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If you are looking to add some extra space to your home, Home Planning Hawaii is ready to help you map out a perfect addition. Whether you hope to earn additional income through a rental property, or just want to give Grandma easy access to the grandkids while maintaining her independence, we are the experts in successful home additions.

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5 Questions to Ask an Architect Before You Hire

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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. It’s important to factor architectural services into your budget to ensure your dream home becomes a reality.
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The Benefits of Building an ADU
When considering adding value to your property, make sure to include discussion of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) as a viable option. Since the creation of the ADU Ordinance in 2015, many homeowners have added additional living spaces to their properties, increasing the value of their homes by creating a potential rental income, as well as reducing the shortage of affordable housing on Oahu.

Wondering if adding an ADU is right for you? Here are the primary benefits of building or remodeling your home to include an Accessory Dwelling Unit.

First, an ADU offers the option for senior citizens to “age in place,” either by remaining in their home and renting the ADU for additional support income, or by moving to the smaller ADU and renting the primary residence. This prevents senior citizens from being displaced, and can help families support elderly family members more effectively.

Secondly, Unlike Ohana Dwellings, an ADU can house non-family members, and only requires one parking spot. However, an ADU within one-half mile of rail transit or bus stop does not require any additional parking. This allows homeowners increased flexibility in finding and maintaining renters.

Additionally, an ADU can be built separately from the original structure, or created from existing spaces, like a garage or basement. With the correct permits and an experienced contractor, homeowners can successfully create an income residence by transforming underutilized space on their property.

Furthermore, if you already maintain a legally established accessory structure on your property, it can be converted into an ADU, even if the existing structure does not meet the standards set forth by the 2015 Ordinance. The DPP offers instructions for applicants interested in the required zoning adjustment process, which allows accessory structures that exceed the maximum square footage requirement, or do not provide access to parking, to become an ADU.

The DPP is actively working with the building industry, architects, and contractors to develop several types of ADU structures, including stand-alone cottages and remodeled additions. Master permits are now available, eliminating the time consuming process of obtaining a permit from various government agencies.

The benefits of building an ADU are now more attractive than ever. From helping families maintain a quality of life for senior citizens, to adding value and income potential to properties, an ADU just might be the upgrade your home needs.

Fill out our free online estimator to gauge the cost of your building project or addition, and contact us today to find the right architect and/or contractor for you. http://buff.ly/2fNLkB8




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Honolulu Permits 101: A Quick Guide to the Basics:

Wondering when a permit is required? Check out this short checklist from the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. According to the DPP, you need a permit if for:

Construction or demolition of a structure
Electrical or plumbing work
Driveway or curb work
Sign work
Temporary structures
Curb, retaining wall or fence
TV or radio antennas
Painting, cabinet work, or floor coverings
Tool or storage shed
Home maintenance

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Considering building an Accessory Dwelling Unit? Before you dive it, it’s important to understand the Department of Planning and Permitting Guidelines. Check out our five major considerations to make as you take the appropriate steps toward building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).

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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 that potential home-builders face is choosing the right process for design and construction. There are a number of options when it comes to selecting your resources—from the drafting and development to the construction—so the best place to begin the journey is to understand the primary contractor models within the architecture and building industry.

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One of the most time-consuming aspects of home construction is the process of obtaining a building permit. Due to a high volume of construction, homeowners can expect to wait anywhere from 4 to 6 months to get permit approval!


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At Home Planning Hawaii, we connect you with professionals you can trust to give you the best quality interior designs and home planning help. Click over to our website or call 808-222-4069 to learn more: http://buff.ly/2ddu61V.
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Wondering when a permit is required? Check out this short checklist from the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. According to the DPP, you need a permit if for:

✔️Construction or demolition of a structure
✔️Electrical or plumbing work
✔️Driveway or curb work
✔️Sign work
✔️Temporary structures
✔️Curb, retaining wall or fence
✔️TV or radio antennas
✔️Painting, cabinet work, or floor coverings
✔️Tool or storage shed
✔️Home maintenance

Since most of this list is standard for any new residential build or renovation, you’re almost guaranteed to require a permit, even for relatively simple renovations. Fortunately, blueprints and architectural plans can now be submitted to the DPP for approval electronically. If you submit plans electronically, you can check the status of your permit via the DPP website. This allows you to make sure your approval isn’t being delayed due to a lack of proper paperwork or misplaced plans.

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A long awaited answer to a frequently asked question: I have experience, do I really need an architect?
See the top reasons why you NEED an architect here: http://buff.ly/2cYn6qL.
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