With many of us spending more time at home, homeowners across the island are contemplating major home construction projects.
Interest rates are at their all-time low and the increased “WFH” (work from home) culture has highlighted the good and bad of existing spaces.
Consider these tips from Graham Builders, Hawaii’s leader in residential design and construction. Each will minimize stress and encourage a successful remodel, addition or rebuild outcome.
Tip 1: Expect the unexpected.
Work with experienced professionals who will help you identify potential project challenges. “Don’t fool yourself into thinking nothing can go wrong, and it’ll be a seamless and painless process,” advises Evan Fujimoto, president of Graham Builders. “There are always challenges in construction. Sometimes it takes just as long to plan and design a renovation as it does to actually carry out the work – and that’s OK!”
Tip 2: Begin with the essentials.
Focus on functionality, durability, and what will make your life easier. A basic design program will clearly articulate all the things you’d like your renovation to be. “Whether your family desires a multigenerational home, a family room bump-out or an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit), this is an essential tool that allows all stakeholders understand the goals,” says Fujimoto.
Tip 3: Realistic goals.
“Avoid turning your home into something it was never meant to be,” Fujimoto recommends. “When remodeling a 1950s single-wall home, focus on updating the look working with the existing palette of finishes…don’t attempt to completely transform it into a post-modern concrete, glass and steel dwelling. If your heart is set on an extreme change, consider rebuilding your residence.”
Tip 4: Weigh cost versus value.
“Fix the delayed maintenance issues first and then focus on functional improvements,” Fujimoto asserts. “In other words, take care of a leaky roof or shifting foundations before you devote a lot of money into a bathroom and kitchen remodel.”
Tip 5: Work with experts to determine what you can afford.
Find out how much you can afford to invest in your project before visiting contractors. “Consider your total monthly payment to determine if this is an affordable or feasible project,” suggests Fujimoto. “A good mortgage broker can help you responsibly manage your assets and funds.” Successful home construction projects require help from an experienced team of professionals.
Tip 6: Educate yourself.
Residential construction can appear convoluted and overwhelming for homeowners without proper information. Graham Builders offers a free seminar that covers the essential guidelines for a successful, safe home construction project. The company has helped thousands of homeowners since starting home construction seminars in 1996.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Graham Builders remains the only contractor in Hawaii honored by the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics. You are invited to register for Graham Builders Saturday, January 9 FREE “Building Your Home for Life” seminar, visit their library of beautiful projects or call 593-2808.