House on dunes with strong erosion of dunes by the ocean

Tips to Help You Develop Your Erosion and Sediment Control Plan

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP)

Recently the Department of Permitting and Planning developed new regulations requiring Erosion and Sediment Control Plan for people doing construction on their property. This includes people who want to: Build a home Create a home addition Develop a [amazon_textlink asin=’0764318365′ text=’retaining wall’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e1b689ee-a227-11e7-98fb-dfa05a704724′] Grade their land Install a driveway or sidewalk Install an in […]

Residential estate, Maui, Hawaii

Do I Need an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP)

If you plan to do construction on your property such as building a home or other structure, it’s important to understand the new regulations set forth by the Department of Permitting and Planning. These regulations pertain to the erosion and sedimentation of your property and the property surrounding it. Here are the details of what is […]

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 [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 […]

A group of people sitting at a table looking at construction blue prints and building permit

What Does It Take to Get a Building Permit on Oahu?

Need a building permit to build a single family residence, accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or Ohana unit on Oahu? An awareness of all relevant regulations and requirements is important. Precise [amazon_textlink asin=’1580117953′ text=’planning ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ownbuilddesig-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ca88ab29-9f00-11e7-874e-a5a3ce668160′]increases the chances of a project that smoothly proceeds from conception to completion. Although the permitting process may present a […]

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, […]

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 […]