Deciding to remodel a kitchen or bathroom can make a homeowner’s dreams come true. However, the project can become a nightmare if one is overwhelmed by the process of planning and waiting for those dreams to become reality, while also dealing with unexpected alterations and hiccups along the way.

With more than 50 years of combined experience, Don Holcomb and Dan Holt formed DH Squared Construction in 2007. In addition to specializing in custom home building and remodeling, DH Squared also produces unique and exquisite made-to-order cabinets. The company is well-versed in the home renovation business and compiled some vital tips to help homeowners with simplifying the course of action.


To start the process, a homeowner should gather his or her thoughts, compiling a folder full of photos, concepts and ideas that are gleaned from television, magazines or Hawaii Renovation. This folder should also include current photos of the home and examples of existing spaces and design concepts already utilized so potential designers have a foundation on which to work.

Whether a homeowner is making changes to a bathroom, kitchen or both, DH Squared suggests making a list of “needs, wants and desires.” This will solidify aspects of the remodeling job that are absolutely needed, making them vital to the job’s success such as changes that are selected to add value, but do not necessarily need adjusting, and items that are desired, but may add more of a “wow” factor as opposed to simple functionality. Making such a list will aid in determining exactly what can and should be done based on a homeowner’s budget, and will cut out some of the stress involved with addressing specific needs, whether it be adding new cabinetry or fixtures.

After establishing a budget and selecting a qualified designer and contractor, homeowners must be prepared for the “chaos” that will ensue. Some homeowners forget that during the remodeling process, there will be limitations to certain areas. It is vital to establish alternative living areas within the home so life can go on with as little disruption possible.


Before construction begins, work with the building team to block any openings with plastic barriers. This prevents dust and dirt from wafting into other areas of the home.

Another important step is to inspect new items from the time they enter the home until the installation is complete. For instance, if new cabinetry is ordered, the homeowner should make sure that the cabinet style and color is consistent with what was ordered. Then, once the cabinetry is put in place, the homeowner should make sure all doors and drawers open and function correctly so problems can be addressed before signing off on the completed project. When it comes to cabinet design and construction, DH Squared is able to help with an efficient manufacturing process aided by some of the world’s finest technology.

“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,” said Holcomb while mentioning the TenonCam cabinet design and fabrication system that DH Squared utilizes. “It’s part of a lean manufacturing process that allows us to work more efficiently. It saves on time and material 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.”


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