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Finding a Contractor: How to go from Good to Great

Do you know the difference between a good contractor and a great one? We’ve all heard horror stories about bad contractors—they miss project deadlines, don’t stick to the budget, or deliver sub-par work. But when you’re building your dream home, you want more than just a good contractor, you want a great one. Think you know the difference? Here’s the checklist that could take your project from finished to fantastic. Read More

Dream Homes with History: The Plantation Style

From thatched-roof palaces built by indigenous Hawaiians to Romanesque-style civic centers inspired by Medieval cathedrals, architecture on the islands is in a constant state of evolution. And when it comes to residential construction, there’s no limit to design possibilities that blend both tradition and innovation. If you’re looking to build a new home rooted in history but fully capable of embracing modernization, a Plantation-style design might be the perfect blend Read More

Making Your Home Multigenerational-Ready

Considering making your home a multigenerational living space? You’re not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 11.6 % of Hawaiians share their home with more than two generations, and the Aloha State ranks No.1 in the country for intergenerational households. Why do so many Hawaiians choose to live with grandparents, adult children, grandchildren, or extended family? While managing space for multiple families can be a challenge, the pros Read More

You Should Build a Smaller Home

National building trends indicate a shift toward smaller, more affordable, and more eco-friendly homes. Of course, this trend is a natural fit for Hawaiians, who are accustomed to high housing costs and limited residential building space. But building (or buying) small comes with advantages that just might help you make your next home a little piece of paradise. Forget the old “go big or go home adage.”  Here’s five reasons Read More

How to Maximize your ADU

If you’re ready to take advantage of the newly expediting permitting process for building an Accessory Dwelling Unit, there’s a few guidelines to be aware of before you start designing the perfect ADU.  To help, here’s Home Planning Hawaii’s handy checklist for determining your eligibility for ADU construction…   Your property is not “landlocked,” meaning the land meets with the road directly or via a driveway or easement. An additional Read More

Three Tips for Building a New Home in Hawaii

With Hawaii’s housing market continuing to see rising costs and limited availability, homeowners and builders are getting creative when it comes to new construction. And with Oahu Mayor Kirk Caldwell encouraging both residents and builders to explore affordable housing options like Accessory Dwelling Units and multigenerational housing, issues like sustainability and longevity are more important than ever. Hoping to build a new home on the islands this year? Here’s three Read More

Three Next-Level Tips for a Successful Home Remodel

You’re finally ready to remodel, and you’re doing everything right: checking out references for your architect, making a budget, extending your timeline to account for setbacks, and being careful to avoid overspending on unnecessary upgrades. When it comes to a large-scale remodeling project, a little extra preparation goes a long way. Want to take your remodel preparations to the next level? Keep your construction project stress-free and within your budget Read More

6 Must-Ask Questions for Your Architect

You’ve been imagining your dream house for months, (or even years!) and you’re finally ready to design and build the perfect home. Now all you need to do is find an architect capable of making your dreams a reality. Finding the right architect can be challenging, but asking good questions can simplify the process and save you time and money long-term. Here’s six questions that will help you develop a Read More

Building a New Home? What Bill 64 Means for New Homebuilders

Building a new home in Oahu means living near the world’s most beautiful beaches and scenic state parks, while enjoying a vibrant local community rich in diversity and culture. There’s a reason it’s the dream living destination for people from around the world, but the journey from dream to reality is certainly not for the faint of heart when it comes to building on the island. From the backlog of Read More

FAQ: Getting a Building Permit

From building an ADU to the benefits of hiring a third-party to review your building plans, we’ve got answers to your frequently asked permitting questions. How Do I Apply for a Building Permit?  Online! In 2013, the Department of Planning and Permitting required that all plans for new builds be submitted electronically. But before you apply for a permit online, make sure you check out the DPP recommended permit checklist Read More

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