As thousands of families in Hawaii know, multigenerational housing can greatly enhance the lives of all who live under the same roof.

That is especially true when the space under that roof has been designed with multiple nuclear families in mind. And for real success, understanding the household members’ lifestyles is essential.

“Multigenerational housing can be a brilliant solution for unexpected life challenges, like working from home, remote schooling and supporting family members in fragile health,” says Bonnie Oda, client care director of Graham Builders.


Additionally, says Oda, combining the resources of each family member is often the key to affordable home ownership.

“In many instances, grandma owns property, and her children and grandchildren have the earning potential to fund the project. Separately, each might not be able to achieve a custom home, but together, the vision of a family home is fully possible!”


Homeowners rate their experience high with Graham Builders, because this local design and build firm is full service. In addition to developing award-winning plans and beautifully crafted homes, the firm helps coordinate all the pieces that homeowners need for a successful project.

“We didn’t know anything about building a house — how do we design it, how the permitting process works, etc.,” recounts a Manoa homeowner. “Graham knew how to manage the whole project, from financing, design, permitting, demolition and to build in a way that helped us to feel we were taken care of. It was very comforting.”



Combining family units is tricky, and the importance of hiring a design and build company with experience in developing plans that offer privacy and independence can’t be overstated. The Graham Builders team thoughtfully collaborates with homeowners, and has designed scores of homes that allow families the space each requires.

The owner of a multigenerational Honolulu home recently completed by Graham Builders can attest to this.

“Rebuilding was an opportunity to start fresh, meet the needs of planning for aging and also the needs of a younger generation,” he says. “Graham Builders did an amazing job designing a space that included the visions each of us had for our new home.”

Founded in 1990, Graham Builders remains the only local general contractor honored with Better Business Bureau Hawaii’s Torch Award for Small Business Ethics and was also Oahu’s first design and build general contractor with a certified Aging-in-Place specialist on staff. Guests are invited to register for Graham Builders’ free Building Your Home for Life seminar, scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at, or call 808-593-2808.

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