1. Plan Carefully
When planning a home renovation, nail down as many decisions as possible and stick to the plan. Change orders often occur, but hopefully they can be limited to the unforeseen things like wiring and plumbing which are in the walls. Having a designer is a produce drawings will help with the bidding and cost engineering but if you can’t afford one there is another option: Pay the contractor an agreed upon amount to explore what is behind the walls and in the attic then move forward with your plan. Long term planning for aging in place is also a big trend now with the aging baby boomers.
2. Consider the Space
Storage is at a premium in Hawaii with our small houses and active lifestyle, so make every inch count! For example, are closets necessary or does that space have more value if the bathroom is on the other side of the wall and it can be used to increase the bathroom size? Many bathrooms in our older homes are the same width as a tub- 5 feet. So many times it makes more sense to install open shelving rather than a cabinet to keep the room feeling over crowded. In single wall homes a bathroom built in lower cabinet could serve as a night stand cabinet in the bedroom on the other side of the wall.
3. Open the House to the Outdoors
Gentle trade winds and warm nights won’t make a difference unless you have a seamless transition to the back yard with a spacious covered lanai to bring the outside in. A flat roof is the most economical way to go but it can make the addition dark, so add a few sky lights to invite natural light in. If you are suffering through sweltering summers, insulate the attic, upgrade the windows and put in split AC systems where you need them. If the kitchen has an exterior wall, I like to have sliding windows to be able to open up to the lanai or back yard.
No matter what your goals, the home renovation experts at TM Builders have the knowledge and expertise to tackle any project. Visit their website to learn more and browse the gallery, or call (808) 262-7722 to schedule your consultation today.