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OCTOBER 17, 2021
  As buildable land be- comes more scarce on Oahu and prop-
erty and home prices con- tinue to rise, many owners are maximizing their real estate assets by remodeling and building new while tak- ing advantage of record low interest rates. Homeworks Construction has been the contractor of choice for property owners who have been successful in their en- deavor to achieve their goals of redeveloping existing properties.
A case in point is a recent Homeworks project involv- ing a large Kaneohe property with an existing dwelling and space for further improve- ments. However, the avail- able remaining space was a steep hillside that made construction of an additional structure problematic.
“Once Homeworks pro- vided an approved develop- ment plan, the owner want- ed to move forward quickly with the project,” says Sylvio Boucher, Homeworks presi- dent and chief of field op- erations.
The unique home is
ADDRESS 2111 S. Beretania St., Honolulu WEB
50-year-old structure that previously occupied the 5,000-square-foot site.
“The owner not only need- ed a lot more room, he want- ed his new family home to be an ‘oasis’ with a large lanai for entertaining and outdoor dining overlooking gardens and the swimming pool,” says Homeworks president and chief administrative of- ficer Marshall Hickox.
Other design priorities included taking advantage of views of Diamond Head and Kapiolani Park, architec- tural compatibility with the historic neighborhood, and creating privacy on a small
lot in a densely developed area, which was achieved through orientation of the structure, landscaping, and addition of perimeter fenc- ing and rock walls.
“Although there was not much room to build outward and the front of the property is close to the road, we were able to come up with layout solutions that made bet- ter use of available space,” Hickox adds.
Interior living spac- es are augmented by a 600-square-foot lanai that includes a study and craft room. An accessory dwell- ing unit (ADU) was added
over the garage. Additions are another
option available to property owners looking to increase usable living space as well as enhance value. A ’70s Waia- lae Iki home, originally 4,000 square feet, gained approxi- mately 1,800 square feet and expanded views with addi- tions designed and built by Homeworks. New construc- tion focused on the rear of the home, which overlooks the valley and mountains.
“We demolished the old deck and lanai of the ex- isting two-story home and built a new upper level din- ing area,” Boucher says. “On the ground level, adjacent to the new swimming pool, we constructed a deck and 414-square-foot recreation room. Multiple sets of stairs were added to provide ac- cess from the pool level to the first and second floors.
“Due to the 40-degree slope and minimal space to access the project area, all work had to be done by hand, including moving ma- terials. This project was a big challenge and required intensive coordination be- tween suppliers, subcon- tractors and workers.”
Established over two de- cades ago as a design-build firm, Homeworks Construc- tion has been chosen as one of Hawaii’s “Best Construc- tion Companies” in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Hawaii’s Best” awards program for the third consecutive year and was named “Builder of the Year” by the Building In- dustry Association. The Na- tional Association of Home Builders has designated the company a “Built Green Professional” and “Aging in Place Specialist.”
For more information or to make an appointment for a free consultation at the Homeworks office or your jobsite, call 808-955-2777 or go to homeworkshawaii. com.
   perched on a 10,000-square- foot lot, one of three subdi- vided by the owner from a total 3.4-acre parcel, and is being built for a family member; the owner occu- pies an existing house on another lot.
“Preparing the lot for con- struction was a challenge,” Boucher notes. “Large trees and root networks were removed while preserving surrounding foliage to pro- vide privacy and preserve
forest atmosphere. Due to the 30-degree slope, much of this work had to be done by hand, including 300 feet of trenching for installation of utilities.”
The 1,078-square-foot home opens to a 400-square- foot deck and captures views of Windward Oahu and the ocean.
Earlier this year, Home- works completed a custom home in Diamond Head that doubles the size of the

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