This is part one of a two-part series

It’s a typical Kaimuki scenario — the old home had served several generations of the same family, but now it was time to renovate, rebuild or move to a new home with more space and modern amenities. However, the last option was the least desirable since the family liked the Kaimuki neighborhood and neighbors.


“We were contacted by family members who had seen our Homeworks project signs in the area and heard our ‘Build New Or ReDo’ radio show,” said Homeworks Construction CEO Jim Byxbee. “We looked at both remodeling and a complete rebuild, but it was clear that preserving and upgrading the old house was not a good investment. Termites had made inroads and we were able to present the owners with a plan that made better use of the approximately 5,000-square-foot lot than the original structure.”

Once architectural plans and specifications were approved, the next step was demolition of the old house. Homeworks, as a design/build firm, includes all phases of a project in its initial cost estimate. Byxbee personally handled demolition that, he notes, took less than a day.

“Once the lot was cleared, pouring concrete for the footings and foundation took another three weeks,” Byxbee said. “Then we delivered framing materials for the next phase, which included windows, doors and roofing.

In about a month we were ready to start the electrical, plumbing and drywall work.


“The last major phase, and probably the one that requires the most intensive coordination with the homeowners, is the interior finishes, which is in progress now. We’re working toward a completion date in late February.”

The completed home will be covered in part two of this Homeworks project in the March 3 issue of Hawaii Renovation.

The Homeworks “Build New Or ReDo” radio 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 calling Jim Byxbee on-air at 521-8383.


To reserve a place at the free Homeworks seminar — “Home Modification for Multigenerational Living and Aging in Place,” scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Homeworks Showroom, 2111 S. Beretania St. — call 955-2777.

contact // 955-2777
address // 2111 S. Beretania St.