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5 ways to love your kitchen come from the kitchen. But what you may not know may surprise you. Whether you are shopping for yourself or for your significant other, here are five kitchen solutions you never knew you needed: ust when you thought the gift giving, indulgent eating of the holidays was over, Valentine’s Day pops right up. If you’re like me, you’d rather get a sentimental card and a good meal than a gift. Then again, I’m not necessarily your typical girl. While I can appreciate the beauty of a designer handbag, I’ve never understood the reasoning behind spending thousands on one. I’d rather have an item for the home that I’ll use every day and even get a return on investment for in the future. We all know that the biggest returns


1. Pull-down shelving. If you are short like me, or if you just want to maximize your space, consider this option and get rid of your step stool. This shelving pulls hard-to-reach items down and out from the cabinet, allowing you to reach them with ease. 2. Garbage disposal air switch. Why switch your switch? Safety. Because it uses a puff of air to turn on the disposal, the air switch eliminates the chance for electric shock that traditional wall switches pose.

Plus, it is usually mounted directly into the countertop near the sink, so you won’t have to worry about leaning over to turn on the disposal.

5. Elevator oven. Say goodbye to burns from the side of your oven.This wall-mounted oven’s bottom drops down to counterheight, allowing you to access it from multiple sides. It lifts back up with the touch of a button and even doubles as a cook top when left in the down position.

3. Dishwasher drawer. If you have a small household or run your dishwasher infrequently, this scaleddown appliance is for you. It takes up less space than its traditional counterpart and allows you to run half-loads without wasting precious resources.

When shopping for your home, keep in mind that the best products provide function and style that you can appreciate every day.

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SUNETRIC contact // 262-6600 address // 905 Kapaa Quarry Place web // Who provides the warranty on the system? It’s best to choose a contractor who takes full responsibility for the design, installation and warranty, so issues don’t fall through the cracks. It’s also good to ask whether the company has been in the PV business for as long as the current warranty they are offering. At a minimum, the contractor must have survived at least one full warranty cycle to prove it’ll be there after the sale should you need it. Sunetric offers a six-year warranty and has been in business for more than eight years. How does the contractor measure expe-

rience in the business? Many companies tout cumulative years of experience. If Sunetric were to measure itself based on cumulative years, it would have more than 400 years. Other companies tout hours of training, but that is no substitute for years of experience. Don’t be misled by companies that talk about open permits. A real measure of success is the number of closed permits a company has. Also, ask how many megawatts they have installed in Hawaii. Sunetric has installed more than 50 MW of PV, which is more than three times more than any other company. What’s the contractor’s history with customers? Check with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Professional and Licensing Division. With Sunetric, every job begins and ends with safety as a priority and core belief. Putting safety first — for those on the job and for the customers and their home — is standard operating procedure at Sunetric. What is the company’s warranty on workmanship? Sunetric offers a six-year warranty on all work performed on its installations. Furthermore, Sunetric’s highly trained roofing crews allow the company to offer a five-year warranty on your roof, whereas most other companies only offer one year or none at all. Additionally, most of the systems Sunetric installs come with

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Understanding the year Understanding the animal provides insight into the energy and unique opportunities the upcoming snake year offers. The snake, powerful and ambitious, knows to shed its skin when it is time to renew itself, symbolizing intelligence, intuitiveness, gracefulness, wisdom and new beginnings. So, for many of us, this year can be transformative, a time to “shed the old,” letting go of anything that is holding us back — stagnant friendships, deadbeat situations and even bad habits. Things to keep in mind This year, like a snake, use your intuition to decide what is best for you; plan for what you want, rather than jumping into any situation that comes along, and seek peaceful surroundings, where you can be your most productive self. Subtle actions to take to maximize the year Chinese astrology, based on astronomy,

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snake will bring you everything you need. 2. To make the best of the snake energy year, be cautions in dealings with others and do your homework before you sign or get into anything. 3. The water snake is black like deep water, symbolizing a need for personal reflection, so make sure to schedule time with yourself and avoid getting caught up in the chaos that can take over your life. Feng shui actions to take in your home Take these feng shui actions to optimize your home and get ready for the year of the snake: 1. Welcome the incoming year with water energy in the form of colors, adoring your

Your year is up to you Celebrating a new year is about celebrating the change from the old to the new. What you do on New Year’s Day sets the intent for the rest of the year, but it is up to you to keep the momentum going. Don’t let this year be one in which you do the same old thing. This is a magnificent year for new awareness and inspired change! Let go of anything outdated, and, like a snake, shed your old skin!

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Lighting makes a splash in the bath n an era when going away on vacation is not in the budget, many homeowners are finding it makes fiscal sense to turn the master bath into a spa environment with high-end amenities such as soaking tubs, saunas, whirlpools, granite countertops, double sinks, marble and tile flooring and his and her dressing areas. The finishing touch to a redecorated bathroom is complementary lighting that is highly functional and attractive.


“Everything in the bath has been upgraded except the lighting,” said George Chandler of lighting manufacturer Hubbardton Forge. “The right lighting will make the room. Without it, everything you purchased won’t look half as good.” Kellee Hollenback of Savoy House agreed. “People are making an investment and creating a retreat reminiscent of a hotel room at their favorite vacation spot,” Hollenback said. “Redoing the bathroom is an economical way to do a home makeover. Even simply installing a UL-listed shower light or a chandelier or spotlight over the tub can enhance both comfort and ambiance.” (UL-listed products have been tested and evaluated for safety by Underwriters Laboratories.) There are two must-haves for proper bath lighting: an ambient light source and task lighting. There has never been a better time to buy a decorative ambient fixture than right now. Lighting manufacturers have designed some truly elegant and highly functional fixtures that will set a luxurious atmosphere for the room and make your guests envious. “When selecting a decorative fixture, make sure you’re getting good light from it,” said Todd Phillips of lighting manufactur-

er Quoizel. “Overall, soft contemporary styles are leading the pack. We’re seeing the importance of a bronze finish on clean designs. There’s been great growth in vanity sinks, which often have matching hardware. This has led to a desire for lighting fixtures in a complementary bronze finish,” said Phillips. “We’re also noticing a trend in faucets with an antique or brushed nickel

finish.” Chrome is also a popular finish choice that will always be in vogue. “Today’s homeowners are looking for something unique and not the same thing they can find everywhere else,” added Ron Henderson of lighting manufacturer Varaluz. “They are carbon footprint-sensitive, and we use a lot of reclaimed and recycled materials in our bath fixtures.” The most critical area for proper lighting is at the mirror, where the majority of grooming tasks — from make-up application to shaving — takes place. Although many builders and interior decorators install one recessed light over the sink, lighting experts say this is not ideal for putting your best face forward. “The best scenario at the bathroom mirror is a lighting fixture at the top and two smaller wall-mounted fixtures located on either side of the mirror,” explained architect Joe Rey-Barreau, education consultant for the American Lighting Association (ALA), and an associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design. “It is possible to add a recessed light over the sink as a supplementary light source, but it should never be the primary light because it will create shadows on the face. Decorative sconces that either match or

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Trash vs. treasure: Hunting for authentic garage sale finds C ollecting relics isn’t a hobby just for Grandma and Grandpa any more. With the explosive popularity of TV shows centered around unearthing historic memorabilia and valuable pieces of Americana, searching for knickknacks and artifacts that make one-of-a-kind home decor is now a popular pastime for people of all ages. But how do you know the difference between what’s really treasure and what’s simply trash? Larry Singleton, decor manager at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., is an expert when it comes to collecting historic relics. Singleton and his family have been collecting for more than 40 years, providing real American artifacts, memorabilia and signage to the more than 600 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations nationwide. He offers these insightful tips for the next time you’re on the hunt at a garage sale, flea market or thrift store:

1. Research and learn Research and learn as much as you can before you shop. Watch TV shows, search on the Internet, visit local collector’s stores. Discovering what’s valuable and knowing what’s currently in-demand helps guide you in making that “big discovery.” It’s important to be willing to invest the time and never be afraid to ask questions. 2. Know your interests If you have an interest in a particular type of item — such as vintage advertise-

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ty of monetary value, other historic relics might be valuable simply because of the story they tell. Seeking historic artifacts and memorabilia provides a piece of decor that is more than just pretty; it’s a conversation piece when guests visit your home. ments, folk art or children’s toys — familiarize yourself with what makes a piece authentic and what might indicate a reproduction. Plus when you have a personal interest in the item you’re seeking, the hunt becomes that much more fun. 3. Keep a smartphone close A smartphone can be a treasure

hunter’s best friend because you can conduct research quickly while on location.You can also research similar items to compare prices and see if the price is reasonable or inflated. 4. Know an expert Keep an expert’s number on hand — every collector runs into questions and having a knowledgeable contact you can call or to whom you can send a picture is invaluable. Good resources include community associations, historical societies and friends or family members.

These expert tips are what Singleton follows to find the authentic memorabilia that decorates all Cracker Barrel locations. Each store has about 1,000 artifacts displayed, giving patrons a taste of American history. You, too, can create an interior space that pairs modern comfort with the panache that only unique historic relics can bring to a home’s decor. Start your own treasure hunt today. This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

5. Network One of the best ways to learn about items as well as where to find them is to talk to like-minded people. Treasure hunters and collectors love to share info on what they collect, buy and sell. Use this information (and camaraderie) to your advantage. 6. Know the story While some items might have plen-

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A complete package in hardwood flooring BY KYLE GALDEIRA s is the case with most renovation and remodeling projects, when one buys a pre-finished hardwood floor, it needs to be accessorized. Hawaii Hardwood Flooring brings more than 30 years of experience to every flooring project it takes on, and President Chris Brenna makes it a priority to offer customers a multitude of residential and commercial flooring options. As it continues to transition from the original Kalihi location to a new home down the road at 1727 Republican St., Hawaii Hardwood Flooring is offering up to 70 percent off a wide range of flooring products and accessories. So, as the company moves into its new digs, customers can move some high-quality flooring upgrades into their homes and still have enough money left over to tackle other home improvement projects. Customers are shepherded through the pre-planning and consulting process by the friendly staff at Hawaii Hardwood Flooring. The skilled experts are also offering a Floor Refinishing Special, as home or business


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Small energy improvements to help you save big money T he beginning of the year is a great time to make positive changes in your home. While many will wait a while before embracing “spring cleaning” and making home improvements, a few simple changes can be made now to help you conserve energy and start saving money right away. Here are some steps that can help lower energy consumption — and associated costs — in your home this month and throughout the year: Turn your house into a “smart home” From cooling to ceiling fans, lighting and security systems, homes can now be wired for a number of automated functions to optimize the energy consumed by the systems they run. “Smart home” technology, like the ADT Pulse home automation system, can help

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Small spaces, big innovations Most in-home falls occur in the bathroom and, especially amongst the elderly, are one of the leading causes of hospitalization. At the same time, bathrooms tend to be the smallest rooms in a home making these spaces especially challenging to navigate for those with mobility challenges. With these challenges in mind, bathrooms have become an especially rich area of innovation in recent years. The emergence of multifunctional and fully integrated solutions leads the trend in bathroom accessibility improvements. One of the simplest solutions has been the introduction of “chair height” toilets, which, because of their higher bowl height versus standard toilets, provide better leverage when standing from a seated position. Grab bars are also evolving to include designs that seamlessly integrate two products into one stylish solution, such as Moen’s grab bars that dually function as a towel rack or toilet paper holder. Standard tubs and vanities, which tend to create barriers to use for those with mobility issues, have gotten their share of atten-

tion too. Wall-mounted sinks, which can be accessed from a seated position, have benefitted from style updates and easier installation than past models. Retrofitting tubs to create easier-to-access shower enclosures has also become simpler with new innovations in factoryinstalled shower seats, grab bars and shower valves. Home accessibility improvements can help you enjoy your home safely for as long as possible and new products and solutions are making accessibility easier to enjoy than ever before. This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

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Weekend projects for DIYers that add value, curb appeal W eekend warriors rule as 2013 is proving to be the year that the do-it-yourself trend reaches full momentum. If you have a weekend to spare, you have plenty of time to make some home improvements that add value and curb appeal. The key is to choose projects that have a big impact, but only take a few days to complete. The first step in preparing for any home improvement project is ensuring you have all the right tools and supplies. If you need project-specific tools, it may make sense to rent them rather than buy, depending on how many times you plan to use them. Next, head to a home improvement store for supplies. An invaluable tool for weekend warriors is the Adarac Truck Bed Rack System. This removable rack is compatible with most inside-the-rail tonneau covers and can be quickly added to your specific truck model within minutes. The system provides a sturdy framework that carries a 500-pound load with ease — perfect for ladders, boxes, lumber, pipes and more. Consider these projects that can be done in one weekend — each will add impressive curb appeal while enhancing your home’s overall value: Garage door upgrade One of the largest focal points of a house’s exterior is the garage door, yet it’s often overlooked when it comes time to consider home improvements. An old garage door with dings, scratches and dents can be an eyesore that dates a home. A new garage door can give your house’s facade a stylish facelift, revamping the home’s look instantly. Modern options are convenient to install and operate, and are sure to impress neighbors, guests and potential buyers, if you are selling. Create a grand welcome Many people use their garage entranceway as the main way to enter their home, so it’s easy to forget about the experience of entering through the front door. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to walk to your home .EW(OME#ONSTRUCTIONs.EW!DDITIONs2ENOVATIONs(OLLOW4ILE7ALLs$EMOLITION


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through the main entrance, like a guest or potential buyer would. Is the experience warm and welcoming, or drab and dated? If the entrance path to your home is less than stellar, a few upgrades will improve it tremendously. Trim overgrown hedges, paint stairs or railways and consider replacing your entry door — a new steel entry door has an impressive 85 percent return on investment. Use your Adarac Truck Bed Rack to move all the supplies, which is simple with the multitude of tie-down points that run the entire length of the system. Reseal the driveway A cracked, faded driveway can make your property look older than it really is. If you have an asphalt driveway, it’s easy to refresh it without a complete replacement or upgrade to concrete. Sealing, while messy, is achievable for even modest DIYers, helping to extend the life of your driveway while adding an attractive cohesive black appearance. Visit your local home improvement store for all necessary supplies. Remember to fill cracks and holes before brushing the sealer over the surface of the driveway. Keep in mind that older driveways that have not been resurfaced may require two coats This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.


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Quality service you can ‘C’ F or homeowners looking to upgrade their kitchen or bathroom, whether undertaking a layout and design overhaul or by simply enhancing functionality, C&C Cabinets Granite has a special offer designed to jump start the process. The company is offering 10 percent off its selection of 3/4-inch thick in-stock granite pieces — a very durable natural stone that makes for an ideal countertop. Granite is an attractive construction stone, which is known for its durability and beauty in a wide variety of applications. The family business also features more than 40 varieties of granite, including elegant color schemes like Madura Gold, River White and Rose Pearl that provide practical, durable stone surfaces to accentuate any kitchen or bathroom. Co-owner William Cao encourages customers to bring in their building dimensions and plans so that C&C Cabinets Granite can create a design and generate an estimate. “The granite sale we have going on offers really good deals to those looking to improve their home,” said Cao. “Customers 24 • FEBRUARY 10, 2013

have an opportunity to start fresh with a new kitchen design.” C&C Cabinets Granite is well equipped to aid in the design and completion of both residential and commercial projects. The company has assisted home and business owners with their building and remodeling needs since 2010 while operating out of its convenient Iwilei location situated behind the Costco gas station. “We bring over 25 years of construction experience to the business,” said Cao of his company, which specializes in providing

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quality cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel sinks. “We have a lot of products in stock and are ready to assist with all sorts of construction and remodeling projects, including kitchen and bathroom upgrades.” C&C Cabinets Granite offers seven cabinetry color choices — available in both framed and frameless construction — including Burgundy Cherry, Wheat Maple, Cinnamon Maple and Sunset Cherry. The solid wood face and framed cabinets feature plywood box construction, and are

“well-built, dependable cabinet arrangements,” as Cao explained. “Whether for a new home construction project, or kitchen cabinet remodel, we have what you are looking for at a price you can afford.” C&C Cabinets Granite also offers a wide variety of undermount stainless steel sinks. The sinks, which range in style from traditional to modern, use the highest grade materials that lead to a luxurious yet dependable product suitable for a home of business owner’s lifestyle. With a brushed satin finish that hides any scratches that could occur over the sinks’ lifetime, the models are constructed with 16-gauge 304 stainless steel, and include sound-dampening rubber pads in addition to being fully coated and insulated. “We offer better quality, solid wood cabinets than the competitors,” Cao said. “We’re a full-service company and are ready to serve our customers right away.” For more information, and to receive a free estimate and complimentary design assistance, call C&C Cabinets Granite at 8532088 or log on to


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