Deciding to build your new Maui home is probably the easiest decision you’ll make before you move into it. There is any number of required decisions you’ll make from then including location, interior, size, décor, furnishings, and exterior hardscapes.
Once you’ve made some of these decisions, it’s time to deal with the next part of homebuilding: what will this cost?
Maui Home Considerations
Building a home in Maui comes with a number of factors that mainland homes do not necessarily have. Because building materials must be shipped in from long distances, the building is considerably more expensive. Therefore, the budget is your first consideration.
Recent figures on homebuilding in the Islands are:
For a single-family home:
- Low (per square foot) – $290
- High (per square foot) – $780
For a multi-family home:
- Low (per square foot) – $205
- High (per square foot) – $455
So it’s important to have a good understanding of what you want along with your budget. Additions like upgraded appliances and other options, solar panels, “green” options, and “smart home” technology will add to the cost of your home.
When planning your Maui home, consider these questions during the design process:
- How much space do you think you need?
- Do you have children, or planning to expand your family?
- Are you downsizing?
- How often will you have guests?
- Is a home office part of the plan?
- How many cars do you have, or will you have?
- What kind of entertaining areas do you want indoors and outdoors, such as a lanai?
Consider the land your home will be built on, as well as what you anticipate for future years in the home.
Land In Maui
Two more questions to ask yourself:
- Where do you want to live?
- What kind of time constraints do you have for moving in?
Obviously, real estate is at a premium on an island. Chances are that someone else has already built their home on the “best” land, but Maui does have some raw land that’s ideal for building a home. But finding an ideal place for your home on the land that’s left can be time-consuming and can take several years before you are able to build on it.
It’s obvious: if you have the means to do so, build your home so that you have exactly what you want, where and how you want it.
Working with a reputable general contractor will ensure that your home will not only be what you want but can include things like aging-in-place and ohanas.
If you buy an existing home, you may find yourself buying the previous owner’s problems. You may discover that you have to do some renovation work due to the home’s age, wood rot, or termites. Faulty electrical wiring or plumbing may need upgrades or replacements. Or, as we’ve mentioned before, an existing Maui home may have unpermitted work that can be difficult and costly to remedy.
Call Pro Draft For All Your Architectural Design Needs
When you’re ready to begin building your dream house in Maui, Pro Draft is ready to help with architecture, drawings, blueprints, permits, and to answer all of your questions before the first day of construction. We’re happy to help and will work to ensure your project is exactly the way you envision.