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hy do guests always end up in the kitchen at parties? Is it a social phenomenon? Some strange gravitational pull? I don’t know, but one thing is for sure: If your friends are going to congregate in your kitchen, you’d better make it as nice as possible. I recently designed an amazing kitchen for my favorite client: my mom (aka Judy, aka Grandma). Mom raised me all by herself, and although we went through our share of lean years, she always worked hard to make our home warm and welcoming. I credit my mom with inspiring in me a love of design, matched by her creative, problem-solving abilities. This is a woman who could find an old, discarded
piece of furniture, bring it home and turn it into something fabulous. As close as Mom and I are, it’s been 20 long years since we’ve lived in the same city. But she recently retired and decided to move across the country to be closer to us. I found the perfect home for her in our neighborhood and decided to surprise her with an incredible new kitchen. My mom loves to cook and socialize. So my plan was to give Mom the ultimate Social Kitchen. The home’s existing kitchen was large and had an adjoining sunroom, but the space was outdated, dysfunctional and closed off from the rest of the house. I knew the transformation would be a big undertaking. And I knew I
had to finish it before Mom moved in — a mere nine weeks away. I decided to keep the room’s lovely terra-cotta flooring, but everything else had to go. So I blew out the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, removed the old cabinetry and appliances and opened up the entire space. I wanted the kitchen to have a bright, clean look, but didn’t want it to be too formal or traditional as my mom’s style is more country chic. So I painted the whole space in a lovely offwhite and used an oyster finish for the myriad of kitchen cabinetry. I also put up some off-white tongue-and-groove panels on the ceiling that added cozy country charm. In the kitchen, I installed
a new island in a contrasting finish, a natural wood finish, with a quartz countertop, a large white castiron sink and a concealed dishwasher. The island also provides a place where friends can gather around Mom while she’s cooking. Meanwhile, along one feature wall, I added lots of cabinetry, a range top, a custom-built in-range hood and a beautiful new oven. Along a second wall went the concealed fridge, freez-
er and pull-out pantry, and next to this I added a peninsula that serves as a sideboard and separates the kitchen and dining-room spaces without obstructing the sight lines. After adding a host of perfect accents and accessories, the kitchen was finally complete. And just in time for Mom’s arrival, who was as delighted by the results as I was. By keeping sight lines open, choosing comfort-
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dows. I would like to especially praise the timeliness and scheduling of the order, the solid cost estimate, and the organized way you and your company did business. I am blown away by the professionalism of your installation crew. They were extremely hard working, considerate, respectful, neat, really friendly and very talented carpenters. I could see the pride they took in their work. I was continuously impressed and delighted with what I was seeing every day. The windows themselves are functional, beautiful and secure. I am a 100 percent satisfied customer. I hope to call upon you again later this year to install the windows in our upcoming renovation. Aloha, Just wanted to drop a line G.Y. and say thank you so much for everything. The compleGood job! Especially tion of the installation of our impressed with this group of windows was yesterday. The young men and their supervientire process was a joy and sor — friendly, polite, with positive experience. I thank good work habits and taking you for your expertise, sug- pride in their workmanship. gestions and professional Will recommend your servicmanner in ordering the win- es to anyone showing interest
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in improving their homes. Thank you, J.H. I have replaced windows in three homes (Wisconsin, California and now Hawaii). I am very happy with the service, professionalism and craftsmanship of the employees of Windows Hawaii, as well as the final result. The products are as advertised and of high quality; the timeliness was as agreed upon; and the workmanship was professional, courteous and considerate of my needs. Extensive efforts were taken to minimize the disruption of day-to-day life and follow-up on minor issues was prompt, efficient and satisfactory. I highly recommend Windows Hawaii should you be considering window replacement. Sincerely, W.H.” If you are considering replacing windows, doors or siding, call Windows Hawaii today and the company will schedule a free consultation and estimate. JULY 24, 2011 | HAWAII RENOVATION | 3
ith all the solar energy providers out there, how do you decide which company to go with? And what’s it really like to have a system installed for your home? Here is one family’s story. Chris Zane, a network engineer, and his wife, a physical therapist, purchased their first home in Kaneohe in 2009. With two small daughters (now ages
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After carefully researching his options and soliciting bids from three local companies, Chris chose cent of a family’s power Alternate Energy Inc. to usage. AEI has been doing install a hybrid system, solar in Hawaii for including a solar water decades,” he said. “I was heater and 12 PV panels. impressed with the fact that “I knew it was crucial to their installers aren’t subget a solar water heater as contractors, but are actualpart of my package, since ly employed by AEI, so I an electric water heater know the warranties for accounts for around 40 per- both the work and the
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he BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards, established in 1986, celebrates excellence in design and construction of new and remodeled projects in Hawaii. This showcase recognizes competing categories including Details, Kitchen & Bath, Landscaping, New & Remodeled Commercial Building, New & Remodeled Residential Building, Public Works, Hawaii BuiltGreen™ and Historical Remodeling. This year’s entrants were judged on creativity, use of materials, environmental and sustainability, functionality, design principles, value, interior space, overall quality and workmanship, and the top five awards included four Overall
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Grand Awards and the Carl Reppun Award. Today’s column will feature the winner of the Overall Grand Award for Residential Remodeling, Lively Architects & Complete Construction Services Corporation for “Hale Ala Honu.” The transformation of this compartmentalized residence into an inviting and sustainable home for three generations, while retaining key exterior elements suited to the neighborhood’s character, began by removing interior walls and relocating a stairway to maximize open space. The new airy ground level with wood floors, multiple sliding glass doors and thoughtfully placed low E glazed windows offer access to cooling breezes, views of the Marina, the slate-tiled lanai and salt water pool. The open kitchen, separated
by a 15-foot bar, includes a breakfast nook and island. A ground level master suite is designed for the senior family member while the second level master suite includes an elegant master bath, cedar-lined walk-in closet, executive office and lanai with panoramic Marina views. Sustainable design elements included salvaging and repurposing removed materials, Solatube skylighting, solar attic fans, solar water heating, Energy Star appliances, a variable speed intellipump for the pool, Trex decking and trims and Azek lanai ceilings. We expect three generations to enjoy this home for years to come!
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hat makes the difference in the quality and durability of a paint job is the professionalism and experience of the painting contractor. The difference between what a licensed professional and a “weekend” painter might charge may not be very significant ... but the results will be very different and, if not apparent now, certainly in the long run. “We have been called on numerous times to handle a job that involved removing peeling or cracking paint because of the shoddy work of a previous painter,” said Island Budget Painting owner Ted Wexler, a licensed painting contractor for the past 30 years. His painting crew also is trained and experienced and works under Wexler’s direction. His clients include major businesses such as Tesoro service stations throughout Oahu, a long-standing repeat client.
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Property managers, management companies specializing in townhomes and apartment buildings, and homeowners associations are also regular clients, requiring not only new paint jobs but ongoing maintenance. Realtors upgrading a home to enhance its saleability also call on Wexler, often with tight deadlines to meet. He works with some of Hawaii’s top architects and interior designers, as well as directly with homeowners. In cases where a
homeowner is ready for a new color scheme, Wexler can supply advice on color selection and assist in making choices, including matching existing colors or furnishings. There are also technical factors to consider, such as the best products to use for exterior applications, taking into account weather conditions in the area. Island Budget Painting is expe-
rienced in working with difficult jobsites that may require scaffolding and operating within the parameters set by condominiums affecting access, parking, and times that work can be performed. Island Budget Painting also provides concrete repair, often called for in commercial contracts involving older buildings that are being restored or converted for new uses. “People often assume that because your company handles big projects, you won’t be available for the smaller jobs,”
Wexler said. “That just isn’t the case with Island Budget Painting. Working with a large, experienced contractor does not have to cost more, because we know exactly how to proceed and have all the latest equipment. The fact that we can complete jobs quickly and efficiently means lower cost and less inconvenience to the client. “I named my company Island Budget Painting for a reason — our goal is to come in on budget, meaning the client’s budget, not ours,” Wexler said.
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nstalling your own cool roof can be fun and financially rewarding. Often, friends and neighbors will pitch in to help each other make the job go easier. Some of the many benefits of fabric-reinforced cool roofs are: lower roofing and A/C costs; a cooler home; 100 percent protection from UV damage; and a permanent roofing system that never needs to be replaced. Simply put a top coat on every 10 to 15 years using only a fraction of the original material. While coating generally is fairly simple, there are definitely “tricks of the trade” that save you time and money. Here are some of the topics that will be covered
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ity coat, which will cool down your home and protect your roof against UV damage. Show LeakMasters photos of your roof so its experts can examine them.
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rWith their son returning home from a tour in Iraq and frequent visits from two daughters and their families from the Mainland, a Waipahu couple knew it was time to expand their single level, three-bedroom home. They decided to attend a Graham Builders’ seminar after visiting the home-
builder’s booth at the BIA Home Building and Remodeling Show. “Graham Builders’ seminar was very informative, and didn’t leave anything out,” said the homeowners. “Following our initial meeting with the team, we decided to go with Graham Builders and forego meeting with other construction companies.”
“The homeowners had a modest budget, but had great ideas of how they wanted to expand their home in order to make room for everyone in the family,” said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders president. “Throughout the design process, we worked diligently to stay within the budget to build an upper level to the existing home that included
three bedrooms, one bathroom and a living space for the couple’s son, his wife and their daughter.” During this time, Graham Builders also renovated the kitchen, which included the addition of an island and new cabinets, enclosed the laundry room, and added a new patio. The original flooring in the downstairs living room was also changed to Metroflor Hybrid — a new flooring product that combines a quieter, softer resilient flooring top layer to a hardboard T&G plank. This prod-
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tains can be a good thing. In fact, concrete stains create stunning transformations, turning dull and gray concrete slabs into beautiful, richly colored and contemporary spaces. Granicrete Hawaii is able to apply stains directly to your existing concrete slab or onto its concrete overlays that create a smooth, stone or decorative texture. Great for interior and exterior spaces, stained concrete flooring offers numerous benefits, yielding an excellent return on investment.
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uct feels warm and comfortable under foot and eliminates the hard knocking sound associated with typical laminate floors. “Noise pollution from the freeway posed another challenge,” said Keith Kilburn, Graham Builders design department manager. “To remedy this, we minimized the windows on the back of the house to reduce the traffic noise. In addition to more living space and the new kitchen, the home is substantially quieter than before.” “We are very pleased with the work Graham Builders did, and would definitely recommend them to our friends and family,” said the Waipahu homeowners. “Everyone at Graham Builders is extremely knowl-
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Renovating your home? First, renovate your insurance
hether you are upgrading a kitchen, adding on a master suite, or gutting a newly purchased structure, you need to reassess your insurance needs both before and after your renovation. It’s common to plan every major step of the renovation. But one thing that’s tough to plan for is the unexpected. What if an oily rag left unattended starts a fire and your home goes up in smoke? The remodeling work done to date may have an impact on your homeowners insurance — unless you let your insurance agent in on the plans ahead of time. For example, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company policyholders are required to let their agent know about any renovation pro-
jected to increase the replacement cost of your home by more than $25,000 in order for the crucial full-cost replacement coverage to remain in force. “Your insurance company and your agent can help you find gaps in your coverage related to remodeling and establish appropriate replacement costs,” says Don Soss, vice president of personal insurance at Fireman’s Fund. “We can also make sure your contractor and subs have adequate liability insurance in case of damage to your property from poor workmanship or carelessness." In addition, risk managers at the insurance company can provide advice to minimize the possibility of fires, theft and mishaps. Good risk
management practices also minimize potential project delays. This may be a good time to add security and safety features such as water flow monitoring devices or upgraded burglary and fire alarm systems. One of the most common issues is maintaining a secure environment during the work phase. For example, contractors often disable a home’s existing fire alarm system because dust and particulates generated by construction tend to trigger false alarms. It is important for temporary measures such as fencing and alternate alarms to be in place to keep the property secure. Demolition debris should also be secured so it can’t become airborne in high winds. Toxic or
explosive materials need to be stored and handled appropriately, and rebars should be capped to prevent injury to workers and residents. Often, the family moves to temporary housing during a remodel. It may be a good idea to put art collections and other valuables that could be damaged in an offsite secure storage facility for optimal protection. Even before your work is complete, your agent can go over your current homeowners insurance and make sure you have the replacement value of your home updated. This will reflect increases in construction materials and labor, changes in building codes, installation of new safety devices, changes in square footage, and custom features and appliances.
Here are four tips for homeowners considering a renovation:
1. Contact your agent before construction starts for coverage of your remodeling work and the value of your completed home.
2. Make sure your contractor and subcontractors have adequate liability insurance. Many contractors carry the generally recommended limits of
at least twice the replacement value of the home.
3. Ask the contractor to maintain adequate safety and security devices such as fire and burglar alarms. 4. Save all records related to your project (receipts and appraisals). Store copies of these records in a secure off-site location. Videotaping your house and possessions also is recommended.
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The switch to saline pools I
t was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn’t tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems. So a senior center in Michigan converted its 65,000-gallon chlorine pool into a salt water pool this summer. People who had stayed away are now coming back, getting exercise and therapy, while socializing with others. The senior center is hardly alone. Across the country, traditional chlorine pools are being converted into salt water pools, sometimes called saline pools. Homeowners and pool managers have many motivations for converting pools from chlorine to salt, including: • Simplified, more convenient maintenance. Salt water pool owners don’t have to buy, transport,
that salt water pools use a generator to turn salt into chlorine, releasing it slowly. The chlorine then sanitizes the pool and converts back to salt. The process continues, over and over again, conserving the salt and keeping sanitizer levels balanced. Traditional pools, on the other hand, require the pool owner to add a large dose of chlorine and other chemicals on a regular store and handle haz- harmful bacteria. basis, which can result in ardous chlorine chemicals. Both salt water pools and an irritating odor. Instead This saves time and traditional chlorine pools of being regenerated, the use chlorine to sanitize the chlorine is “consumed” as money. • Water that’s gentle on water. The difference is it sanitizes the water. skin, eyes, nose and hair. Salt water pools have approximately one-tenth the salinity of ocean water and about one-third the salinity of human tears, with no unpleasant chlorine smell. How do salt water pools work? The short answer is they use a generator and special pool salt to convert the salt into mild chlorine that keeps the pool free of
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y now, you’re probably familiar with RMA Sales, the locally owned company celebrating its 50th year of business in Hawaii, and its popular Tradewind window systems. But did you know that RMA Sales also offers several screen options to go with the Tradewind window systems?
One type is a heavyduty insect screen that’s ideal for high traffic, heavy use areas. It’s petresistant, and tear- and puncture-resistant as well. It’s also several times stronger than a regular insect screen. The heavy-duty screen is ideal for use in patios and porch enclosures as well as windows and doors, and it installs just like a
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regular insect screen. Black is the standard color of this screen, which is made of vinylcoated polyester, and its UV blockage is approximately 55 percent. If an aluminum insect screen is what you’re looking for, RMA Sales has that option, too. Aluminum insect screens come in three color choices: black, natural aluminum color and charcoal gray. The new and improved black finish complements bronze and other dark window framing nicely. Black offers the best visibility of any screen finish. Natural aluminum color is the standard of the industry. It is dimensionally stable, which means it’s free of streaks, lays flat and is easy to measure. The charcoal gray color reduces glare and greatly improves visibility. This color enhances
the appearance of any structure. If you need the extreme screen for Fido or Meow, RMA Sales offers a pet screen that is seven times stronger than a regular insect screen. This petresistant insect screen resists damage by dogs and cats. Made of strong vinyl-coated polyester, this screen offers excellent outward visibility and comes in black and gray. All of the above screens are options with any of the Tradewind window systems. Then there’s the ultimate screen for both Marmaduke and the Incredible Hulk: the Crimsafe security screen. Crimsafe window and door security screens will actually protect your home and your family from intruders and would-be thieves. Crimsafe is the only security screen product
RMA SALES CONTACT: 486-8894 where the mesh is screwed into the frame and clamped down with a patented device called the Screw-Clamp™. Other security screen meshes are held in place with a wedge forced in under pressure, or simply glued in. The performance difference is massive. Crimsafe window and door screens are fabricated locally and are compatible with RMA Sales’ Tradewind window systems. A Crimsafe security screen door system is designed to replace your present screen and sliding door unit. Call RMA Sales today for more information on its Tradewind window systems.
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