Expanding for an all-in-the-family experience

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: DecorRemodelRenovating

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The concept of multiple generations of a family living under one roof is not a new idea — especially here in Hawaii, where oftentimes extended families share a home together. In the past, the situation usually was defined by cultural practices that are unique to local Hawaiian values. In recent times, a multigenerational living situation may have other motivating factors. In the end, having a home that meets the different needs of all family members is the ultimate goal.

The Fujikawa family of Pearl City was going through a change in their family situation in multiple ways. A son had moved back into the family home with his two sons, and a recently married daughter also was planning to move into the family home. The existing home was a three-bedroom, two-bath, single-level dwelling. Fortunately, the size of the lot was a considerable amount, which allowed for a big expansion of the existing structure under building codes and zoning regulations.

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Atlas Construction had the pleasure of working with the Fujikawas to design and build their new home. Technically, it was an addition to an existing home, rather than a new home — the addition including a second story, six bedrooms, two bathrooms, two sitting rooms and a wet bar. The project ended up being double the size of the exiting home.

Atlas Construction also did extensive remodeling to the existing home: The kitchen was totally redone and the living room also got a makeover. With these improvements, the space allowed for another generation to move into the home. And alas, the Fuji-kawa family’s grandmother ended up living with them as well.

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