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ne of my readers, Doris, approached me as I was getting into my car last week and asked when I was going to write about feng shui in regard to relationships. She shared that she and her friends could certainly use some insight in this arena. What about you? Are you lacking a significant other and desire one? Do you feel as though your current relationship is draining you or has lost the lus-


ter of its early years? If so, you may want to try some of these feng shui suggestions and set a new intent for your relationships.

The Bagua In feng shui, every area of life and everything that happens in life can be placed into nine categories that are spatially represented by areas in your home. These nine categories make up an energetic map of your home called the bagua (pronounced bahgwah). The “relationship area” is in one of these nine categories. By knowing where it is, and what you can do, you are empowered with knowledge that can support what you desire. The bagua is one of the most fundamental tools of feng shui and an excellent way to apply feng shui concepts to your environment.

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Where is my relationship area? improve the energy of any space When standing at the front door facing in, the relationship area is in the back-right corner. Your relationship area may be the garage, an unused room in the house, such as a storage room or even the bathroom. Don’t jump to any inaccurate conclusions and judge the location as “bad.” You can

in your home no matter where it is. If your layout is unique and you are uncertain if you have located the “right” area, simply apply this information to your bedroom, regardless of where it is in the bagua. In feng shui, the bedroom also symbolically represents relationships. SEE PAGE 16

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ne of my readers, Doris, approached me as I was getting into my car last week and asked when I was going to write about feng shui in regard to relationships. She shared that she and her friends could certainly use some insight in this arena. What about you? Are you lacking a significant other and desire one? Do you feel as though your current relationship is draining you or has lost the lus-

ter of its early years? If so, you may want to try some of these feng shui suggestions and set a new intent for your relationships.

The Bagua In feng shui, every area of life and everything that happens in life can be placed into nine categories that are spatially represented by areas in your home. These nine categories make up an energetic map of your home called the bagua (pronounced bahgwah). The “relationship area” is in one of these nine categories. By knowing where it is, and what you can do, you are empowered with knowledge that can support what you desire. The bagua is one of the most fundamental tools of feng shui and an excellent way to apply feng shui concepts to your environment.

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Where is my relationship area? improve the energy of any space When standing at the front door facing in, the relationship area is in the back-right corner. Your relationship area may be the garage, an unused room in the house, such as a storage room or even the bathroom. Don’t jump to any inaccurate conclusions and judge the location as “bad.” You can

in your home no matter where it is. If your layout is unique and you are uncertain if you have located the “right” area, simply apply this information to your bedroom, regardless of where it is in the bagua. In feng shui, the bedroom also symbolically represents relationships.

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ooking for an electrician, but don’t know who to call? As you open the Yellow Pages, there are about 50 different electrical contractors to choose from. But who do you call? Some contractors may only service certain parts of the island, while others only do industrial work. Well, look no further. Alternative Electric is an experienced residential, commercial electrical contractor that services the entire island of Oahu. With more than 20 years of combined experience, Alternative Electric offers


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in translation as they go from owner to foreman to worker. To satisfy its customers, Alternative Electric stands by its customers through all phases of the job. Customers can always expect a free estimate and a detailed explanation of what Alternative Electric suggests should be done. The company always takes the time to explain every situation to the customer, with no strings attached. Some of the services Alternative Electric offers include: solar photovoltaic installation, re-

wires, new construction, maintenance, trouble calls, renovations, meter/panel upgrades, code violation corrections, A/C hook up, light fixture replacement, security motion light installation, or simply replacing an outlet. So for your next electrical project, big or small, give Alternative Electric a call at 2853663 or 630-6741. SEPT. 25, 2011 | HAWAII RENOVATION | 3


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older brother, Leno. At the time, a complete one-car garage door sold for $16 installed, while a two-car garage door sold for $29 installed. Martin’s onepiece door soon became a hit and Dave remembers installing new door for movies stars Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope. From one-piece doors, Martin has grown to be an innovator within the industry. Dave Martin is one of the industry’s pioneers and his record backs

that up — especially in ing to the face of the steel door for beauty. key areas of safety. • Controlled descent Some of the Martin device, which stops a door from a free fall. Door “firsts” include: • Hot-dipped galvanized steel and two coats of factory baked-on enamel for better rust protection. • Hemmed steel edges on the garage door tracks, for added safety. • Hot-dipped galvanized torsion springs for rust resistance and long life. • Wood-grained textur-

It was this dedication to safety and quality that impressed Claude Thompson, president of Martin Garage Doors Hawaii, when he was

researching a garage door line to sell in Hawaii. “I looked for a door that I would put on my house,” remembered Thompson. “I wanted certain features plus quality, all of which you find in a Martin Door and more.” Thompson founded Martin Garage Doors Hawaii in 1995 and has been selling garage doors to satisfied customers ever since. Martin Garage Doors Hawaii has become a valued member of the extensive dealer network for the manufacturer. “Martin Garage Doors Hawaii is a long-standing dealer for Martin Door Manufacturing,” Martin said. “We are very pleased with their dedicated service to the people of the Hawaiian Islands. I have personally visited some of their garage door installations, which were always found to be professionally done and the customers more than satisfied. “We now consider Martin Garage Doors Hawaii to be one of our top dealerships in the world.”

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New homes benefit more than just buyers, builders BY KAREN NAKAMURA


he only people who benefit when a home is built are the family members who get to live there, and the builder who constructed and sold the home, right? Wrong. The positive impact of new residential construction is far-reaching, bringing benefits to families, businesses and services throughout a community immediately, as well as for years to come. According to economists at the National Association of Home Builders, the one-year estimated local impact of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro

area include $21.1 million in local income, $2.2 million in taxes and other local government revenue, and 324 local jobs. But what does that economic impact mean in the day-to-day lives of community residents? Just think about it: When a family moves to a community and buys a new house, they will likely shop at local stores to buy furniture and accessories to decorate the home. They will fill their car’s gas tank at local gas stations so they can get to the stores, have local mechanics work on the car when it breaks down or needs the oil changed, or buy a new car at a local dealer when it’s

time to replace the old one. The family may need to hire local companies for regular services to maintain their home, such as landscapers, house cleaners, pet sitters or pool maintenance workers. The children will enter local schools. This increases enrollment, meaning more teachers, janitors, cafeteria workers and other school support staff will have to be hired. Those kids also will join sports leagues and other activities, buy equipment and pay registration fees that provide stipends for referees and coaches. All of this economic activity puts income into the pockets of local busi-


ness owners and their families, who can then afford to go out and spend money themselves, which means even more money is poured into the community’s economy. The new family also pays local and state taxes. These tax revenues help pay for a wide range of government services, including school teachers, police departments, refuse collection, parks maintenance and road repairs. Over the long term, as the families who move into

new homes become part of the community, their positive impact continues. NAHB estimates that those 100 new homes also provide the community with an additional and annually recurring impact of $3.1 million in local income, $743,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and 53 local jobs. Families who buy a newly built home enjoy benefits including safety, amenities, energy efficiency and floor plans to fit a modern lifestyle. But the

advantages of new homes extend far beyond the buyers and the builders — residential construction has a positive, direct impact on the local community for years. Visit the 55th annual BIA Parade of Homes and find a new sustainable home for a sustainable lifestyle Oct. 89, 15-16. Learn more at www.biahawaii.org Karen Nakamura is executive vice president / CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

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nhancing the value of a home through remodeling or upgrading is the investment choice of many homeowners today, given the fluctuations in the financial markets. “If you own a home in a desirable neighborhood, whether low- or high-end, and have some extra cash, it’s hard to go wrong by putting it into a room addition or a kitchen upgrade,” said Homeworks Construction president Marshall Hickox, who also serves as president of the Hawaii Remodelers Council. Homeworks projects, ranging from multi-generational homes in Kaimuki and Kalihi to luxury homes in upscale neighborhoods, have earned the company the Building Industry Association’s “Remodeler of the Year” award. This year, Homeworks was ranked as one of the nation’s “Top 500” residential remodelers by Qualified Remodeler magazine. “We have always had a strong presence in multigenerational remodeling in Oahu’s older neighborhoods,” Hickox said. “But we are also seeing activity in single family home upgrading in neighborhoods such as Kahala, Manoa, Hawaii Loa Ridge and Portlock. Vintage home remodeling has been a consistent source of Homeworks business.” Hickox noted that homeowners and buyers are willing to make significant investments in remodeling and additions in the higher-end neighborhoods because 6 | HAWAII RENOVATION | SEPT. 25, 2011


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they are modernizing or expanding or both.” Upgrades generally include major kitchen and bath remodeling and opening up the home “to bring the outdoors in,” which generally results in better natural illumination and ventilation. “Many of the structural improvements can save money in the long run because they

increase energy efficiency. For example, the addition of insulation and ‘cool roofing’ can lessen the need for air conditioning. Now most major remodeling jobs will involve the addition of a solar water heating system and more recently photovoltaic panels. New appli-

ances will necessarily be Energy Star-rated and make a significant difference in the electric bills. “These types of improvements very definitely enhance the saleability of a home, SEE PAGE 19




Take your home from summer to fall

ringing your home from summer to fall is simpler than you think. It all begins with taking inventory of your home to determine which nonessential items you can eliminate or switch and

where you can add. “Start with anything fabric,” says Maria AguerriGomez, Academic Dean of The Art Institute of Michigan-Troy, a branch campus of The Art Institute of Michigan. “You can

change your couch covers, pillows and your throw blankets, add a duvet to your bed, change your window treatment or bathroom towels; or simply add a table runner to bring fall into your home without

breaking your budget.” Take couch covers from creamy and off-white tones to fall tones and colors. Choose earth tones such as reds and browns to bring depth and warmth. Navy blue also can be a great color to add. Not completely committed to bringing that much color into your living room? Change your pillows or throw blankets to develop an accented atmospheric change. Take a look at your window treatments and consider a heavier fabric with possible prints. “Paisley is coming back this fall,” Aguerri-Gomez says. “Use paisley prints on curtains or pillows, or venture out and buy a paisley

arm chair that can nestle nicely into an unused corner in your bedroom or living room.” Elizabeth Polish, an Interior Design Instructor at The Art Institute of New York City and owner of Elizabeth Polish Design, says bird prints are making their way into homes via lampshades and carpets this fall. Aguerri-Gomez predicts that mustard will be a key color this fall. Add a mustard table runner and change up your dinnerware and placemats to bring your table from light and airy to warm and welcoming. Don’t want to part with the lemons and limes nestled inside your glass vase as


table decor? Try compromising and replace the citrus with artichokes and pomegranates for a fall final touch. For those that like to have feng shui elements in their home, you’ll be happy to know that gold is making a comeback. Try mercury or gold canisters, vases and accents. In the past, gold and mercury were reserved for the holidays or special celebrations, but now you can bring them out earlier to bring that shiny pop the room will need. The last touch to bringing your home from summer to fall is mood lighting. Polish recommends utilizing energy-efficient LED lights and bulbs.











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strate, demolition that sends waste to a landfill is unnecessary. Buildings using cool roof materials and technologies can save up to 25 percent on energy costs. “Large commercial properties were the first to embrace cool-roofing technologies because of the size of their buildings,” said Gregory. “But in the past few years, we’ve seen a major spike in the number of residential property owners opting to go with technologies previously used mostly by the commercial sector.” Surface Shield also is experienced in the installation of the Solaris cool roofing system. The asphalt shingle technology is solar reflective, and capable of reducing roof temperatures up to 20 percent during summer months in Hawaii.

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