Like many people in Hawaii, Christin Sumida grew up living in a multigenerational home that included her parents, brother and grandmother. Eventually, Christin’s brother moved out and shortly thereafter, Christin left the home when she married her husband, Jordan Lovell.

When her grandmother passed away, Christin moved back into the single-story home with Jordan and their young son to live with her parents. To honor her grandmother’s wish that her home remain with the family, Christin and her family decided that in order for all of them to remain comfortably in the house for many years to come, they would need to tear down the existing structure and build a new home.


After seeing an ad for Graham Builders’ seminar, Christin and Jordan attended to get more insight into building a new home for their family. “We had no idea what to expect and appreciated the depth of knowledge each presenter had,” said Christin. “We took pages of notes and jotted down a bunch of questions to ask as the wheels began turning for next steps in our home building project.”


Following the seminar, Christin and her family met with the experts at Graham Builders to discuss ideas. Items on their wish list included a two-story home and a large driveway that would comfortably fit this family of five. “Graham Builders was able to answer all of our questions to our satisfaction,” said Christin. “We were extremely confident that we wanted to work with Graham Builders and signed an agreement right then and there!”

The Lovell-Sumida family’s new 2,767-square-foot home will be two levels with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. An open kitchen and living room with vaulted ceilings will create a bright and airy atmosphere. The garage can accommodate two cars and will be directly connected to a mud room where the family can unload items directly from their vehicles.


“This home is designed for true multigenerational living,” said Evan Fujimoto, president of Graham Builders. “Christin and her family will reside on the top floor, allowing them to have separate quarters, but still share some common living areas such as the kitchen and living room with her parents, whose bedroom will be on the lower level.”

This story is part one of a series of three that will follow Christin and her family in their design+build journey with Graham Builders. The completed project will be unveiled in November.

Homeowners interested in learning more about how Graham Builders can help them build their dream home can attend the upcoming “Building Your Home for Life” seminar. To register (required), visit or call 593-2808.

Building Your Home for Life
Sept. 20, 9 a.m., Honolulu Country Club

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