It hardly seems possible, but Graham Builders hosted its very first Building Your Home for Life seminar in 1996. Over the past 28 years, hundreds of Oahu homeowners have taken advantage of the construction and renovation information shared at each free session.

“The seminars have been a way to help homeowners make informed decisions about remodeling, renovating or rebuilding,” says Lenore Smith, client-care manager at the award-winning Honolulu design-build firm. “We do our best to ensure that attendees leave our seminars feeling more confident about the design process and about hiring construction professionals.”

As Smith explains, each seminar lasts about two hours, and is followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

“It’s a free seminar and it’s very informal, but it’s packed with information,” she adds. “We provide the seminars as a community service to anyone and everyone, whether you decide to contract with Graham Builders or not.”


Smith estimates that roughly one-third of the attendees actually hire the company.

Useful, real-world info
With almost three decades of seminars under its belt, Graham Builders has developed a concise overview of critical information people need before building, remodeling or renovating a home. Topics include:

How to avoid common pitfalls

Setting and staying within budget

Project financing


Designing for your needs

As many Oahu homeowners have proclaimed over the years, the Building Your Home for Life seminars have helped demystify the complex, often intimidating, world of construction.

“We had been having difficulty finding a contractor who was a good fit for what we wanted,” says one client. “My friend gave me a list of names that included Graham Builders. I knew at the first meeting that this might be the builder for us. Once my husband and I attended their seminar, we were sure that we wanted to build with them.”

Another client adds, “Our experience with Graham Builders was positive, starting from the free informational seminar to the final walk-through and open house. The seminar was an important first step for us; we really had very little idea about where to start, and the seminar covered everything from financing to what to look for when choosing a builder. Even though Graham Builders sponsored the evening, it was not a high-pressure sales pitch; it was truly informative and helpful.”


Founded in 1990, Graham Builders remains the only contractor in Hawaii honored by the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics. Plan your dream home with Graham Builders’ free Building Your Home for Life seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 15 at the Honolulu Country Club. Register at or call 808-593-2808.

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