For most, home is a private sanctuary – a sacred retreat where families rejuvenate and recharge. Who doesn’t feel protective about their home? When a home needs to be updated to meet new family needs or be newly constructed to bring a dream to life, it’s time to find a design+build firm that’s competent, creative and communicative, not to mention trustworthy and transparent.

Finding that perfect partner is as unnerving as being home alone in the middle of the night and opening the front door to a stranger who knocks.

Last year, 750 building permits were granted on Oahu. In that same year, there were 450 complaints about these projects filed with our state’s Regulated Industries Complaint Office. Equally alarming is the fact that most homeowners who embark on construction spend less time researching how to do it well than they spend on their cell phone in one day.

Graham Builders’ monthly seminars have become a lighthouse for thousands of homeowners who wish to age in place, accommodate children and grandchildren or simply rejuvenate their sanctuary’s spaces. Skeptics who expect a pitch-perfect hard sell are pleasantly surprised that this seminar feels nothing like they thought. In fact, this hub for the curious and serious home enthusiasts leaves attendees enlightened and empowered because the seminar has a singular purpose — to set homeowners up for success by offering tips, tools and insights.

Graham Builders’ “Building Your Home for Life” seminar covers the important aspects of home construction projects, including common myths, avoidable pitfalls that could lead to inferior work, guidelines to select a quality builder, ways to stay within budget, design tips and more.

The free, two-hour event features design and build experts, finance gurus and more who collectively share more than 100 years of local experience in this area.

“Your connection to your builder will extend past the building phase,” said Ryan Graham, vice president of operations. “If you despise him, you won’t want him to do your warranty work. You want a builder who you can call 12 years later when you need to know the name of a painter for your home.”

The next monthly seminar is scheduled for May 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Honolulu Country Club. Call 593-2808 or go to for reservations.

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