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Putting the finishing touches on a rebuild This is part three of a three-part series. ith completion of interior installations and finishes, the Kaimuki rebuild covered in three Hawaii Renovation features over the past three months was ready for occupancy. The owners, a couple who had lived in the original old single-wall home, moved in last weekend. The series began with demolition, concrete work and framing. Part two covered roofing, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, drywall and siding. Homeworks selections specialist Sarah Van De Vanter, the initial contact with the clients, worked closely with them on all phases of the project, from planning and budget to final interior and exterior selections. The objective was to maintain quality in all phases of construction and finishes while keeping in mind what the clients could afford. “The owners wanted a simple, easily maintained home that could serve them at every phase of their lives,” Van De Vanter said. “We were essentially ‘design-


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space on the other to accommodate seating so it could double as a dining counter. “The cabinets, which are maple, have a rich look but were moderately priced. Countertops are solid surface for easy maintenance. Flooring is a wood grain laminate throughout, which contributes to the seamless look of the main living area with its ‘great room’ open floor plan, enhanced by the vaulted ceilings.”

Energy conservation was a consideration. Van De Vanter noted that lighting fixtures accommodate incandescent and compact florescent bulbs, and roofing was compatible with installation of PV panels. “Aging in Place” will be the topic of a free seminar Tuesday, April 30, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Homeworks Showroom, 2111 S. Beretania St. For reservations, call 9552777. The topic will also be covered on the Build New Or ReDo Show Saturdays, 9 to 10 a.m., on KHVH Radio AM830.

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Put A Lid On It! The can, the lua, the john, the throne. Whatever name you use for the toilets in your home, one thing is clear: It’s good to keep the lid down and the bad energy out

habit of looking down into the toilet when you flush, that mist also covers your hair, eyelashes and exposed skin, and, of course, you also breathe in that unpleasant air.


Alice Inoue QUESTION OF THE WEEK: My wife constantly tells me that it’s bad feng shui to leave the toilet lid up and bugs me to put the lid down after use. What’s the big deal? Can you give me one good reason why I need to do this?

Studies on microbiology Over the course of the last 30 years, in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist from the University of Arizona, has written about 400 papers on germs, infections and disinfection. He studied the germ count in the home, discovering that flushing with the toilet lid down prevents bacteria in the water vapor from circulating and landing on your toothbrush and other areas. Although the levels of bacteria found on the “control” toothbrushes were deemed not enough to be a health hazard, they were clearly speckled with bacteria from the toilet and the thought of brushing your teeth this bacteria, no matter how small the amount, turns most people off. Prevention is simple. Put the lid down before you flush and always wash your hands afterward. Touching the lid to lower it is one of the main reasons for washing your hands.

es! First and foremost, you might want to keep your wife happy and show her some respect! All kidding aside, that is a great question, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share the feng shui aspect of why toilet lids should always be down, not up. Hopefully, after reading this article, the advantages of keeping the toilet lid down will inspire you to shift your viewpoint and make a change so that your wife will stop bugging you about this particular personal habit. It can be a definite win-win, so read on!


The feng shui symbolism of the toilet Toilets are considered the biggest energy drains in your home, literally the portals that remove waste from your environment. Their raison d’etre is to flush away waste, but they do not distinguish between waste and “good” energy. On an energetic level, when the lid is up, toilets drain away the good energy that you would otherwise like to keep circulating in your home. Water has drawing power, and an open toilet lid draws the energy in your home down the toilet and that includes wealth energy. Conversely, putting the lid down sets the intent that you want to keep the “wealth, prosperity and other good stuff ” in your home. Control what you want to keep or let go of by closing the toilet lid to avoid drawing the good energy down into a vortex of waste. Send the message that “all good energy and wealth stays in my home.” What does energy have to do with it? You may wonder what you can possibly

lose by keeping the lid open. After all, when the lid is open, only air surrounds it, right? Actually, no. In feng shui, we understand that there is unseen energy in an environment that affects your physical, mental and emotional vitality. For example, if you have a lot of clutter, the energy is considered stagnant, tied up in your things, making you feel lazy and less productive. The “air” may feel thick and heavy. Numerous studies have shown that people feel better in environments that are clutter-free. Closing the toilet lid has the same effect, keeping the “good energy” in the environment for you and your family and friends to enjoy. I often say, “Where your eyes go your energy goes.” For example, if you come home each day and see the bathroom door open, the toilet lid up, and the toilet’s gaping mouth, it is an instant subconscious drain on your energy. What the lid is designed for If we look at it from a functional, nonfeng shui point of view, the purpose of the toilet lid is to close waste off from the environment to keep it sanitary and fresh.

Flushing without putting the lid down If the energetic aspect of closing the toilet lid doesn’t make sense to you, then let me share some facts that may. Any time a toilet is flushed, a mist filled with bacteria is created. Studies have shown that flushing with the lid open permits the mist to float in the air and easily travel several feet away from the toilet, lingering for a few hours. This means that the mist reaches your toothbrushes, towels, shower curtain, and every hard surface in the vicinity of the toilet. If you are the curious type and have a

Feng shui or science So, whether your reasoning is feng shui or science, keeping the lid on waste will always keep the good energy in your home and the “bad” energy out. Of course, the No. 1 reason to put the lid down is that a happy wife makes for a happy life!

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Fast, simple ways to save energy at home H ome is where the heart is. But it’s also a place where families can be more conscious of their energy use. While conserving energy helps save the planet, it also helps homeowners save money. According to Christine Ackerson, sustainability manager at LG Electronics USA, by adopting a green mindset and taking a few simple steps to be more eco-friendly, you’ll help preserve our planet’s resources and your budget. Reduce, reuse and e-cycle Phantom energy waste — the amount of energy plugged-in appliances and other electronics draw even when turned off can add up. You can reduce phantom energy drain by unplugging appliances you don’t frequently use or installing power strips

that can easily be turned off. Remember to unplug your cell phone charger when not in use. And use motion sensing exterior lighting and timers so that electronics such as space heaters and fans don’t run longer than intended. The average consumer household has about 24 electronic products, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, and old or outdated electronics represent one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world. Recycling electronic waste, or ewaste, such as cell phones, televisions and computers can save energy and scarce resources by reducing the amount of raw materials extracted from the earth, as well as preventing harmful materials from ending up in the environment. For example, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent of the electricity used by


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The waste, the washer and the wardrobe Doing laundry is a household necessity. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household does 392 loads of laundry each year; that translates to 7.5 loads per week. Upgrading an old, inefficient washer not only leads to water and energy savings, but can also lead to cleaner clothes. Energy Star-qualified washers use about 20 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than standard washers. Larger-capacity machines save energy because you can wash more clothes in fewer loads. One new “mega-capacity� washer from LG has the largest capacity in the industry at 5.1 cubic feet. Plus, it features a special turbo wash technology that saves up to 20 minutes per load. The “mega-capacity� washer also earned the “Energy Star Most Efficient� designation in 2013. This new program recognizes the most efficient products on the market. Washers that earn this distinction can save consumers the equivalent of at least 68,000 bottles of water a year. Go autopilot to cool your home The energy used run air conditioning to cool your home throughout the year can mean big utility bills. Adopt a green mindset and change the temperature just a few degrees and the

savings will come naturally. Try adjusting your thermostat three or more degrees. You might not even feel a difference. During periods when you’re not in the home, adjust it even more. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 1 percent for each degree by turning your thermostat back if the setback period is eight hours long. An easy way to control your home’s temperature is to get a programmable thermostat. Put your home’s cooling on autopilot by programming temperature settings for each day of the week. Depending on whether you’re home or away at work, you can set your seasonal preferences so your home maximizes energy conservation while keeping temperatures comfortable.

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Bon Voyage! Traveling presents a world of opportunities for you to use fresh scenery and new surroundings as inspirations for your next home-design project

ravel can inspire many things. It can inspire song, writing and yes, even home décor and design. I just got back from our family ski trip to Big White in Canada, and although we normally go to Tahoe for spring skiing with friends, Big White was just as breathtaking for this local girl. Funnily enough, though, my favorite part of a ski vacation is not the skiing — it’s the cozy fireplaces, the slushy feel of snow underfoot and the beautiful scenery. I’m constantly on the lookout for new sources of inspiration, and one afternoon when Darrell, Nicki and I stopped for lunch at the Black Diamond restaurant, I found a stunning new source. In ski villages you usually see a lot of slate, stacked stone, timber, forged metals and vaulted ceilings — very masculine and traditional. At the Black Diamond, the charcoal-black stacked stone lining the walls of the booths was juxtaposed handsomely with a light fixture of chrome, clear glass tubes and a solid acrylic cylinder with tiny bubbles. This elegant and very modern fixture completely made the room. Armed with my iPhone, I snapped some photos and tucked the concept away in my brain: One day I’ll use these extreme contrasting elements in a future project. So here are my dos and don’ts for your travel-inspired design projects.


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get a sense of what made you fall in love with the place. Was it the colors? The snow? How can you capture that memory in a design element? Maybe it’s a color that you paint on your door or an accent wall. in super close-up for a more artistic view, and have them turned into canvas prints.

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Don’t: • Get too kitschy. Instead of turning an entire room into a shrine to your favorite destination, incorporate elements of what inspired you, like the bricks or bubbled glass from my ski trip. Or look at your photos and

tos, I’m talking about design elements. If you travel to Europe and want an Italian-villa feel in your living room, then go to Japan and fall in love with rice-paper doors, things can get out of hand. Mixing a couple of styles can work at times, but you don’t want an over-the-top world-traveler feel.

• Don’t rush. Maybe you’re still on a high from your exotic vacation. Maybe you loved that city because it was your honeymoon. Before you makeover your entire home, take a little bit of time. Look at your photos and your space. Do you really want that Victorian boudoir or that Moroccan red room? This isn’t a dress, this is a space. Think before you purchase furniture or drape an entire wall in tapestry.

So if you’re feeling like your room needs an update, why not pack a bag? It’s a great excuse to take a trip!

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A thriving landscape his season, experts from Pennington Seed de-stress lawn and garden care with seven quick tips that will help reduce your outdoor water consumption, while keeping your landscapes lush, healthy and vibrant.


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Have a say in your remodeling project BY KYLE GALDEIRA hether constructing a residence from scratch or creating an addition to an existing structure, homeowners desire the “wow” factor that comes from seeing their dwelling exceed expectations. For those clients that have trusted their homes to S Tanaka Construction, the “wow” factor stems from the exceptional professionalism provided by the experienced building firm through every step of the process. The home builder has long aimed to please its clients, taking immense pride in the referrals it receives from satisfied customers who are delighted with its constant communication, quality work and ability to finish on time and at or under budget. “Our main forte is brand-new homes or additions,” said S Tanaka’s owner Ryan Tanaka, who also noted that the company is well-suited to handle specific renovations as well as kitchens and bathrooms. “We’re a design-build operation, so we work with


the customer as far as coming up with the layout of the house and executing its design.” The company got its start 28 years ago when Shinya Tanaka began the process of helping Oahu’s residents out of a humble office/warehouse space on Ward Avenue. While the company has grown, and now occupies a more functional locale in Kalihi, S Tanaka Construction still makes it a priority to provide stellar customer service, including flexible appointment schedules for its clients. Customers can plan consultations during evening hours and on weekends — schedules are created to accommodate the needs of clients. When planning an addition to a current structure, Tanaka reminds customers that the cost per square foot can actually outweigh that of a new building because of the additional costs involved with retrofitting or tapping into existing infrastructure and linking it to a brand-new project area. S Tanaka Construction provides free estimates that aren’t necessarily based on a per-squarefoot basis, as different amenities and other desires will create inaccuracies within the quote. For example, when a homeowner

chooses to add options such as air conditioning systems or upgrade bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures (e.g. a $10,000 chandelier), cabinetry, countertops, flooring etc., the cost of the project will increase while the square footage of the building remains the same — thus, what other companies would have offered as an estimate based on cost per square foot would then be skewed. As another example, a 2,000-squarefoot home that costs $300,000 would come out to $150 per square foot. Now, lets add photovoltaics, which would cost $30,000, and increase the contract price to $330,000, which would equal $165 per square foot.

“We don’t charge by the square foot. Some companies do, but we don’t because there are too many variables. Every lot condition is different and the conditions vary regardless of the home’s square footage,” Tanaka explained. “With additions, we have to deal with the existing structure, everything from walls to windows and concrete needs to be factored in, and that affects the cost — and a lot of people don’t realize the extra work involved as opposed to starting from scratch.” Whether you have a vision or you’re in the brain-storming process, get your free consultation at S Tanaka Construction by calling 848-5010 or visiting www.STanaka

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