Expert Residential Design Services

Rendering of Hawaii custom home with pool, skillful residential design work.
Rendering of Hawaii custom home with pool, skillful residential design work.

Welcome to Owner Built Design, a professional and comprehensive residential design and architectural drafting service provider for homeowners and contractors in Hawaii.

Experience and Track Record:

With over three decades of experience in the field, we have been providing residential design services to homeowners on Oahu since 1988. Our company has grown from a part-time endeavor to a successful full-time enterprise now since 2017. To date, we have provided design services on over 250 completed projects, totaling over 300,000 square feet of designed area and a construction value of over $90,000,000.

Cost-Effectiveness and Efficiency:

At Owner Built Design, we understand the importance of cost-effectiveness and efficiency in homeowner-focused projects. As experienced architectural designers, we estimate that 90% of the projects a typical homeowner considers can be handled effectively by our team. Our proven track record of success and the experience needed to ensure your project is completed on time and within budget.

Building Information Modeling (BIM):

We are proud to offer our expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM) which allows for greater accuracy and realism of your design. We have been using the BIM method since 1994, and all of our projects are modeled in BIM, ensuring that the drawings we create are a direct extraction from the model. This method of service encourages greater accuracy and realism of your residential design, giving you a realistic preview of your future home.

Prompt Service and Customer Satisfaction:

Whether you are planning a new home, addition, renovation, ADU, swimming pool, kitchen, garage/carport, lanai, retaining wall, or fence, we have experience in all of these areas and can provide prompt service. Our attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction is unmatched, and we work closely with our clients to achieve their desired residential design and obtain the necessary building permits. Let’s discuss how we can work together to bring your dream home to life. Together, we can turn your vision into a reality with Owner Built Design.

Jim Kane, Owner of Owner-Built Designs, a Drafting Service company.
Jim Kane, Owner
Owner-Built Design

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42 thoughts on “Expert Residential Design Services

  1. I’m looking to build a unattached patio that is 32′ x 16′. I’m looking to build it myself, but need help with the design plans and building permits. How much would something like this cost.

  2. Aloha Jim,

    My family and I would like to extend our living area (encompass the lanai) and move the kitchen in the future. Please contact us via e-mail to discuss.

    Mahalo for your time.

  3. One of the most complete services on design and building available in O’ahu, I remember many people getting great help from you back in 2008 when I was living there, it’s great to see you are back in business Jim! Aloha!

  4. Hi. We live in Maunawili and are generally considering expanding the home at some point in the future. However, there are a number of different ways we might do that. We also would be looking to contract most of it ourselves as owner-builders and keep the cost per sq ft as low as possible.

    I don’t want to imply that we are going ahead immediately, but I’m also not kidding that we’ll eventually do something. If you’d like to be in email touch, drop us a note.

    all best

  5. Aloha,

    I just bought a condo at Windward Harbour on Kailua and need drawings to add a split AC unit. Do you do these type of drawings or can you refer me to someone who does?

    Mahalo.

    1. Hi Vandra, for a specialized mechanical installation like this most of the a/c contractors have their own permit processing set up. It’s not something I do.
      Aloha,
      Jim

  6. Hello,
    We are looking to renovate our kitchen and extend living space encompassing the kitchen. Also desiring open concept floorplan. Would like to have a site visit and discuss our options. We are in Hawaii Kai.
    Thank you.

  7. Having the door to the toilet cubicle open IN is a hazard. A friend passed out in one like that; her husband had to practically demolish the door to get her out.

    1. Hi Andrea, I have worked on a couple Maui and Big Island projects but I do it on a case by case basis so I’d need more information about the project before I can say yes or no. Please call me and we can talk about it.

  8. Jim, I am in escrow on a place in Waialua and would like to build an ADU and remodel the interior. I would love to talk to you and see what your thoughts are on how to tackle the project.

  9. Aloha Jim,
    My mom just bought this studio from a foreclosure auction and she wants to remodel it then rent it out to some long-term renters. Do you know where she can get the blueprints (or at least a copy of the blueprints) of the studio?

    Mahalo,
    Gerald

  10. Hello, looking to get a price on a 35′ by 22′ dwelling unit with a garage below. I was able to draft up a little plan idea on revit but I will need much more expertise to help push plans through and permitting. We will build this ourself, we just need plans. If you could help with an estimate, that will be great. Please contact through email.

    Mahalo,
    Cesar

  11. Hello,

    We are looking to remove and add a wall in our home, but aren’t sure if it is a load bearing wall. We also need help with the permitting process. Could we please request a quote from you?

  12. Hi, I have a semi-built addition/rec room/shed 10×20 on the back of my attached? garage. i’d like to get options on the way to go. thanks

  13. Hi Jim:

    We are a fencing company in Mapunapuna.
    The majority of the jobs we do are less than $5,000 in value.
    Do you accept those kinds of draft and permit jobs?

    When you accept to do it, what kind of stuff do we need to provide you with?

  14. Hi Jim,
    I am looking to have design plans made for a open patio/lanai being added to my house and enclosing the carport in village park (kunia) Waipahu, along with getting the permit. what would be the estimate for your service for drafting and permitting? my house living space is approx 1082 sq ft. the open patio I want to add is approximately 13’X13′.

    thank you

  15. Hi Jim,
    I am looking to have design plans made for a open patio/lanai being added to my house and enclosing the carport in village park (kunia) Waipahu, along with getting the permit. what would be the estimate for your service for drafting and permitting? my house living space is approx 1082 sq ft. the open patio I want to add is approximately 13’X13′.

    thank you

  16. Hi Jim,
    I am looking to have design plans made for a open patio/lanai being added to my house and enclosing the carport in village park (kunia) Waipahu, along with getting the permit. what would be the estimate for your service for drafting and permitting? my house living space is approx 1082 sq ft. the open patio I want to add is approximately 13’X13′.

    thank you

  17. Hi, we own a townhouse in Kaneohe and want to replace all existing jalousies with awning windows and new sliding doors. Our AOAO is requiring us to submit plans and a permit before we can begin renovation. This is all new to us so we’re not sure exactly how to begin. What kind of information do you need to get an estimate of how much this will cost?

  18. Aloha Jim,

    I am interested in getting help with drafting and permitting to enclose a 20′ x 17′ carport as an ADU. Could you tell me an approximate price range for that?

    Thanks much,
    Morgan

  19. Hi Jim, I found you on Yelp and hear good things about you and your service. There are a few things I needed a draftsman for at my Kahaluu home. I wanted to add an attached screened patio to my existing home, off to the side of that I wanted to add a pavilion like roofed area for outdoor grilling and cooking area and last I wanted to add a rental unit on my property which is zoned R-10 on 31,000sq.ft. lot. Would like to meet for ideas and estimate for your services.

    Thank You

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