Multigenerational families choosing to rebuild on site to obtain more living space instead of moving to a larger home elsewhere is a growing trend in older Oahu neighborhoods. Often the motivation is attachment to the neighborhood due to its familiarity and convenience to schools, shopping and workplaces. In addition, building a new custom home provides the family with an opportunity to participate in the design process and select features that support their unique lifestyle.

Creating multigenerational homes for Hawaii families is a specialty of Home-works Construction, an award-winning design-build firm in business for three decades. Projects in progress in Manoa, Kapahulu and St. Louis Heights (see photos) involved demolition of original family homes, which were 50- to 80-year-old single-story structures, and replacement with two-story custom designed residences with as much as double the amount of living area. Extra yard space was used to expand horizontally for the addition of covered decks and outdoor lanais as alternate locations for dining and entertaining, laundry areas, garages and paved driveways to augment parking options in densely built neighborhoods. Accessory dwelling units were added to accommodate extended family with private quarters offering independent living apart from the main house.

“In our meetings with the family at their home and our conference room, we discuss options for design and layout as well as the many details involved in customizing the new residence. We want to be sure it serves the needs of the several generations that will be living there,” says Homeworks president and chief administrative officer Marshall Hickox. “There are often varying opinions on fixtures and interior finishes so we work with the family to achieve a balance between functionality, aesthetics, durability and cost. They can review photos and renderings of other similar Homeworks projects. Budgeting and scheduling will also need to be considered. Because we are experienced in multigenerational homebuilding we can offer many options to choose from before making final decisions.”

Homeworks Construction was named “Builder of the Year” by the Building Industry Association and one of Hawaii’s “Best Construction Companies” in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Hawaii’s Best” awards program. The National Association of Home Builders designated the company a “Built Green Professional” and “Aging in Place Specialist.” To make an appointment for a no-fee consultation on site or at the Homeworks office at 2111 S. Beretania St., call 808-955-2777 or visit

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