Do the ‘homework’ on new units for your abode

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: DecorDesignImproveTips

HR-100415-Homeworks-Construction-1ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) legislation is making dreams come true for many Oahu homeowners. Those in need of a separate dwelling on their property for extended family or extra income from a rental can now legally build an additional residential unit, provided both the structure and the property meet the requirements of the Department of Planning and Permitting.

The minimum length of time a unit can be rented out is six months and income is subject to taxation. Other rules that apply are that the new unit together with the existing home — which must be the owner’s primary residence — cannot occupy more than half of the property, and only one ADU may be built on a lot.

Homeworks Construction has designed a variety of pre-engineered ADU homes ranging from 200 square feet to 800 square feet. The one-story structures include one to three bedrooms, a full bath and kitchen, and are available in free-standing and attached styles. A number of upgrades, such as covered entryways and bay windows are available.

“Our architects have created several very attractive designs that can be reviewed now at our office,” said Homeworks president Marshall Hickox. “Being able to rent out an ADU is another great feature for a homewowner stretched thin by a mortgage payment. Homeowners who travel often and need a caretaker on the property will also benefit from this legislation.”

“The City and County should be commended for taking this major step toward alleviating homelessness, while at the same time creating revenue through the applicable taxes on those ADUs that will be utilized as rentals.”

Hickox noted that interested homeowners are welcome to contact him or Kim Green at Homeworks for more details or to arrange an on-site consultation to determine whether or not their property is eligible. Homeworks will conduct a free ADU workshop at the company showroom Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call 955-2777.

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