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Purposeful, adaptable spaces-Honolulu Star Advertiser

Purposeful, adaptable spaces-Honolulu Star Advertiser

“We should learn from the snail,” wrote iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. “It has devised a home that is both exquisite and functional.” Not unlike the snail, Mike and Michelle Naito took their time building their dream house. They began the process with...

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Build with the best-Honolulu Star Advertiser

Build with the best-Honolulu Star Advertiser

Three out of 4 adults age 50 years and older would prefer to stay in their homes as they age, according to a recent AARP survey. One Oahu couple decided to plan proactively, working with Honolulu design/build firm Graham Builders to create a residence that will...

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Highlighting nature in design-build-Honolulu Star Advertiser

Highlighting nature in design-build-Honolulu Star Advertiser

“In Hawaii, your home extends to the boundaries of your property.” — Kurt Mitchell, AIA When it comes to residential design, the team at Graham Builders approaches each project with a carefully informed awareness of the potential of the relationship between a home and...

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Transforming your home– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Transforming your home– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

When thinking about remodeling or rebuilding a home, many focus on the tangible items of the project. Without a doubt, construction methods and materials are vital. But a home construction project can spawn other valuable transformations. Here are three additional...

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Freedom to age in place – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Freedom to age in place – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Since opening its doors in 1990, Graham Builders has collaborated with hundreds of Hawaii families to design functional, beautiful new homes and large renovations for multiple generations living under one roof. With years of expertise as a foundation, the Graham...

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The advantage of design+build– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

The advantage of design+build– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

The term “design-build” is just a few decades old. It was coined in 1993 by the newly created Design-Build Institute of America as a word for a project delivery method that integrates design and construction. But the design-build method has actually been applied to...

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A superior seminar– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

A superior seminar– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

During his first five years as a design-build contractor, Danny Graham met numerous homeowners who had had disastrous experiences with construction projects. There was a common thread: None of the homeowners were aware of the fundamentals needed for a successful end...

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A Full Service Design-Build Firm– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

A Full Service Design-Build Firm– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

For many Hawaii residents, home isn’t just where the heart is. It’s where decades of treasured memories are built by each generation. That was the scenario for an Oahu man who wanted increased space, improved energy efficiency and more accessibility for his family....

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Building an architect’s dream– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Building an architect’s dream– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

It was an older home built in the 1970s, a typical single-wall, low-pitched house with a wide-hipped roof and a carport in front, common throughout Hawaii. It had been in his wife’s family for more than 40 years, but as a commercial architect, he knew it was time to...

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Homeowners’ favorite spaces – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Homeowners’ favorite spaces – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

What makes a house feel deeply and unmistakably like one’s own? What makes a favorite space so special? In the course of building homes for hundreds of local residents over the past three decades, Honolulu design-build firm Graham Builders has created countless spaces...

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Creating homes for a lifetime – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Creating homes for a lifetime – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Since opening its doors in 1990, Graham Builders has collaborated with hundreds of Hawaii families to design functional, beautiful new homes and large renovations for multiple generations living under one roof. With years of expertise as a foundation, the Graham...

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Multigenerational home trends – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Multigenerational home trends – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

As thousands of families in Hawaii know, multigenerational housing can greatly enhance the lives of all who live under the same roof. This is especially true when the space under that roof has been designed with multiple nuclear families in mind. And, for real...

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Shifting interests drive design – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Shifting interests drive design – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Past generations identified the kitchen as a service space for cooking and cleaning. This outlook often drove the kitchen away from the shared spaces and placed it toward the rear of the home, walled off from living areas. Fast forward to the 21st century, an era in...

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Homes That Last– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Homes That Last– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

With the emergence of COVID-19 mandates in 2020, a Honolulu homeowner and his family discovered that their new residence, designed and completed a year earlier by Graham Builders, offered flexibility beyond their expectations. The major project began with the teardown...

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Remodel for Modern Times– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Remodel for Modern Times– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Now that 2021 has arrived, many Americans are redefining the definition of “home” as a place with exciting potential for expanded functionality and purpose. “This past year, many of us went back to basics — baking bread, planting gardens, building workbenches,...

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Multi-gen homes make sense– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Multi-gen homes make sense– Honolulu StarAdvertiser

With Hawaii’s family-centered culture and high housing cost, it’s likely you know someone who resides in a multigenerational home. These residences make up for more than 11% of Hawaii homes, and typically provide shelter for grandparents, adult children, and...

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Remodel blends old with new – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Remodel blends old with new – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

The owners of this 1965 mid-century modern ranch home hired Graham Builders to update their residence. They had visions of a multigenerational home that maintained its original style, yet was open, bright and accessible. Their desire was to have a dwelling that lived...

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6 tips for your next remodel – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

6 tips for your next remodel – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

A home construction project need not be overwhelming for you and your family. Graham Builders, Hawaii’s leader in residential design and construction, offers these tips for homeowners who are considering a remodel, addition or rebuild.  Tip 1: Realistic goals.  “Avoid...

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A firm foundation – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

A firm foundation – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Thirty years ago, Oahu homeowner Howard Humphreys decided to have some work done on his house. He didn’t have to think long about choosing a builder. “We were already familiar with Danny Graham’s commitment to good service, because we previously purchased a water...

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Remodel modernizes Mililani residence – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Remodel modernizes Mililani residence – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Janet and Richard Honda purchased their home in 1977 when houses were quickly replacing pineapple and sugar cane fields in central Oahu. After 41 years, their beloved home was showing signs of its age. Peeling kitchen cabinets, warping floors, difficult-to-clean...

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A look at ADUs’ many benefits – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

A look at ADUs’ many benefits – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Is an ADU right for YOUR family?As hundreds of island homeowners have learned, the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a creative solution for families who want to generate income from their property or need more space than their primary homes can...

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Local firm goes above and beyond – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Local firm goes above and beyond – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Graham Builders sets its bar high.With nearly three decades of experience, this design+build firm has developed methods and practices that go above and beyond industry standards and code requirements. These methods have proven to increase a house’s...

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Easy to live green – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Easy to live green – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

When it comes to living green, there are varying degrees of commitment.At one end of the spectrum, there’s the eco-warrior who cycles to and from work each day, doing his conscientious best to minimize his personal carbon footprint.At the other end,...

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Built to order – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Built to order – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

At the completion of every new home constructed by Graham Builders, a small brass seal is placed at the edge of the driveway. The seal includes a petroglyph depicted as a construction worker, and the words “Graham Builders Custom Designed and Built.” This...

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Prepare your home for family, safety – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Prepare your home for family, safety – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

"Families are organic and constantly changing." From every crisis comes opportunities for positive change and growth.The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reflect on what matters most in life. Modern society is reevaluating and reprioritizing its values,...

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Bringing the outdoors inside – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Bringing the outdoors inside – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

This outdoor dining lanai connects to the living room, master suite and guest bedrooms through broad sliding doors. Integrating the outdoors into one’s home can measurably improve happiness and well-being, according to health experts. Contact with nature...

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Comfortable multi-generational living – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Comfortable multi-generational living – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

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....

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30 years of happy homeowners – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

30 years of happy homeowners – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

30 years of homeowners give praises about their Graham Builders experience. Quality constructionWhen Danny Graham opened Graham Builders in 1990, he was already a successful businessman who owned a bustling realty company and water purification business....

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Homes for the holidays – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Homes for the holidays – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Similar to the kitchen triangle concept, Graham Builders has identified the ‘entertainment triangle’ consisting of the kitchen, indoor/outdoor living areas and an easy to access powder room. As the holiday season approaches, you might find yourself...

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Seeking shelter from the storm – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Seeking shelter from the storm – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

"Another option is a safe room. Usually made of concrete masonry units, a safe room is a windowless box inside a home that provides shelter from wind-borne projectiles during hurricanes and severe storms." - Ryan Graham, vice president, operations ...

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Tips for a successful remodel – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Tips for a successful remodel – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

The results of a remarkable update done to a 1965 mid-century Robert Katsuyoshi residence. The couple began with Graham's free educational seminar, then collaborated with the company's design team to develop a remodel that kept the charm of the old home while ushering...

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2019 Autumn Newsletter

2019 Autumn Newsletter

Highlights include a wheelchair accessible new home, why experts encourage homeowners to work with well-established builders and a video on an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) that was built in Manoa.

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A contractor you can count on – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

A contractor you can count on – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Licensing, liability and workers comp insurance, contract terms, availability… When you’re thinking about hiring a contractor, they’re all factors to consider. But the number of years a contractor has been in business might be the most telling factor of...

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Designing for the long term – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Designing for the long term – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

It’s been nearly 20 years since Graham Builders designed and built a home for a young couple and their two children. Although the views were stunning, the property presented challenges that could impact the home’s endurance. “Nuuanu is wet and windy so it was...

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Build with an eye on the future – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Build with an eye on the future – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Our island culture calls for families to care for their elders. Many choose to honor their kupuna by keeping them at home. Another reason that families decide to keep grandma and grandpa at home is the high cost of senior living facilities. It can be tricky, however,...

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New homes designed with community in mind – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

New homes designed with community in mind – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Some neighborhoods are respected for the history and architecture of the homes that line their streets. Consider Oak Park, Illinois, the Chicago suburb in which architect Frank Lloyd Wright spent the first two decades of his long career or New Orleans’ Garden...

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Builder sets its bar high – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Builder sets its bar high – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

With nearly three decades of experience, this design-build firm has developed methods and practices that go above and beyond industry standards and code requirements. These methods have proven to increase a house’s longevity, lowering utility and maintenance costs...

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Advance beyond structure – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Advance beyond structure – Honolulu StarAdvertiser

When thinking about remodeling or rebuilding a home, many focus on the tangible items of the project. Without a doubt, construction methods and materials are vital. But a home construction project can spawn other valuable transformations. Here are three additional...

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