Family chooses ‘build new’ option

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: RemodelRenovating
September 1, 2013

This is part one of a two-part series

There was a possibility that the members of a multigenerational household in Kailua might remodel rather than raze their 45-year-old home and rebuild. However, after meeting with Homeworks project coordinator Sarah VanDeVanter and architect Mario Tadeo AIA, who carefully inspected the house from the ground up, it became apparent that termite damage was so advanced that a total rebuild would be more cost-effective.

“When Sarah and I met with them and heard what they needed, including a number of special features, it was determined that for nearly the same dollar amount, they could get a brand new home,” Tadeo said.

“Homeworks literally provides all design and construction services ‘under one roof,’ as our slogan states,” VanDeVanter said. “So we started with demolition, completed in two hours by our CEO Jim Byxbee, followed by site clearing, which was handled by a Homeworks crew. At that point we could get a good look at the property, which is 10,008 square feet, 66 feet wide facing the road and 152 extending to the rear of the lot.”

Rear exterior showing ramp and photovoltaic panels

Rear exterior showing ramp and photovoltaic panels

The new structures include a 2,255-square-foot main house with three bedroom-bath suites; a large kitchen; a parlor with a dining area and piano alcove; a roofed lanai; a 566-square-foot garage with an attached workshop with its own bathroom; an adjacent laundry with two sets of washers and dryers; and a dog washing area.

Tadeo noted that the design plan took into consideration the convenience of senior family members and accessibility to some areas but not to others for the family dogs.

“A wheelchair accessible ramp was added at the rear of the house. Some of the more prominent design features include glass garage doors and a Dutch gabled metal roof with large planes to accommodate solar panels. Because the lot is lower than the road in an area where storm drainage might be inadequate, the house was constructed on a post and pier raised foundation,” Tadeo said.

Look for part two to run in Hawaii Renovation Oct. 6, which will cover interior finishes.

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