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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 Read More

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 Read More

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, Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Happy Homes: Planning for the Future while Building a New Home

Congratulations! You’re starting to meet with architects and home designers to map out your future dream house.  It’s an exciting time, but also involves a number of critical decisions that could greatly impact your lifestyle as well as the overall value of your home. Many of those decisions involve picking which upgrades to budget for now and what changes can be made later. Here’s our tips for avoiding decision fatigue Read More

Renovating a Home? Keep the Charm

You’ve found what could be your dream home, it just needs a second bathroom. Or maybe it’s almost perfect, if only there were a little more room in the kitchen. Of course, if it’s an older house, you most likely fell in love with the charm and little details, just not the tiny closets.  It might be time to renovate your space, but that doesn’t mean giving up on the Read More