Get ‘Squared’ Away With Custom Designs

By Kyle Galdeira Posted in: InteriorKitchenRemodelRenovating

With more than 50 years of combined experience under their tool belts, Don Holcomb and Dan Holt merged their talents by forming DH Squared Construction in 2007. In addition to specializing in custom home building and remodeling, DH Squared also produces unique and exquisite custom, made-to-order cabinets.

“We started the cabinet business in 2008 to provide our clients with a custom-quality cabinet made in Hawaii with a fast turnaround time. We wanted them to have the best product available with all the desired features,” Holcomb said. “We’re one of probably 200 manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada that uses this particular (cabinet design and fabrication) system TenonCam.”

Holcomb explains that through the computer system, a client’s plans and design specifications are taken from the schematic stage and transferred to a CNC machine that cuts and drills each piece of cabinetry. The pieces are then transferred to another machine that edge-bands the various parts before heading to the assembly stations.

“It’s part of a lean manufacturing process that allows us to work more efficiently,” Holcomb said. “It saves on time and costs as well. In the old days, when we did all this by hand, what took us a week now takes us a day. We’re more efficient and produce more so we are able to pass this cost savings on to our clients. One of the good things is that our cabinets are made in Hawaii, so if anything changes, or any pieces need to be replicated, we’re able to react right then, quickly. That’s another advantage for our customers.”

DH Squared Construction and Hawaii Architecture LLP were honored May 2 as the Overall Grand Award winner in the Residential Renovations category and Grand Award winner for projects of more than $500,000 as part of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii’s Ren-aissance Awards for Building and Remodeling. Thirty eight entrants from Oahu, Maui and the Big Island showcased their work that was judged on creativity, principles of design, materials used, value, visual appeal, workmanship, functionality and overall quality.

The winning project, dubbed “La Pietra Circle,” a condominium unit at 3082 La Pietra Circle in Honolulu, was designed by architect Phillip Camp and features the development of integrated spaces that make it easier to entertain large groups as well as the addition of a loft area and a renovated structural glass staircase.

“With so many great contractors in Hawaii, it’s nice to win awards, but having it come from your peers validates the hard work,” Holcomb said. “The BIA also has several other categories, and we won the grand prize out of all those categories. We also won a specialty award for architectural detail, which was a stairway that we designed with glass rails.”

The awe-inspiring staircase links the natural stone on the condo’s ground level with the walnut wood flooring on the upper level. Cast-in-place concrete stair treads were painstakingly colored to match the brown walnut flooring, and the structural glass railings were used to allow an unobstructed view of the spacious home as well as the picturesque outdoor patio areas.

For more information or to arrange an estimate, call DH Squared Construction at 383-2218 or visit www.DHSquaredConstruction.com.

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