The Flexibility of an ADU

Above is an infographic that shows the many uses of an Accessory Dwelling Unit in a lifecycle. The upper left shows a family in the primary home and the ADU being rented to a student, young couple or newly weds, helping the family with rental income. The upper right shows a family in the primary home and the ADU being …

“New laws loosen restrictions on granny units (ADUs)”

New changes aimed at lowering costs and reducing requirements for secondary dwelling units, sometimes referred to as granny or junior units, will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 statewide (California). The new legislation has forced cities across the county to dust off their secondary dwelling unit ordinances in effort to be in compliance with the new laws or lose …

Solar Water Heaters

All new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are considered single-family dwellings by the State of Hawaii, so they will all require solar water heaters unless a variance is granted. If you do not want to install a solar water heater, you have to apply for a variance to be able to use a different option, of which there are three: A …

Garage Install

For those of you who have been asking, yes we can install an Accessory Dwelling Unit on your garage! Here is a rendering of our Kauai Spacious Model over a garage space. Head over to our “Get Started” page and let us know more about your property. Mahalo!

Waianae ADU Workshop

Attention: Waianae and surrounding communities! We will be partnering with Unitarian Universalist Leeward to present a FREE ADU workshop this Saturday, December 10th at 5pm! Please join us if you’d like to learn more about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Address is: 86-012 Pokai Bay Street in Waianae. Please share. Mahalo!

ADUs vs Tiny Homes: What’s The Difference?

People often ask us what’s the difference between an Accessory Dwelling Unit and a Tiny House. We, at Hawaii ADU, are helping to build and install Accessory Dwelling Units in Hawaii and aim to help increase affordable housing inventory, unprecedented investment opportunities for property owners and additional housing for multigenerational households. A Tiny House or Tiny Home is an idea …

Green Drinks Honolulu – December 2016

Join us Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at BMW of Honolulu for Green Drinks Honolulu! Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have an interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks on the first Tuesday of the month. These events are very simple and unstructured. Make friends, develop new ideas, do deals and forge a new …

Kailua ADU Workshops

We are offering two FREE Workshops on ADUs this Thursday (12/1) and Next Monday (12/5). Both are in KAILUA in the evenings. Please join us if you’re interested in adding space to your home and/or extra income potential with an Accessory Dwelling Unit. Please share with others that may be interested! Mahalo!

Catherine Butler’s ADU: Two Bathrooms, Please

teamThe following article was published on AccessoryDwellings.org by Lina Menard on November 25th, 2016: Catherine Butler first learned about ADUs from her real estate agent while looking at properties around Portland. She began exploring ADU options throughAccessoryDwellings.org and went on her first ADU tour in June of 2014, visiting 11 of the sites on the tour on her bike. The key factor …

Frequent questions about tiny houses and ADUs

The following is an article published on AccessoryDwellings.org by Kol Peterson from November 22nd, 2016: “There’s a lot of half-baked information about ‘tiny homes’ available on the web and on TV, which leads to confusion and misunderstanding about the differences between ‘ADUs’ and ‘tiny houses on wheels’. I find myself explaining the differences frequently. This confusion is largely attributable to media …