Planning a Kitchen Remodel in Hawaii Adds Twists

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

Over the years, I've had no qualms about grabbing a sledgehammer and demolishing kitchens, wherever I've lived. There was a period in my life as well when I spent about 10 years buying homes, fixing them up and selling them. What we call flipping today. Because I knew the sorts of improvements buyers would like. The trick was to make small improvements that were inexpensive yet had the appearance of luxury. The homes looked more expensive.

However all of the things I have learned about kitchen remodels is not enough for a remodel in Hawaii. There are so many other considerations to ponder. Beginning with the weather, salt air, corrosion. You can read more of this story in my personal blog today at this link: Tips for Remodeling a Kitchen on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Pat Champion
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You are right for a remodel to work on a budget you must know what will work and what will not. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great afternoon.

Jun 12, 2018 11:02 AM #1
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Elizabeth- I can't wait to read more posts about your kitchen remodel!!!  That's pretty smart buying 3 vessel sinks at one time. If something does happen then you don't have to put your project on hold waiting for another one. 

We've done major projects DIY just once for each project because when we're done, Larry says "Next time we'll hire someone." And since he's a retired builder, and even when he was building homes, the last thing he wanted to do was anything resembling building something. 

BTW- I always cringe when people used to say "chinaman's chance in hell." Although maybe that meant that Chinese wouldn't be found there. I don't know. My allergy meds are kicking in so I'll stop rambling. 

 

Jun 12, 2018 11:10 AM #2
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Sounds like a fun project. I actually love all the planning that goes into a remodel.  And the guy is a bit sexist about the kitchen, Bernie spends much more time in that room than I do. As for the Jewish comments - oh brother, what a boob. 

On a positive note:  bet is is going to turn out great - despite the challenges of a remodel on the Big Island. D 

Jun 12, 2018 11:11 AM #3
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, remodeling is a tone of fun, especially when it's finished. Some people are just ignorant, so very sad. I'll never forget, man years ago, someone asked me if I was shocked to see all the cars in the US, I really didn't understand why she asked me that questions. Turns out, she thought people rode camels in Turkey.

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Nina Hollander
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Hi Elizabeth... I've redone two kitchens in my life and I'm done... way too many decisions to make and it never occured to concern myself if cabinets of a certain type and finish were next to windows. And I remember the days of waiting and waiting for things to come in. As I said, essentially I'm done... maybe that's why I built my current and last home from scratch... it was easier.

Jun 13, 2018 08:26 AM #5
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Pat Champion I suppose that's a consideration if you have a budget; whereas, I'd rather see what something costs and then determine if I feel like parting with that amount, LOL.

Jun 13, 2018 10:34 AM #6
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Kathy Streib Can't say that is a term I have ever used, although I have heard it before, now that you mention it. I say snowball's chance in hell, or a cold day in hell.

Jun 13, 2018 10:35 AM #7
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Well, there was that moment of panic when I woke up and realized I just assumed that a cabinet color change would go well with the quartz but I never really compared the quarz sample with the new cabinet color. So I raced to that storage unit and got a sample, took it to Lowe's and no, it did not complement the cabinets, so I chose a new color. It's those small moments of stress that I do not enjoy.

Jun 13, 2018 10:37 AM #8
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Beth Atalay I know people who do not know the name of the street behind their house because they've never gone there. People can really isolate themselves and sink into small realities that shut them off from the rest of the world.

I remember feeling shocked in grade school when another kid asked a Native American girl if she used silverware at home.

Jun 13, 2018 10:40 AM #9
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Nina Hollander When we got to the crown molding, I was tempted to say: just choose one for me. I do not want to make more decisions. Then I started to look at the crown molding samples and tried to feel if any particular design spoke to me -- it was a frightening experience -- because one did. Manufacturers know this, too, which makes it even scarier.

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Sounds like you are having great fun contemplating remodeling your house. Even though you come across questionnable characters but who have great stuff you want to buy. Seems like I've been buttoning my lip a lot here lately, but mostly that's about politics. Can't wait to compare notes with you at the end of the year.

Jun 14, 2018 12:19 AM #11
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Elizabeth, I feel your pain already!   I gutted my kitchen in 2015, and was tore up for 6 weeks.  Best of luck, and sounds like you have lots more to think about with Hawaii weather.

Jun 14, 2018 05:42 AM #12
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® I believe our rendezvous is only 200 days away. Almost half of the year is already gone! Where does it go?

Jun 14, 2018 08:59 AM #13
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Joan Cox I managed to remodel my last kitchen in 2 weeks, from gutting to backsplash. Doubt the same thing will happen here.

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It sounds like that kitchen guy you were dealing with was a real "gem," Elizabeht.  I've seen the work you have done around your Sacramento home.  I am certain this project at your Hawaii home will be as successful.

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