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In It Together: Building a Duplex So Two Families Can Live the Dream

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If you’ve made it this far, no doubt you’ve noticed that there’s a serious housing crunch in Hawaii. The challenge of finding a nice, reasonably priced home in a convenient location is so difficult to be downright impossible. It’s no wonder so many people have decided to build ADUs and multi-unit homes. Of course, with the space for homes getting tighter and the cost involved with building a new one, even families who can see an answer may have difficulty reaching it.

The Thought of Sharing

But what about teaming up with another family? One thing many young people and extended families are doing is buying a home together either in groups who plan on sharing the space and the proceeds if they eventually sell. This practical theory can also be applied to new constructions as well. Rather than paying for the entire construction yourself, you have the option of splitting the costs with others who also want a new home in the neighborhood you’ve chosen and with a duplex, you don’t even have to share your personal residence.

Two Private Residences, One Set of Costs

The beauty of a duplex is that there are so many savings to be made in a construction by building two homes for the effort of one. Using efficient construction techniques, you can share one foundation pour, one roof, and one last-mile set of connections to the water, power, gas, sewer, and cable. That’s already thousands of dollars saved compared to building two separate houses. While a duplex construction may be more expensive than a single family home, together both families will save money by going in together.

Maintaining Your Privacy in a Duplex

One of the major concerns with duplex and, indeed, any shared living situation is that there won’t be enough privacy. Let us reassure you that your duplex can be as private as you want it to be. You can have a shared yard if you like that or put a privacy fence right down the middle. You can share a central garage or have them separate with a hedge down the middle of your driveways. The central wall will be insulated to protect you from sharing unwanted sounds and you can even select a design where the front doors don’t leave in the same direction of your lot is oddly shaped.  Of course, you can also go the other way and share as much as possible if you really enjoy the family you’re building with.

Who to Build With

Deciding to build a duplex with another family is the easy part but the key to residential bliss is finding someone who you’ll really enjoy splitting the bill and the lot with. One way to do it is to build with a close sibling or friend who is at the same point in their life, living as neighbors and raising your kids together, possibly even in an openly shared backyard. This is a great way to never be lonely and ensure that your children will have other kids about their age nearby without even having to cross the street for play dates.

Another way to go is to buy with your parents. Many Hawaiian parents are trying to help their children get into the housing market and building a duplex creates what one might consider the ultimate granny flat. This ensures that your parents will be amply repaid in a lovely new home for helping you financially, you can easily help them keep the place up as they get older, and you will most likely inherit the other half of the property in due time.

Finally, if you would rather not live with family or build a double-family with a close friend, you still have one very good option. Find another family either locally or online who is ready to buy or build and wants to live with just as much privacy as you do. In fact, you can even draw up a private contract between the two of you guaranteeing a mutual respect of privacy and ensuring that even if you become friends over the course of the construction project, your separate families maintain the right and ability to remain separate on opposite sides of the duplex.

Building a duplex is an incredibly astute financial decision whether you’re building with friends, family or a friendly stranger. But, of course, it’s also not your only option for efficiently using a single residential lot. For more information about building a custom duplex, designing an ADU, or embarking on a big DIY renovation project, contact us today!


Before You DIY, Ask Yourself: Is This Light Fixture Safe?

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Every home has its little quirks, from the squeaky stair to the flickering porch light. More often than not, if the issues aren’t irritating or obviously dangerous they become part of the familiar character of our home. You learn to love these personality quirks of your home. However, when you’re thinking about a major DIY renovation, it rarely occurs to homeowners to worry about the safety of an old light or electrical fixture. Wiring ages, just like the rest of a house and old wiring can be worn or frayed. Even recently renovated lighting, if done incorrectly, can be dangerous. Getting involved in any unknown wiring should be done carefully and if the fixture is known for erratic behavior, you might want to turn off a breaker before your initial investigation.

Symptoms of Unsafe Wiring

Most homes, especially those built before 1987, have some area where the wiring is not perfect. Often this is the result of either old wires and fixtures or a long-past DIY project that has not withstood the test of time. If there’s a light in your home that is crooked, flickers, or has exposed wires, any DIY work you do with or near it should be done carefully and you might want to have it replaced by a professional. Here’s a quick list of warning signs to look for:

  • Dimming and Flickering
    • The power is not reaching your light fixture consistently, a sure sign that the connection is not steady and safe
  • Frequently Tripped Breakers
    • This indicates that something on that circuit is demanding more than a safe amount of power. Sometimes a previous tenant has ‘fixed’ this with a bigger breaker, so look for unusually large breakers as well
  • Buzzing Outlets and Switches
    • Buzzing is always bad. This is too much electricity running through loose connections
  • Constant Shocks
    • If a fixture or appliance is holding a static charge, this is a bad sign
  • Burning Smell
    • The smell of burning plastic is the result of overheating wires and melting insulation and nearby items.
  • Suspicious Wiring
    • If the wiring doesn’t look professional, it probably isn’t. While untidy wiring doesn’t definitely indicate a safety hazard, frayed wires, and damaged wire insulation is an immediate problem.

The Answer to Potentially Unsafe Fixtures

If your home electrical system or any particular fixture has exhibited one or more of these symptoms, you’ll want to approach your DIY project with extra care. If you’re not well versed in electrical safety, you may want to ask an electrician to take a look at your fixture before you get started. They will help diagnose your wiring problems and give you several tips on how to proceed with your DIY project. In many cases, you will simply need to replace a few old parts while the power is disconnected.

Starting a big DIY project usually involves a variety of construction and repair skills including working with your wiring. If you have been thinking about working with your light fixtures or outlets, always be careful when approaching an unknown electrical connection. Know which wires are live and if you’re not completely confident about remaining safe, work with an electrician to ensure that you don’t leave a dangerous, if attractively remodeled, situation.

If you have plans for a DIY renovation and have been wondering if that old flickering light fixture is safe to mess with, the answer is all-too-easily “No”. Faulty wiring is the number one cause of accidental house fires and unnecessary burns. Keep yourself and your home safe by approaching electrical renovations with care, especially if the fixture is known for irregular behavior, no matter how familiar. For more helpful home renovation tips, contact us today!


Getting a Handle On Your Front Door Hardware

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When most people buy a new home, it’s fun to spend a little time really making it yours. You can repaint the walls, redesign the landscaping, and even do a little kitchen renovation to make the space better suited to you and your family. But what about the front door? This is not only the face you show the neighborhood, it’s also the primary way you’ll be accessing your home. Choosing a new front door is a lot more complicated than simply selecting one off a shelf like at the grocery store or pointing out a style and saying “Make It So“. There is a decision-making process starting with the material, then the size and style followed by color and, finally, the hardware. Do you know what kind of handle you want? Some people (admittedly a very few) choose the handle first and build the door around it while most choose their door and then a handle to match. To help you get a handle (pardon the pun) on the decision, let’s answer a few questions you may have about front door locks and handles.

The Shape Functionality

The first thing to consider is who will be using the door. Yes, it sounds silly, we know your thought is “Me, of course!”. However, the style of handle you choose will determine how easy it is to open the door when it’s unlocked. Keyed knobs with a deadbolt are the most common but it should be noted that these take a reasonable amount of grip and dexterity to use. Consider turning the key, turning the handle, then pushing. If you want young children or an elderly relative to come and go, you may want an easier to use handle.

Another standard front door handle is the tall, curved handles that fit the shape of the hand with a thumb latch. These elegant sets are easier to use, push, and especially pull closed but if it’s stiff or the door swells, it might take a little bit of thumb strength to get through.

Then there’s a pure lever handle, easily recognizable by its horizontal bar sticking out left or right from the keyhole. These handles are ideal for handicapped use because they don’t even require a closed hand or working thumb to open once unlocked. You can also train particularly bright cats, dogs, and heavier birds to open doors using lever handles if that’s something you’re interested in.

Finally, there’s the solid bar, no latch involved except the deadbolt. These are quite popular for heavy solid wood doors as they give you the best leverage to haul it open and then closed behind you. Vertical bar handles create an elegant, almost medieval look for your front door, giving the impression that you live in a castle even if it’s a modest one-story home.

The Color and Finish

Needless to say, the color and finish on your door hardware should compliment the color and style you chose for the door itself. Handles, in general, come in a wide variety of metal colors and the combination you choose will reveal a lot about your personal style. Brass, especially darkened ‘aged’ brass has a distinctly historical look, but when combined with a modern style, a glass accented door can take on a ‘Steam Punk’ appearance. To get a naturalist look, try brass with any color of green or darker blues.

Stainless steel and bright silver handles are wonderful for lighter colored and primarily glass doors because they shine together or striking on dark doors by creating contrast. A darkened brushed silver is elegant on beige, moss green, and other muted-colored doors. Silvers also look great on wood, though the shades of brown and silver should be tested against each other until you find a combination that pleases you.

Then there are the darker tones, like a deep red finish or black. These can be stark on white or glass, elegant and classic on wood grains, or ominous on a dark door in complimentary colors. Black handles tend to give a feeling of formality to a home.

The Lock and Deadbolt

How will you lock your door? Most handles come as a set with their own deadbolt, but it’s important to consider how the door is constructed when choosing your latch and locking mechanisms. Double-doors, for instance, require special consideration because they need to latch together securely without rattling or breaking the weatherproof seal when closed.

It’s important to remember that the lock and deadbolt combination you choose will be part of your coming home and locking up procedure every single day for the rest of the time you keep this door, which should be many years unless you really enjoy replacing your front door frequently. Try a lock before buying to see if your hands are comfortable with the mechanism and, once again, consider the needs of any children, elderly, or infirmed in your household who may struggle with a stiffer or more awkward lock type. You might even like a smart lock with a keypad and response to control from your smartphone.

The Right Handle For Your Door

Which is the right handle and lock combination for your front door? Unless you’ve been dreaming of a specific door handle for years, the only way to know the answer is with careful consideration, comparison, and at least a little bit of experimentation. Look at your options, compare finishes to door colors, and try a few handles on for size, smoothness, and ease of use. For more professional answers to DIY project questions, contact us today!


Are You Starting a Major DIY Home Renovation Project?

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Are you considering adding a new room or a new feature to your [amazon_textlink asin=’1467921114′ text=’Hawaii home’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e0e63072-e67a-11e7-b906-edf1a1707bb6′]? If you are, there are various things you will need to consider. One of the first things you will need to consider is what type of addition to your home you will actually like to make.

There are various resources homeowners can use to prepare themselves for what’s ahead when they are considering a home improvement project. With the right tools and resources, you will be able to find everything you need to know about planning, budgeting your project, zoning, etc.

There are some things you can do ahead of time to make sure your [amazon_textlink asin=’1600854974′ text=’home renovation’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’15147ee7-e67b-11e7-9606-970984fdcc77′] or home addition process runs as smooth as possible. Before you begin work on your home, you should keep these things in mind:

Don’t Leave Anything Out

Before you make the big home remodeling project, it is very important that you consider every aspect of the project. if you are going to remodel a bedroom, bathroom, or the kitchen, you should know what type of changes you want to make. If you plan to spend a significant time in the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, etc., you should make sure you are going to love the changes. When you have a clear idea of what you want the remodel to look like, you will be closer to getting the area you want.

Clear The Construction Area

If you want to have a smooth home remodeling project, you should make sure the construction area is cleared. You do not want any times to be in the way of the home renovation project. You should make sure you clear your area of any anything that may be in the way, such as tables, furniture, lighting fixtures, etc.

Let People Know

Before you start the home remodeling project, you should let everyone who lives inside the house what your plans are. Everyone who lives in the house should know when you will start this big project, and everyone should also know where the work will take place inside the house.

Do Not Forget About The Animals Or The Little Ones

When you are planning a home renovation project, you will certainly want to keep children out of the area you will be working on. Children inside the house may be fascinated when they see what is taking place inside your home; however, it is important that they are protected at all times. You should also make sure that your animals will not interfere with the home remodeling project.

How Much Will It Cost?

One of the important things you will need to consider when you are taking on a home remodeling project is if you can afford to actually take on the project. After you have thought about everything and you have a full understanding of the project and what it will take to complete it, you should take some time to go over all the costs that you expect to incur. Doing this now will prepare you for everything that is ahead.

Ask Questions

Regardless of the type of remodeling project you are going to take on, you should not be afraid to ask questions when you have them. There are numerous people that are trained to help you create the perfect room you want, and they will make sure you understand every aspect. If you want your remodeling project dream to come to life, you should not hesitate to ask questions.

Are you getting ready to take on a home renovation or home addition project at your Hawaii home? Contact me today for more information.


Questions to Ask Before Starting a Major DIY Home Renovation or Addition in Hawaii

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If you watch very many home renovation shows, you have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to adding to or renovating a house. Some of those shows may have fueled your interest in tackling a major [amazon_textlink asin=’1600852467′ text=’home renovation’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’66c0b32b-e67b-11e7-ac38-09b16fdcf4cf’] or addition on your own home in Hawaii. Before you follow through with any grand plans you might have, here are some questions to ask yourself about how ready you are.

Questions to ask about your knowledge and skills

Do you understand everything that needs to be done to complete the renovation/addition?

Renovations and additions are more than just tearing things out and putting other things up. Depending on your project’s scope of work, there may be some work that requires the skills and knowledge of a contractor who has been trained to do the work – like electricians and plumbers. Brainstorming all the possible work will help you get a better understanding of what needs to happen to make your project successful.

Does the project require extensive knowledge and skills?

Some parts of a DIY project are simpler than others, like painting a room or installing new doors. Others, like structural changes, new wiring or [amazon_textlink asin=’1591866367′ text=’plumbing’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”], can get complicated and require more knowledge and skills than you currently have. Be honest with yourself about what you are capable of taking on versus what needs to be done.

What zoning restrictions or local building codes do you need to be aware of? What work can you do without a permit?

No one city or state in the United States has exactly the same zoning restrictions, building codes, or permitting process. Hawaii, in particular, has specific codes, restrictions, and processes for obtaining permits that are designed to preserve as much of each island’s natural beauty as possible for those who live on and visit them. Some places may differ on what work needs a permit, but in Hawaii, most major home renovation or addition projects will require them because of regulations that require any project with more than $1,000 worth of work to be permitted.

Do you have enough time to complete this project?

One of the biggest reasons why some major DIY projects fail to be completed is because the homeowner underestimates the amount of time and effort it will take on their part to finish. Having the skills to take on a project accomplishes nothing if you do not have the time to devote to making sure the project is done right.

What is your budget and do you have room for it to absorb the cost of something happening on the project that you were not expecting?

Before you attempt any kind of DIY project, you should know how much money you have to devote to completing it, as well as how much room there is in your budget in case it takes more time or issues come up.

Will the savings be worth not having it done professionally?

Sure, you can do the work on your own and probably save money doing it, but what will the work be worth in the end? If the project is not done well, it may have to be redone in a few months or a few years and could cost you more, in the long run, to get it done correctly.

Questions to ask about your personal situation

Do you enjoy performing physical labor?

Construction work requires a lot of physical labor. Think about how you feel about doing it before you commit to a major renovation or addition to your home.

Are you a patient person?

A lot of situations come up over the course of a major project like a renovation or addition, with some creating more stress than others. When you are considering an extensive DIY project on your home, look carefully at how patient you are in stressful situations.

Do you finish what you start?

Are you the kind of person who starts things and never finishes them? Major home renovation and addition projects require a high level of commitment in order to complete, so take that into consideration.

How does your family feel about the project?

Before you get started on a DIY project, check in with your family to see what they want and how they feel about it. They are going to be your biggest support system, and you need them on board with you.

What is your conclusion?

Maybe your answers to these questions were an encouraging sign. Maybe they made the prospect of adding to or renovating seem too daunting. Either way, we are here to help you make your home the perfect fit for you and your lifestyle. Our expertise is in designing the spaces you need and creating easy-to-follow, permit ready plans so you can take on a project like this by yourself.

Contact us today for more information.


What are the Risks & Responsibilities of Being an Owner-Builder in Hawaii?



Construction costs are soaring across the country, but Hawaii remains one of the most expensive places to build or add to an existing home. Becoming an owner-builder is a cost-saving solution some homeowners are actively considering in order to make their [amazon_textlink asin=’1401603521′ text=’dream home’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9edacf5c-e67d-11e7-a534-9b22438b752d’] a reality.

If you are thinking about going that route, you may want to know what an owner-builder is and what will be required of you if you become one.

What is an Owner-Builder?

According to the State of Hawaii, an owner-builder “is a property owner [or lessee] who has an owner-builder permit from the county to build or improve residential or farm structures for use either by the owner or his/her grandparents, parents, siblings or children.” This just means you can (with the right permits) build or make improvements on a residential property you own or rent for yourself and your family to use.

Why You Would Consider Becoming an Owner-Builder

The biggest reason people consider taking on the role of an owner-builder is financial. Getting a general contractor (or GC) to do the work can be an expensive proposition when construction costs are only climbing higher. If doing the work can save money, they want to do that instead.

Another thing you will need to consider is how much control you want over the construction process. If you think you can handle all the work that being an owner-builder entails, it might be worthwhile for you.

What You Are Responsible for as an Owner-Builder

When you become an owner-builder, you are taking on the role a GC would normally play in building or adding to your home. This means you are responsible for everything a GC would be responsible for if they did the work. That includes:

  • making sure you comply with all of the laws and rules licensed contractors are required to comply with;
  • supervising the construction work yourself;
  • hiring all of the subcontractors who will be completing the work and making sure the subs are licensed (especially important for electrical and plumbing contractors because they cannot perform a job without being licensed in Hawaii);
  • purchasing materials for the project and coordinating deliveries so they arrive in time for your contractors to do their work;
  • ensuring all of the work done on your home is up to code and passes inspection; and
  • keeping accurate records of everything that happens on the construction site

There is (Much) Risk Involved with Becoming an Owner-Builder

An Owner-Builder who is knowledgeable about construction in Hawaii is the exception, not the rule. When you decide to take on this responsibility on, you are accepting certain risks (some much greater than others), like:

  • Additional expenses that can blow your budget and significant delays because of things you do not know;
  • Not being able to hire the best subcontractors because some will only work with general contractors;
  • Subcontractors and suppliers putting a lien on your property if you do not pay them in a timely fashion;
  • Paying out of your pocket to replace materials that have been damaged because of fires/accidents/vandalism/etc. or for [amazon_textlink asin=’0323222315′ text=’medical care’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’11e88be8-e67e-11e7-92b2-370521950f9f’] for workers who have been injured in these types incidents because you have not taken out the right insurance policies;
  • (in Hawaii) Not being able to sell or lease what you have added or built for at least a year after you’ve finished the work;
  • (also in Hawaii) Not having access to the Contractors Recovery Fund if something goes wrong while the structure is under construction because the Contractors Recovery Fund is not available to owner-builders; and
  • having to pay penalties and fines for not complying with the requirements for an owner-builder.

How Owner Built Makes Being an Owner-Builder Easier for You

We’ve been doing residential design and engineering work on the island of Oahu for nearly thirty years. Our focus is on creating permit-application ready drawings that are easy for you to understand. You want to build spaces for your home that your family will use for years to come, and we want to help you do it well.

If you have any questions or are ready to start building, contact us today.


Take A Peek At More Top Ten Pinterest Home Improvement Boards

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Do you feel like you are stuck in the mud during your search for home improvement ideas? Do you want some help planning your upcoming home improvement project? Well, we suggest you take a look at Pinterest.

Pinterest has an unlimited amount of incredible resources that you can use to plan your projects and successfully [amazon_textlink asin=’B00MF1AS68′ text=’organize everything’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’95b55065-9f4f-11e7-a557-5b42f7dc8afd’]. If you need help finding the right paint colors or if you need help unclogging one of your kitchen sink drains, you can find the answers on Pinterest.

Pinterest First-Timer?

If you have never used Pinterest, today is a good day to start. Pinterest is an online scrap board that allows you to search for images and save them to your virtual board. Once you have saved an image, it will be known as a pin. When you save something, you will be asked to choose a board or create your own board. If you are remodeling one of your bathrooms, you will be able to save those images on a board that you can call “Bathroom”.

Pinterest will also give you the chance to follow a variety of boards that have been created by other people on Pinterest. You will also be able to add other images to your board that you have found on other websites. Pinterest is a great way for you to keep all of your ideas organized.

Pinterest is full of resources for your home improvement project. There are so many home improvement boards on Pinterest that you may find it overwhelming to find what you need. This is why we took the time to create a Top Ten list of home improvement boards. We want you to find your inspiration and let your creative juices flow as you are looking through these home improvement boards.

Pinterest Board #1: The Everyday Home DIY Projects

Take a good look at The Everyday Home DIY Projects Pinterest board. You will find various projects for your DIY home improvement projects. You will not be the only one following this board because this board has over 43,000 followers!

Pinterest Board #2: Making Home Base Projects

You will be inspired with these DIY project ideas, decorating tips, and home decor inspiration tips from this board that has nearly 6,000 Pins and over 34,000 Followers.

Pinterest Board #3: Finding Home Projects

With over 1,300 Pins and over 24,000 Followers, you will certainly find a variety of projects that you can do on your own.

Pinterest Board #4: It’s Great To Be Home

Liz has over 9,000 followers on her Pinterest board. Liz has [amazon_textlink asin=’0071486100′ text=’flipped several houses’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e9fe4f63-9f4f-11e7-a36a-5f43a94f16f1′] and has amazingly transformed several rooms in houses. If you want to see what she has done for yourself, go ahead and take a peek.

Pinterest Board #5: Things I Want To Build

This Pinterest board has nearly 5,000 followers. If you need ideas for [amazon_textlink asin=’1591866693′ text=’building furniture’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2ce059ef-9f50-11e7-9f43-031075c84e68′], storage accessories, etc., you will find some incredible ideas when you view this board.

Pinterest Board #6: Our Mindful Home

If you are looking for ideas about modern architecture, outdoor design, and a variety of creative ideas for your home improvement project, you should take a look at this Pinterest board.

Pinterest Board #7: My Painted Furniture

If you want to update your furniture with paint and other things, I think you should take a good look at this Pinterest board, known as My Painted Furniture. Jacqueline has over 1,500 followers.

Pinterest Board #8: House Made Home

If you are looking for inspirations to turn your house into your home, you will love this Pinterest board. It does not matter if your projects are small or big, you will find some great inspiration on this board.

Pinterest Board #9: DIO Home Improvement Tutorials

This Pinterest board has over 5,000 followers and over 70 pins. You will find some outstanding tutorials on the DIO Home Improvement board. You may be surprised at all the home improvement transformations you can do on your own.

Pinterest Board #10: Home Made Modern: Style For The Home

This board has nearly 4,900 followers and over 250 pins. You will certainly be inspired by this incredible collection of ideas for a modern home.

Are you looking for more inspiring and creative ideas for your home improvement project? Do not hesitate to contact me.


Top Ten Pinterest Home Improvement Boards for DIY-ers

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As everyone already knows, we are living in a home improvement do-it-yourself era. Even those who have never held a hammer are taking small [amazon_textlink asin=’B01DV1YA3M’ text=’home improvement projects’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’68368c4d-9ef9-11e7-bb60-0354643137c3′] on and are doing a pretty good job. It’s also a well-known fact that Pinterest is the place to go for everything you could ever possibly want to know about almost anything. So we decided to share 10 of the most popular Pinterest boards that have to do with home improvement to get your creative juices flowing and your tools out on the table.

1. Visiting Shelley Creed’s board called Architectural Salvage is like taking a short course on how to incorporate salvaged windows, doors, and trim into the house you are building or remodeling. The pins on her board are beautiful, and the ideas you glean from her pins will inspire and intrigue you.

2. On the board Home Decor & DIY, Sarah McKenna of Bombshell Bling shares suggestions about paint, room make-overs, upcycling furniture, home offices, painting vinyl shutters, backsplash ideas, Ikea hacks, adding personality to a simple space, farmhouse finds, and more. Sarah’s board is colorful and sassy and well worth a visit.

3. Lucy, at Craftberry Bush, has 21,901 followers on her home improvement board. She includes many helpful and useful tips, such as types of molding, removing popcorn ceilings, home decor charts, and many [amazon_textlink asin=’1621452018′ text=’DIY tutorials’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’40e5210d-9efa-11e7-9d3f-9b8dc2fe5267′]. You will find hundreds of ideas on Lucy’s board.

4. Jenny on the Spot Home has a home improvement board that contains everything from home exterior ideas to installing barn doors. She has tutorials for picking colors for your home, bathroom design, lighting, fabrics, outdoor living areas, choosing the right fence for your home.

5. For terrific ideas on designing shelves, [amazon_textlink asin=’B008TSNHI2′ text=’stenciling tile’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d276b6c2-9ef9-11e7-91d2-a1aabdcd0f65′], or building a pantry between the studs in your kitchen, visit the Allred Design boards dedicated to DIY tips for your home. With 17,400 followers, Allred Design is doing something right. Their home improvement board includes how to make open pipe shelving, open, floating shelving, crown molding templates, paint a concrete floor, and other stunning projects for your new home.

6. Lauren@Bless’er House offers a truck load of advice on her “how-to” board, including her favorite “peel and stick” vinyl tiles, farmhouse window trim, and DIY feather finish concrete counter tops. She also has pins on how to paint kitchen cabinets and the cheapest and easiest DIY Board and Batten.

7. Great ideas for home design are the focus of Jacqueline Tan’s home improvement board. She shares pictures of innovative and creative improvements you can incorporate into your new house. This Amsterdam homemaker has wonderful ideas for organizing, DIY projects, gardening, and interior design.

8. Tam P offers the kind of down-to-earth tutorials a DIY homeowner will need, like how to whitewash brick and how to create ship-lap wall covering. All her boards are chock full of ideas, however, and you might just get caught in that [amazon_textlink asin=’1544741022′ text=’Pinterest rabbit hole’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f538920b-9ef9-11e7-8616-b1e5454078cd’] we’ve all fallen in before.

9. The Savvy Saving Couple has found ways to cut costs on almost every type of new home project. They show examples of bathroom renovations, cottage-style design ideas, and styling a small space.

10. And best of all, the DIY Network Shows has boards of its own. The pins you find will allow you to travel behind the scenes with the hosts of your favorite DIY Network television shows. Watching these videos will be like getting your Ph.D. in home improvement.

Owner Built Design, LLC of Oahu is ready to get you started on building a house or adding an addition or other home-improvement for you and your family.  We will provide you with permit-ready designs and be available to you in many ways as you take on this exciting task.  Call or text for more information.