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Kitchen Design Trends Inspired by Restaurant Kitchens

6 Kitchen Design Trends Inspired by Restaurant Kitchens
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Not all kitchen design trends stand the test of time, but a restaurant kitchen is meant to be as functional as possible for as long as possible. Taking a few cues from restaurant kitchens can help you create a residential kitchen that you'll be sure to love for years to come!

Restaurant Kitchen

1. Forget the Island
A kitchen island allows for lots of prep space and storage but can also make even a large space seem cramped and crowded. A work table in place of the kitchen island still provides plenty of room to work, offers shelving underneath for storage, and can be moved easily when not in use.

2. Consider a Stainless Steel Backsplash
Stainless steel is durable, doesn't absorb microbes, and is fire-resistant, which is why it's long been a popular material for commercial kitchen backsplashes. It's also easy to clean and coordinates with most kitchen styles.

3. Hang Utensil Rods
Rarely do restaurant kitchens keep utensils in drawers, as this is a surefire way to create a cluttered, jumbled mess. A utensil rod or two will keep all your kitchen tools organized, in plain sight, and close at hand.

4. Install a Magnetic Knife Strip
Much like utensil rods, many commercial kitchens include magnetic strips along walls to hold chefs' knives. Storing knives on a magnetic wall strip reduces the risk of cutting yourself while rooting around in a drawer and also allows you to easily see each knife blade type and size. A magnetic knife strip also eliminates the need for a bulky knife block on the countertop.

5. Use Wire Shelving in Your Pantry
Wire shelving allows for air circulation around your stored foodstuffs, reducing damage from heat and humidity. Wire shelves also don't need cleaning as often as standard wood shelves.

6. Install an Open Shelf Over the Stovetop
Many commercial kitchens feature an open shelf or two over the stovetop, for holding pots and pans, spices, timers, and even a recipe or prep instructions. Consider asking your kitchen contractor about an open shelf over your new stovetop, for added convenience and to break up the look of a bare wall behind the stove.
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Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
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808 358-9700

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Hula and Cultural

Hula and Cultural Immersion Program
Are you planning a trip to Hawaii?  Have you heard of the Hula?  Would experiencing the hula, music and Hawaiian culture being taught by a native Hawaiian Kumu add interest and value to your trip?
Join me for a 7,14 or 28 day immersion program into the authentic life philosophy of the hula and the Hawaiian culture.
The live-in immersion program is the way students were traditionally taught back in the time of our ancestors.  Students, known as Haumana, were removed from their homes and went to live with the kumu where the halau - school - became their life. 
I am a Kumuhula - Hula Teacher here on the island of Oahu.  I’ve been a kumu for over 40 years and have taught many, many haumana (students) both here in Hawaii and in California.  My goal is to perpetuate the hula, music and Hawaiian culture by sharing all of it with as many people as I can for as long as I can.  My hula comes down to me from my family lineage with my mom being my first kumu.  Through her teaching and my family line, I’ve learned to teach the spirit of the hula right along with the technical aspects.
Imagine seeing all the magic of the island and learning the culture from a Kanaka Maoli - Indigenous Person.  Not only will you be able to dance the hula, you will have the deeper knowledge and spiritual connection that is the hula.
During your time here, I will also teach you the ukulele and hawaiian songs.  And I’ll give you a taste of the Hawaiian language as well.  All this and a Hawaiian vacation too.  What more could you ask for?
The is a “live-in residence” immersion at my house with myself and my husband in a workshop program environment.  I am the Kumu and my husband is my supporter and technical advisor.
The class sessions and immersion living allows you free time on your own to enjoy the sights and sounds of the island while you learn the hula and culture.
Students will have shared room accommodations with another like-minded student depending on the number of student sign-ins.  Kitchen, laundry facilities and living areas are provided.  Our home is a cozy 2 story townhouse with the kitchen, living and dining room and half bath downstairs and 3 bedrooms and full bathroom upstairs.
Everyone’s stay in my house will be as a member of my ‘ohana = family, and are requested to participate in shared cooking, light house-keeping and taking care of their own laundry needs. 
Students will provide their own food and transportation.  Fortunately, on Oahu, we have an excellent bus transportation system that goes all over the island for those of you who don’t drive.  There are also all the major car rentals agencies where you can pick up your car at the airport.  There are taxis at the airport as well.  Our townhouse complex is just 20 minutes from the airport. 
We live in the country with all the conveniences of the city.  The major stores like Costco, Ross, Target, Walmart and Safeway are here along with Oahu’s newest mall - Ka Makana Ali’i.  There are also 2 large movie theaters and all kinds of restaurants here from fast food like McDonald’s to great dining like Outback Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory and GyuTaku Japanese bar b que.  We also have a beautiful resort area just minutes from our home.  Disney’s Aulani hotel is there along with the Four Seasons hotel.  There are 4 beautiful, sandy lagoons there and it’s not unusual to see wedding couples taking pictures on these lagoons.  World famous Makaha beach is just a 40 minute drive up the highway.           
On Wednesdays and Sundays, the Farmers Market comes to the mall.
Because Oahu is the main island in the Hawaiian chain, there’s so much to do that you’ll actually want to be very selective with the sights and activities you would like to experience.  I’ll be happy to send you suggestions, just let me know.
Tuition and Accommodation Fees:
28 days = $2,600
14 days = $1,500
7 days = $    800


My Loan Was Sold. What Gives?

My Loan Was Sold. What Gives?
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You've just moved in to your new home. You've unpacked, and you're starting to settle in when you receive a letter informing you that your mortgage has been sold and is being serviced by a new institution. Is this allowed? Have the terms of your mortgage changed? Why would your lender sell your mortgage?

Mortgage Bricks

Among the many documents you signed when you first applied for a loan was a Mortgage Servicing Disclosure. This document tells you what percentage of the lender’s loans are sold. More often than not, the majority of loans approved and funded by a particular mortgage company will be sold to someone else. It's important to note that just because your mortgage has been sold, this does not change the terms of your loan. Your loan payment and interest rate will not, and cannot, be impacted.

You’re probably wondering, “Why go through all the effort of originating, approving, and funding a loan just to forgo all the interest that new loan provides?” The answer is surprisingly simple. If not for selling the loan, the lender would soon run out of money to lend.

Mortgage companies today work with a line of credit. It’s not as if the mortgage company approves a loan then opens up a vault full of money to fund your mortgage. When it’s time to fund your loan, the lender taps into the line of credit for the necessary amount. In order to replenish this line of credit, the lender sells the loan to a third party. Once the loan is sold, the lender now has more funds to make more loans. Who is the loan sold to? Many times it’s sold to other mortgage companies, but ultimately the loan is sold either to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

The marketplace for all this loan buying and selling is called the secondary market for mortgages. This secondary market is robust and active and keeps the mortgage market liquid. Without a secondary market, there would be fewer loans issued and still fewer choices. When your loan is sold it’s not because your original lender doesn’t appreciate your business, it’s so they can continue to service other home buyers and make more loans.
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Neaulani Kuamo'o-Peck (RA) RS 73536 CLS, CNAS RS 73536

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
RS 73536
808 358-9700

Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties is owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. 


To Turf or Not to Turf

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To Turf or Not to Turf
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Installing TurfYard care is a big consideration for homeowners. Real grass is high maintenance, a water hog, and expensive to replace. Artificial grass may be a good alternative for some households. Here are some of the pros and cons of turf:

Pro: No maintenance.
Artificial grass does not require mowing, edging, seeding, or watering. Once you lay it down, you’re done.

Con: Initial expense.
Turf prices range from $8–14 per square foot. You can find some sales and deals, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for. The upside is you won’t need to replace or re-seed it.

Pro: Long-term durability.
“The life expectancy of artificial turf can be upwards of 25 years,” says Gardenista, “making it a less costly alternative to real turf over its life span.”

Con: It might be against the rules.
If you live in a community with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), be sure to get permission first. Turf is becoming more common, which is convincing more HOAs to approve its use, but check first. You don't want to make a big investment in turf only to be told you have to rip it out and replace it with grass.

Pro: It’s eco-friendly.
The water savings element is huge if you’re looking to live a little greener. Some manufacturers even use recycled materials, such as old tires or plastic bottles.

Con: It’s not biodegradable.
Artificial grass will end up in a landfill some day.

Pro: It’s pet-friendly.
“The good news is that pet waste won’t negatively impact your artificial grass, and turf is easy to clean,” says Purchase Green. There are also specific types of turf that are designed for animals.

Con: It’s hot.
“Real grass has a cooling effect when the air temperature is high. Artificial grass lacks this cooling quality,” says SFGATE. “The grass itself may become hotter than the air and can make the surrounding air feel hotter.”

Pro: It looks great all year round
If you live in an area where the lawn is dormant in the winter, it will be a nice change to see your lush, green (faux) lawn, even in negative temps.

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Looking Past Sale Price When Buying a Home

As a home buyer, you may focus too much on a home’s sale price – whether it meets your budget or even if it’s a lucky number. Before you begin the home search, make sure that you take into account other factors such as your own credit. When you pay off outstanding loans and reduce debt before beginning the process of looking for a new home, you can significantly impact the interest rate you will pay and whether or not you qualify for a loan.


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Curb appeal

Update your home's curb appeal with pops of color that add a cheerful touch this time of year.


Get a Step Up with Railings
Chipped, tired railings can make a home look outdated and unkempt, but making those pieces look new again is a relatively quick and easy project. Keeping the railing monochromatic in a color that complements the rest of the house's paint and trim creates a clean look. If you want to add some variety, use a secondary shade in the same color family and apply it to the main posts or the spindles.

Create DIY Doormats
An affordable and unique way to create a "wow" moment at your home’s entry is to craft a DIY doormat with spray paint. A chevron pattern is an easy way to make a statement by simply using painter's tape and two different colors of spray paint.

Put the Spotlight on Light Fixtures
Small splashes of color can go a long way, especially with a feature like exterior light fixtures. For light fixtures to stand out against a neutral-colored home, try spray painting them a bold hue, such as bright yellow, for a burst of color.

Refresh Patio Furniture
Over time, patio furniture loses its luster. If it's still in good shape, you can bring it back to life with a fresh coat of spray paint. All the angles can make it difficult to cover every surface, so choose a product that promotes easy application. Remember to tilt furniture back and apply color to the feet and legs for an all-over finish that's ready to weather the season.

Makaha House

Nice home close to world famous Makaha beach. No maintenance fees. No association fees. Assumable VA mortgage at 3.75%. Tax records and actual room count do not match. Lots of room for the family. Perfect starter home as well as investment property. Both rooms at the back of the house have their own separate entries. Tenant occupied so showings by appointment only. Please use Showing Time at Schedule a Showing (beneath the picture) to request showings. Relax and check out the Virtual Tour by clicking on the movie reel icon below the picture.

To speak with us directly about this home or schedule a showing, call 808 358-9700


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Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

5 Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

Check out these plants that naturally repel mosquitoes for your Kauai Home and anywhere else you may live.
Guest post by Rachael Baihn
Many homeowners want to enjoy their outdoor living space but don’t want to get eaten by mosquitoes while doing so. Bug repellents and bug zappers are effective but don’t keep those nasty bugs away from your outdoor living area. Check out these plants that naturally repel mosquitoes and other annoying bugs that keep you from using your outdoor space more often:
1. Lavender
This beautiful purple colored plant is a natural mosquito repellent with a wonderful fragrance. Lavender is a great addition to an outdoor space as it adds color as well as keeps bugs at bay. Its unique scent will keep insects and rabbits away and is very hardy. Lavender tends to spread out and can get quite large so make sure that you have enough space when planting this beauty. Lavender does well in warmer climates but can withstand a wide variety of environments as well.
2. Citronella Grass
This plant is a no brainer when it comes to its ability to keep mosquitoes at bay. Citronella is a commonly used ingredient in many natural mosquito repellents and this grass does well in doing just that. The lemon scent of Citronella Grass is incredibly good at repelling bugs and does well in planters. Place a few pots around an outdoor living space for ultimate protection against biting insects.
3. Catnip
As a variation of the mint family, catnip is very good at deterring insects. It is low maintenance and does well in planters as it has a tendency to creep into other areas of the garden. A recent study showed that catnip was actually much more effective than DEET and the natural repelling aspects are impressive. If you do decide to choose this mosquito repelling plant have a plan of action for neighborhood cats who may be attracted to your outdoor space as well!
4. Marigolds
This annual flower produces a scent that repels mosquitoes as well as other bugs such as whiteflies, aphids, and hornworms. Marigolds are an easy addition to an outdoor space as they do well in pots that can be spread out around a patio area or even placed directly on your outdoor table. They do well in borders or edging as well and should grow well all summer long.
5. Rosemary
As an easy to grow herb, Rosemary extracts a woody scented oil that repels both moths and mosquitoes. It does well in containers but can also thrive along borders or in garden beds as well. Rosemary has the ability to grow quite large so regular trimming is recommended. It does best in dry and arid environments but can withstand colder areas when placed in pots.
Enjoy the mosquito repelling qualities of this plant as well as snip off a few sprigs to use in summer cooking.
Take charge of your outdoor space and plant different varieties that will repel pesky mosquitoes the natural way. Choose a few favorites and see which plant does best in your outdoor space. Consider placing them close to the outdoor seating area for greatest impact on keeping the biting insects away from your outdoor space this summer.

Low-Water Plants

5 Low-Maintenance, Low-Water Plants for Your Garden

Whether you live in an area with very little rainfall, want a low-maintenance garden, or simply forget to water frequently, it is possible to add lush greenery to your garden with minimal water maintenance.

Below are five great drought tolerant plants to park in your yard.

Lavender. This popular purple plant grows quickly, tolerates heat and drought, and offers fragrant, beautiful blooms.

Agave. Not just a sweetener, agave plants have an interesting look, can go for weeks without water, and are even thought to be fire retardant. Place them around your patio for a pop of prickly color.

Bougainvillea. This bright, merry shrub is extremely hearty, and thrives in even the most dire conditions.

Verbena. This vibrant ground covering plant does well in high heat, and with little water. These plants bloom spring to fall, or year round in warmer areas, but they do need full sun. 

Sage. This aromatic herb does well with little water and loves the sunshine. Be wary, though; overwatering will quickly do sage in.

Home Improvements

Home Improvements with High ROI

If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you're looking to add true value to your home, it's important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment.

Flooring speaks volumes about a home. Replacing and updating worn floors can instantly add value. A timeless selection like wood flooring, particularly in heavy traffic areas, is durable enough to withstand wear and complements a wide range of interior designs. If you already have wood floors that are in reasonably good condition, whether in use or under carpet, go ahead and refinish them for a budget-friendly alternative to installing new flooring. Another option that holds or even increases the value of your investment is tile, particularly in spaces like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas.

Re-roofing a home gives it an instant value boost, but it's a job that needs to be repeated periodically. One longer-term and on-trend alternative to traditional roofing is metal. Performance is the big selling point for metal roofs, but not only does the roof itself increase the home's value, the safety benefits and peace of mind that come with knowing strong, fire-resistant metal roofs can last forever only add to the benefits. With a variety of styles available, you can find a metal roof to match nearly any home style.

Curb appeal often counts for a lot, whether it's for your own enjoyment or a potential future buyer. Enhancing your home's exterior can pay off handsomely when you add vegetation and hardscaping that improve the overall aesthetic. Keep in mind that more unconventional styles are better reserved for private spaces like the backyard; for the street view, stick to a motif with broad appeal to garner the strongest return on your investment.

An outdated entry point isn't just an eyesore; it can pose a security risk and even be the source of significant energy loss for your home. Replacing front doors and even garage doors can both bring a return on your investment and potentially start saving you money right away on heating and cooling costs. A new, properly installed entry door is likely to fit more snugly and allow for fewer air leaks. In addition, a heavier door and frame is more likely to stand up against forced entry.

It may not be glamorous, or even anything that you'll see on a regular basis, but many experts agree that upgrading your insulation is a sound investment. In addition to adding value in terms of comfort and reduced energy costs, it's an attractive selling point should you choose to list your home.

If you're still uncertain about the right investments for your home, it may be wise to consult a local real estate expert who can provide insight on the features that bring the most value in your market.

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