The goal of this gut renovation was to transform a drab and gloomy apartment into a warm and open living space. The new design makes a strong connection to the stunning oceanfront location by allowing all exterior doors and windows to slide into wall pockets (except bedroom and bathroom windows). To bring warmth, the new finish palette includes cut coral slabs to wrap structural walls, and sapele wood for cabinet and ceiling finishes. The two bedrooms focus on a wood canopy and headboard, while views of Diamond Head are offering from a master bedroom soaking tub and from a guest bedroom see-through shower. Throughout the apartment, wood accent ceilings are surrounded by cove lighting, allowing the interior to be washed with a warm illumination during the evening.
This condo renovation was completed as guest suite by a Honolulu businesswoman. Situated just above a sea wall, the unit opens to a broad ocean view. The goal was to create a sophisticated space that would invoke the feeling of Hawaii while offering each guest a unique Island experience. The furniture, finish materials, and colors were carefully selected to achieve that goal. An open kitchen was also created so the oceanfront setting could be enjoyed while sitting at a mango wood counter.
This original 1960 condominium was showing its age due to the effects of the oceanfront location. Refurbishing the condo, including the exterior doors and windows, was an opportunity to highlight views of a sparkling Waikiki shoreline and the lush mountains of the Ko’olau Range. Towards this goal, the kitchen was reoriented for both ocean and mountain views. An “outdoor” dining area was created by enclosing a portion of the existing lanai with pocketing glass panel doors. On the interior, a sophisticated lighting plan and custom cabinetry were designed for the display of artwork.
This renovation project combines two apartments and creates a showcase for a modern art collection. The interior display walls of the new apartment were carefully configured to conceal the building’s structural and mechanical systems. While the open plan provides ample space for viewing the artwork, the continuous glass exterior captures a broad vista along the Honolulu harbor. To provide flexibility for an ever-changing art collection, a new sheet rock finish was applied over the concrete ceiling to conceal a recessed lighting track system.
Situated on the 30th floor of a 1960’s Honolulu high-rise, this harbor-view unit was in serious need of an update. The work included new mechanical and electrical systems, and new exterior lanai doors (brought up on the elevator cab roof). The owners’ goals included having a simple and elegant interior with built- in cabinetry. Because of their joy of cooking, the kitchen was reoriented towards the living space. A pass-thru behind the cook top opens to the entry hall and provides guests with a glimpse of the playful green kitchen counter.
This penthouse apartment captures views across Honolulu with its floor-to-ceiling window walls and all-glass window bays. The owner’s goal to create a unique modern apartment was achieved through material selection, ceiling detailing, and integrated lighting. The features of the new apartment include a custom designed children’s bedroom/playroom, a bay window kitchen banquet, a wine cellar, a high-volume surround spray shower, a water feature designed to conceal a large concrete column, and a safe room.
With the efficient use of 540 square feet, this early 1900’s one-bedroom apartment was renovated to create a feeling of spaciousness. By relocating the living room doorway, the circulation flow was redirected around a new dining area. This new doorway was designed with an open lattice styled half-wall to complement the original kitchen cabinetry, and to allow daylight and ventilation to reach to the back of the apartment. The entry foyer was accented with a vaulted ceiling, which enlarges the sense of space by introducing a change in ceiling height. Intricate wood detailing and vibrant accent colors bring warmth and richness to this apartment.