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The owners of a family home built in an idyllic setting in the back of Manoa Valley in 1969 are replacing it with a new custom home designed and built by Homeworks Construction. The 7,750-square-foot property borders a lower, wooded slope of Tantalus.


“We completed demolition of the original house in late October followed by grading and preparation of the site for the foundation (see photo), which was a challenge due to the slope of the property, daily rainfall and limited access due to lack of street parking,” says Sylvio Boucher, Homeworks Construction president and chief of field operations.

“The old single-wall house was a 1,500-square-foot postand-pier structure with a carport, both damaged by termite infestation and water infiltration. Standing water in the backyard was a major problem due to large amounts of rainwater running down the mountain and collecting on the ground. We solved that problem by raising the new foundation (see photo), a solid waterproof concrete slab and diverting the rainwater away from the new residence and down to the street.

“The house has an interior living area of 1,800 square feet on the main level, and the new garage, at the lower level is 475 square feet. A unique feature of the home will be an elevator connecting the garage with the main living area. A 200-square foot covered lanai at the back of the house overlooks two tiers of natural rock wall, a large grassy lawn and garden with fruit trees and flowers, as well as the wooded Manoa hillside.”


Established over two decades ago, Homeworks Construction was chosen as one of Hawaii’s “Best Construction Companies” in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Hawaii’s Best” awards program 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.” Homeworks Construction offers free consultation on site or at the company’s office in the Homeworks Building at 2111 S. Beretania St. To make an appointment for a consultation call 808-955-2777 or visit

CONTACT 808-955-2777
ADDRESS 2111 S. Beretania St., Honolulu