Design+Build Transforms Frustration to Joy

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Design+Build Transforms Frustration to Joy

This new accessory dwelling unit (ADU) offers its owner exactly what he needed: a structurally sound, well-crafted home that is designed to match each family members’ desires and needs. Nestled in a quiet rural part of Oahu, this new 800-square foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home provides a second residence on the homeowner’s property.

The homeowner of this ADU shared that he wanted to build an ADU for some time. He initially visited companies that offered pre-fabricated units and became frustrated that he would not be allowed design changes or customization options. When he saw Graham Builders’ seminar advertisement, he decided to register for the free event. The homeowner liked what was shared at the seminar and was excited when he learned that Graham Builders would allow – and encourage – him to design an ADU that met his and his daughter’s needs.

“I liked the idea of customizing the design and creating exactly what I wanted. The design team was great. They helped with so many choices and options!” remarks the homeowner. “From design to construction, the Graham Builders’ people were great.

“The design is very cool with two-bedrooms in front and one large room at the back with the kitchen on one side and living room on the other – and an island in between! The original design had a laundry room which I changed to make a very large walk-in closet (more than 60-square feet) instead.”

Although the ADU is only 800-suare feet, it feels like a full-sized home. It features a large kitchen with ample storage, shelves and the earlier mentioned kitchen island. The bedrooms are 11’6” x 10’8” and 10’4” x 10’4”. The smaller bedroom features the 60+ square foot walk-in closet and a sliding door that allows easy yard access for their family dog.

“I am very pleased with the results. This new home/ADU should last many lifetimes which is hard to imagine! I think my grandchildren will even enjoy income from renting it out long after I’m gone. I am very happy with the design and would think that others probably would want to copy it! The ADU is relatively small but really provides a lot!!!”

Graham Builders is a true design+build firm with architectural designers, estimators and construction managers on staff. Each employee is dedicated to collaborating with homeowners so they are able to achieve their visions while remaining within budget. Graham is the first contractor in Hawaii to have a National Association of Home Builder’s Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) on staff and has helped hundreds of homeowners to design and build their dream home. Connect with us today and find out how Graham Builders can help you prepare your home for whatever your future holds.

Photos by Hawkin Biggins Photography.

Project Details

DATE April 16, 2019


PROJECT TYPE Residential new build ADU

CONTRACTOR Graham Builders, Inc.

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