senior asian couple looking at plans for an ADU on a tablet computer at home

Retirement Downsizing in Place with an Accessible ADU

This entry is part of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

      Many seniors are seriously conflicted about the choice to downsize into a smaller, more manageable and affordable house or stay with the family home to pass it on to the children who grew up there. There is an inherent conflict between practicality and sentimentality, especially as you start to slow down and […]

New wall and ground for a modern extension of a house. ADU

5 Tips for Building an Energy Efficient ADU

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

  If you’re thinking about or already planning to build an ADU on your property, it’s important to remember that the cost of construction is only the beginning. The ADU will connect to your property’s water, power, and possibly gas hookups. Whoever lives there will add to your utility bills as if they were living […]

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What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

A QUICK GUIDE TO BUILD A SECOND UNIT ON YOUR LOT What Is An Accessory  Dwelling Unit? An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a second dwelling unit, including its own kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom facilities. It may be attached or detached from the primary dwelling unit on the zoning lot. ADUs are intended to be “accessory” […]

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What’s the 411 with Hawaii ADUs?

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

[amazon_textlink asin=’0983888787′ text=’Honolulu’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8531a375-a222-11e7-a928-195794382acb’]’s mayor signed a provision for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in September 2015. Now, qualifying owners of freestanding, single-family homes have a new way to generate revenue – by renting a secondary residence situated on their property. [amazon_textlink asin=’1288916396′ text=’ADU’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’24a27b6c-a224-11e7-aa93-bf0d1cd8204e’]s are a response to the Mayor’s […]

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What’s the 411 with Hawaii ADU’s: The FAQs Continued

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

If you live or even occasionally visit [amazon_textlink asin=’1628873140′ text=’Hawaii’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b9643ab7-a226-11e7-ae93-0f338484ecd1′], you’re probably already aware of the intense housing crunch going on, especially when it comes to affordable rental properties for working families. While [amazon_textlink asin=’B015PA9VI6′ text=’homelessness’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fb46d656-a226-11e7-9b2b-b347f01db0bd’] is usually something that happens to people who can’t or won’t […]

African American male and female couple lying on floor looking at architectural blueprints for their ADU

The Benefits of Building an ADU on Your Property

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

Owning a home in Hawaii is a wonderful experience. It allows you to build memories and make alterations however you choose to on your land. Many people will buy a single family home and make a number of small to extensive renovations like [amazon_textlink asin=’1561584827′ text=’remodeling the kitchen’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a5e3e5ee-9efd-11e7-bb23-c5ef1967877b’], taking out interior walls between […]

A young family standing in front of their new home thanks to hawaii's new ADUs

Why Are ADUs So Important in Hawaii?

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

Housing affordability has long been an issue on Oahu. The challenge remains, according to the 2017 Housing Affordability Table compiled by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. According to the table, urban Honolulu is the 54th largest metro area in the country but has the most expensive single-family homes. Honolulu Leads Top 100 Cities […]