With nearly 25 years of helping hundreds of Hawaii families build their dream home, Graham Builders was among the first to recognize Hawaii’s unique culture of embracing ohana in multigenerational households. Graham Builders has been a trailblazer in the industry, leading the effort to design and build multigenerational homes for many families through the years.

As with all home construction projects, there are many factors that families need to take into consideration before they start their multigenerational home project.



Since it is common for families to pool resources, it’s important that they know what is involved in the financing phase before starting design. Graham Builders has teamed up with Graham Mortgage Inc. to provide homeowners with information about setting a budget and financing options.

As home construction loans are not as cut and dry as regular mortgage loans, it is important that homeowners meet with a lender or mortgage broker to understand all the financing options available before moving forward, especially for those interested in building a multigenerational home because there is more than one family involved.


Designing for elderly needs

Graham Builders was the first on Oahu to have a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), a certification program administered by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), on staff. Today, Graham Builders is proud to have three Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists to help families make necessary changes for the mobility and safety of the elderly residing in their homes.


“Hawaii residents ages 65 and older are growing at a rate of three times that of the total state population. It’s important for home builders to understand what modifications are needed to help homeowners remain comfortably and safely in their homes as they get older,” said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders president. “Many of Hawaii’s homes are more than 50 years old which means they were not built to handle an aging population or the equipment commonly used by older adults. Families who want to care for their elders at home must make changes to provide for their mobility and safety such as grab bars and wider hallways and doorways.”

Designing for personal space

Graham Builders’ design staff works closely with all family members through a collaborative process to bring their dreams to life. Whether it’s modifying their current home or building a brand new one, Graham Builders’ design solutions will allow family members to live together comfortably. Designed to be friendly and safe for all ages, multigenerational homes also take into consideration personal space. In addition to shared spaces, there are also segregated living areas that are tailored to each family’s unique needs.

To learn more, call 593-2808, or tune into Graham Builders’ newly launched radio show on AM 690. The weekly “Building Your Home for Life” radio show airs from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Building Your Home for Life
June 14, 9 a.m., Honolulu Country Club

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