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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

Happy Homes: What to do While Waiting to Start Construction

Deciding to build a new home is exciting, and it’s normal to want to go from signing the purchase papers to breaking ground as soon as possible. However, there’s a lot that needs to happen before construction actually begins— including making or finalizing the architectural plans, finding the right contractors and builders, and getting approval for all the necessary building permits. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do while waiting Read More

Latest Updates for Faster Permitting

Honolulu officials continue to implement new legislation and processes for residential construction, all with the goal of expediting permitting for new builds and renovations. From allowing permit applicants to send their plans to outside agencies for approval to expanding the range of home repairs that don’t require a permit, Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting hopes  that the recent changes will make the permit process more efficient. Here’s how the Read More

Tips for Sustainable Storm Water Management

The City and County of Honolulu recently implemented new storm water management requirements for homeowners hoping to build a new home or remodel an existing structure.  As part of the permitting process, property owners will be required to show their plans for managing storm water runoff, and limit the amount of impervious surfaces found on the property. To help future permit applicants develop sustainable and affordable stormwater management plans, we’ve Read More