After 5 months, the property closed and it was time to plan the remodel. The main layout changes were to eliminate a downstairs linen closet and move a shower to create a new hallway to access the lower back bedroom.
This allowed us to add a fifth bedroom that would hold two queen beds. More beds = more guests! Four of the five bedrooms have private lanais with ocean views. Indeed.
We also opened up the kitchen to the dining room by relocating one of the koa cabinets to the laundry room.
Have you ever met a koa wood cabinet? It’s uber-luxurious and this property has them throughout. Those costs alone may be worth $211/foot!
One of the biggest challenges with building in Hawaii is that many of the materials need to be shipped from the mainland by boat. This can delay many construction projects. We overcame this by immediately ordering several long lead items including over 3,600 sq ft of tile, two sixteen foot sliders for the great room and the master bedroom, new windows for the laundry room, new kitchen island cabinets, new freestanding bathtub for the master bedroom and high-end appliances including a downdraft cooktop and Sub-Zero refrigerator. That’s right. A Sub-Z.
With the materials ordered and en route, we needed to find a local contractor to transform the home into a vacation paradise. I flew back to the Big Island in late August and found the perfect match in Tyler and Diandra Dickinson and their project manager Mike Angel. Tyler and Diandra were hosting Building Hawaii, a new show on HGTV.
The show’s producers immediately fell in love with the property and wanted to feature it on an upcoming episode.
And no Equity Residences house is complete without gorgeous furnishings. We brought on Sherrie Acerson, an interior designer in Hawaii, to buy an entire house full of furnishings.
We wanted a fresh, coastal contemporary style that’s open and bright, while tying in the volcanic rock colors and tones prevailing the Big Island.
That meant we were keeping the volcanic rock walls that flow into the great room and reusing the existing koa wood throughout the house.
Acacia koa is a species of flowering tree that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Its trunk was used by ancient Hawaiians to make surfboards. We feature this stunning and exotic wood throughout the Villa’s kitchen, bathrooms, built-ins and stair hand rails. Tyler even tracked down matching koa for the Sub-Z’s front panel. Stellar.
Continuing our native color theme, we incorporated gray tones in the waterline tile as well as selecting gray plaster in the pool that uses local aggregate rather than the more-commonly imported white. We even used a dark mosaic for the shower floors similar in color to the local lava rock.
The main gathering place for this Villa is the great room that extends into the lanai and pool deck overlooking the great blue Pacific Ocean.
Hawaii’s perfect year-round temperatures make indoor/outdoor living a no-brainer. Tyler design a beautiful outdoor kitchen and pergola next to the pool and lanai. It’s amazing and is a perfect outdoor office while I’m working from the property.
Mike’s expert project management allowed us to complete the remodel in record time. We kicked off the project in mid-September and were done by Thanksgiving, which is unheard of by Hawaiian standards.
But with a great team, solid idea of what we wanted, and by pre-ordering materials, it all happened without a glitch.
Stay tuned for the final installment of this blog post!