The new home is handsome and inviting, nestled snugly among its neighbors in a comfortable Punahou neighborhood.
Inside, visitors are welcomed into a bright and spacious kitchen. A cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, all a soft snowy white, opens to a pair of recessed lights. The effect is gentle illumination of every inch of the lovely room. Plank flooring in warm walnut provides country comfort in this urban setting. A farmhouse sink and a suspended pair of vintage “Edison-style” globe LED lights add a rustic touch to the scene. There’s plenty of space to work in this kitchen, plenty of storage space in the gleaming white and plenty of room for leisurely dining, too, at the gorgeous quartz breakfast counter.
And that’s just for starters. A tour through the rest of the house reveals competitive quality and multiple creative touches, all visible even to the casual observer. This handsome Punahou home is yet another excellent example of the fine workmanship delivered by Ray Xie and his team at Rui Construction.
GREAT AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY
Twenty-five years ago, Xiao Rui “Ray” Xie began his construction career in Singapore, starting out as an apprentice and gradually moving up to foreman. When he decided to immigrate to the United States in pursuit of a new way of life for himself and his family, Xie began writing his own great American success story.
In his earliest days on Oahu, Xie worked for small local builders as a laborer, moving up the ladder until he’d proved himself at his trade. Eventually, he obtained a general contracting license, becoming known in the community for the quality of the homes he built.
Within a few years, it only seemed logical to launch a building supply company, to offer the kind of quality materials he knew his clients wanted at competitive prices. The two arms of the enterprise complement each other perfectly, according to Jon Xie, manager of Rui Building Supply and Ray’s son.
“We’re basically a one-stop shop,” Jon explains. “Anything you want to do, we can help you. If you’re doing a renovation and need supplies, or if you shop for materials and find that you need help with your project, we can assist you. We’re very flexible, whether your project is big or small. And one of our main specialties is custom work.”
MAKING A HOUSE FEEL LIKE HOME
Thanks to Rui’s full-service approach, the construction company can manage all aspects of a new build or renovation, and the supply company can provide the fittings that make a house feel like home: heavy porcelain tile flooring; gorgeous granite countertops cut to order; and handsome, solid wood cabinets and vanities.
The Sand Island Access Road showroom also offers sinks in porcelain, stainless steel and glass; ceramic tiles both small and large; sturdy and handsome vinyl plank flooring; and LED light fixtures in a vast range of classic and contemporary styles.
“Our materials are used by many of our clients on the construction side, so it makes sense for us to offer decent quality,” comments Jon.
Specializing in two-story, single-family homes, the construction company launched by Ray is known for speed as well as quality.
“Usually we’re able to complete houses within six months of breaking ground,” Jon says with pride. “Everyone works fast, and often we work weekends as well.”
Contact Rui Construction for new builds, rebuilds, renovations and everything in between. And when you’re ready to shop for materials, visit Rui Building Supply, Rui Construction’s sister company, at 155 Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu. The showroom is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
RUI CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING SUPPLY INC.
ADDRESS 155 Sand Island Access Road