Homeworks Construction President MARSHALL HICKOX has been building and remodeling homes in Hawai‘i with his two business partners for over 21 years. He credits Homeworks’ talented design staff for the company’s numerous awards, including Best Contractor, Best Builder, and Best Kitchen and Bath Designer, as voted by the readers of Hawaii Home & Remodeling, and multiple BIA Renaissance Awards in the whole house category and the kitchen and bath remodeling category.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
Listen. Our goal is always to realize the dreams of our clients. This means carefully listening to every nuance of how they live, relax, eat and entertain. Our homes are our sanctuaries, and to be able to create that for our clients is our top priority.
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO FUTURE ARCHITECTS, BUILDERS OR DESIGNERS?
Approach every project as a new opportunity to excel and to reward clients for the trust they’ve placed in you.
WHICH OF YOUR PROJECTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?
As a design-build firm, we have a wide variety of projects in our portfolio, from budget to luxury. Our greatest source of pride is the positive feedback we’ve had from clients. That’s what really drives us.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR DESIGN PROJECTS?
Ongoing advancements in both construction methods and materials help stimulate the creative process. The natural environment is always a source of inspiration.
ARE THERE DESIGN CHALLENGES SPECIFIC TO HAWAI‘I?
Weather and geography create specific design challenges unique to Hawai‘i, such as shoreline setbacks and flood zone ordinances. A builder needs to be totally familiar with every aspect of every job site to produce quality work regardless of inherent challenges.
WHAT IS ONE QUESTION CONSUMERS SHOULD ALWAYS ASK THEIR DESIGNER OR CONTRACTOR?
Can I meet with the owner?
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SUCCEED IN HAWAI‘I IN YOUR LINE OF WORK?
Deliver what you promise and you will find success.