A Customized Rebuild Nears Completion
Homeworks Construction’s “Kaimuki house in progress” is shown in the photos during phase two, which included roofing, windows and doors, electrical, plumbing, drywall and siding. Phase one — demolition of the existing house, concrete pour for the foundation and framing — was finished in January. Phase three — the completed home — will be covered in an April issue of Hawaii Renovation.
Project manager Bruce Kunkel, who worked closely with the owners, said staying within budget influenced some of the choices. “Roofing is a high ticket item in any construction job and a wide range of materials and styles is available. Composition shingle is more affordable than tile or metal, but today, due to it being a petroleum product, it’s still a big cost factor. We used a light gray shingle to reflect heat away from the house and harmonize with the gray paint chosen for the siding, a vertical tongue and groove engineered wood which is termite-resistant, as is the framing lumber.
“At the framing stage, I sat down with the owners to choose windows and doors. This is a time-consuming part of the project because there are many options to look at. Sliders and large fixed pane vinyl framed windows were installed. How rooms are used and the outdoor environment have to be considered. Accessibility was also a factor since in essence we were ‘designing for life.’ In the framing, we allowed for installation of wider than standard doors and installed a roll-in shower in one bathroom.
“During the framing stage, we do a walk-through with the owner and review the electrical scheme to ensure outlets are where they would use them. Once decisions on electrical and plumbing are made, we close up the drywall and move on to cabinets and counters. Then I turn the project over to our selections specialist for final finishes.”
The Build New Or ReDo Show, broadcast Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. on KHVH Radio 830 AM, is an opportunity to get your building and remodeling questions answered by Homeworks CEO Jim Byxbee. Call him onair at 521-8383.
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