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s technology evolves and business concepts change, the traditional office is becoming a thing of the past. I’m living proof. Give me a cellphone, a car and a laptop (oh, and a large latte, please), and the world is my workplace. My client, Phyllis, is another example of this paradigm shift. After ditching the corporate world a year ago, she started a business out of the living/dining room of her small downtown loft. The commute was painless and the view was great, but somehow she was more stressed than ever. Her once-tranquil home had gradually morphed into a big jumble of boxes, wires and papers. With work intruding into her personal space, she had nowhere to relax, enjoy a meal — or host her famous martini parties. I wanted to give Phyllis a space that would function


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omeowners in Hawaii know that the protection of the Hawaii home includes regular checks for termite activity and also work to prevent wood rot. Wood rot starts when fungus and mildew spores gain a foothold on exposed wood surfaces that are part of a home, including walls, eave overhangs, exposed beams, fascia boards and skirting trim. Once wood rot is established on the home, the process of treating and controlling termites also becomes more difficult since ground termites eat moist wood and also need an above-ground source of water to survive and thrive above the nest. Simply put, termites love wood rot, and usually these two conditions go hand in hand. One of the best things residents can do to protect their home is to prevent moisture from reaching wood. Everyone knows that a leaking roof or leaking windows will lead to problems with rot and termites. The same principle applies to wood walls and exposed wood surfaces. If we keep the walls of a home dry, the chances of wood rot conditions to develop are minimized. The wood is better preserved, and will resist rot and termite infestation. Properly installed vinyl siding is one of the best deterrents against wood-rot conditions available, setting up a watertight, moisture-proof barrier between the exterior weather conditions and the wood parts of a home. If our walls stay dry, and if they can breathe freely to exhale interior moisture, they will remain free of rot. Vinyl siding is the perfect solution for this challenge, and it’s engineered to include weep holes in the system that allow for proper ventilation of the interior of


WHOLESALE the home wood parts, while keeping the rain and moisture off of the surface of the walls and wood. For this reason it is best not to install a vapor barrier behind the siding, or insulation materials, since these will suffocate the wood and trap humidity with moisture inside the home walls. Tropical Wholesale has projects dating back to 1976 that are still in great exterior shape today — but more importantly when we check the areas behind the siding, which can be done with the flexible materials we use, the wood is perfectly preserved. Tropical Wholesale employees often hear the question “but

incidence of termite activity if what happens when termites properly installed, but such get behind the siding?” Our activity is simply a part of home answer is that it makes no difownership in Hawaii. Siding ference to termites if your can help to eliminate the condihome has siding or not, as they tions that make the prospect of will attack any wood structure. termite infestation more likely, Siding will help to reduce the including decaying wood, rot-

ting surfaces and aboveground, moisture-saturating wood parts of the home. And with a premium siding product, the home will remain maintenance-free, and will never need painting again because it is backed by a lifetime limited warranty that covers fading, peeling, warping, denting, blistering, discoloration and cracking. No other product provides a better value for the average Hawaii home in terms of protection, savings

and attractive finish. Having installed vinyl siding products on more than 5,000 plus residences statewide over the past 30 years, Tropical Wholesale is a qualified expert today that consistently helps homeowners protect and improve their homes. Hawaii’s homeowners owe it to themselves to give vinyl siding another look before the next paint job. Call Tropical Wholesale today at 263-1252 or 292-2941. MAY 29, 2011 | HAWAII RENOVATION | 3


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f a new client of Deep Purple painting contractors wants assurance of the quality of his company’s work, owner Jimmy Suh shows the customer a collection of photos of some of the hundreds of projects he’s completed over the years. The result? “They are amazed,” Suh said. “They always comment on the meticulous detailing and the scope of our work. I can also give them a DVD that they can review at their convenience. If they want past client referrals and testimonials, I can provide that too.” For 18 years, Deep Purple was one of the busiest painting contractors in San Francisco, where Suh handled residential jobs that ranged from apartment interiors to upscale homes in Pacific Heights and historic buildings. His commercial jobs included apartment and office buildings.


Deep Purple Painting owner Jimmy Suh spent 18 years in San Francisco adding fresh coats of paint to the interiors and exteriors of neighborhood homes. “Anyone who has been to San Francisco in recent years knows how the old neighborhoods are being transformed with new paint and elaborate detailing. Every architect and interior designer wants a new and original color scheme. Several clients told me I

was the best painter in San Francisco,” Suh said. In January 2010, Suh reestablished his business in Hawaii, where he is a licensed and bonded painting contractor. Here, he continues to provide quality painting at competitive prices for both homes and businesses.

But why leave a lucrative painting business in San Francisco? Suh said he had always dreamed of living in Hawaii and his family was increasingly eager to make the move after 18 years in an area not known for warm, sunny weather. “I have many friends living

here and was encouraged that there would be opportunities for a first-class painting contractor ... and that’s the way it turned out,” Suh said. Already, Suh has a roster of satisfied clients, and some are telling him they have never worked with a painter who put so much effort into making sure they were entirely pleased with the finished product. He noted that many of his current projects are new custom homes in areas ranging from Leeward Oahu to Waikiki, Diamond Head and Kaimuki. He works directly with the homeowners, as well as with contractors and architects. Just how satisfied are Suh’s customers? He’s frequently told, “If you want to use me as a reference, go ahead and give my phone

number to your new clients. I won’t hesitate to recommend you.” In addition to providing prospective clients with photos and a beautifully produced DVD showcasing his work, Suh makes a point of meeting them at the job site to assess the condition of the property, the amount of prep work that will be needed, and to select colors of siding, walls and trim. Once he determines the extent of the job, he presents a written quote and time frame. “Although I have a great crew, I work on every job. I want the client to feel confident that someone is taking a personal interest in the project. I approach each job as if it were a work of art, with honesty and with enthusiasm,” Suh said. To obtain a free estimate or receive a free copy of the DVD showing completed Deep Purple projects, call Suh at 739-2000.

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ways were saw-cut by National Concrete Sawing Inc. to create a pattern while preventing ponding by directing rainwater into the planted areas. Panelized steel framed walls were fabricated off site by Steel Truss & Panel LLC to minimize waste and for quality control. Oceanview Builders Inc. framed the home with the steel framing and engineered floor joists from Honolulu Wood Treating LLC. We invite you to our open house to learn, see and feel the difference of this new standard of home building on the following open house dates: June 12, July 10 and July 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is 747 22nd Ave. in Honolulu.

BIA-Hawaii Remodelers to design a home that met Hawaii’s median price while answering today’s lifestyle and tomorrow’s needs. Design goals included green design, aging in place, space for a growing family, space for local-style entertaining, sustainability, incorporating durability and low-cost maintenance. Preconstruction meetings with contractors and suppliers included green training by Rhonda Goyke, principal of Green Sand Inc. as required by LEED and the ANSI National Green Building Standard for all participants. The New Hawaiian Home is being submitted for certification to both green building programs. The LEED verifier is Mitchell

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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 quality work at reasonable prices. As an owneroperated company, the middle man is eliminated and savings are passed down to the customer. Communication and job coordination are the company’s top priorities. Alternative Electric prides itself on communicating directly with the customer before the job begins, while the job is going on, and even after it

is completed. As a result, there are no surprises and no hidden fees when the job is done. Sometimes with larger companies, messages get lost 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 285-3663 or 630-6741.

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o you suffer from itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose? Allergy sufferers certainly recognize these symptoms, which can make life uncomfortable. An estimated 50 million people suffer from allergies — making it the fifth-leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the third most common chronic disease among those under 18 years of age. While there is no cure for allergies, they can be managed with proper prevention and treatment. This includes making simple changes in your home, yard and lifestyle. If you or family members have allergies and/or

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ate healthier, more energyefficient and environmentally friendly homes,” said marketing specialist Breanne Patel of Pella’s Heritage Division. “Pella Designer Series windows and doors with between-

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A Rock-solid Choice N

atural stone is a beautiful investment for your home that will last for decades with regular maintenance using the right products. Knowing what type of natural stone you have is important, as different types of stones vary in hardiness. Hard surfaces such as granite, slate and quartzite can withstand more aggressive cleaning methods than softer stones like marble, travertine and onyx. You can test the surface in an inconspicuous area by doing a scratch test. Marble and travertine will easily scratch with a razor blade, whereas granite should not. Once identified you can determine the cleaning methods that will be most appropriate. Island Stone Center stocks all the maintenance products for your convenience. Bellinzoni Multi Clean is a pH-balanced cleaner for any natural stone, concrete, terrazzo or quartz surface. Bellinzoni Multi Clean can be used for cleaning counter-


applied over the stain and as it dries over a period of a few hours, it will “suck” up the stain in the stone. For deeper stains the product can be applied multiple times until fully removed from the


tops, floors and shower walls. Always use a sponge or soft cloth, never with green scouring pads, which can cause scratches on softer stones. Don’t let spills sit on the surface too long as they can seep into countertops Mangia Macchia. Mangia surface. creating a stain. Every year it is recommended If a stain problem does arise, it Macchia means “stain eater” in can simply be taken care of with Italian, and that is exactly what it to seal all natural stone with a a stain poultice called Bellinzoni does. This is a paste that is penetrating stone sealer. An area

with more frequent use needs to be sealed more often. You can test the surface to determine if sealing is needed by dropping water onto it. If the water does not bead up and quickly seeps into the stone, sealing is recommended. Easily applied by using a sponge or soft cloth, the sealer will absorb into the stone, and any remaining excess on the surface should be wiped off. Island Stone Center carries various types of sealers, Tenax Protex, Hydrex & Ager, depending on what type of protection is needed. For additional protection for polished stone countertops, wax can be applied after the sealing process. Bellinzoni Special Preparation wax is a high-grade wax formulated for stone, creating a lasting sheen on the stone surface. Using a wax along with the sealer will help “clog” the pores of the stone and assist in repelling stains. Island Stone Center is conveniently located at 1111 Dillingham Blvd., Suite E1-B, next to Subway and Yohei Restaurant in the Kokea Shopping Center. For additional information, call Island Stone Center at 8480989.

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A new loo in just a day or two I

s your bathroom looking a little outdated? Do you have a free weekend? If you answered yes to these two questions, you’re in luck. Two days is just the right amount of time to transform your bathroom from “so-so� to “sensational.� Renovating the bath is one of the most popular home improvement projects around, according to renowned home improvement expert Danny Lipford. And, if budget is an issue, consider this — the average bathroom remodel returns an average of 93 percent of the investment. So even with a limited budget, the following projects will add value and visual appeal to your loo in just a day or two.

helps to create a unique selections) throughout the and upscale look in the room, and even adding an bath, but often has a hefti- oversized mirror, also er price tag. helps to create the illusion Once you select your of space. tile, don’t let the installaStill prefer extra guidance tion be intimidating as it’s before tackling this particular a rather simple process — project? Be sure to check for and tiles can even be laid weekly workshop classes at your local Home Depot or home improvement retailer.

design desires. The new Telford two-handle bathroom faucet features a traditional style with lever handles and a high-arc spout. This WaterSenselabeled faucet not only reduces water usage by up to 32 percent, but also is available in Moen’s Spot Resist Brushed Nickel finish. This innovative finish does just what it says — resists fingerprints and water spots. To install your faucet, be sure you have the proper tools, including new supply lines, adjustable wrenches, a basin wrench and Phillips screwdriver. Then, just follow the manufacturer’s directions to remove the old faucet and install the new one. Or for extra help, websites such as also offer step-by-step videos to walk you through the simple process. Add a final touch to the vanity area by installing new accessories, such as towel rings or towel bars, also available at The Home Depot (

VANITY SANITY Think of how much time you spend at the sink — applying makeup, fixing your hair and brushing your teeth. So why not update this bathroom focal point in just a weekend with a new vanity and fashionable faucet? Many prefinished vanities with built-in sinks are available for under $100 and have surface options including cultured marble and granite to match any decor, according to Lipford. The next step is selecting a faucet to complete the look of your new vanity. To start, determine whether your sink or countertop requires a centerset (one-piece) or widespread (handles and spout are separate) faucet. Once you know the type of faucet you need, manufacturers TILE TRANSFORMATION such as Moen offer a wide Adding or replacing tile selection of style and finish is a great way to continue options to meet your your bathroom transfor-

mation. The most cost-effective and popular type of tile to install is ceramic. Porcelain is another type of ceramic tile that is more stain-resistant, but not as easy to install, so the cost and labor involved is often higher. Stone tile, such as marble, granite and slate, is another option that

directly on top of an existing tile floor. One quick design tip from Lipford is to lay the tile diagonally to help maximize the feeling of space and make your bathroom appear larger. Using light colors (both in paint and tile

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BEAUTY AND THE BATH Lack of space is a key concern in most bathrooms. Luckily, you can create seven additional inches of elbow room in the shower and add visual appeal with a curved shower rod. For approximately $60, it’s an affordable, stylish and easy-to-install solution. To help complete your updated shower, add an invigorating rainshower, such as Moen’s Telford rainshower in Spot Resist

finish that features InvigoRain, a unique technology that provides three times more spray power than most rainshower heads. To finalize your weekend bathroom transformation, try adding beautiful, personalized accents throughout. Companies such as Sticviews ( allow you to create budgetfriendly, customized decor. Submit your own photos or choose from hundreds of patterns and images to use as wall clings for your glass shower door or windows. Tile decals also are available to add style for a dropin tub or in the shower. “Don’t let bathroom renovation projects be intimidating,� says Lipford. “With a little time and determination, you’ll see how easy they can be to tackle, and you will be happy with the end result.�

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Putting photovoltaics to the test P

acific Islands Construction has found that most consumers are being provided with test data comparing one module to another with very little explanation of what these tests really mean. When confronted with these tests, consumers tend to believe they indicate real-world performance. Many, in fact, will refer to the PTC test data or the STC test data to substantiate their module as being one of the best. Here’s an explanation of what these two tests are and what they really mean: PTC refers to PVUSA Test Conditions, which were developed to test and compare PV systems as part of the PVUSA (photovoltaics for Utility Scale Applications) project. PTC are 1,000 watts per square meter solar irradiance, 20 degrees C air temperature, and wind speed of 1 meter per second at 10 meters above ground level. PV manufacturers use Standard C Test Conditions, or STC, to rate their PV products. STC are 1,000 watts per square meter solar irradiance, 25 degrees C cell temperature, air mass equal to 1.5, and ASTM G17303 standard spectrum. Cell temperature in a controlled 77 degrees F (25 C) will produce more power than 20 degree C air temperature. The PTC rating, which is lower than the STC rating, is generally recognized as a more realistic measure of PV output because the test conditions better reflect “realworld” solar and climatic conditions, compared to the STC rating. All ratings in the list are DC (direct current) watts. What is important to note is cell voltage drops as the temperature of module increases. Cell voltage drops about 0.08 volts per degree C in environments that

exceed 25 degrees C. Using Ohm’s Law, volts times amps is equal to watts, which equals power, so a reduced voltage means reduced watts. During our hot Hawaiian days when our solar modules increase in temperature, the voltage drops, decreasing the power they produce. Do not be confused and accept either of these two tests as true




indicators of actual performance expectations. Neither of the two tests account for all “real-world” losses. A factor such as panel degradation over time cannot even be considered in a test of this nature. A recent study by the Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests that both single and multi-crystalline field-aged modules degrade on average by .7 percent per year, losses caused mainly by UV absorption at or near the silicon surface. Solar systems in the real world degrade and will produce lower outputs for some of the following reasons: soiling, shading, module mismatch, wire losses, inverter and transformer losses, shortfalls in actual nameplate ratings, and high-temperature losses for arrays mounted

close to or integrated within a roofline. Another concern is the test modules themselves and what is being provided to the testing facility. Originally the PTC test was allowed to be tested in the manufacturers’ facilities, but when the tests were performed in independent labs, the scores were found to be lower than those performed by the manufacturer. Manufacturers also have the ability to provide the module they want to have tested, which probably is one that has been tested beforehand that they know will provide better results. Until mod-

ules are randomly pulled off the assembly line and a test can be developed that really represents all of the real-world conditions, don’t place too much stock in these tests. Pacific Islands Construction believes that properly installed and designed PV systems will perform at higher levels. The company also believes modules designed for Hawaii will provide the best rate of return on your investment in the long run. Call Pacific Islands Construction at 841-7756 for a free consultation regarding your solar, roofing or construction project.


Hawaii Renovation 29 May 2011  

Hawaii Renovation 29 May 2011

Hawaii Renovation 29 May 2011  

Hawaii Renovation 29 May 2011