Choosing to do a home construction project is a big decision. Large or small, your project will be an investment of time and money. Selecting the right builder can bring your vision to life and give you an experience that you will remember favorably for years to come. Local design+build contractor Graham Builders has guided hundreds of satisfied homeowners through successful projects for nearly 28 years.

When Ethan and Junedale Twer decided that their home needed major changes, they went to the BIA Home Building and Remodeling Show. The couple had a keen vision of what they wanted to do and after meeting the Graham Builders team, they decided that this design+build contractor had the experience and technical knowledge they needed for a successful project.

“We chose Graham Builders because we thought they were best suited to execute our vision for a sustainable, multi-generation, custom-built home,” said Ethan Twer. “As an architect with 20 years of experience working in the commercial sector and with very little residential experience, Graham Builders helped tailor the design to fit commonalities found in residential construction in Hawaii.”

The couple had a number of meetings with their Graham Builders architectural design team. The outcome was a set of functional plans that incorporated the desires the family sought. “The primary goal was to retain much of the existing 1970s home that’s been in the family for more than 40-years,” said Twer.
Like many homeowners, the couple wanted more living and storage space. To anticipate the needs of their multigenerational family, they asked to keep their residence on one floor and incorporate design principles that would grant everyone a safe, open and comfortable home.

The original three bedrooms, two baths home transformed into a magnificent single-story residence with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, bonus room off the new master suite, a study, mud room and an attic that has hundreds of feet of storage.

Junedale’s mother’s suite was modified to allow her to transition gracefully as she ages. Doorways were widened and grab bars were added. Two windows that faced their garden were replaced with French doors, allowing the daylight and greenery to flood her room.

“We were thrilled to see our vision that was years in the making finally come to fruition with the help of Graham Builders, and we are very satisfied living in our new home,” said Twer.

Homeowners interested in learning more about the ins-and-outs of home construction can attend Graham Builders’ upcoming “Building Your Home for Life” seminar on Saturday, June 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Honolulu Country Club. Seminars are free and reservations are required. To register, visit or call 593-2808.