Get the basics before you start building

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: RemodelRenovating

Home construction projects can be costly, confusing and sometimes even lengthy. That’s why many of Hawaii’s homeowners have turned to Graham Builders to help guide them through this intricate process, to determine their family’s best course of action.

As one of Hawaii’s leading residential home construction companies, Graham Builders has helped hundreds of families design and build homes that will last a lifetime. For many homeowners, their journey with Graham Builders began when they attended the company’s “Building Your Home for Life” seminar.

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Graham Builders’ free monthly seminars began in 1994. CEO Danny Graham’s philosophy is that homeowners should understand the basics of the design+build process before starting a home construction project. The company was the first in the state to offer free seminars, which have since been attended by more than 5,000 homeowners.

“During the early years of our business, we realized that many homeowners were misinformed about what a home construction project entailed,” said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders president. “Our ultimate goal is to help homeowners understand everything there is to know about getting started on a home construction project, whether it is a new build, remodel or renovation.”

Held at Honolulu Country Club, the two-hour seminar educates homeowners with detailed information and the best steps to take for a successful home construction project. Topics include:

• How and where to start
• Setting a realistic budget
• Selecting a contractor ideal for you and your project
• Bonding your project
• Designing within your budget
• Building a “Home for Life”

Given Hawaii’s unique culture and climate, Graham Builders’ seminar also covers topics that are important to local families such as multi-generation homes, universal and aging-in-place design and sustainable building. A trailblazer leading the efforts to make multi-generation homes more common in Hawaii, Graham Builders’ seminar provides information on designing to make your home friendly and safe for all ages, designing for personal space, blended versus segregated living and pooling resources to help the bottom line.

“We attended Graham Builders’ seminar to learn about the home-building process,” said a seminar attendee from Hawaii Kai. “It was clear Graham Builders was a custom builder as opposed to a cookie-cutter contractor. Their seminar was geared toward individual needs.”

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“We found Graham Builders’ seminar to be a very complete and informative review of the steps necessary to start our intricate project,” said another seminar attendee from Makiki. “The presentation contained easy-to-understand, valuable information, and it was done without a hard sell. We’ve attended other builders’ seminars where the approach was focused on their building capabilities and introducing their vendors, which seemed too ‘salesy’ to us.”

If you are considering a home construction project and are ready to take the initial step of learning more about how to get started, attend Graham Builders’ upcoming seminar on Saturday, May 17 at Honolulu Country Club. The seminar is free, but reservations are required. Visit www.grahambuilders.com or call 593-2808 to register. You also can tune into Graham Builders’ newly launched radio show on AM 690. The weekly “Building Your Home for Life” radio show airs from 3 to 4 p.m.

Graham Builders is the winner of the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii Torch Award for Ethics in small business, and owns the distinction of being the first builder ever to win this prestigious award. The company also was honored with Pacific Business News’ Best in Business Leadership Award.

Attend a Building Your Home for Life seminar

Graham Builders’ upcoming seminar:
• Saturday, May 17
• Honolulu Country Club

The seminar is free, but reservations are required. Go to www.grahambuilders.com or call 593-2808 to register.

GRAHAM BUILDERS
contact // 593-2808
web // grahambuilders.com

Photos courtesy Graham Builders