Using high-quality construction materials for a renovation or new home pays off for homeowners. Hawaii’s unique environment can devour low-quality materials quickly, along with any perceived savings. Better quality materials also provide greater safety and security.

Homeworks Construction has been building homes locally for 30 years. The team is committed to building homes with better products. Here are a few reasons why it makes a difference:

Intense sunlight, salt air, heavy rain, wind, humidity and even the occasional hurricane cause Hawaii homes to take a serious beating. Building materials must be able to protect against corrosion, ultraviolet radiation and water damage. Quality materials are engineered to last, which means less repair and replacement.

Hawaii’s high-humidity climate can lead to mold and mildew growth. Condensation from air conditioning and damp breezes through windows can spell disaster.
“We understand the climate and not only design to minimize negative impacts, we use the best materials available for Hawaii’s weather,” says Marshall Hickox, president of Homeworks Construction. “The result is better indoor air quality and reduced risk of structural damage later.”


Using energy-efficient construction materials like insulated windows and quality roofing help regulate indoor temperatures. Energy-efficient materials contribute to lower utility bills and increased comfort. This is important in Hawaii, where cooling costs can soar.

High-quality cabinets, countertops and flooring provide more options. Low-cost product lines, on the other hand, don’t come with as much.

“Building with better products means more options for customization and flexibility. Homeworks Construction is a custom, design-build company, so building with better products is part of our customization process already,” Hickox says.

Choosing materials with low environmental impact, such as recycled or locally sourced materials, aligns with the growing commitment to sustainability.


“A well-built home is a green home,” he says. “We have Green Builder certification through the National Association of Home Builders and were the first recipients of Hawaiian Electric Co.’s Green Building Award in 2000.”

While higher quality may mean bigger up-front cost, the result is in long-term savings. These materials require less maintenance and replacement over time, reducing the overall lifecycle costs of homeownership.

“This is crucial for homeowners to understand about bidding … if you have two contractors offering wildly different pricing, it most likely comes down to the base materials used and the allowance or (quality) that the homeowners can invest in finishes, fixtures, cabinets, etc,” Hickox says.

Make sure your contractor is committed to using high-quality products and enjoy a home that provides lasting comfort, energy efficiency and long-term value. It’s a strategic investment that will pay off.
For questions about remodeling, building a new home or adding to an existing home email mrh@ to receive a free consultation.