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Housing Study Unveiled Economist to present findings Dec. 10 By y Karen n Nakamura he Building Industry Association of Hawaii is excited to announce its free upcoming presentation by Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, senior economist of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Eisenberg will be traveling to Honolulu to present the findings of his study, “The Economic Impact of Housing in the City and County of Honolulu.” The free presentation will be held Friday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m., at the Dole Cannery Ballrooms. The event is open to the public. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in economics with first class honors from McGill University, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Syracuse University. Eisenberg is a frequent speaker on housing and housing-related topics, including: the economic impact of homebuilding, the unintended consequences of government regulations on house prices, residential fire safety, how to reduce construction risk, and many
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Dr. Elliot Eisenberg
and the author of more than 50 homebuilding industry articles. Eisenberg is frequently seen on television and heard on radio, and his research and opinions have been featured in Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, most national newspapers. The results of the study will focus on the income, jobs and taxes produced by the home building industry in Honolulu. Home building generates substantial local economic activity,
including new income and jobs for residents, and additional revenue
tures the effect of the construction activity itself, the ripple impact that occurs when income earned from construction activity is spent and recycles in the local economy, and the ongoing impact that results from new homes becoming occupied by residents, who pay taxes and buy locally produced goods and services.
Reservations are encouraged and interested parties should register online at www.bia hawai.org or call the BIA-Hawaii office at 629-7510. for local governments. Eisenberg’s report cap-
BIA-Hawaii commissioned Eisenberg to conduct this Oahu
study. This type of study has been successfully applied to construction in over 500 projects, local jurisdictions, metropolitan areas, non-metropolitan counties, and states across the country. Both Eisenberg and BIA-Hawaii representatives will be available for media inquiries immediately after the presentation. Chartered in 1955, the Building Industry Association of Hawaii is a professional trade organization affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders, representing the building industry and its associates.
Karen Nakamoto is executive vice president and CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii. Her column appears weekly on page 2.
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HAWAIIRENOVATION cutting out a slice of the tub and using a shower curtain, is a heartache waiting to happen. Not only do they look awful, but the open sections allow water to rot the floors, rust the tubs, or create large amounts of mold. For a couple of thousand dollars extra, you can get the job done right, enhance your daily living experience and watch the resale value of your home or condo go up. The secret to cost-effective kitchen and bath improvements, according to Gerry Peters of HPS Construction Services, is to reject notions that you have to move drains and other plumbing or electrical parts to get a really nice looking, modern and functional kitchen and bath. HPS says that, depending on the level of change,and whether there is current water or other damage, these upgrades
a Popular Option s a large segment of Hawaii’s population moves into its golden years, it’s wise for families to begin converting one of their bathrooms into a walk-in shower and adding assist bars to their walls to prevent injury among the elderly. Taking out and replacing one of the tubs with a low or flat threshold walk-in shower is preferred over ordering one of the socalled walk-in tubs, which usually cost more for the tub and shipping alone than the conversion job altogether. Furthermore, beyond unaffordable pricing,
these walk-in tubs are problematic relative to the swing in hatches developing leaks. You can install a built in bench in the walk-in shower and also a convenient sliding, adjustable shower head. This enables you to take comfortable, water saving showers and save thousands of gallons of water and many dollars to fill a tub. Most importantly, the walk-in shower is safer than a tub and roomier also. That’s because tubs have an inward slope that take up space. Options to have a hatchet job, which requires merely
can be had for between $3,500 and $8,500 for baths, including tub-to-shower conversions, and between $9,000 and $15,000 for kitchens, as a general scope of pricing range, saving up to 40 percent over the old approach of tearing tubs out and starting anew. Another major area of concern on choosing the right bid, is to determine how detailed the proposal is, and whether it addresses potential unforeseen hidden problems, such as termite and water damage. Another warning on upgrades, remodels, and repairs and bigger projects, is to watch out for “low ball,” “base” pricing to get you hooked, but then you get add-ons for things you thought were included, Peters adds. Unforeseen damage, clearly spelled out in advance, is a legitimate add-on, but only when it is really necessary. On the other hand, keep in mind that you, as a client, cannot add things in that weren’t discussed. Peters says that residents should never assume that a handyman or so-
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edesigning your bathroom could be the most effective way to reduce the risk of a serious accident in your home. There are about 25,000 accidents in the bathroom each year in the United States — many of which occur when residents attempt to step into their tubs. To solve this problem in the traditional way, a contractor would take out the tub and change it into a shower pan, allowing for easy access that would cost thousands and normally take about one week to finish. You need to plan for the down time, mess and hassles associated with this type of job, which include the demolition of
walls and the removal of tubs. If you have only one bathroom, this could be a nightmare. At All Island Bath, we have a solution that is a fraction of the cost, takes only three to four hours, allows for the tub to be used a few hours after installation and comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s called a Cut Out. Our trained technicians cut out a section of your tub — 25 inches wide by 8-inches deep — leaving an easy-access opening that greatly reduces the risk of an accident. Thanks to our 20 years of experience using state-of-the-art restoration technology, All Island Bath has many creative methods that save Realtors, ho-
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he Solar Photovoltaic (PV) market has really started to take off and the idea of generating your own electricity for free is a great one. Did you know that it takes approximately 18 solar PV panels to off-set the cost of heating the hot water for a typical household? By far, the most cost-effective way to take advantage of solar power is to install a solar hot water system. The return on investment (ROI) for a typical residential solar hot water system is currently a little over two years and two months, with the existing tax credits factored in. After that period, you will have paid for your system and you will continue to save
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money for the life of the system. Even if you wanted to install a solar PV system, you would need 18 less panels if you had a solar hot water system! If you don’t have the money readily available to take advantage of the savings from a solar hot water system, First Hawaiian Bank is currently offering special financing for solar water heating systems, through their EnergySmart Loan Program. This gives you five years of interest free financing, as long as you use a Hawaii energy-approved contractor. You may visit their website or contact any local branch for details. A five-year loan at 0 percent interest would not only allow you to save money while pay-
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hana Building Supply has a variety of high-quality kitchen and bathroom materials — from ready-made to custom cabinetry — at very reasonable prices. The company’s selection includes a full line of granite countertops, stainless
steel sinks, hardwood and laminate flooring — all masterfully built to fit any architectural style. The ready-made and custom cabinets are constructed of full plywood boxes, solid wood face frames and doors. Locally stocked are Maple, Light or Dark
Cherry and the new “Espresso” Oak, constructed of plywood boxes and engineered MDF flat panel-style doors and frames. Selections are growing, with new styles soon to come. Ohana Building Supply stocks a vast selection of granite countertops such as African Fantasy, Blues in the Night, Yellow Dragon and White Galaxy, just to name a few. Finished with an elegant bull nose edge, these stylish countertops add character to any kitchen and bath. While supplies last, Ohana is offering free granite (three styles to choose from) with the purchase of any kitchen cabinet set as well as one free
Island granite panel for kitchens that include an island. Other granites are 15 percent off with purchase of cabinets. Ohana also stocks easy-toinstall laminate and hardwood flooring in different styles and colors with prices (per square foot) at $1.85/laminate and $4.50/hardwood. They also carry a range of stainless steel 18-gauge top mount or under mount sinks at unbeatable prices. All these products are in stock and available for prompt delivery or pick-up. The friendly staff ensures excellent customer service and can
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on’t be caught off guard this holiday season when you are unexpectedly tasked with hosting the holiday party for your coworkers, friends or family. If your home is in a need of a few updates, then the next few months are a perfect time to focus on modernizing your home without renovating your budget. There are a number of do-it-yourself projects that can help you prepare the kitchen and powder room for your next get-together. The kitchen often becomes the hub of activity during any home gathering, so give it a fresh look with a few quick, costeffective updates that don’t require help from a professional. Some easy DIY projects include changing your cabinet hardware, updating the paint color or replacing your window treatments. When looking for a paint color, choose one from a color palette that coordinates with your existing decor, and then hang window treatments to add the finishing touch. The kitchen is also where you will spend a lot of time cooking and prepping during the days leading up to a party. A new sink or faucet can instantly modern-
ize your kitchen and even help make your tasks easier. New designs, technologies and innovations, along with a new appreciation for the overall look in the kitchen, have made the faucet a more important component. Plumbing manufacturers continue to develop products that can make cooking a fun, effortless experience. Delta Faucet’s Touch2O Technology
makes it easy to stay clean and multi-task in the kitchen. The intuitive technology enables you to turn the faucet on and off with just a touch anywhere on the spout or handle. If hands get messy during food prep, then the flow of water can be controlled by a simple tap with a forearm or wrist, helping to keep the faucet clean while helping to reduce the potential for cross-contamination. The tap feature also makes it easier to turn off the water flow when it is not needed between tasks, potentially saving water. Touch2O technology is available on the Pilar Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet and the new Addison Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet.
The Addison faucet also features MultiFlow Technology, which provides the user with the opportunity to toggle between the standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute and a more water-efficient flow rate of 1.5 gpm. “The best part about Multi-Flow Technology is that it helps users conserve water, without sacrificing their overall experience,” says Susan Fisher, director of brand management at Delta Faucet. “It provides you with the ability to use less water on a daily basis, while at the same time not be inconvenienced when you need to fill up a large vase or pot.” The powder room may seem to be the last room you need to update, but it can be a great place to showcase personal taste and style. With a variety of decorations and fixtures available, you can easily make the restroom a beautiful place. Many manufacturers produce full bath collections that offer coordinating fixtures, accessories and mirrors. If you are hesitant about installing a new lavatory faucet on your own, then check out helpful installation videos online for step-by-step instructions. Taking the installation into your own hands can not only be cost-effective, but also provide you with a sense of accomplishment. Guests will be using the powder room all throughout the party, so make sure it is a space that shows-off your DIY skills and intuitive design sense.
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While adding a new coat of paint to your walls is always a good idea when maintaining your home, Manfredini also recommends you freshen up your baseboards, which often see the most wear and tear. Wash them down using a pine-
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Over time the excessive use of a bathtub or shower can lead to cracks in your grout and caulking. These cracks are not only unsightly, but can cause greater leakage problems costing you thousands of dollars if not fixed immediately. The good news is this problem can be resolved easily and inexpensively. Manfredini recommends using silicone-based caulk, which ensures a fast-
Clearing your gutters is the link to a dry home and it’s important to clean them out at least twice a year. There are a number of options on the market that make the job easier. The Smart Screen 5 inch Aluminum Gutter Screen is a good option because it attaches to the front of the gutter, providing a permanent barrier to keep leaves, pine needles, debris, ice and snow from clogging. Another leaf blocking option is a flexible foam insert that blocks leaves and debris. For more home maintenance projects and tips, visit www.ace hardware.com or stop by your neighborhood Ace Hardware store. OAH ISLAND U NOW SEWIDE! RVING MAUI
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A great way to prevent bad air circulating in your home — and make sure your equipment is running efficiently — is by replacing the air filters in your forced-air furnace. Manfredini recommends using pleated filters because they do a better job of filtering internal air. These filters are inexpensive and take about five minutes to replace.
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based cleaner, a little bit of warm water and a sponge to remove dirt and grime. Then touch up your baseboards with paint to protect them and keep them looking brand new. Paint like Ace’s Cabinet, Door and Trim Enamel is washable and scratch resistant so it can withstand any busy home.
or many, the new year means a fresh start and there is no better place to begin than inside the home. Your home is meant to last, but over time, simple wear and tear can result in inefficient systems and less-than-perfect conditions. To keep your home looking and operating like the day you purchased it, Ace Hardware’s home expert, Lou Manfredini, suggests a few easy maintenance projects that will make a big impact in the end.
grime, outdoor particles and plenty of dust. Not only are these items harmful to your health, they will wear down your carpeting, and do so quickly. While its good practice to vacuum on a weekly basis, cleaning your carpeting every 90 to 120 days will give you a cleaner home and prolong the life of your carpeting. Hiring a professional can be expensive, so Manfredini suggests you stop by your local hardware store to rent a carpet cleaning system for a fraction of the cost of having the work done professionally.
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