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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 Hawaii home? 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 home renovation 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.

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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 home renovation 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 plumbing, 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.

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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 organize everything. 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 flipped several houses 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 building furniture, 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.

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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 home improvement projects 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 DIY tutorials. 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, stenciling tile, 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 Pinterest rabbit hole 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.

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Home Improvement Projects…Ready for Yours?

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With spring arriving a lot of people are beginning to consider their next home improvement project. Maybe your kitchen needs an upgrade or you work at home and you want to spruce up your home office. Any home improvement worth doing is worth the time it takes to ask yourself these five questions before making that commitment.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Home Improvement Project

  1. Does the work require a permit or construction drawings?
    To comply with the codes some projects will need a permit to be legal, and others even require a license. Don’t ever try to complete a job without a license if the laws require it in your region. If you do need a permit you will almost always need professionally prepared drawings too.
  2. Do You Have the Technical Knowledge?
    At the end, when you are doing it yourself, there are several jobs around the house that need much more skill than others. For example if you don’t really know what you’re doing with mechanical or electrical systems, you may not only cost yourself a lot of cash, but you could also get hurt, or worse yet…killed. So think hard and long before commencing those type of home improvement projects on your own.
  3. Do You Have Enough Skill or Experience?
    A job that requires a lot of drywall or finish carpentry are not necessarily challenging to do in terms of technical knowledge, but they do demand a certain amount of talent and ability to make the finished product come out right and look good. This is important if you are concerned with how it’s going to look when it’s finished, so make sure that you have the experience before you start.
  4. Do You Have the Required Tools?
    There are several jobs around the house that need unique equipment to carry it through to completion. Naturally, you are able to rent almost any tool you will ever want, or to purchase it if you have other projects in the future to use it on too. Either way, it can become expensive very fast, so make sure that you’ve considered the price for any specialized tools beforehand.
  5. Do You Have the Time Available to Finish the Job?
    Many people have a tendency to underestimate the time it takes to do the work, especially when there is a fair amount of learning along the way. The duration of any project will depend upon your daily schedule. For those who have nothing but time, it may not matter how long this occupation takes. On the other hand, if you are doing this in your free time after your full-time job, then it could possibly pay you to have another person do some of the work while you stay in the office to make money to pay for the project instead. Just keep in mind that any home-improvement job is likely going to take you more to execute than the average professional, and you need to plan it that way.

How to Minimize Problems During Your Home Improvement Project

One of the greatest issues that homeowners face when they start out on DIY home improvements is the shortage of proper preparation. Nothing can be more discouraging that to run out of money or time before you finish or be faced with hiring a pro when you’ve already mucked things up a bit.

Scrambling for help half-way through a home improvement project will almost always add far more cost than you would have saved by doing it yourself. This leads to  a very frustrating and stressful situation real fast.

Don’t let improper planning ruin your project. Ask yourself the five questions listed above and they will help you to start out on the right path before beginning any home improvement project.

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How Collaborating With An Experienced Draftsman Can Bring Your Vision To Life

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An Architectural Draftsman Helps You Empower Yourself

There are plenty of diverse challenges that arise in owning and maintaining a home. But what about when you want to renovate, remodel or expand your property?

There are plenty of practical reasons for thinking about adding home improvements like the impending arrival of a child or caring for an aging loved one. No matter your reasoning, you likely have a picture in your head of how you would ideally like to see these additions come to fruition. At the end of the day, you’ll be living with these changes for years to come. So why wouldn’t you want to have direct input into how your vision is sculpted?

In working with an experienced architectural draftsman, you are putting yourself right in the driver’s seat rather than handing the keys off and hoping for the best. Here are a few more reasons why you should turn to a architectural draftsman for your next home improvement project.

Getting Set Up

First and foremost, before even getting to the stage of formally mapping out your remodel or addition, you’re going to need to know what permits are required. Altering or adding to your home in any way is obviously going to impact the inner workings of its originally approved construction.

Have you thought about new electrical wiring, plumbing or windows and beyond? You’ll need several different permits for each of these aspects, and a architectural draftsman can clearly identify, explain and walk you through the process of obtaining what you’ll need to get started.

What Is It Going To Cost?

Now that you know what you’re going to need in terms of permits, you can start to think about what a reasonable budget is for your project. In immediately handing off your vision to an architect or engineer, you’ll be given the specs and a price as they are.

A good architectural draftsman can help de-mystify some of the more technical aspects of your project while staying true to what you’re looking for and your budget. Oftentimes, a architectural draftsman can actually save you money by empowering you with the knowledge necessary to trim the fat that may come from being hands off.

Moving Forward with An Architectural Draftsman

Vanilla Architectural Draftsman standing next to BIM ModelWith your budget set, a architectural draftsman can now take your dreams and realize them in a design. As mentioned, this is your house and altering it comes with plenty of emotional twists and turns.

An experienced architectural draftsman can help manage your expectations and take some of the stress out of this next step in your life. Get the home you’ve been desiring and keep the potential risks and headaches at bay by contacting a architectural draftsman today!

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