In Hawaii, where homes are worth hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars, the family home is often one’s most valuable asset. Most will agree that it is important to select a contractor with a reputation for quality construction, but how many realize that the design of their project is equally important to maximize the value of their property?

“Good construction can never make up for poor design,” said Graham Builders vice president of operations Ryan Graham. “You can have a solid foundation and the fanciest countertop on the market, but if your home doesn’t function well — things like poor air circulation, inadequate storage, cramped spaces that prevent the entire family from sitting together for a meal — your home will miss the mark of being the sanctuary you deserve.”


According to Graham Builders president Evan Fujimoto, good design is achieved through one-to-one collaboration between the homeowner and designer.

“Good designers will look beyond what the family needs now. They have the ability to visualize what the family will need for the next 50 years,” Fujimoto said.

“I recall a project we did 18 years ago for a professional and his young, growing family. They wanted a two-story home with a half-bath downstairs. We were able to help them see the value of adding a low-step shower just in case one of the kids got hurt on the soccer field. Our design team understood the importance of ‘barrier-free’ homes before the term became commonplace,” Fujimoto said.


“Successful projects start with designs that are friendly to all ages and abilities,” he continued.

Often referred to as “Universal Design,” homes increase in value when they allow access to young and old, ambulatory or not.

“Good plans are simple and straightforward. Open, flexible and easily altered spaces fit a wider audience,” he said.


Material selection is another important design consideration. According to Fujimoto, trendy materials quickly become dated. Instead of chasing the newest fads, it is wiser to choose durable materials that require minimal maintenance and contribute to the agelessness of a home.

Graham Builders has guided hundreds to success since 1990. From renovations to additions, to newly built homes, each homeowner achieves success due to the close guidance of their personal design and construction team. To learn more about good design and construction, register for the next “Building Your Home for Life” seminar at

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