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How to Maximize your ADU

If you’re ready to take advantage of the newly expediting permitting process for building an Accessory Dwelling Unit, there’s a few guidelines to be aware of before you start designing the perfect ADU.  To help, here’s Home Planning Hawaii’s handy checklist for determining your eligibility for ADU construction…   Your property is not “landlocked,” meaning the land meets with the road directly or via a driveway or easement. An additional Read More

Three Tips for Building a New Home in Hawaii

With Hawaii’s housing market continuing to see rising costs and limited availability, homeowners and builders are getting creative when it comes to new construction. And with Oahu Mayor Kirk Caldwell encouraging both residents and builders to explore affordable housing options like Accessory Dwelling Units and multigenerational housing, issues like sustainability and longevity are more important than ever. Hoping to build a new home on the islands this year? Here’s three Read More

Three Next-Level Tips for a Successful Home Remodel

You’re finally ready to remodel, and you’re doing everything right: checking out references for your architect, making a budget, extending your timeline to account for setbacks, and being careful to avoid overspending on unnecessary upgrades. When it comes to a large-scale remodeling project, a little extra preparation goes a long way. Want to take your remodel preparations to the next level? Keep your construction project stress-free and within your budget Read More

6 Must-Ask Questions for Your Architect

You’ve been imagining your dream house for months, (or even years!) and you’re finally ready to design and build the perfect home. Now all you need to do is find an architect capable of making your dreams a reality. Finding the right architect can be challenging, but asking good questions can simplify the process and save you time and money long-term. Here’s six questions that will help you develop a Read More

Building a New Home? What Bill 64 Means for New Homebuilders

Building a new home in Oahu means living near the world’s most beautiful beaches and scenic state parks, while enjoying a vibrant local community rich in diversity and culture. There’s a reason it’s the dream living destination for people from around the world, but the journey from dream to reality is certainly not for the faint of heart when it comes to building on the island. From the backlog of Read More

FAQ: Getting a Building Permit

From building an ADU to the benefits of hiring a third-party to review your building plans, we’ve got answers to your frequently asked permitting questions. How Do I Apply for a Building Permit?  Online! In 2013, the Department of Planning and Permitting required that all plans for new builds be submitted electronically. But before you apply for a permit online, make sure you check out the DPP recommended permit checklist Read More

Can You Afford to Build Without a Permit?

Despite previous attempts to regulate and maintain key safety regulations found in Honolulu’s residential building codes, recent findings from Honolulu’s City Council revealed a steady increase in permit violations by homeowner’s utilizing owner-builder exemptions to avoid increased regulation from the Department of Planning and Permitting. Since owner-builders do not need a contractor’s license in order to receive a permit for residential structures, unlicensed contractors often construct new homes in direct Read More

What Homeowner’s Wish They’d Known Before Building

You’ve finally decided to build your dream home, and you’re ready to start drawing up plans and deliberating over types of molding and window size. Congratulations! Building a home is exciting, but even the most prepared first-time builder can overlook important details when making the hundreds of decisions that come with creating a new home. Fortunately, we’ve got tips and important reminders from people who’ve done it before, making it Read More

Perfecting the Outdoor Living Space

Want an open-air oasis that’s perfect for gathering loved ones together and entertaining all year long? Our go-to list of simple outdoor improvements not only increases the value of your home, but maximizes your usable living space and can even reduce future energy bills. Whether you’re starting fresh after building a home, or simply want to beautify your existing yard, these simple upgrades can take any space from basic to Read More

Customize Your Home Without Breaking Your Budget

Ever find yourself correctly guessing the year a home was built solely on the design choices made by the owner and the designer? From oft-repeated paint colors to ubiquitous materials, spotting the same design trends over and over can make building or remodeling a home feel a little boring. Find ways to personalize your home and infuse creativity into your design in three simple steps that don’t hurt your budget. Read More

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