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For one Millennial couple, redesigning the kitchen of their Halawa Valley home meant opting for clean lines and minimalistic styling in the kitchen remodel, but that didn’t mean skimping on function or even a few luxuries. To make their vision a reality, the couple turned to Brenton Liu of Design Trends Construction (DTC). Working closely with his clients, Liu’s goal was turning their ideas into a design to fit their lifestyle. “They love to entertain, so the key points were opening up the space, making it more functional, getting that clean contemporary feel and making it a centerpiece of their home.”
To watch the video blog and hear kitchen designer Brenton Liu discuss the kitchen remodel, click on the photo below.
But opening up the space presented a few challenges in the kitchen remodel. The home was built in the 1960s with single-wall construction, which was common in Hawaii at the time. Since structural support was provided by a 4”x4” post for the single wall dividing the kitchen and the living space, once that wall was removed, the post had to be relocated to fit with the new configuration. Also in single wall construction, the wiring is typically run inside the cabinets. “We literally exposed all the wiring, so we had to take out all the old wiring, relocate the old panel and rewire the kitchen for the new design,” says Liu.
With the kitchen rewired and the space defined, it was time to take the kitchen remodel to the next level—as a place where the couple could entertain family and friends. Comments Liu, “In Hawaii, we love our beers, we love our luaus…and it wasn’t any different for these homeowners. One of his requests was that we integrate a kegerator (a refrigerator designed to hold beer kegs) that’s going to be able to handle these small kegs from local breweries.” DTC designed a tap system for the top of the counter and a space to hold the cold beer down below. So, now on tap—locally brewed beer. “It’s definitely a showstopper for him and his friends,” adds Liu.
In terms of design, DTC definitely achieved the sleek, contemporary look the couple wanted in the kitchen remodel. The cabinets were custom-made locally on Oahu, with a flat-panel design and a high-gloss, white acrylic finish that’s stain resistant, with hardware and hinges from Italy, all with lifetime warranties. The countertops and the entire center island have the expensive look of veined Carrara marble but are actually made of quartz from LG Viatera, which is more affordable and more durable.
The clean design continued with the flooring; a gray porcelain tile with stain-resistant epoxy grout. Adding to the kitchen’s modern styling are stainless steel appliances in the KitchenAid Architect series, including a built-in refrigerator framed by a walnut cabinet. Rounding out the look, the kitchen remodel used LED lights recessed throughout, with one eye-catching exception—a modern pendant over the dining table, which Liu says functions almost as an art piece.
In this kitchen remodel, it’s clear that minimalistic styling only adds to the room’s beauty, functionality and sense of fun. Summing up the project, Liu comments, “Overall, it was a big success—the homeowners absolutely love it.”
To see more projects by Design Trends Construction or to find out how they can help you with your home or kitchen remodel, click on anywhere you see the company name or DTC, or on any of the photos above.
Category: kitchen remodel
Type: full; cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, appliances