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Is Condo Living Right for You?

Whether you are considering purchasing a new- build customized to your tastes or investing in an established condo community, there are multiple factors to consider when investigating the condominium market in Hawaii.  From the benefits of a planned community to the potentially high AOAO fees, here’s what to look for in your search for a piece of island paradise. First, be aware that most lenders in Hawaii require at least Read More

Solar Energy in Your Hawaii Home

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Building your ideal home should include long-term plans that go beyond designing a perfect kitchen or luxury bath. In working with your architect and contractor, make sure to invest in sustainable building choices that not only save you money but help keep Hawaii beautiful for generations to come. Solar Panels and Green Design for Hawaii Homes Solar panels represent the latest in green home design, and there are several was 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

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

Q&A: How do I avoid mistakes when renovating?

Q: I want to renovate, but I’ve heard and seen so many horror stories that I’m a bit intimidated. I don’t want to be a statistic! How do I avoid making mistakes while renovating my house? A: Great question! First off, don’t let other people’s stories get to you. There is a lot that goes into renovating and a lot of common errors are absolutely avoidable. Renovating is work, but it doesn’t Read More