Services

ESCP Coordination

During construction, as an additional service, we can provide the necessary inspections and reporting as your Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Coordinator.

ADU Guidance

Download the ADU form you need or look over Accessory Dwelling Unit frequently asked questions.

Residential Design

We’ll create a design of your vision for your new home or addition to your existing dwelling.

Engineer Coordination

We’ll manage coordination with a licensed engineer if structural design is required for your permit drawings.

Drafting

We create accurate drawings of your home design or addition using plans, sections, and elevations taken straight from the 3D model.

Permit Processing

Let us handle this final step in obtaining your building permit to begin construction on your project.

About Us

Owner Built Design, founded and owned by Jim Kane, specializes in residential design and drafting services on Oahu. Decades ago, it began as a part-time service which grew over time into a successful residential design and drafting business with 30 years of experience. Having helped and provided Hawaii homeowners and owner-builders with drafting and permitting needs since 1988, we’re confident we can help you get the design you want and the building permit you need to move forward with your own project on time and under budget. If you’re looking for residential design and Hawaii drafting service contact us today for a free service estimate on your site!

Since 1988

220
Projects Completed
700000
SF of Designed Area
124000000
Dollars in Construction Value

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Working with Owner Built Designs for my home renovation project was a great experience!
Jim provided excellent service with competitive rates, communicated well and responded quickly. His vast knowledge in construction and design was evident and extremely helpful throughout the entire process.

Lilybeth K. ~Ewa Beach

Hands down, the best drafter on the island! Jim is creative, innovative and knows how to leverage your space so that you get the most out of it. He is extremely professional and moves the whole process along at a rapid pace. My wife and I live on a narrow and sloped plot of land. I had my own ideas of how we could build on. When Jim came back with the first draft of the plan, I was blown away at how much better he had used the space. The addition he drafted is exceptional! If you are doing a project and need a building permit, go with Owner Built Designs.

Dustin H. ~Kaneohe

Very happy with Jim’s professional approach to our project! Moving us forward.

Kerry P. ~Kalihi

Jim is more than a draftsman, he is quite professional and knowledgeable of his field and beyond. He knows how to meet his customer needs. He’s lived in this island long enough to know what’s the best for them, he knows all about building codes and materials that this weather requires. He is no novice, that’s for sure and he is so nice. A previous house and my beautiful kitchen speak for it. His price is quite low for the kind of value he offers. I absolutely recommend him.

Aili L. ~Ahuimanu

James helped me with drawing up my remodeling project and submitting the plans for the permitting process. He offered some suggestions that I had overlooked and added a lot to the final design. He is simply great to work with! Does the work at very reasonable prices, is professional and follows through as needed. Could’t be more pleased and recommend him for any size project you might have.

John S. ~Honolulu

After searching and gathering quotes from architects and general contractors. I decided to go with Jim Kane of Owner Built Designs. We needed someone to draw an addition for us that included a bedroom, large family room, bathroom and a wet bar. Our property has some challenges as it is on a sloped lot and we wanted to build below our existing dwelling. He was patient, offered suggestions and came up with a design within a week. After some tweaking the plans were finalized and sent in the DPP for approval. His work is top notch, he is patient and open to ideas and can see the vision that we as homeowners would like to see in our project. If you need someone to draw up plans for your new home or addition, I would not hesitate to recommend Jim Kane.

James P. ~Moanalua Hts

Mr. Kane was awesome to work with. He communicated with us regularly leaving nothing to the imagination. Communication was key for our piece of mind know that things were handled. I highly recommend Mr. Kane if your looking to build or remodel your home

Justin W. ~Kailua

I hired Jim to assist with some restoration work at my home. My experience with Jim was absolutely superb. Jim kept me informed every step of the way, he was very responsive to every question I had, and his work is of the highest quality. I highly recommend Jim to anyone looking for high quality, highly professional contractor home improvement work.

Kevin P. ~Kailua

It has been great working with Jim. He has helped me on several different occasions since finishing my initial plans.

Prices are fair and communication has been great.
I wish the Department of Planning and Permitting was as easy to work with.

Will use him again!!

Chad I. ~Kapolei

I was looking for an residential designer to develop plans for my new ADU and garage unit of my house, and approached one Honolulu architect for a quote. His quote for his services came back much more than I wanted to spend for constructing the entire project. So when I approached Jim Kane about the same project, having known Jim as a competent residential designer with Federal and private work experience, I was very very pleasantly surprised to have Jim’s quote come in right at, or actually under, the amount I had budgeted. Plus, Jim proved himself to be a diligent and very knowledgeable designer, not to mention hard working. He set a schedule and kept to it, developing my architectural plans very fast and thoroughly answering all my questions and concerns. I’m delighted that I hired him as my designer. He’s very experienced and a joy to work with. THANKS JIM!!

Harley R. ~Kailua

Hands down, the best drafter on the island! Jim is creative, innovative and knows how to leverage your space so that you get the most out of it. He is extremely professional and moves the whole process along at a rapid pace. My wife and I live on a narrow and sloped plot of land. I had my own ideas of how we could build on. When Jim came back with the first draft of the plan, I was blown away at how much better he had used the space. The addition he drafted is exceptional! If you are doing a project and need a building permit, go with Owner Built Designs.

Dustin H. ~Wahiawa

Mr. Kane was awesome to work with. He communicated with us regularly leaving nothing to the imagination. Communication was key for our piece of mind to know that things were being handled. I highly recommend Mr. Kane if you’re looking to build or remodel your home!

Justin W. ~Kaneohe

James helped me with drawing up my remodeling project and submitting the plans for the permitting process. He offered some suggestions that I had overlooked and added a lot to the final design. He is simply great to work with! Does the work at very reasonable prices, is professional and follows through as needed. Could’t be more pleased and recommend him for any size project you might have.

John S. ~Hawaii Kai

What Jim did for me was exactly what I was looking for. I had already arrived at my design and simply wanted my ideas drafted so I could get the building permit and start construction. Because Jim has built houses himself he has depth of knowledge, which was helpful in taking my ideas and fleshing them out to create plans I could build from. Thank you Jim!

Heidi L. ~Kailua