Whether constructing a residence from scratch or creating an addition to an existing structure, homeowners desire the “wow” factor that comes from seeing their dwelling exceed expectations.

For those clients who have trusted their homes to S. Tanaka Construction, the “wow” factor stems from the exceptional professionalism provided by the experienced building firm through every step in the process. The home builder has served Hawaii for more than 28 years and “aims to please,” as it takes pride in the referrals it receives from satisfied customers that are delighted with the constant communication, quality work and the fact that their projects are finished on time and at or under budget.


When planning an addition to a current structure, Tanaka reminds customers that the cost per square foot can actually outweigh that of a new building because of the additional costs involved with retrofitting or tapping into existing infrastructure, and linking it to a brand-new project area. S. Tanaka Construction provides free estimates that aren’t necessarily based on a per-square-foot basis, as different amenities and other desires will create inaccuracies within the quote. For example, when a homeowner chooses to add options such as air conditioning systems or upgrade bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures (e.g $10,000 chandelier), cabinetry, countertops, flooring, etc., the cost of the project will increase while the square footage of the building remains the same — thus, what other companies would have offered as an estimate based on cost per-square-foot would then be skewed.

For instance, a 2,000-square-foot home that costs $300,000 would equal $150 per square foot. Now, lets add photovoltaics, which would cost $30,000 and increase the contract price to $330,000, equaling $165 per square foot.

“We don’t charge by the square foot. Some companies do, but we don’t because there are too many variables. Every lot condition is different and the conditions vary regardless of the home’s square footage,” Tanaka explained. “With additions, we have to deal with the existing structure, everything from walls to windows and concrete needs to be factored in, and that affects the cost — and a lot of people don’t realize the extra work involved as opposed to starting from scratch.”

Whether you have a vision or you’re in the brain-storming process, get your free consultation by calling 848-5010 or visiting www.STanakaConstruction.com.

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