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Kitchen Remodeling Tips From A Hawaii Construction Company

For some of us the idea of getting a new kitchen is extremely exciting. Many a cook would simply love to have their Dream Home. Numerous magazines discuss ideas and design strategies for these plans, but the fact is Hawaii remodeling can be far more difficult than many people think. Our Hawaii Builders want to give you a few quick things to think about before you decide to remodel your kitchen or anything for that matter.

First off you need to think about how long you intend to stay in the house you wish to remodel. A kitchen can cost a lot of money and take up a large amount of time. If you own your home and will be there for years to come then chances are it is worth it.

Secondly you need to figure out how much what you want is going to cost. Do some research and make a detailed list of expenses. It is also beneficial to contact a realtor and look into how much a new kitchen will raise the worth of your home. See if you or anyone you know has the equipment needed for the job. That said doing it yourself or pay a friend who knows what they are doing can reduce the cost as well, but be careful if either you or your friend lack the know how. The last thing you want to do is botch the job and have to pay more money for someone to come in and fix it.

Next you should think about the size of your kitchen. You can optimize the space that you have or even use various methods to increase the size of the space you have to work with. This is important when planning your hawaii remodeling job. It also wouldn’t hurt to contact a hawaii contractor and find out if you plans are even possible and get recommendations.

You should also look into your major house systems. IF you have any problems with the heating, electric, plumbing, or gas it might be possible to fix it while you are tearing things up. Changing these systems can add a lot to the cost of the project but may be worth it depending on the need.

Finally do your windows and doors need changing? If the ones in your kitchen are dated and are in need of a change now is the time to do it. If you choose to do this make sure you get high quality that won’t need to be replaced for a few years that hopefully help with heat insulation and let in lots of light.

Some of these things seem to be a little out of place but the fact is doing things all at once and getting them out of the way can sometimes be more cost effective. If your hawaii contractor will do all of it you may get a lump discount where the labor might be full price when they are done separately.  A new kitchen is a wonderful and exciting thing, but the fact is it takes a lot of planning and can be very expensive so don’t be afraid to get some help.

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Saving Money On Your Hawaii Dream Home

When you make the decision that you want your dream home there are many things to consider. One of the biggest stepping stones can be the cost of the project as a whole. Your Hawaii builders want to offer some tips on how you can save some cash when building your dream house.

First off you need to consider selling your home For Sale By Owner, or at the very least partially. Sites like forsalebyowner.com are great for bringing in some good traffic to your home. Be prepared to spend some time on it, while avoiding a realtor can save you money, it can burn a lot of your time.

You need to make sure you know what you want your dream home to be. Look around at other houses, new and old, and get some ideas. Make sure you know what you want when you walk in or else you may be paying more for changes.

Make sure you have a good architect. A good architect will be able to help you design the ideal floor plan for your lot. If you are not sure what you need and there is some doubt, don’t hesitate to get some help.

Make sure that you know your builder and his style. It never hurts to check out their previous works and see what kind of building they have worked with. A good builder is crucial to the whole project and you want to make sure you get exactly what you need.

You need to communicate with your builder in a way you haven’t ever communicated before! If they do not know what you want, they can’t build your home as you envision it. Make an effort to get on the same page and once again, communicate!

One of the best ways to save is to get a good banker. See a trend here? Your banker is crucial to getting you the best loan and interest rate that you can get. Working with them to ensure the lowest rate at the right time can make all the difference.

Abuse that free online shipping! If you are shopping online and see sites such as ebay or amazon that offer deals for free shipping, jump on it. Shipping costs can rival the product if you are not careful.

If you are handy with a hammer or know your way around a saw, don’t be afraid to get in there and do your part. With friends and family pitching in you can save thousands by doing some work yourself.

Lastly make sure you know what furniture and appliances you need and have them picked out in advance. If you discover that you forgot a bed and need one asap, you could easily miss out on deals and savings that you may have gotten by pulling that trigger at the right time. Planning is very important.

When it comes to building your dream home you don’t want to miss out on the best parts. Reducing the overall cost as much as you can may open up options that were previously out of the question. Bobby Inc. is a Hawaii home builder that not only builds your house precisely as you want it, but they also can be your architect offer you financing, and even assists with savings! Regardless of your needs Bobby Inc. can make it happen.

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Green Plumbing Tips From A Hawaii Construction Company

In today’s world “going green” is not just for the environmentalists. There are many “green” practices that are not only good on the environment but will save you a good chunk of change as well. It’s all about efficiency in the market today and we are just now starting to realize the importance of conserving water and energy. These are a few tips from a Hawaii Construction Company that will help you turn your plumbing “green”, and not the color.

Getting a high efficiency toilet is important. If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier chances are it uses 3.5 to 7 GPF (gallons per flush). Replacing your toilet can reduce that number to less than 1.3 GPF which is a 60% decrease, without compromising performance. That said, more than a few modern toilets have the option to give a half flush or a full flush. This saves even more water and money.

Fix those leaky faucets. A single leaky faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water per day. If you are worried that you may have a leak anywhere in your plumbing, call a plumber to check it out. The cost to fix the issue will save you a lot of money in the long run and even more if you have multiple leaks.

Low flow shower heads and aerators for sinks are wonderful for limiting the water flow as well as saving you money. A shower in particular gushes water at an alarming rate. Reducing shower time is another way to ease the pain to the wallet. Even if you cut a single minute per shower you can save up to 700 gallons per month.

Many homes are built with essential pipes running through exterior walls, which is rather inefficient. In colder states this means that the water is being cooled before it comes out of the faucet or shower and therefor takes longer to heat up. Fixing this can be as easy as insulating your pipes or even eliminating the pipes through the exterior walls.

Tankless water heaters are becoming all the rage. A tankless water heater works great in a warmer climate. Unlike water tank heaters the tankless heat only the water that is needed at that moment rather than heating a large portion constantly whether it’s used to not. This saves you at least 40 to 50% on your energy costs. That’s some huge saving.

“Going Green” is the new thing in our society today. Some people still scoff at the idea which can be a mistake. “Going Green” is no longer just for the environmentalists. The money conscious and the practical are starting to realize the benefits of a simple lifestyle or appliance change. Hawaii is a great example of this as the building materials needed are light but are storm resistant. Not only do Hawaiian residents need to worry about storms and wind, but humidity and bugs can be a big problem that needs to be addressed and this can all be done with a Hawaii Home Builder with the right mindset.

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Going Green with Hawaii Builders

All over the world and specifically Hawaii, people are turning to green options when it comes to Hawaii custom homes. Basically this means people are changing their homes and personal environments to be more eco friendly. We will cover what “green” home building really entails, how it is done, and why you might want to think about going green yourself.

Green home building in a nutshell means that your house is built out of foam. That’s right, foam. The Saebi Alternative Building System, or SABS, is a multi-patented composite building that utilizes recycled foam as the core material for the walls, roof, floor, and ceiling of the home. Additionally the green building efforts are focused on conserving water consumption, maintaining existing flora and fauna, retrofitting homes with energy efficient appliances, improving indoor air quality by upgrading ventilation systems, and using materials like recycled countertops, reclaimed wood, and non-toxic substances.

Now that we know what a going green entails we will talk about how it’s all put together. The foam panels at first appear to look and feel like the Styrofoam used for coolers, but these panels are much thicker, denser, and are fire-resistant and termite-proof. The frame is made without straps, tie downs, nuts, or bolts. It is then sprayed with a shell of cement mixture of sand, cement, glass fiber, and other similar materials. This is to ensure that your home is solid and hurricane proof. It is also resistant to salt spray, water penetration, mold, and rust, just a few of Hawaii home builders favorite hurdles to jump. All of this is done according to the Hawaii construction code. On of the few changes in lifestyle can include that you have to use a drill and a masonry anchor instead of nails when hanging artwork.

So what do you really get out of green home building? First off it is shockingly cheaper compared to regular building methods. The completion time is accelerated as the materials are easier to handle. There is a highly reduced risk of injury. The materials are widely available all over the world and are all nontoxic. For the green lovers it is 99% recyclable EPS foam as well. There is no requirement of wood or the farming of rainforests. The materials are flexible which frees up some unique building designs. The finished home is air tight and there are greatly reduced energy costs. It is capable of withstanding up to category 5 winds, adding a good amount of hurricane resistance. The materials can withstand earthquakes up to 3 times worse than California’s worst. It is Class A fire resistant, as well as mold mildew and water damage resistant. There is a decent amount of sound resistance between rooms and it is also rodent and termite resistant, which is perfect for all the annual damage caused by them in Hawaii.

This all sounds too good to be true, right? The good news is that it is not. Not only is there construction but it is not difficult to incorporate green building in your Hawaii home remodeling plans. Our Hawaii Builders are more than willing to work with you to get you the end product that you desire and we sincerely hope that you give this some serious thought during your next project. For more information contact our Hawaii contractors.

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