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 […]

Colourful hats on sandy beach by the sea, Guest house or ADU, short for Accessory Dwelling Unit.

The 9 Basic Requirements for Building an ADU in Hawaii

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

  Since the dawn of property ownership, people have been building smaller dwellings near their pre-existing homes. In Australia, they call them Granny Flats, in certain parts of the continental US, they’re called Mother-in-Law houses and here in Hawaii, the official term is ADU, short for Accessory Dwelling Unit. Like the acronym says, these are little homes […]

Panoramic view of Waikiki and Honolulu as seen from Diamond Head

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 , you’re probably already aware of the intense housing crunch going on, especially when it comes to affordable rental properties for working families. While is usually something that happens to people who can’t or won’t work, it’s an unfortunate fact that many families are finding themselves without proper […]

Owner-builder smiling and checking the result of his work

How Hard Is It To Be An Owner Builder And To Act As Your Own General Contractor?

A typical property owner who wants to embark on an ADU project as an owner-builder finds the advantages very compelling – reduced project costs followed by a new revenue stream from rental income, potential tax benefits, and increased property value. However, there are pitfalls that can quickly erase or seriously postpone the hoped-for gains. In many ways, […]