On-site rebuilding, an area trend
Remodeling and rebuilding activity have remained brisk in neighborhoods throughout Oahu despite the impact of the pandemic on the economy. Commenting on Kaimuki — a neighborhood that has continued to reinvent itself over the years — one resident observes that the pandemic may actually have served to focus attention on the advisability of expanding and upgrading an existing home to accommodate extended family in a multigenerational setting. Older homes in Kaimuki are typically small and single level, but often with lots large enough to expand horizontally or add a second floor.
The enduring popularity of the neighborhood is due primarily to its convenience to many schools, churches, parks, and shopping options with Kahala Mall and Kapahulu at either end, and the Kaimuki Business District extending along the mauka border. The Kahala boundary of Kaimuki is defined by 22nd Avenue, which extends from Harding Avenue to Diamond Head Road.
Currently a custom rebuild on a 22nd Avenue lot (pictured on facing page) by Homeworks Construction is in progress. The award-winning design-build firm has completed numerous new custom homes and renovations in the Kaimuki neighborhood, most recently a rebuild on 22nd (pictured above) and another on the corner of 2nd and Harding avenues.
The new 2,600-square foot home replaces a one-story, single-wall structure on the 5,000-square-foot lot and provides the family with approximately 80% more living space. Upstairs are three bedrooms sharing a full bathroom and a complete master bedroom with walk-in closet and bath. On the first floor are a large custom kitchen that opens to the main living area, a powder room and laundry area with access to the backyard. A 3-foot retaining wall was built around the back of the property in order to flatten the slope of the lot. A special feature of the project is a two-car covered porte cochere in front and paved drive with space for two more vehicles, an important addition due to the limited street parking in this densely developed part of the neighborhood. According to Homeworks president and chief of field operations Sylvio Boucher, who handled demolition of the original house last October, the new home is scheduled for completion this April.
Established over two decades ago as a design-build firm, Homeworks provides “all design and construction services under one roof,” the company slogan. With approximately 1,000 new custom homes and remodels completed throughout Oahu, Homeworks is known for its experience and proficiency in virtually every type of residential construction, from new custom rebuilds in urban neighborhoods to oceanside residences and vintage remodels. Additions, multi-generational homes, and accessory dwelling units also are specialties.
Homeworks Construction was chosen as one of Hawaii’s “Best Construction Companies” in Honolulu Star-Advertiser‘s “Hawaii’s Best” awards program for three consecutive years and named “Builder of the Year” by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii. The National Association of Home Builders designated the company a “Built Green Professional” and “Aging in Place Specialist.”
Homeworks offers free private consultation at its office and showroom at 2111 S. Beretania St., as well as on-site, by appointment (call 955–2777).
View Homeworks’ award-winning projects at homeworkshawaii.com.
ADDRESS 2111 S. Beretania St., Honolulu