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Custom Build in Kona Update: Insulation, Drywall & Paint

Continued from Part 5: Building a Custom Home: Quick Tips For Electrical Rough-In

The funny thing about building is, when you start out of the gate, change and progress is easy to see. Then the project looks to be crawling along doing the detailed infrastructure things that don’t exactly jump out at you. These things take time and I have to remind myself that it will get done. So the test of patience begins.

Where We’re At

Over the past few months, we completed the electrical and plumbing rough-in and started hanging drywall – but before drywall, we had some R-11 insulation put in all of the walls. There are many different types of insulation. Your best bet, in most cases, is to go with the recommendation of your contractor.


Insulation is important to keep the home both cool and warm

We do not have plans to install A/C or heat since our elevation of 1,300 ft is very accommodating with sweet ocean breezes in the day, and for those cool nights, we just snuggle. That said, insulation is important to keep the home both cool and warm, and I feel it gives the home tighter acoustic inside.

Drywall install began with the soffits around the garage. Soffit board made for exterior was installed, taped, spackled and textured in about a week. Hanging drywall is as much a specialty as any other phase of building. These guys work hard all day lifting heavy material and screwing it to the studs.

Once the garage soffits were ready, it was time for Audrey and I to get our hands dirty. Or should I say full of paint? Yes, I do not recommend it, but if you are over budget, and that’s easy to do, and you can pitch in some sweat equity, you can save a bundle. Painting happens to be the only half skill I can offer. It is also a great way to get to know every square inch of your home.


A couple of coconuts

Fast forward. The detached garage is completely painted and now has all of the exterior doors up, including some of the quietest garage doors I have ever purchased. The door lifts are made by Lift Master, a local installer, and they did a great job.


The detached garage is completely painted and now has all of the exterior doors up

So, it’s onward and upward, and waiting for the spackle team to finish up the main house so we can start priming top to bottom. I always have a target date for a phase of the job to be completed, but remember, you need to be patient and flexible. Rome wasn’t built in a day!


Ready to start priming!

Want to Know More?

If you have any interest in building a home in Kona, please contact me. I will share with you my personal experience, from the ground up. Follow my blog to learn more about the building dreams in Hawaii.

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