Last month we covered the story of James and Allison Rodeheaver’s design-build journey with Graham Builders. The multigenerational family is renovating their Pearl City home to accommodate the couple, their two young children and James’ mother. Initially, the Rodeheavers thought they would need a complete rebuild of their nearly 50-year-old home, but after attending Graham Builders’ free monthly seminar and meeting with the company’s experienced architectural designers, they decided that a custom renovation would be better suited for the family. After 14 months, the project is now complete, and the Rodeheavers are ready to move back into their newly renovated home.

The original entry to the house was a side entry to the living room. When deciding to do the addition, Graham Builders recommended that the small entry porch be enclosed to give a more formal entry into the house, along with added windows to brighten up the space. The kitchen was previously very compact and closed off to the living room. The walls have been opened up and a large quartz island was added, allowing for more space for meal preparation. New cabinets made in Hawaii gives the kitchen a local touch. Wood laminate flooring ties together the kitchen, dining and family room, creating a warm and inviting space.


The main bathroom in the old house has been redesigned, as well. The location of the tub and the vanity was swapped for more space and functionality. The back bathroom has been reconfigured to meet the needs of accessibility and aging-inplace with a roll-in shower and grab bars throughout. The bathrooms also have new tile flooring.

The previous laundry room used to be split into two separate rooms, one for the laundry and one for outside storage. Now, the combination of the two rooms makes the laundry more efficient and provides space for an extra food storage freezer. Additionally, the two-car carport has been enclosed for storage and safety reasons.

“We are extremely pleased to see our design come to life, and even more thrilled for our new beginning in our renovated home,” said Allison Rodeheaver. “We would absolutely recommend Graham Builders to our friends and family. The entire staff was very professional, easy to work with and very accommodating during the entire project.”


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, May 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Honolulu Country Club. Seminars are free, but reservations are required. To register, visit or call 593-2808.

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