Zero-step showers and other accessible features are key to creating a home that is safe for elders. These components also simplify caring for young children.
There’s a good chance that you know another adult sharing residence with Tutu, Mom and keiki. After all, more than one in 10 Hawaii homes have at least three generations under roof. This popular trend is expected to continue its upward climb. According to Locations Hawaii, the median price for a single-family home on Oahu soared beyond $825,000 in December. High housing costs, coupled with a culture that takes care of ohana, make multigenerational living attractive to many.
With three decades of experience, Graham Builders has helped hundreds of Hawaii families design and construct their homes. In fact, the award-winning company has built a reputation as Hawaii’s favorite multigenerational and aging-in-place design+build firm. Their secret? The company works closely with homeowners and their family during the design phase, sharing successful strategies that other families have used.
“Over the years we’ve learned that there are common requirements for successful, collaborative living,” said company president Evan Fujimoto. “It’s important for family members to have private spaces they can retreat to. Noise from Grandpa’s booming television and the kids’ video games must be buffered. Even having a system to organize the slippers at the front door should be addressed.
Graham Builders’ design staff works closely with family members through its shared process. Homeowners are assigned their personal architectural designer and coordinator. Face-to-face meetings enable the designer to understand the homeowner’s unique lifestyle and goals. This team approach, coupled with decades of successful experience, produces homes that fit the individuals and family.
Homeowner Carl Williams shared, “Graham Builders’ design philosophy worked well because we could go phase by phase and achieve our family’s needs. We recommend Graham Builders for anyone looking for a rebuild or remodel or whatever you need.”
Founded in 1990, Graham Builders remains the only contractor in Hawaii honored by the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics. You’re welcome to attend Graham Builders’ free “Building Your Home for Life” seminar on Saturday, March 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. Details and registration are at grahambuilders.com or call 593-2808.