Rebuilding for space, views
A new custom home by Homeworks Construction is nearing completion on the site of the family’s original 88-year-old home in Kaimuki. The rebuild represents a trend in Kaimuki and Palolo neighbor-hoods, where Homeworks has completed numerous similar projects over the past year.
“The owners of homes in these neighborhoods are often two and three generation families who have found the location convenient and suitable for their lifestyle,” says Homeworks Construction president and chief administrative officer Marshall Hickox. “Both Kaimuki and Palolo were chosen by their predecessors to build family homes because of the proximity of schools, churches, shopping, the beaches of Waikiki, and easy access to the commercial centers of Ala Moana and Downtown. In addition, buildable properties were generally smaller and more affordably priced than those in Diamond Head, Kahala and the heights across Waialae Avenue.
“Retaining and improving their properties for multigenerational living, as many of our clients have done, also makes sense in uncertain economic times,” he adds.
The homes Homeworks has demolished to make way for new construction were generally small, single story, single wall, frame structures. Their replacements are typically two stories with usable, covered outdoor lanai and often with attached accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Upper floors and decks serve to expand living space and take advantage of views; natural light and ventilation are design priorities. Architecture and interiors are created by the Homeworks design team to reflect the lifestyle of the owners.
Homeworks Construction’s most recent Kaimuki rebuild occupies a 5,720-square-foot lot on a rise that affords views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and the ocean. The architecture and interior layout of the new home were designed to take advantage of natural ventilation as well as maximize views. The two-story home’s 3,082-square-foot interior is augmented by a 300-square-foot covered lanai with a wet bar. Located at the rear of the house, the lanai is accessible from the living room and provides space for outdoor dining overlooking the original backyard garden. On the upper level are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including the master suite and the family room. A custom kitchen by Home-works’ award-winning kitchen designer Sean Bradshaw is on the ground floor. An accessory dwelling unit at ground level includes a bedroom, bath, kitchen and a 100-square-foot trellised lanai that extends into the yard. Two parking spaces are provided for the main house and one for the ADU. The property is surrounded by a three-foot sidewalk.
The new Kaimuki home will be ready for occupancy next month.
Established over two decades ago, Homeworks has completed more than a thousand new custom homes and remodels throughout Oahu. Home-works Construction has been chosen as one of Hawaii’s “Best Construction Companies” in the Honolulu Star- Advertiser’s “Hawaii’s Best” awards program for three consecutive years and was named “Builder of the Year” by the Building Industry Association. The National Association of Home Builders designated the company a “Built Green Professional” and “Aging in Place Specialist.” The Homeworks Construction conference room, offices and showroom are in the Homeworks Building at 2111 S. Beretania St. To make an appointment for a consultation call 808-955-2777 or visit homeworkshawaii.com.
ADDRESS 2111 S. Beretania St., Honolulu