it’s easy to clean and hides any imperfections. For a helpful tip and extra protection, brush on two thin, even coats of water-based polyurethane.

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How to childproof your home erages away from the edges of counters and tables and ife gets hectic during don’t place them on top of the holidays. But what- tablecloths or place mats. ever else you have on that ‘to-do’ list put this first: • Unplug the beater or childproof the house! If chil- other electrical appliances, dren get a hold of the wrong wrap up the cords and put household objects, they can them away. Your children be seriously injured. Don’t should not have access to any spend your holidays in the “live” electrical appliance emergency room. Take a few cords. Also, place covers over precautionary steps now to all electrical outlets. Both protect your children so they, cords and outlets are sources too, can enjoy the season. of electric shock. The kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in • Use back burners and your home. Unless you can turn pot handles toward the supervise them carefully, back of the stove when cookkeep them out. ing. But just in case your kids do sneak into the kitchen • Put guards on stove knobs when you’re not looking: so your children cannot turn them on when you’re not • Keep hot foods and bev- looking. BY KAREN NAKAMURA



• Keep children away from As you know, children can get hurt in any room of the tree lights and other electrical house, not just the kitchen. So decorations. These items can shock or electrocute curious for their protection: kids. Lights also are a fire haz• Don’t let children under 4 ard, so keep them away from have hard candies, nuts or gifts, paper ornaments, cursimilar seasonal foods. Hard, tains and drapes. If you have round foods such as candies, very small children, you nuts, grapes, popcorn, raw might consider skipping the carrots and even raisins can electrical lights on your get lodged in children’s Christmas tree. throats and block the passage • Keep Menorahs and other of air through their windcandle holders and candle pipes. decorations well out of the • Pick up after yourself reach of children. Flickering once you’ve finished making flames fascinate young ones, holiday decorations. Small and they can easily burn crafting items such as safety themselves or start fires. pins, buttons and tacks • Choose toys for infants should not be left within your children’s reach because they and small children with care. can swallow and choke on Make certain that what you them. SEE PAGE 14






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oday’s consumer mindset is steeped in common sense and careful decisions. When making a purchase, individuals aren’t looking to accumulate “stuff.” They’re looking to buy an experience. That experiential purchasing behavior is especially true when it comes to selecting items for the home. Current home decorating is not about flashy, over-the-top design; rather, it’s about decorating for real life — a home that’s smaller, more wellequipped and custom-made for its owners’ lifestyles. “Homeowners are getting back to basics,” says Rebecca Kolls, senior director, consumer strategist of home and garden for Iconoculture, a leading consumer trends advisory firm

which presented at Moen Incorporated’s INSPIRE Design Seminar. “They are putting roots down and investing in items to increase their quality of life.” How are homeowners making their spaces more practical and livable for the long term? What exactly are the hot trends for 2012? Kolls points to several distinct ideas, including practicality, rightsizing, styletelling and universal design.

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ere in Hawaii, the new year brings renewal and renovation in our lives. We have many customs and festivities to welcome in a new year. One of our customs is to clean out the old and bring a renewed freshness into our homes. What better way is there to rejuvenate our old homes than to finally make our dream kitchens, bathrooms, flooring or homes into a reality? Many homeowners hesitate taking the first step to renovate because they worry about finding, working with and coordinating between all the different vendors, designers and contrac-

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his year, Custom Contractors Inc. (CCI) celebrates its 26th year in the Hawaii window market. CCI has sold an impressive 220,000 windows to more than 15,000 customers during that time period. “You have to adapt to the times,” noted owner Luis Larcina. “As our customers’ needs change, we want to be there for them. A lot of our customers want to transition away from jalousie windows. They are extremely hard to clean, let in dust, dirt and noise, and do not let your AC run efficiently. Most importantly, the jalousie window accounts for over 85 percent of entry points during burglaries.” The aluminum awning window is CCI’s biggest seller. The manufacturer, Victor Sun Control, has been making this style of window for more than 53 years and converted several of its components to deal with Hawaii’s harsh salt atmosphere.


“It’s been a great product for Hawaii right from the beginning,” said Larcina. “It addressed all of the jalousie shortcomings, they’re easy to clean, seal tight, meet building codes and feature Torque Bar activated cam lock security. As Victor Sun Control’s largest customer nationwide, we have a lot of say as to how the product is made, and the quality shows.” CCI offers endless glass options for its windows ranging from simple tint (reduce glare), obscure (privacy), laminated or tempered (for safety and security), to Low-e (for ultraviolet reduction). A close second in CCI’s inventory of replacement and new construction windows is its vinyl line, PLYGEM (formerly

CertainTeed), one of the country’s oldest and largest manufacturers of this kind of window. Among the various architectural shapes offered are single and double sliders, single and double hunts, casements and sliding doors. While all of the options may seem overwhelming and confusing to the average homeowner, this is where CCI’s experience and expertise come to the forefront. Twenty-year veteran and head estimator at CCI, Robert Abbett, better known as Rabbett, perhaps says it best: “When I go into a home, I find some of our customers know what they want, most are open to practical ideas and applications. We sit down and examine the home’s unique variables including trade wind direction, path of the sun, privacy and security issues and aesthetics,” he explained. “We then choose a window and glass type to meet that need. I’ll supply


them with a computergenerated drawing and individual pricing for their windows.” Another thing that makes CCI atypical in the home improvement world is its low-key sales approach. “We have great products, prices and experience,” says Abbett. “We won’t use gimmicks like ‘sign tonight and we’ll give you 20 percent off’ or ‘we’re going to make your home the neighborhood model if you sign tonight.’ Companies that use these practices know that if they walk out the door without a contract, they’ve lost your business. We actually encourage our cus-

tomers to get other quotes; in the end, they feel better about us.” In addition to Abbett’s 20 years at CCI, lead installer Larry Fischer also has been with the company for 20 years. Office manager Cheryl Wilson has been with CCI for 15 years, and shop manager John O’Donnell for 10 years. This type of departmental leadership allows CCI to smoothly transition a large quantity of jobs — typically 80 to 100 at any given time. That volume allows CCI to ship full containers of windows at a time, saving customers from $30 to $40 per win-



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in the opportunities for the new year, clear off surfaces where things have settled — the kitchen, dining room table and bathroom.

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In with the new 1. Stock up on food Food symbolizes abundance and health. Be sure to fill your pantry and stock your refrigerator with the type of food that you want to eat in 2012.

2. Bring in a new plant Plants symbolize growth and represent the life force. Bring in a is a positive symbol and represents plant from your garden, or better reaching your highest potential. yet, purchase live plants and place 3. Hang up new calendars them in your home to represent a Calendars should represent the new and healthy beginning to the year. A display of beautiful flowers future, so discard all of last year’s

What you have in your home shows up in the quality of your life. To raise your positive experience of the upcoming year, set a positive intent throughout your home by taking out what you no longer want and bringing in what you do. Now is the perfect time to work on your home so that you can welcome the year of the water dragon with ease! Feng shui expert and life guide Alice Inoue offers books, DVDs, workshops and private consultations. For more information, visit www.aliceinspired.com.

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