When the Yamamoto family received the opportunity to build a multigenerational home in Kaimuki from the ground up, they embraced the chance to custom design a house that would fit the needs of their family with two young kids and two grandparents.

After a few consultations with S. Tanaka Construction, which included discussing many design options, they decided to build their spaces side by side, as opposed to living one on top of the other. The grandparents would have a two-story section of their own, and the family of four also would have a two- story section for themselves — with the idea being that the grandparents could live upstairs or downstairs. This design gives both generations full privacy, while conforming to building codes.


The Yamamoto side features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a full kitchen and two-car garage. The grandparents’ section of the home features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a wet bar and a two-car carport. The two sections of the home are designed completely different, as each occupants had their own ideas on how they wanted their living space to be. The Yamamoto section of the home features 9- foot ceilings with some contemporary tile floors, custom-designed kitchen and an overall modern feel. The grandparents, on the other hand, decided to go for more of a traditional feel.

The 5,100-square-foot house also features some energy saving qualities, including a PV system and solar tube lighting to bring in natural light. To reduce heat, specifically the Kaimuki heat, whole house fans were installed in living areas and bedrooms, and split A/C units also were installed.

S. Tanaka Construction will be showing this home on Sunday, May 24 from noon to 5 p.m. If you are interested in building a brand new home or addition, please call the company’s office for the location of the open house at 848-5010.

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