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Design Solutions 101: Never Enough Space

Thinking about building a new house or remodelling an older home ? You’ve likely experienced the following problem: never enough space in the kitchen or bathrooms.

No matter how many times you rework the layout or rearrange the walls, there’s just never enough room for everything you need. 

In our Design Solutions 101 series, we’ll tackle these issues and provide solutions for creating a truly functional dream house. Starting with finally giving you the space to finally love your home.

 Let’s get started!

Problem: Never enough space. Even homes with healthy square footage alloted to the kitchen and bathrooms can still feel too cramped. Which means smaller homes can feel especially tight. 

Cause: In many cases, a normally sufficient space feels too small due to over-sized appliances, fixtures, and cabinetry. 

In bathrooms, this means unnecessarily large bathtubs and showers, supersized vanities, and fixtures that are simply too big for the space. 

A similar issue can happen in the kitchen, especially when a homeowner chooses the biggest appliances available, including refrigerators, sinks, and dishwashers. 

Likewise, they may fall into the trap of trying to create so much storage that they overcrowd the room with extended cupboards and cabinetry.

Solutions: Stay to scale. There’s really no reason for a large, free-standing tub if your bathroom space can’t comfortably accommodate it. Yes, you can convince a builder to install it, but if you find yourself cramming a spa-size tub or shower into a standard size bathroom, your space will always feel too small. 

This rule applies to kitchens as well. Very few individuals or families truly need an industrial sized refrigerator, bakery-grade ovens, or a farmhouse sink large enough to bathe livestock. And more importantly, they probably won’t fit comfortably in the kitchen— leaving it feeling smaller than it actually is. 

Collaborate with your designer and builder to pick appliances, fixtures, and cabinetry that fits the scale of your home. Choosing one “must-have” oversized item might be reasonable, like the coveted double sink, but as a rule it’s best to stick to the scale of your home as much as possible. 

Working with  an especially small space? Consider downsizing your lower cabinets from the standard 24 inches to a slimmer 15 inch depth size can help open up a space and prevent you from losing your favorite kitchen items in the back of the cupboard. And if you really need more storage space, you can always extend the upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling for a little extra room.

Ready to get started? You’ll need a budget. Check out our free online estimator to start planning for the costs of your new space. Next, contact us for help finding the right contractors, designers, and architects needed to put your budget to work.

Wait— don’t forget the building permits! We can help you navigate Honolulu’s infamous permitting application, as well as connect you to a third-party reviewer to expedite the process. Whatever you need, Home Planning Hawaii is here to help—even if it means talking you out of that supersized refrigerator. 

2021 Hawaiian Home Must-Haves

Ready to dive-in and build a new home? Residential construction is constantly evolving, but here’s what designers, architects, and contractors consider the “must haves” for new homes in 2021. 

The New Home Essentials

Energy-efficient design features are now considered the “essentials” for any new home, replacing earlier trends that focused solely on luxury building materials or status symbols—regardless of their cost or functionality.

Today’s home “must haves” now prioritize form and function to create beautiful living spaces that protect the environment and the homeowner. Which means three of the main essentials for building a home in 2021 are energy efficient windows, solar panels, and high-quality recycled materials. 

Window stories: Large-scale windows are nothing new—they’ve been a popular home design feature for decades. But today’s oversized windows not only let in plenty of natural light, they can also protect against UV rays and help maintain a consistent temperature within the home. 

This  allows you to spend less on both lighting and  air conditioning, all while enjoying Hawaii’s beautiful landscape. 

Solar panels: Solar panels went from an eventual addition to existing homes to an integral part of every new home design plan. Not only do they help the current owner save on energy bills, they also increase the overall property value of your home.

Recycled materials: The increased cost of construction materials, both throughout the U.S. but especially on the islands, means using recycled materials is a crucial way to maintain your budget while building a home. Lumber and reclaimed wood are the most commonly used recycled material, but other options include concrete, metal, and even asphalt. 

An Open Concept Break-Through 

Our recent post on COVID 19’s impact on residential construction noted how a year spent at home revitalized the open concept design trend that’s dominated the last 10-15 years. 

But as things slowly return to normal, home designers are noticing a slightly more nuanced take on open concept floor plans. While homeowners still appreciate the functionality of combined spaces, they also recognize that a fully open floor plan might not be the best option for their lifestyle.

The latest  home designs now feature partially open floor plans, with flexible features that allow for the best of both open concept and “broken up” living spaces. Think pocket doors that disappear into the wall when open, sliding doors and partitions between central living spaces, and partial walls or interior window spaces that maintain both sightlines and a sense of privacy. 

Space to Work Out and Work In  

Even in the post-pandemic future, many people intend to continue working from home, especially since they’ve already adapted both their tech and their work habits for remote work. 

More individuals working from home may be the impetus behind the rise in partially-open concept home designs, since their work requires a quiet space to virtually meet with colleagues. 

But homeowners are also opting to build their home with dedicated work and recreation spaces, whether it’s a “zoom room” for work and school, or a fully functional home gym with both the equipment and tech needed to participate in online workout classes or training programs. 

In the past, these spaces were seen as “bonus” amenities, which were included in the design plan only when the budget and space allowed. But many homeowners now consider them “must haves” and therefore a priority when designing a new home. 

From an open concept dream space to a command center for working from home, let us help you get every  “must have” on your new-home checklist. We’ll help you find the best professionals in the business so all you have to do is enjoy the results. Contact us today to get started, or try out our online instant estimator for stress-free budgeting. 

Ideal Outdoor Living for 2021

Beautiful weather and warmer temperatures mean we’re all ready to spend more time outdoors enjoying Hawaii’s natural beauty. And if we’ve learned anything from the last few months of limited travel, it’s that the right outdoor living space is crucial to enjoying time at home. 

While most Hawaiians consider some type of outdoor living space as a standard feature of island life, the home construction trends for 2021 indicate that true outdoor living means more than just setting a few chairs out on the patio.

Today’s homes include outdoor spaces fully integrated with the rest of the home, and many even incorporate the same smart tech and high-end construction materials used indoors.

This means that whether you’re cooking in the kitchen or out on the patio, you’ll still be able to control the temperature, access the wifi, and protect your investment from the occasional inclement weather. 

So whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing space, here’s a few ideas to consider when planning the ideal outdoor living space. 

  • Large scale living: Time to consider your outdoor space an extension of the actual home. This means designing a larger space that can incorporate outdoor furniture, dining options, and even entertainment options like music or movies. 
  • Make the outdoor living space accessible from a common area of the home, like the kitchen or living area. And whenever possible, use sliding or retractable doors between the indoor and outdoor spaces to allow for a  full integration of the two spaces. 
  • Invest in high-quality furniture that can withstand occasional exposure to the elements, but isn’t out of place with your indoor furniture and design aesthetic. And don’t forget to think beyond the standard dining table and chairs—a great outdoor space includes lounge furniture as well. 
  • Consider equipping your outdoor cooking area with more than the standard grill. Outdoor refrigerators, food prep stations, and wet bars can help make outdoor space truly feel like resort-style accommodation.
  • Hawaii may be known for its relatively temperature weather most of the year, but both the rainy season and the hotter summer months can wreak havoc on outdoor spaces. Make sure to include to protect your outdoor space with retractable roofing and walls, shade panels, or screens. 
  • Get smart with technology that helps manage your space, from installing ceiling fans that can be managed via app to stay cool, adding solar panels to help power appliances, or just making your patio wifi accessible, the right tech can help transform the back deck into a home office, living room, or even entertainment center. 

Want more tips for outdoor living spaces? Check out our post on Lanai Living for a uniquely Hawaiian perspective on enjoying the beauty of nature from the comfort of your home. 

Remember, regardless of what your plans are for Summer 2021, an outdoor living space can only add to the value of your property— while also improving your time spent at home. Contact us today for budgeting tips, contractor recommendations, and design inspiration to make your home a true island oasis. 

Three Ways COVID-19 Changed Residential Construction

The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the way society functions, altering how we work, learn, shop, and socialize. Whether it’s  utilizing contactless delivery services to buy  groceries  or learning how to run a staff meeting remotely, life looks dramatically different from the way it did last year.

And since many people are still spending  more time at home than ever before, it’s not surprising that residential construction is also changing in response to COVID-19. Fortunately, many of these changes have the potential to improve our way of life, and are likely to become permanent fixtures in most homes.

So if you’re planning on building or remodeling in the near future, here’s a few home ideas that will help keep your space happy and healthy both now and in the future.

Open-Concept, Multi-Use

Prior to 2020, some trend forecasts indicated that the obsession with open-concept home design was coming to an end, but a year of pandemic living convinced most homeowners otherwise. 

Design that allows the whole family to gather comfortably in once space is more important than ever, and an open-concept layout tends to provide room for everyone.

 More importantly, open-concept designs tend to be more versatile, allowing kitchen, dining, and common areas to also function as home offices, work-out spaces, or studios. When building or remodeling your home, ask yourself if each room can function in a variety of ways. This will help prevent costly renovations in the future, and help you enjoy your home for as long as possible. 

Sustainable Design

If your previous attempts at conversing energy in the home consisted of turning off the lights or air conditioning while at work, it’s time for an upgrade. Now that a house is quite literally a home base for every interaction, energy efficient design is key.

New homes include more windows than ever before, both for increasing the amount of natural light in the home and to create cross-breezes that may render the need for round-the-clock air conditioning obsolete. 

Window treatments, shade overhangs, and high-quality insulation can also help regulate temperatures in the house, and solar panels are an increasingly popular way to cut down on long-term energy costs.

Smarter, Greener, Homes

Investing in the latest tech can also help make your future home feel like modern oasis, starting with basics like energy efficient appliances and air filtration systems that keep air within the home clean and germ-free. 

More creative options include things like smart lighting, thermostat, security, and entertainment systems that can be controlled through your device—both at home and remotely. So even when the world opens up again, you’re still able to maintain and protect your home from afar. 

We are all eagerly anticipating the time where it is safe to branch out of our homes and gather with friends and family. But having spent so much time at home, we know it’s more important than ever to build or renovate a space that works in all circumstances and conditions.

If you’re ready to create a home that works for everything, contact us today to get started. We’ll connect you with the best experts in the area, help you start your budget, and provide you with the permitting information needed for your future home. 

Three Tips for Building a Multigenerational Home

More and more Americans are adopting the multigenerational family model, but multi-family homes are a time-honored tradition for many Hawaiians. Not only does this living arrangement allow for parents, grandparents, and children to all foster meaningful relationships, it can provide a higher and more affordable standard of living for everyone involved.

From allowing elderly family members to age in place, to saving on housing costs in Hawaii’s notoriously competitive market, multigenerational living continues to be a highly sustainable option for many families. But creating the perfect multigenerational household takes some careful planning. Here’s our tips for building a home the whole family will love.  

Accessibility for All

Multigenerational homes serve a wide range of ages and abilities, so accessibility is the primary focus for most multi-family spaces.  And since family members of all ages need to access and enjoy most areas of the house easily, an open-concept floor plan is a great place to start.

Keeping the floor plan open gives everyone enough space to enjoy each other’s company without feeling crowded, while the lack of walls, entrances, and stairways allow everyone to navigate through the home safely. 

When doorways or steps are necessary, make sure they are wide enough to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs, and that handrails are installed at every stairway. And whenever possible, keep the main bedrooms and at least one bathroom on the main level of the home so no one is forced to use the stairs. 

Multiple Options for Multiple Generations

In homes that include multiple adult generations, creating duplicate versions of the same space is ideal. Yes, creating separate entrances to the home is a great start, but most multigenerational homes need more than just additional entry points. 

Depending on your budget, duplicate spaces may include adding two main bedrooms with en suite bathrooms to the design plan, or even creating a separate bedroom, bathroom, and living room apart from the main area of the home.

On a smaller scale, it might entail separate cooking spaces in the kitchen, such as a sink at the counter and in the island, or two stovetops on either end of the kitchen. Whatever you decide, the more opportunities you create for successful cohabitation, the more likely you’ll be able to sustain a multigenerational lifestyle within your home.

Create specific-use spaces 

One of the benefits of multigenerational living is the opportunity for family members to spend lots of quality time together, which is why creating functional communal spaces is so important. But even the happiest of families need some space.

That’s why specific-use spaces are also crucial for a multigenerational home. Whether it’s a quiet adults-only den used for reading and relaxing or a playroom where kids can let loose without disturbing other family members, try and create separate spaces for each generation to enjoy. Even if it’s just a small bar space in the kitchen for homework, carving out these spaces is a great way to balance communal and independent living.

Ready to bring the family together in a new multigenerational home? We’re here for you every step of the way. From creating your design plan to finding the right builders, we can connect you with the best professionals for your project. Contact us today for more info, and make sure to get started on your budget with our free online estimator.

Home Additions Made Simple

Ready for (or in desperate need of) more space? An addition can increase the value of your home while allowing you to stay in a preferred area or “almost perfect” space. And while adding more square footage is less labor-intensive than building an entirely new space, it’s important to remember that the process still requires careful planning and budgeting.

But a bigger kitchen, extra bath, or upgraded main bedroom is almost always worth it, so here’s our tips and guidelines for making your home addition as stress-free as possible…

  • Know your limitations. The most recent building codes stipulate that if you increase the living area of your home to 60% FAR, (floor area ratio) the residence must be set back at least 10 feet from the property line for front yards, and 11 feet for the side and back yards. If these setbacks aren’t possible, your home will need to stay below 60% FAR.

Depending on your lot size, building an addition off of the main floor of your home may not be feasible. In some circumstances, building a second story may be the best way to increase the square footage of your home.

  • Prepare for whole-house updates. A second story addition will require structural upgrades to your home, including reinforcing the foundation. In most cases, new  mechanical, plumbing, and electrical services will also be necessary. 

Fortunately, these upgrades will not only increase the value of your home, they’ll help protect you and your property in the event of an earthquake, hurricane, or severe storm.

  • When building out, bring the outside in. If the size of your property allows for a ground floor addition, consider modifying your new space to include some indoor/outdoor living space. Sunrooms, traditional covered lanais, and other covered outdoor spaces add both the functionality of additional square footage and the appeal of direct access to the outdoors. Added bonus: Indoor/outdoor areas are usually communal living spaces, which is ideal for families living in a multigenerational home. 
  • Complete, don’t compete with your existing home.  The best home additions blend in almost seamlessly with the existing space, making your home both more functional and easier to resell. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s helpful to remember that you’re investing a significant amount of money in order to make it look like you’ve done very little.  

Whether you’re creating more space for a kitchen remodel or adding extra bedrooms and baths, your design decisions should blend in with the rest of your home. Focus on matching or complementing existing colors, flooring styles, window cases, and trim to create a cohesive interior.

Don’t forget the exterior. It’s also important to make sure an addition enhances, not detracts from, your home’s curb appeal. This means coordinating the roofing, siding, doors, and windows so that your new square footage looks as if it’s part of the original home. 

Any new addition to your home will likely require a building permit, as well as the expertise of a skilled construction professional. From architects and designers to contractors and electricians, we can help you build the best team for transforming your space. Contact us today to connect with experts in your area, or use our free online estimator to start working on your budget.

How Bill 90 Changes Permitting

When it comes to maintaining the integrity of Hawaiian residential neighborhoods it may be a new year, but the conflict between residents and the builders of “monster homes” remains the same. 

As part of the continued effort to prevent the construction of these “monster homes,” the City and Council of Honolulu recently passed Bill 90, which focuses on regulating the permitting process of large-scale dwellings.

These large-scale dwellings are typically built under the guise of being a single-family home, but often end up functioning as illegal apartments or vacation homes. And regardless of the inhabitants, the construction of these homes puts an excessive burden on the local infrastructure regarding waste and stormwater management as well as flood prevention.

Attempts to curb the construction of “large dwellings” or “monster homes” began in March 2018 with the passage of Bill 110. This bill limited the square footage of new homes to a 70% floor-area-ratio (FAR). At this time,  FAR referred to living area under a roof, not including garages or carports or the square footage from accessory dwelling units. 

Bill 110 also defined the number of parking spaces required for each dwelling, limited the number of wet bars, laundry rooms, and bathrooms each home could have, and provided a chart for setback requirements dependent on lot size.  

The bill also stated that a task force would be put together to determine long-term solutions. After one year, Bill 79 was passed in May of 2019. 

Under Bill 79, new homes were permitted up to 75% of impervious surface on each lot.  A  property owner could still build up to a maximum of 70% FAR on their property, but when the living area reached 60%, the setbacks increased from 5 feet to 8 feet— no matter what size the property. FAR now included square footage from accessory dwelling units. 

Additionally, the number of permitted wet bars was redefined, and the number of permitted bathrooms was based on property size instead of dwelling size.

Regulations regarding the granting of Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for large dwellings were also added to this bill. Temporary Certificates of Occupancy are given to properties with  60-70% FAR, and require homeowners to notify the building department one year after the permit is closed to obtain a final certificate of occupancy. This allows DPP to re-inspect the home.

After Bill 79 was passed, there were many complaints from property owners regarding the restrictions on the number of bathrooms. They argued that the number of bathrooms should be  associated with the dwelling size instead of lot size, since the current requirements hindered property owners who could legally build multiple homes on their property from gaining a building permit, as well as limiting owners of multiple family properties from adding necessary bathrooms. 

As a result, the Department of Planning and Permitting wrote a resolution to Bill 79. Bill 57 was approved in December of 2020, and goes into effect on March 1, 2021. The number of permitted bathrooms is now based on dwelling size instead of property size, with additional guidelines for the number of bathrooms permitted in each dwelling on multiple family properties. 

This Bill also limits the number of wet bars to 1 per dwelling, with the added rule that wet bars can not include a cooking element. Setback requirements were increased from 8 feet to 11 feet if a home is 60-70% FAR, and the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy time period was extended  from 1 year to 2.  

Lastly, Bill 90 is the latest attempt to curb the “monster home” crisis, this time by creating an expiration date for unapproved permits.

Even after Bill 79 was passed in 2019, the legal construction of many large-scale dwellings continued, since the developers  applied for a building permit before the new restrictions were put into place. 

Now, if a building permit for a home that is 60-70% FAR is not approved after 365 days, the application will automatically expire. Contractors will be forced to reapply for a permit with plans that are compliant with the restrictions created by Bill 79 and Bill 57 as of March 2021.

Fortunately, many of the homes designed today are below 60% FAR in accordance with the existing regulations and setback requirements. But for property owners hoping to start construction on a new home, a third-party reviewer can help expedite the process even further, as can an experienced contractor and designer familiar with all the latest modifications and changes to the residential building code.

If you’re ready to build or remodel a home, let us connect you to the right professionals that can ensure the process is as stress-free as possible. From getting a permit to designing a home that’s perfect for your needs, we’re your first stop in the process of making your dream house a reality. Contact us today to get started!

Happy Homes: Tips for a Smooth Construction Process

Is it possible to build a new home and not be completely overwhelmed by the process? While we can’t promise every moment from initial property purchase to final walk-through will be entirely stress-free, there are some steps homeowners can take in order to stay sane, on schedule, and within the budget!

  • Plan and plan again: It’s always easier to make changes to an in-progress design plan rather than a finished or partially completed home. That means being patient with the drafting, design, and permitting process is essential to stress-free construction. 

Plan for several rounds of revisions with your architect and contractor to ensure the design actually meets your needs. For example, if your architect’s typical design plans place secondary or guest bedrooms upstairs, but you know grandparents or elederly family members are planning on moving in with you after retirement, it’s worth adjusting the initial plans to improve accessibility.

While it can be tempting to rush through the planning process in order to get started on construction right away,  the more you perfect and plan, the easier it will be to move forward once the building actually begins. 

  • Don’t over-customize or overbuild. A larger home isn’t always better— but it is always more expensive. If you don’t really need the extra en suite bathroom or second living room, it’s worth it to save your money and avoid potential stress. It’s also worth remembering that every extra room not only comes with a host of additional costs, but additional  and decisions as well: everything from fixtures and lighting to flooring, trim, and windows. These costs add up quickly and can contribute to major decision fatigue, resulting in extra spaces that are often unused once the home is finished. 

Overbuilding also refers to over-customizing your home and adding specialty items or features that rarely add significant utility or value to the home. Specialty cupboards made for your favorite coffee maker, overly elaborate in-home media rooms, or even niche technology that won’t appeal to a broader audience or will be outdated quickly all hurt your budget while providing little return on investment. And while many homeowners build a home expecting it to be a “forever house,” most do end up moving at some point,  and an over-customized house is always much harder to sell. 

  • Pick the right team. Each member of your construction team plays a critical role in building a home. From the architect and designer to the contractor and subcontractors, take the extra time to check references, get bids, and tour past projects whenever possible. And always remember that the cheapest option isn’t always the best option, but neither is the most expensive. Past work, industry repudiation, and a willingness to communicate regularly are much better indicators of professionalism and quality. 

Need help assembling the perfect team to create your dream home? We can help. Consider us your go-to resource for connecting with the best architects, draftsmen, and designers on Oahu. Got a design plan ready but worried about the permitting process? Our network of third-party reviewers can help expedite the process. From budgeting resources and free estimates to design plans and revisions, building your home is a team effort. Contact us today to get started!

Previous posts in the Happy Homes series:

Planning for the Future While Building a New Home

What to Do While Waiting to Start Construction

2020 Year in Review

2020: an unprecedented year that changed everything—including Hawaii’s construction industry! As we look forward to 2021, we’re looking back on everything we learned the past few months about building a new home: from starting with an empty lot to remodeling a beloved older space with lots of charm.

Whatever your construction plans, here’s a few highlights from 2020 that are perfect for starting the new year (and new construction!) off right. 

Make your Current Home Your Forever Home: All new doesn’t always mean all better. With limited space available for new builds, your existing home might just be your dream home in disguise. Here’s how to transform your space into a forever dream home. 

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Building Permit: Whether it’s a remodel or a new build, you’re going to need a building permit. But the permit application process can be a challenge. Avoid these common mistakes to keep your project on track and on budget. 

How to Reduce the Cost of Building a New Home: Building a home in Hawaii can be expensive, but a carefully planned budget and good project management can make a dream home on the islands possible. 

Tips for Sustainable Storm Water Management :The City of Honolulu introduced new guidelines for storm water management this year. Not only will these guidelines help protect our natural resources, they’ll help keep your home safe as well. Here’s tips for making these guidelines work for you. 

Latest Updates for Faster Permitting: Expedited permit review, and increased cost thresholds for home repairs requiring a building permit make starting your next process a little easier. Check out this post to learn more about when you need a permit, and how to get one faster than ever. 

How Bill 57 Impacts New Construction: Continued efforts to prevent the construction of “Monster Homes” can unintentionally impact homeowners hoping to remodel their homes. This post details how home construction and renovation regulations changed throughout the year. 

Need more information on designing, building, or renovating your home? We’re your go-to source for the latest construction updates on Honolulu as well as  matching homeowners with the best professionals in the industry. Start with our free online-estimator to get started on your budget, and contact us today to get started on anything from getting a building permitting to putting the final touches on your dream home. 

How Bill 57 Impacts New Construction

In May of 2019 the Honolulu City Council passed Bill 79 (Ordinance 19-006), which limited the number of bathrooms allowed in a residence. This ordinance was designed to prevent the construction of illegal rental or vacation units built under the guise of being a single family home.  However, because these limitations were based on property size instead of the size of the home, the ordinance caused unforeseen issues regarding legitimate property development.

For example, properties greater than 10,000 square feet and with a zoning designation permitting  the construction of multiple homes could not be developed— because the ordinance did not allow for sufficient bathrooms in each individual  residence. Additionally, existing property owners on already developed properties were prevented from adding a new bathroom to their home. 

Bill 57 was drafted in order to modify the language of Ordinance 19-006, changing the number of allowable bathrooms to be based on living area instead of on property size. However, in response to concerns raised during  public hearings, the committee made additional revisions to Bill 57 for final approval. 

These additional revisions reduced the number of allowable wet bars from 2 to 1, created a chart to determine the number of bathrooms permitted, and increased property setback requirements from 8 feet to 11 feet if the living space equals 60-70% of the property size. 

Unfortunately, while the additional revisions may limit the construction of oversized “monster homes” it also negatively impacts homeowners hoping to make an addition to their home or rebuild on their property. And since most existing homes in Hawaii are already just 8 feet away from their property line, the increase to 11 feet means many remodel or rebuilding projects won’t qualify for a building permit. 

Lastly, changes were made regarding the temporary certificate of occupancy issued to homeowners after building a new home. These certificates were issued to homeowners to verify that  they had not made any additional changes and that their new home was not being used as a rental or vacation unit. Previously, these were issued one year after the home was completed. Increasing the time to two years acts as a further safeguard against illegal modifications or rentals. 

For most existing homeowners or property-owners intending to start construction on a new home, the requirements in Bill 57 are manageable. However, if you are planning on remodeling or rebuilding your home, building an ADU/Ohana unit, or otherwise executing a  large-scale remodeling project, it’s important to work with your architect and contractor to ensure your home complies with the regulations established in this ordinance. Contact us today for help navigating the permitting process, finding the right contractor for your project, or just to learn more about Honolulu’s current residential zoning and construction regulations.