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o you bring office work home or do you work at a home-based business? These days, because of technology and the Internet, more people are working from home for the convenience it provides. If you have a home office, it is important to arrange your furniture and address your environment in a manner that provides as much support as possible to maximize productivity and increase success. If not set up well, your space could be working against you.

Eleanor’s Home Office Eleanor had a homebased gift basket business she started as a hobby many years ago that turned into a part-time business. She had regular corporate clients, who kept her semibusy, but she had no client growth for several years. When her financial needs increased, Eleanor decided to put more energy into growing her business and called me to assess her home office.

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acific Style Construction has renovated and rebuilt more than 75 homes in Hawaii in the last eight years. The company is a full-service design-build contractor who uses three-dimensional computer modeling to show clients pictures of what they will get at their budget level. Here are a couple of frequently asked questions from homeowners contemplating major renovations:

What needs to be fixed?

Most families will answer, “Just the kitchens, baths and some new flooring” because they don’t know the condition of the structure underneath. The answer is that removing kitchen cabinets, shower stalls and bathtubs will open a can of worms. The old plumbing made of galvanized steel pipes is rust-

ed and brittle, and vibrations caused by demolition will crack them. If they aren’t replaced with copper pipes, they will fail soon after construction and flood the house, destroying the new cabinets, fixtures and flooring. The wiring will not meet the new requirements of the electrical code and would be downright dangerous if left untouched. Once the walls are opened, the true condition of the structure is revealed, and it’s never a pretty picture. There is usually termite damage, dry rot, poor workmanship revealed in areas where there was home improvement, and the movement of the old foundation is revealed. In simple terms the old single wall houses of Hawaii usually start to fall apart if you attempt a major renovation.

How much will it cost? To compare costs of contractors, you will want to know their average cost per square foot, their definition of a square foot and what’s included in their square foot cost. What a Realtor would describe as a lovely 2,500square-foot four-bedroom, twoand-a-half bath, two-story Mediterranean-style home with indoor laundry and plenty of storage, we would describe as a 3,200-square-foot two-story residential structure. Most contractors don’t include design, drafting, engineering, permitting or demolition of existing structures in their square foot price. They omit appliances, driveways and walkways, gutters and downspouts or utility connections. These hidden costs can add 15 percent or more to what the

owner will actually pay to move in. The square foot cost of construction quoted by contractors on Oahu starts at around $135 per square foot and goes up to near $700 per square foot. The reality of this huge difference in price is what they are going to give you. At $125 per square foot, you can expect the cheesiest construction materials installed by harried and stressed workers. The contractor at this price has such a low margin that any decisions he makes regarding your house will inevitably be biased toward cost savings, leaving you with the cheapest structure possible and the lowest cost finishes, installed as fast as possible, with very little quality control. A reputable architect will quote from $250 to $350 per

square foot for the total project designed and overseen by him. Then there are the wealthy who want their house in fine homebuilding magazines and their goal is to out-do the neighbors in their posh neighborhood. They’ll spend anywhere from $500 to $700 per square foot for their mansion designed by the best architect, built by the most reputable builder, with no expense spared and only the finest imported finishes. Pacific Style Construction will give you full custom design using state-of-the-art threedimensional computer modeling in full color, quality construction with long-lasting materials and designer finishes at under $200 per square foot of structure. Visit the website, www.pacificstyle.info, for more information. OCT. 23, 2011 | HAWAII RENOVATION | 3



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ow about a new kitchen for the holidays? A visit to the C&C Cabinets Granite showroom, with its extensive selection of quality hardwood cabinets and granite countertops, could provide you with inspiration and incentive to get started with a kitchen ren-

ovation or upgrade — just in time for holiday entertaining. C&C Cabinets Granite’s “Pre Holiday Sale” is an opportunity to save (as much as 35 percent off on in-stock cabinets) on a wide selection of finely crafted cherry and maple hardwood cabinets.


Another special offering from C&C is a discount on cabinets and granite for kitchens 10 feet by 10 feet or less. New shipments of granite in a variety of colors and patterns arrive at C&C every two months, and all of them perfectly complement the rich finishes of the hardwood cabinets, drawers and shelves. Just introduced at C&C are the new Espresso cherry hardwood cabinets with a rich, mediumbrown finish and elegant

crown molding, a great choice to complement stainless steel appliances and sinks. If your renovation or kitchen upgrade includes both cabinets and countertops, it might also be a good time to replace sinks, which are a regularly stocked item at C&C. All cabinet and drawer hardware — including pulls, hinges and runners — are of high quality and precision-engineered. The pulls and handles are available in three different styles: stainless steel, brushed nickel and chrome. All cabinets are solid hardwood; no particle board or other synthetic materials are used in the fabrication of the cabinet

doors, shelves and drawers. Customers who wish to display their glassware or dinnerware can order cabinet doors with glass insets. Call ahead or stop in at the showroom, where sales associates are available to work out a preliminary three-dimensional design for the cabinet and counter layout on the computer. If the customer approves of the quoted price, the sales associate will meet with the homeowner at the job site and work out a

detailed plan there. C&C Cabinets Granite handles delivery and installation of the items purchased. They also provide quotes on remodeling, including carpentry, painting, windows and doors, if the customer does not already have a builder. The company showroom, located at 500 Alakawa St., is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday. Call 8532088.

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rom an invigorating spray that kick-starts the morning to an enveloping waterfall that washes away a long day, today’s showers offer luxurious experiences to meet every desire. With a little planning and the right products, you can create a personal oasis. Even small choices, like showerheads and accessories, can instantly upgrade any bathroom. “Showerheads have become increasingly sophisticated,” says Rob Larson, director of business development for Danze, a manufacturer of decorative plumbing products, fixtures and bath furniture. “Whether it’s water conservation, functionality or a spa-like experience that is your priority, you can easily customize the experience by mixing and matching different accessories and sprays.”

A green stream For homeowners looking to conserve water, new showerhead technology is offering a variety of efficient water flows without sacrificing performance. Creating a luxurious

spray no longer translates into wasted water. “We’ve worked tirelessly to design showerheads that push water out with greater force, maximizing water flow regardless of water pressure,” Larson says. “It’s now possible to save water and energy without sacrificing your shower experience, but you do need to do your homework. Not all efficient showerheads have the technology needed to deliver on performance.” Larson recommends pressure-equalizing showerheads and novel spray patterns, each of which can provide optimal performance at flow rates up to 40 percent lower than the 2.5 gallon-per-minute federal mandate.

not only have the ability to pair a wide variety of handheld showerheads with them, but they also cater to diverse heights and accommodate physical limitations. Often paired with a wall- or ceiling-mounted showerhead, handheld showers are particularly useful when washing your hair, rinsing off legs, bathing children or even cleaning the shower.” Slide bars come in a variety of styles, finishes

and sizes to accommodate every shower enclosure. Danze, for instance, offers 24- and 30-inch systems with multi-function showerheads to ensure the perfect custom combination.

The H2Oasis If you’re hoping to create a spa-like experience, today’s custom shower systems often combine wall-mounted body sprays, handheld sprayers and high-performance showerheads to transform

the shower into a relaxing getaway. “For those days when you want to escape and truly wash it all away, custom systems are the ideal shower solution,” Larson said. “Adjustable, wallmounted body sprays added to a shower allow you to direct the water flow in your preferred position to complement the other elements of your shower.” Many custom systems offer a variety of styles and finishes that also

coordinate with bathroom faucets and accessories to create a cohesive decor. The sleek, sculptural Sirius Collection from Danze, for instance, includes a shower system, faucets, and accessories like towel bars and shelves to carry your unique style beyond the shower walls.

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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. The 18th annual BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show, otherwise known as “The Big Show,” will be held Jan. 27-29, 2012 at Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. This annual showcase of building industry experts and companies will offer consumers thousands of new products, services, building trends and remodeling techniques. It also is a very unique opportunity Karen Nakamura is executive vice presto ask questions, gather information and ident / CEO of the Building Industry establish connections with the owners and Association of Hawaii.



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ith home prices and interest rates still low and inventories high, it’s a great time to be in the market for a fixer-upper. By buying a house that needs some work, you can achieve your dream home for less than you would probably pay for a move-in-ready abode. To ensure you’re making the most of your investment, however, it pays to take a look at your credit before you buy and begin your remodel. You’ll not only need credit to cover the purchase price of the house, but you’ll need it for renovation expenses as well. The first step you should take in your bid to buy a fixer-upper is to check your credit report and score. Websites like www.creditreport.com can help you understand your credit. Understanding your credit will help you know whether or not you can afford to buy a house that needs work and if you’ll be able to pay for the needed renovations. You should also care-

fully research what your options are for financing your remodel. Learn what your options are, from traditional fixed mortgages to home equity lines of credit, and decide before you buy which type of financing will be best for you. Getting a handle on your financing before you buy can help ensure you stay on budget when you're in the middle of renovations. When you’ve got a clear picture of your credit status and financing options, you can start looking at fixer-uppers. When you find a good prospect, have your remodeling contractor walk through the house with you so he can give you a rough estimate of what needs to be done and how much the work will cost. If you’re buying a house that’s in basically good condition but just looks dated, you’ll have to make some decisions about where to invest your money. Focus on improvements that will not only look good, but will also enhance the value of your home.

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eautiful things can happen in small spaces for a reasonable price when working with CS Design Builders. Many homeowners with small apartments or studios often feel that not much can be done or that it’s not worth it to renovate their homes. The truth is, having a small apartment or studio is a very good thing for homeowners when it comes to renovation. Because of the small footprint of the kitchens and bathrooms, the cost of renovating is significantly less than it would be when renovating larger spaces. This allows homeowners to

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apartment they really love. A simple change of cabinets and countertops, replacing old appliances with new ones or changing the old carpet to beautiful wood floors can be very affordable. This also is true of homeowners who are trying to sell their older apartments. Many sellers find that by making these simple changes and adding value to their homes, they can dramatically increase their selling price and speed of sale. CS Design Builders renovated a small downtown studio, replacing the existing kitchen with one that was not only beau-

tiful, but more ergonomic and functional than the old one. Workers reduced the visual weight and footprint of the kitchen, allowing for more natural light, and removed bulky pieces that blocked the walking path from the door to the living room, all at a reasonable price. In addition, CS Design Builders replaced the existing floor with its exclusive line of gorgeous, affordable custom-made wood

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tions for the racking systems have waterproofing issues requiring proper roof flashings to insure the roof will not leak. Caulking or special mastic materials do not work over the long haul. Only industry standard roof flashings that isolate the roof penetration by design and will not void your roof warranty should be installed.

• There is the issue of the wind uplift or modules being torn off the roof during high winds. If the rack• Solar panels or mod- ing system consists of field ules are generally installed fabricated channel metal on roofs. The roof penetra- and/or is just bolted to

The purchase of a photovoltaic system is not only a price issue. The quality of the module, the installation/flashings used on the roof, manufacturers’ track records, and contractors’ attention to details should all be considered. The servicing of the equipment is also an important element, and we have programs in place to provide our customers peace of mind. Pacific Islands Construction believes that an As the industry evolves, informed consumer will standards for PV installations are essential to ensure the public that the right thing is being done to protect the consumer from poor installation details. Anyone can quickly install a poor installation and charge a lower price, but in the end, the customer deals with the consequences.

hold it in place, it has a high probability of failing during high winds. These installations do not have tested assemblies to meet wind uplift ratings. Building inspectors have noticed that many installations are relying on skinny lag bolts setting up off the roof to keep the modules in place. Common sense tells you that they will snap during high winds, and this type of installation has to change.

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hen the weekend arrives, going out to a local establishment to meet up with your friends to relax and enjoy your time off is a timehonored tradition. But going out involves a lot of planning and coordination — not to mention the money you’ll inevitably drop on food, bar tabs and transportation. The good news is with the right modifications to your home, you can make a night in seem just like a night on the town. Turning a room or part of your home into a bar or recreational area can make your abode a destination in itself, as you'll have the comforts of the pub within the privacy of home. When trying to make your home an entertaining destination, focus on the things that you and your friends enjoy about your favorite hangouts. Here are a few improvements to consider as you construct your space:

Your bar will provide both a place to distribute food and drinks to your guests, as well as a central place to gather for conversation. Depending on your taste, you could go with a classic horizontal bar, or an L-shaped bar that promotes more face time and conversation. Make a wish list: Is it to be a wet bar plumbed for a sink, and do you have ample power to supply the fridge, blender, stereo and other electronic equipment? Don’t forget the ergonomic layout — is the barware within easy reach and the fridge easily accessible?

• Build to accommodate accessories. It goes without saying that a refrigerator is a must, but areas with limited space might not accommodate a full-size refrigerator. Compact under-counter models are perfect in this situation. Typically 24 inches wide and counter-high, these are available in a variety of styles, including wine fridges, beverage centers or kegerators. Determining • Start with the bar. how you entertain is key,

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any boomers caring for their aging parents don’t realize that their bathroom is the most important room in the house. Remodeling a bathroom for an elderly parent can make life not only safer, but also more enjoyable, improving comfort and personal dignity. Temporary fixes like plastic bathtub seats and toilet frames with elevated seats can be rickety, but even worse, they

can be depressing and demoralizing. Upgrading to new fixtures built with accessibility in mind can cost less than you might think. Upgrading helps maintain independent living for the elderly, and is a wise investment for any home, given that anyone can experience temporary disabilities, such as surgery or broken bones. Try these helpful ideas to create a bathroom that will look great and work won-

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• Try a taller toilet. Standard toilets have a bowl height of about 15 inches, but many manufacturers have recently introduced models that are an inch and a half higher. These taller commodes make sitting down and getting back up less stressful on the body. Bring high style and performance as well as comfort to your bathroom by upgrading to a luxury toilet.

• Switch to an ADA-compliant faucet. Some faucet handles require a surprising amount of force to operate, and knobs can be difficult to twist for seniors. Instead, try an ADA-compliant single lever faucet that allows for easy on-and-off operation without the need to • Think about accessible grip. This faucet style, storage. Keep bathing and which complies with the grooming accessories neat-

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