Beachside foundation erosion

Foundation Erosion and How to Deal with It

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Trouble in Paradise

Foundation erosion is a common problem in Hawaii. For a number of reasons, not the least of which are rising sea levels and frequent flash floods. Whether your [amazon_textlink asin=’B006C96KHU’ text=’property’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’770811c8-a220-11e7-afb5-8be01c875a58′] is beachfront or inland, and no matter which [amazon_textlink asin=’156647499X’ text=’island’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’87127929-a21f-11e7-8dad-73525ea07758′] you live on, foundation erosion […]

Chasing House Pests

How to Keep These 5 House Pests Out of Your Home

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Trouble in Paradise

Hawaii’s rich biodiversity and unique [amazon_textlink asin=’1939487307′ text=’wildlife’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’dfd822f6-a21b-11e7-b0ad-7de43c918238′] are among its most attractive qualities. The tropical climate on the [amazon_textlink asin=’0912180676′ text=’islands’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’18dae750-a21d-11e7-9188-574ce7ba5141′] is heaven for over 3,000 native species of plants and animals. As a homeowner, however, you probably want to keep nature where it belongs: outside. […]

A close up of a garden

How To Protect Your Home From Flash Floods

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Trouble in Paradise

How To Protect Your Home From Flash Floods [amazon_textlink asin=’0966625366′ text=’Living in Hawaii’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’58f0e11f-a21a-11e7-b610-01217e10fdab’] may be paradise — but even paradise has its problems. Take flash floods, for example: [amazon_textlink asin=’940075163X’ text=’flash floods’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c7aee7b1-a219-11e7-aabb-ebd4c028c950′] can be extremely dangerous and devastating to both people and property, and anything that stands in the way […]

James Kane, Architectural Draftsman produced this CAD model

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

An Architectural Draftsman Helps You Empower Yourself There are plenty of diverse challenges that arise in owning and maintaining a [amazon_textlink asin=’1467921114′ text=’home’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’48e8245a-9fcb-11e7-b03c-f7788bfd31ef’]. But what about when you want to [amazon_textlink asin=’1600854974′ text=’renovate’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b42fd37a-9fcb-11e7-8d16-1d3b6fdc5f90′], remodel or expand your property? There are plenty of practical reasons for thinking about […]

Accessory dwelling units on Oahu ADU By owner built drafting service. Residential design and permitting on Oahu, Hawaii.

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” […]

Hawaii Building Permit ePlan Submittal

4 Things to Consider When Getting Your Hawaii Building Permit

It’s been heard by everyone about acquiring a building permit in [amazon_textlink asin=’0966625366′ text=’Hawaii’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b74e4dcd-9fc7-11e7-bf24-9b2c5566533b’] and horror stories abound. You hear that there was another hoop to jump through or how it took so long. But with a little forethought the procedure you can avoid many of the hassles and it doesn’t have to […]