n older family-owned home that was neither salvageable nor suitable for the needs of a younger generation was razed to make way for a new three-bedroom, three-bath home, designed and built by Homeworks Construction.

“The young couple with a growing family realized that their best option was to build a new energy efficient home on the site. In addition, the location was very desirable … a well-established neighborhood close to town,” said Homeworks project coordinator Kim Green, a Certified Green Professional.

“Like other energy-savvy homeowners and homebuyers today, they understood that energy efficient materials and appliances are a good investment that save money over the long term, and, in some cases, very quickly. Even though we were budget conscious in our selections, we were committed to incorporating the very best sustainable products into this affordable, custom designed family home.”


As a design/build firm, Homeworks handled all phases of the project, from planning and permitting to completion. Project coordinator Tim Foxen, who was the initial contact with the family, worked with the client to establish a budget and the scope of work. Homeworks CEO Jim Byxbee personally handled demolition, which he completed in one day, despite the challenge of a tight space on a flag lot. Project manager Heather Hickox collaborated with Homeworks architect Mario Tadeo AIA and kitchen designer Sean Bradshaw to develop the design plan and make decisions about materials.

The new home is 2,280 square feet, replacing the original on the 5,396-square-foot lot.

“Among the ‘green’ products used in the construction are engineered siding pre-primed from the factory for Hawaii’s environment,” Green said. “Asphalt composite shingle roofing was chosen both for appearance and a strong warranty. Radiant barrier roof sheathing and insulation help keep heat out and cool air in. Both solar water heating and photovoltaic systems were installed. Many of these products will be discussed in our next Build New Or ReDo seminar.”


Green, who conducts the Homeworks Construction monthly seminar program, noted that the next free seminar will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Homeworks Showroom at 2111 S. Beretania St. How “Eco Design” and Certified Green Building save dollars, as well as energy, will be discussed by the panel of speakers. “What makes our Homeworks Build New Or ReDo seminars unique is the format,” Green said. “After the formal presentations, attendees can sit down with the professional of their choice to further explore the topics that interest them most.” Free parking and refreshments are provided. For reservations, which are requested, and directions call 955-2777.

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