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or some, the ideal kitchen is a big, noisy place where soup bubbles on the stove and everyone assembles around a big table. But for others, the perfect kitchen is one that is completely hidden away: no unsightly stovetop grill, no coffee machine on the counter, no imposing stainless steel fridge. Creating hidden kitchens is a challenge, but it is one I recently accepted while working with my clients, Doug and Keith. The couple lives in a beautiful, historical house that they renovated in

HiddenKitchens ConcealClutter an uber-modern fashion. But, somehow their renovation hammer missed their small, pink, ‘80s-style kitchen that stood out like a sore thumb in an otherwise streamlined home. Doug and Keith wanted a seamless path from their front door right through to their outdoor patio, and that meant a kitchen that didn’t obstruct the flow. Don’t get me wrong, they still wanted

a fridge and a stove and a dishwasher — they just didn’t want to see them. For a tiny space, it would be a massive renovation. But I knew that by applying the principle of hidden design, I could serve up a delicious, contemporary kitchen that was simply out of sight! To start, I had the whole space gutted, the electricity reorganized and the plumbing rerouted. I also put down

a stunning dark hardwood floor and painted the walls in bright white. Then, since a big part of this project was to connect this tiny kitchen with the patio, I blew out the back wall and installed two huge sliding glass doors surrounded by beautiful zebrawood. This creates the illusion of not having a wall between the two spaces.

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ith the solar industry booming, scores of companies are entering the Hawaii market. Now, savvy homeowners interested in creating clean, renewable energy can meet local solar providers at the BIA Home Show Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 through 29, at Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Attendees will have a chance to talk-story with 12 solar providers, and learn why RevoluSun is Hawaii homeowners’ No. 1 choice when it comes to solar design, installation and service. “We’re so pleased to see that more Hawaii homeowners chose RevoluSun than any other solar provider in 2011,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. “Although we may be the biggest, each of our homeowners receives the same personalized client service we offered when we first started RevoluSun. Being the biggest means nothing if the homeowner experience is anything less than superb. And through our installation partnership with American Piping & Boiler, jobs are completed on time and on budget, even during the busy season.” RevoluSun recently scored a 91 percent in client satisfaction following a survey of 100 homeowners who installed solar systems in the past two years. In addition, RevoluSun earned a 94 percent client satisfaction rating for

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ects. The most efficient commercially available PV panels in the world, the E20/327 panel produces more power in the same amount of space — up to double the amount of power compared to conventional systems — thereby saving homeowners significant money in equipment and installation costs.

SunPower™ E18 series 225 AC solar panel In January, RevoluSun was once again hand-picked by SunPower to offer its E18 series 225 AC solar panel. This panel is a revolutionary combination of high efficiency, high reliability and panel level DC to AC power conversion. Perfect for shady roofs or multi-hip roofs often found in Hawaii, these panels convert the energy from direct current (DC) into alternate current (AC) in the panel, eliminatprograms aimed at increasing ing the need for DC design and solar nationwide, RevoluSun the corresponding installation clients are the first to get the latest challenges for system integratechnology and benefit from new tors. This reduces installation time by 20 percent or more. programs,” Carlson said. The following is a series of Residential Feed-in Tariff firsts from RevoluSun: system Through the new feed-in tariff SunPower™ E20 series 327 (FIT) program, the utility must solar panel In December 2010, RevoluSun pay its customers a fixed price for became the first solar provider in energy produced and returned to North America to offer the the grid under the FIT program. SunPower E20 series 327 solar RevoluSun let client Kenneth panels in its residential and com- Chang of Manoa know about this mercial photovoltaic (PV) proj- program, and helped him navi-

gate the channels to design and install Oahu’s first residential FIT system. Chang now makes $1,300 a month from the system. Chang will continue to receive monthly checks for the solar electricity he sells to HECO, to the tune of nearly $320,000 over the next two decades, thanks to RevoluSun. Solar education series In 2009, RevoluSun hosted Hawaii’s first solar education series, and has continued to present these free, family-friendly solar educational seminars statewide for almost three years. Solar open house program RevoluSun offers the most robust solar open house program in Hawaii with free open houses every weekend and even some weekdays for homeowners interested in seeing a home solar system in action. Those interested in solar can get comfortable with the technology and the installation process at these events, where other Hawaii “RevoluSunaries” invite the public to see their solar system in action, and talk-story about design, the installation process and how the experience affected them. Leasing options For many homeowners, the

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significant upfront costs to purchase a system may make going green unrealistic. RevoluSun provides a wide range of leasing opportunities to fit each Hawaii homeowner’s needs. Through the lease, Hawaii homeowners can install a solar system for as little as $0 down. They then purchase the energy they make at a locked in rate from the leasing company, at a rate lower than what they currently pay. “As a locally owned company, we want to bring Hawaii residents the best technology, the highest-level of service and packaged in a way they can afford,” said Carlson. “We’ve started a revolution, and we want to help more Hawaii people declare their energy independence.” Find out how RevoluSun is building cleaner, smarter communities one rooftop at a time by visiting www.RevoluSun.com or calling 748-8888.

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he Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) is very committed to our mission to “enhance the quality of life for the people of Hawaii.” Our members are dedicated professionals representing developers, general contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers and associates. That dedication will once again be on full display at the “big show” — the 18th annual BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show, scheduled for this weekend, Jan. 27 to 29, under the con-

venient big roof of Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. This January showcase of building industry experts and companies will offer you thousands of new products, services, building trends and remodeling techniques. It also is a very unique opportunity to ask questions, gather information and establish connections with the owners and senior managers of Hawaii’s top contractors and suppliers. The show will offer homeowners free consultations and special event seminars to provide additional resources for

remodeling and new home construction projects. Conveniently located under one roof, consumers may come to one centralized location and discover the latest technological advances in building materials, appliances, construction innovations, archi-

tectural and interior design. Special event seminars will include “How to Get Rid of Clutter and Organize Your Home” and “New Trends for Kitchens and Bathrooms” Jan. 28; and “Making Senior and Ohana Living Easy” Jan. 29.

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he Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii’s upcoming Home Remodeling and Renovation exposition will be held at Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall from Friday evening, Jan. 27, through Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29. Consumers will be able to visit numerous exhibiters representing a wide range of home improvement providers. Among these are roofing, flooring, electrical, plumbing, kitchen and bath remodeling, building supplies and solar contractors. There will be ample parking and a small admission fee. The information available at the expo may prove invaluable for those planning various home improvement projects. Whether these are simple projects like door and window changes or more extensive remodeling such as new kitchens, bathrooms and bedroom additions, checking out exactly

what’s in the marketplace will help consumers achieve their goals in the most economical way. One of the “hottest” areas of home projects revolves around the solar industry. Generous tax credits from both the federal and state taxing authorities make “going green” affordable, financially advantageous and essentially a “no-brainer” for many consumers. This exposition will give showgoers an up-close examination of the system components available from many manufacturers and a chance to get acquainted with industry representatives in a neutral, nosales-pressure environment. Hi-Power Solar will be among the many companies available to provide consumers with the latest information on solar thermal water heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems. Hi-Power represents top-tier components in its well-designed PV systems, including high-effi-

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ith the new year under way, you may be thinking about needed home improvements and how you’ll use your credit to fund them. While it’s important to understand your credit before making major home improvement decisions, you should also

consider another kind of credit — tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements. For the past few years, the federal government has offered tax credits for certain home improvements aimed at increasing a home’s energy efficiency. While the most popu-

lar and generous tax credits, such as the one that allowed you to claim up to 30 percent of improvements such as a new roof or hot water heater, have expired, you can still get credit for other significant energy-efficient improvements. According to Energy

Star.gov, you can claim a tax credit for 30 percent of the cost of installing a geothermal heat pump, small wind turbine or solar energy system in your home. The credit has no upper limit and applies to both existing homes and new construction, but not to rental properties. This credit is good until Dec. 31, 2016. You can also get a credit of up to 30 percent of the cost of residential fuel cells, up to $500 per .5kW of power capacity, EnergyStar.gov says. This credit is also available until Dec. 31, 2016. While the initial cost of these improvements may seem significant, they can dramatically decrease home energy bills in the long run. Depending on the type of home improvement or

repair you undertake, you may also be able to claim a deduction on your taxes. Before launching a significant home repair or improvement, it may pay to consult with your tax accountant to see what, if any, portion of the cost may be deductible. And, as you do home repairs throughout the year, keep receipts and discuss the improvements and possible deductions with your accountant when he or she is preparing your tax return. Knowing ahead of time which, if any, tax credits or deductions your home improvement may qualify for can help you make a better decision about how to use credit to fund the work. Since how you use credit affects your overall credit score,

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ter suite with a seating area that doubles as an office, large walk-in closet and bathroom with both a stall shower and tub. The room was reconfigured to take advantage of sweeping views from the ocean to Diamond Head. The swimdows and cabinets, plus the Homeworks bumped out ming pool deck can now be addition of a ground floor the wall of the original bed- accessed directly from the master bedroom suite and room and utilized existing bedroom. “I just provided another study.� lanai space to create a mas-

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tions about any building or remodeling project and call us during the show at 5218383. Over the next month or so, we’ll be discussing features that can be built into a home to make it adaptable for the occupants as they age ... as well as creating spaces for older parents who may have mobility problems. There are great advances in kitchen and bath appliances and fixtures that both address special needs and conserve energy.” With approximately 1,000 new custom homes,

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and 29. Or make an appointment to meet for a free consultation at the Homeworks showroom in the Homeworks Building at 2111 S. Beretania St. A free Build New Or ReDo seminar will be held at the showroom on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. For reservations and directions, please call Homeworks at 955-2777.

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or the past 20 years, Graham Builders, Hawaii’s premier design + build firm, has taken the lead in identifying new trends in home design and construction, and applying them to new homes. The company once again establishes itself as a leader in home design and construction by displaying two emerging trends at the upcoming 2012 Building Industry Association Home Building and Remodeling Show, Jan. 27 to 29 at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

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Next, I concentrated on the kitchen’s two main walls. The first wall was all about function; here, I stacked an oven and microwave on one side and hid a stainless steel fridge, freezer and wine cooler behind custom white panels on the other side. In the middle is a white crystalline sink with a glass cutting board that slides across when it’s not in use. Below the sink I put some hidden storage, as well as a pullout trash and recycling bin. I chose bright white quartz countertops and a back-painted glass backsplash (and the half wall/pantry adjacent to it). This ups the glamour factor and helps reflect the light in the kitchen, rendering the small space visually larger. Across from this functional wall, I created a wall that is all about beauty. I constructed an archway of wood, housing recessed lights, around horizontal panels of more back-painted glass. This stunning wall is highly reflective and adds a huge amount of depth to the little space. In the middle of the kitchen, I installed a magnificent kitchen island with a solid

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