This is part one of a two-part series.


When James and Allison Rode-heaver decided that they needed to make changes to their home in order to accommodate their multigenerational family, their initial thought was a complete rebuild.


“Our ultimate goal was to have a home where we would be able to raise our children in a safe, comfortable environment, while caring for James’ mom,” said Allison Rodeheaver. “It is important for her to have her own space that will accommodate her needs as she ages. We wanted a home that gives her independence, while still being close enough to help her with anything she needs.”

Not sure if a new build was the best option, the couple attended Graham Builders’ free “Building Your Home for Life” seminar and decided that a custom renovation would be better suited for them instead.

“We knew we wanted Graham Builders to remodel our home as soon as we left the seminar. We really liked how informative the seminar was,” said Rode-heaver. “They were very professional and really made us feel comfortable. We knew that we had found the ideal design-builder for our home renovation project.”


One of Graham Builders’ architectural designers, Christy Ammerman, worked closely with the Rode-heavers to design a home for the family that would adapt to the needs of their growing children, as well as keep James Rode-heaver’s mom safe and comfortable.

The design included opening up the kitchen with a large island. The back bathroom will be reconfigured for accessibility and aging-in-place, with features such as a roll-in shower and grab bars throughout. The laundry room will combine two former rooms for efficiency and extra space. The two-car carport will be enclosed for storage and safety reasons.

This story is part one of two following the Rode-heavers in their design-build journey and sharing their experience renovating with Graham Builders.


Homeowners interested in learning more about the latest trends in design and renovations, as well as multigenerational living, can attend Graham Builders’ upcoming “Building Your Home for Life” seminar on Saturday, April 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Honolulu Country Club. Seminars are free, but reservations are required. To register, visit or call 593-2808.

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