In recent years, Drafting Solutions LLC has received calls from homeowners looking to renovate their houses to accommodate for their children returning home from school on the Mainland. Other inquiries come from homeowners planning to bring their senior parents home to live with them, rather than placing them in a senior care facility — a common local issue.

With the escalating cost of real estate in Hawaii, one- or two-story additions or alterations are great ways to provide the extra space for returning children or family members. Most importantly, this provides personal space for returning children until they are ready to get a place of their own.


Many think that it is cost-effective to just add an extra room in the back. True, but what if it is not done right? Does it really add value to your home, or just become another add-on? Drafting Solutions’ advice is that, if the job is done well, a seamless addition will blend right into your existing home and will add much desired value.


Another common renovation scenario is homeowners inviting their aging parents to live with them in their homes. Of course, the home then needs to be reconfigured and changed to be more age-appropriate. Some common renovations include bathrooms that are more accessible, adding ramps to deal with level changes or removing sunken living rooms. On the other hand, there are those middle and older-aged adults who are retrofitting their houses to prepare for their own future.

Drafting Solutions advises that homeowners:


• Don’t short change yourself; hire a professional to help you do the renovation tastefully without making it look like an institution.

• Design and plan well to fi t your present and future needs. Hiring a contractor fi rst is a common mistake especially after the construction is done and the build out is not what you want or anticipated.

• Stay involved with your project throughout the design and construction process.


The value of an ohana, and catering to its needs, is ever so precious to Drafting Solutions. Let the company help you bring your loved ones home. Visit the company website at or call 352-2548 to discuss your next home renovation.

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