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3 Simple Ways to Make your Home More Efficient

Any home designer or architect will tell you that a well-designed home should be both beautiful and functional. But we’d like to raise the bar a little higher and suggest that your new home should actively make your life easier. How? By increasing efficiency and saving you money. Want to make your new home “work” for you? Here’s three simple tips for increasing the productivity of your new home. Impact Read More

Tips for Building a Perfect Beach House

Getting ready to build the perfect beach house? Whether you intend to use your seaside property as a vacation getaway or a permanent residence, you’ll love these tips for making your new space both functional and beautiful. From best materials to ideal floorplans, here are three go-to tips for beach home building! Prioritize open space: Coming inside after a day at the beach doesn’t mean you should sacrifice gorgeous views Read More

Building the Perfect Master Bath

Creating a spa-like master bath is a great way to add value to your home, while simultaneously offering you a luxurious and inviting sanctuary from the busy world. At Home Planning Hawaii, we can help you find the right architect or designer to take your bathroom from standard to spa. Our free instant estimator uses an interactive format to help you determine a budget guideline, while matching you with the Read More

A History of Hawaiian Architecture for Home Builders

The Beautiful History of Hawaiian Architecture Hawaiian architecture is as diverse and creative as its people, and architectural history is a fantastic guide to helping you find the perfect style inspiration when building your new home. Here are three uniquely Hawaiian architectural styles that lend themselves to current trends while incorporating the rich and vibrant culture of the islands. Hawaii Mission Architecture Presbyterian religious families came to Hawaii as missionaries, Read More

5 Questions to Ask an Architect Before You Hire

Hiring the right architect to design your dream home or create the perfect renovation plan can seem daunting at first. Start the process with five simple tips for what to ask potential architects, and, of course, Home Planning Hawaii is also available to help you. Remember, while an architect might not be necessary for small projects, the City and County of Honolulu requires an architect for all projects over $40,000. Read More

Honolulu Permits 101: A Quick Guide to the Basics

Ready to start building or renovating your dream home with Home Planning Hawaii? Creating the perfect dwelling is fun and exciting, but it is important to make sure your dream blueprints receive the proper permits, and that you use only licensed and experienced contractors and architects. Oahu’s permitting process for new residential builds can sometimes be confusing, and neglecting any part of the process can cost you valuable time and Read More

Design-Bid-Build vs Design-Build

New Home Design: Which Contracting Method Will You Choose? Thinking about building a new home in 2016? The prospect of improving your living situation can be exhilarating and, most certainly, life changing. However, in my work in drafting and architecture, I see a number of clients who quickly become overwhelmed by the process because there is so much information to gather in order to prepare. One of the major decisions Read More

How do I get a catalog-worthy kitchen or bath?

Maybe you’ve discovered that it’s easy to identify which styles you don’t like, but can’t quite create the vision of the perfect kitchen or bath worthy of your time and investment. Instead of spending valuable resources trying to do everything yourself, let the Kitchen &  Bath Design Services feature at Home Planning Hawaii guide you through the process. We can pair you with the ideal architect/designer based on your individual Read More

The Color Catalogs: Blue

Ready to update your home but hesitant to commit to a single color palette? Painting or decorating with multiple shades of blue might be the answer. This multi-faceted shade can act as both a neutral and an accent color, giving you an endless array of options that can be updated easily and affordably. When used as a neutral, light or more muted shades of blue highlight brightly colored accessories and Read More

Juxtaposition: The Art of Pairing Opposites

Interior design presents an opportunity for exploration of tastes, surprises, and risk taking. In many ways, working with an interior designer allows for homeowners to step outside of comfort zones to create a new, welcoming, yet personal spaces. It is fairly common to identify personal tastes with a particular style—classic, traditional, modern, contemporary, etc. We are naturally drawn to an aesthetic, but in many cases, we can actually overdo it Read More