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When homeowners in Oahu’s renowned Nuuanu neighborhood decided that it was time for a kitchen remodel, they reached out to a general contractor for some expert guidance. Having worked with Homeowners Design Center (HDC) in the past with great success, this contractor immediately connected the homeowners with the HDC team. Randall Omoto, designer at HDC, shared of the situation, “The contractor actually performed the work (kitchen remodel) and brought the customer to us and said, ‘I have a customer. They need help. They sort of have a vision of what they want, but can you come in here and help us with the project?’”
Regarding the home itself, Omoto explained how he was immediately taken with the appealing aesthetics of the abode, “The backyard has the back of Nuuanu Valley, with a stream and a waterfall. It’s super nice, and is one of the most unexpected properties that we’ve ever worked with.” The kitchen remodel itself would certainly draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the area.
Omoto then commented on the original state of the kitchen: “As with a majority of our projects, most kitchens in the past were these secluded, small rooms [that were meant only to be used] to prep and cook, and what would happen is that either staff or the owner would magically appear through the door with the prepared things. Then, you’d entertain in a different part of the house, like a formal dining room.”
Times have certainly changed, a sentiment Omoto immediately articulated: “Now, the kitchen is part of the whole entertainment process. It’s [included in] how we socialize and so on.” In order to accommodate this new era of inclusivity and allow the homeowners to seamlessly mesh their passion for entertaining with the nuts and bolts of preparation in one stylish space, the kitchen remodel would incorporate some ingenious design features, such as several site-built cabinets (Dura Supreme, framed cabinetry in Shaker style, painted in white) and several other built-in storage niches that cleverly disguise items like appliances.
Omoto then described how HDC was able to open up the space by knocking down a wall that originally separated the dining area from the kitchen, while also helping the homeowners seamlessly extend the aesthetic style from a living area into the updated cucina. It's from this area where Omoto and the homeowner stood, looking out into the lush, green Nuuanu forest, and pondered their ideas for the kitchen remodel.
Also great for hosting is a beautiful seated counter space, covered with the highest quality natural stone in a mesmerizing waterfall-edge design, which Omoto shared allows the homeowners to host people in their home with ease and enjoyment. HDC even added a wine cabinet right by the seating area providing easy access so hosts and guests don’t even have to enter the cook space to pour their next sip. Modern appliances from the highest echelon of Whirlpool’s JennAir line, as well as two impressive deep-compartment sinks, completed the kitchen remodel following the same motif of functional elegance throughout, resulting in yet another triumphant and awe-inspiring HDC update.
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