By Maria Kanai
Summer is a season of visiting family and friends, which is why for many of us, the option of having a guest room comes in handy. If you have folks planning to spend a week or two at your house during the summer, they’ll be more comfortable if they have their own separate room. You can plan for their arrival with Atlas Construction, a family-run homebuilding company that has been voted five years in a row, since 2013, as “Hawaii’s Best” contractor for quality work and dedicated customer service in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s People’s Choice Awards.
Rodney Kim, vice president of Atlas Construction, helps customers take the “guess work” out of guest visits with worthy suggestions. “Typically, it’s great if you’re able to use a space that you already have and use that for your guest bedroom,” shared Kim. “Another way might be to extend on the rear of the house or to build along the roofline. This way, you limit the amount of work that needs to be done and can save on your budget.”
Another idea is to build the guest room as a multi-purpose room. “The room can be used as a guest room and then a rec room when no one’s there. You can have the opening of the room as a double door or a pocket door that would open up and extend into the living room. Then you can close it so that guests can have privacy when they’re there,” Kim continued.
For homeowners whose family members may become a permanent addition to the home down the road, you can turn the guest room into something more private by including a bathroom or a wall. Kim recommended building a private entry room with a side or rear door.
“Here at Atlas Construction, we’re all about family,” said Kim. “We understand, especially in Hawaii, that multigenerational families are common. For example, you might decide to move in to take care of elderly parents or your kids may stay with you with their own children so you can help raise the kids. As a family-run business made up of four generations, we want to make sure our company supports the entire ohana and can come up with flexible plans that leave your home open for future changes and opportunities.”
As a full-service construction company that’s been in business for more than 25 years, Atlas Construction has a tried-and-true four-step process that’s proven to work well. First, Kim will help customers figure out a realistic and clear budget. “If customers have their own desires about where to place the guest room or what to include, we’ll be sure to include those details into the budget. We can also provide more than one budget so that customers can choose,” mentioned Kim.
After a design consultation — visiting the site and making sure that the construction would be feasible — he and his staff will sit down with clients to set up a firm budget and a monthly payment plan. After the design consultation and budgeting, Kim and his staff will assist with drafting and design — where designs will be put on paper. During this process, he will also call in other contractors. For example, in Hawaii, termites are a common setback. If this is an issue, Kim will refer the client to a trusted and reliable termite inspector — one of many local businesses on their referral list. Since Atlas Construction has 40 to 45 projects a year, and after being in business for four generations, they know that relationships are key. “Whether it’s a soil engineer, a realtor or a special management area contact, we pride ourselves with our list of reliable specialists,” said Kim.
Throughout this process, Atlas recommends attending its open houses, which take place once a month.
Clients will be able to see an actual project that has been completed by Atlas Construction — you can learn more about future open houses in ads in the Star-Advertiser newspaper or the company’s online website and social media.
Another good resource would be attending Atlas Construction’s informational building seminars, which are held monthly. The seminars are free and open to the public, and potential clients can learn about the different steps of putting together a budget, having site visits, getting permits and more.
Finally, the fourth step would be the actual completion of the project’s construction documents, which include gathering appropriate documents such as building permits from the county’s building division.
For more information on Atlas Construction, visit atlasconstruction808.com.