When the City & County of Honolulu passed a law permitting accessory dwelling units on single-family lots in 2015, ADUs became enormously popular with homeowners all over Oahu.

Between 2016 and 2019, more than 600 ADU permits were filed. And the upward trend continued, even through the coronavirus pandemic.

“ADUs offer a way for homeowners to have family members close — either providing living space for family to help with childcare and home schooling, or safe housing for fragile kupuna,” says Bonnie Oda, director of client care at Graham Builders. “Some also build ADUs as an income stream.”


As homeowners think beyond the tumultuous needs of the past few years, adapt-ability and flexibility in one’s surroundings seem more crucial than ever. Those who desire something beyond cookie-cutter ADU design invariably appreciate what Graham Builders brings to the table.


From start to finish, Graham Builders’ team of designers, estimators and construction managers work closely with homeowners in an extensive collaborative effort. As a design+build firm, the company delivers custom, unique designs for each project — including the ADUs it builds.

“The collaboration helps us understand exactly what our clients desire and the reasons for those aspirations,” explains Oda. “It also helps them stay on budget. They’re kept abreast of changes in current construction costs at every step, and empowered with information to make decisions.”

In enthusiastic testimonials, clients discuss their satisfaction with the firm’s ability to deliver unique, creative designs that maximize each space to its fullest potential. They’re impressed by the easy flow of communication with the Graham Builders design team and construction crew. And they praise the firm for offering design possibilities that suit a wide array of tastes, lifestyles and budgets.


“Our team provides a broad variety of options for items like fixtures, flooring, countertops, interior and exterior paint, roof colors, and more,” says Oda. “Clients appreciate the ability to collaborate on designs, so the end result is precisely what they envisioned.”

Acclaimed for years by clients and the community for delivering meticulously planned homes that perfectly suit both their occupants and their surroundings, Graham Builders gives the same painstaking thought to ADUs.

“Our clients often say they appreciate being able to customize their designs,” Oda concludes. “With design+build, we can create ADUs that are exactly what homeowners have in mind, and that are in harmony with the rest of the property. It really makes a difference!”

A leader in the design and construction of multi-generational homes and aging-in place design, Graham Builders is the recipient of the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii Torch Award for ethics in small business. Their next free Building Your Home for Life seminar is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. Register now at grahambuilders.com or call 808-593-2808.

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