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hen newlyweds Jeff and Tamara purchased their home a year ago, they started a massive renovation project. But their work stopped abruptly when life presented them with some unexpected ups and downs. Although they got the great news that they were expecting their first child, two months later they also found out that Tamara had cancer. Needless to say, they quickly shelved plans to finish the house and began what seemed like an endless stream of medical appointments. Fast forward one year, and things are on the upswing. Baby Jasmine has been welcomed into the world, and Tamara has been given a clean bill of health. But since the couple’s bedroom was left unfinished during the renovation, it was important to Jeff that it was completed — and transformed into a calm oasis in which Tamara could relax with their new daughter. So after receiving his letter asking for help, I grabbed


my crew and geared up to give the family a bedroom sanctuary that would help them unwind after a tough year. The existing bedroom was bland, boring and very blue. It needed more light, more storage and an airier, more contemporary look. To give it the soothing, peaceful vibe I wanted, I looked to nature for my colors, fabrics and finishes. Taking my inspiration from a fabric with a cherry-blossom pattern, I decided to fill the room with soothing shades of cream, green and bark, and started things off by painting the room in a fresh coat of celery-green.

I made the focal point of this room a fantastic bed. I used a sustainable-wood frame and an organic rubber mattress, and then topped it all off with natural cotton and linen bedding in meadowinspired shades. But the big story here is the headboard, which is made of a blownup floral pattern that is put on canvas and then on Masonite. Flanking the bed are two dark walnut bedside tables that have storage drawers and are backed with mirrors and sconces above. At the foot of the bed I put a wood bench with a soft, buttery-green vinyl top. Opposite the bed is an oddly angled area, which I filled up with a mix of open and closed, custom and store-bought storage solutions. I also put in a small chair and a gorgeous wood table, which sit below the room’s windows. On these windows I put up the cherry-blossompatterned fabric for a light and airy feel. For privacy, I also installed some green

and bark woven blinds. To lighten and brighten the room, I put in some well-placed monopoint lighting, in addition to a centerpiece fixture on the ceiling comprised of a simple, modern linen shade with a diffuser on the bottom for a relaxing glow. After adding some accents and accessories, including a beautiful and colorful composition of carved blocks on the wall, this relaxing space was complete. The unfinished, blue bedroom wasn’t cutting the calm criteria, so I called on Mother Nature to help create a soothing place full of relaxing colors and natural fabrics that play softly against stylish linear furniture and cabinetry. Now the room is a mix of the organic and the modern — a breezy oasis that is just what the doctor ordered for Tamara, Jeff and Jasmine. Now that’s divine!

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eakmaster Roofing has always been a leading innovator of roofing technologies during its 22 years of existence. In particular, the company has been early adopters of cool roof coatings — reinforced with polyester fabric — that have proven to be popular here in the last few years. Leakmaster’s philosophy has been to research the latest products making a name on the mainland, then try them here on a limited basis. If the products hold up well after a few years of harsh local conditions — ponding water and strong UV rays — then they are ready for prime time. Leakmaster’s own roof at its showroom on Cooke Street in Kakaako is a virtual lake — a perfect incubator for accelerated testing. Leakmaster installs all types of roofing systems — shingle, shake, metal, single ply, coatings, asphalt, tile and more. The company believes that everyone has their own budget and aesthetic taste and that most roofs have a special niche where they shine. Leakmaster Roofing believes in letting you know all the pros and cons of each system and letting the customer make up their own mind. Here are the latest observations on emerging roofing technologies:

silicone roof coatings have made a big dent in the local market. Their appeal lies in the claim that they can withstand extreme ponding water and that they do not chalk or “sacrifice” over time, as water-based acrylics do. Leakmaster has put down some smaller jobs over the years as a test, including its own roof, and patiently watched the results. It remembers the Butyl Roof coating craze that rolled into town about 10 years ago and was also supposed be effective against ponding water. After six months of exposure to the sun, the coating yellowed and started to develop numerous surface cracks. Quickly, its popularity faded. So far, Leakmaster’s results for silicone are very encouraging. They show no bubbling or de-lamination because of standing water, and any mildew growth on top is easily cleaned off and does not appear to penetrate the coating. It appears to be working so well that Leakmaster recommends this system in areas of heavy standing water.

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Why are Energy Star-rated roofs so important? For one thing, they qualify for up to $500 in federal tax credits and they Acrylic vs. silicone coatings In the last three or four years make your home cooler. It is

LEAKMASTER ROOFING ADDRESS: 575-G COOKE ST. CONTACT: 591-1900 • www.leakmaster.com also generally assumed that the cooler your roof surface stays, the longer it will last. Why? Just like your car engine, heat can break down your roof over time. If it heats up during our hot summer days, then quickly cools down when a shower passes by, the result can be “thermal shock” — the quick expansion and contraction of your roofing material that can cause it to degrade. The popular CertainTeed Landmark Solaris shingle comes in two different versions. The Gold version achieves a reflectivity of 25 percent versus the

Platinum at 40 percent. Both qualify for the tax credit and will cool down your home a bit. One homeowner who carefully measured before and after temperatures noticed that while the Gold shingle did help, it still wasn’t cool enough for his taste. He added some solar roof vents later, which further lowered the temperature. If you really want to cool down your home, however, consider a pure white ceramic roof coating with a solar reflectivity of 80 to 90 percent. The Energy Star-rated Metro metal roof tile also is a premi-

um system that qualifies for the tax credit. It has a beautiful stone pebble finish and, like its long-time competitor Decra, Metro will last 40 years or longer in Hawaii’s climate. It has an elegant, upscale look that is virtually maintenancefree. While it is cooler than its predecessor, Leakmaster recommends that it be installed with roof vents if you truly want to beat the heat. To discuss any of these topics further, call Leakmaster Roofing at 591-1900 or visit its showroom, located at 575-G Cooke St. in Kakaako. DEC. 25, 2011 | HAWAII RENOVATION | 3


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says John Heppner, president and CEO of Fortune Brands Storage and Security, including Master Lock Company LLC. “In addition, the busy holiday pace of parties, shopping and events leaves many homes dark and empty more BY KAREN NAKAMURA December, according to the FBI. often than at other times of the The National Crime Prevention year. Whether homeowners are his year’s holiday season Council recommends homeown- out or just asleep upstairs, the promises to be as busy and ers take extra precautions to pro- spoils of holiday-timed thefts are wonderfully hectic as ever tect their homes during the holi- just too tempting for many bur— shopping and gift-giving, deco- days because of the many home glars.” rating and celebrating with invasions at this time of year. A few proactive measures and friends and family. Unfortunately, “During the holidays, homes common sense can prevent your it’s an equally busy time of year are often filled with expensive holiday season from being for home burglars. gifts, the good silver is out and wrecked by a break-in. Follow Nearly 400,000 burglaries people are in a festive mood — these tips and enjoy a safer and occur in the United States during they aren’t thinking about home happier holiday season: the months of November and security the way they should,” • Remember that nothing is


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trusted family members or neighbors you are close to. Do not hide them outside. • Be certain that tools, ladders and other objects that could be used to break into your home are securely locked up inside the house. Break-ins can be easily avoided by taking the proper precautions. So be prepared, make wise decisions and relax. While the holidays can be stressful, by following these tips, you’ll find yourself more at ease and ready to celebrate the season. For more information on home protection during the holidays, visit www.biahawaii.org or www.nahb.org.

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here’s a new kid on the cabinet-and-granite supplier block, and its name is Da Wing Trading LLC. A family-owned and operated venture, Da Wing Trading opened its doors earlier this year at 2006 Republican St., offering solid wood cabinets with plywood boxes (no MDF, particleboard or pressed wood) and granite countertops out of its 8,000square-foot showroom. “We own the property where we store in-stock cabinets and granite, thus we don’t have to pay rent, which enables us to pass the savings on to our customers,” said Harry Kwan, manager. “We sell (our products) at affordable prices, which are the people’s prices,” added Kwan’s uncle Tommy Chan, who works

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the following tips for cre- color combination can be ating a festive, yet afford- the basis for a festive able holiday setting: table, says Soto. She favors soft, season-less colors for Set a beautiful foundation decorating with added Instead of feeling com- touches of gold and silver, pelled to use traditional which work with any color red and green hues, any scheme and interior aes-


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The Environmental Impact of Flooring Materials and the Concrete Alternative


very year, a little more than seven billion square feet of carpet and carpet padding end up in landfills in the U.S. Of all the flooring materials currently available, carpet comprises 50 percent of the flooring market and on average it is replaced every five to 11 years. In Hawaii, where land resources and landfill space is very limited, waste flooring materials can have a significant impact. Much of the refuse going into our landfills originates from construction and renovation projects, and some of the used flooring materials are shipped to the mainland for disposal. This cycle of import of new materials and export of waste flooring materials has serious implications for energy use and effects on the environment.

Flooring materials: from Cradle-to-Grave The concept of “cradle-to-grave” analysis re-quires us to consider all of the material and energy inputs that are required for the resourcing, manufacturing, transportation and installation of a flooring material (cradle) and the removal, disposal and replacement of that material (grave). With

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Raw Materials What natural material resources are being harvested for the manufacturer of the flooring materials, and how do those harvest practices affect the local environment where the raw materials are obtained? Does the use rate exceed the replenishment rate, eventually depleting the resource? How are the raw materials transported to the manufacturing facility and what are the energy inputs, greenhouse gas outputs and landfill impacts?

Manufacturing How much energy is

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required to operate the manufacturing facility? What are the greenhouse gas and landfill impacts resulting from manufacturing the flooring materials?

the flooring material? What is the landfill impact and carbon impact resulting from the removal of a flooring material?

Repeat Transportation What is the carbon impact from the fuel burning in all the forklifts, trucks, trains, planes and barges required to transport the flooring material from the manufacturing facility to the site of installation?

Installation What is the energy and carbon impact resulting from installation because of mixers, saws, installation equipment and transportation of personnel to and from the project? How much packaging material is discarded in local landfills?

Lifetime Maintenance What are the cleaning, shampooing, vacuuming, waxing, stripping, re-waxing/refinishing products, volumes, procedures, waste outflows and energy consumption?

Removal What are the energy, transportation and human resource requirements to remove

Now that the old flooring surfaces are removed, what material will replace it and what are the cradle-to-grave costs associated with the new material? The sum of the answers to these questions determines the global and local greenhouse gas, carbon and landfill impact. The financial cost over the structure’s lifetime for repeated floor replacements is significant as well. A typical structure that has a life expectancy of 100 years could have as many as 15 to 30 carpet replacements, and four to five replacements of other types of flooring. Several solutions to this issue are available, including reducing consumption and buying more sustainable products. Clearly, the best solution is to decrease the use of flooring materials altogether. But how can we do that?

Concrete as a finish floor material At Lokahi Concrete

Polishing we admire concrete and its unique abilities. We know that for centuries, concrete has been the foundation of all construction activity on the planet. Structural and architectural in function, concrete is everywhere. Chances are, if you are standing on a carpeted, tiled or wood floor right now, there is concrete beneath your feet. Now, concrete can be used as a finish material, not just as a base material over which one places carpet, tile or wood. Concrete can be diamond-polished, colored and honed to be a lustrous, functional, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing material. Like people, concrete may have subtle variations that impart a unique beauty and character. Concrete is an inexhaustible natural resource, and its durability will allow a single installation to endure for the lifetime of the structure. By using concrete already in place and refining it for use as a finish floor material, we can save time, money, conserve resources, lessen the carbon footprint over the lifetime of a structure and in the process, make our islands more sustainable.