Aloha Hawaii Home & Garden Network,
Renovating a space can make a home more livable in ways that go beyond the typical kitchen remodel. Because older homes weren’t always constructed to today’s standards, tearing down walls and adding new ones can result in an upgrade in quality and comfort.
That was true when home builder and general contractor Design Trends Construction (DTC) renovated the kitchen and family room of the Hee residence in Hawaii Kai. Typical of many older houses in Hawaii, the Hee home consisted of smaller rooms separated by thin walls. That wasn’t working for the family’s lifestyle. According to Brenton Liu of DTC, “They felt that when people were in the living room, they had no idea what was going on and everything felt more or less disconnected.” The kitchen remodel would involve combining three spaces.
To watch the video blog and hear kitchen designer Brenton Liu discuss the kitchen remodel, click on the photo below.
To make the kitchen/living area a place where the entire family could be together, DTC completely reconfigured the space, tearing down one wall, while removing a window that used to look out onto the carport. The kitchen remodel also involved turning a closet into a dry bar.
In the family room, DTC created a custom entertainment center but they faced a challenge in that a bedroom was located on the opposite side of the media wall. Before the kitchen remodel, that wall was a thin sheet of redwood. “They had a single wall style construction, which is common for Hawaii; old homes having one-inch redwood walls,” explained Liu. “One of the requests from Mr. Hee was to actually make this area more soundproof, so less noise would be transmitted into their son’s bedroom.” DTC solved the problem by turning the media wall into a sound barrier of sorts. “So what we ended up doing was putting a rubber sound dampener sheet over the single wall, and then putting drywall on top of that.”
Another thing DTC did in the kitchen remodel to change the feel of the room was using luxury vinyl tile for the flooring throughout the entire space. Liu says that today’s vinyl flooring has come a long way. It creates the look of wood or tile, while being durable and easy to care for. “We connected it through the hallway, the living room, dining room and it makes it easy for them to maintain,” commented Liu.
In the kitchen, cabinets by Canyon Creek feature a custom matte finish. While the majority of cabinets are a natural shade, the island cabinets are in a contrasting alder taupe. The kitchen remodel used solid surface LG HI-MACS countertops in a cream color to complement both cabinet choices, and an angled bookshelf gave the island a custom style.
DTC also changed the lighting throughout the area, using recessed canned lights. The effect is a much cleaner look than with the old fluorescent lighting.
The end result of the kitchen remodel is a home that brings everyone together and multiple spaces together, while also providing privacy where needed. Liu sums up the family’s feelings: “They love the space and they love the overall function.”
To see more projects by Design Trends Construction, or to find out how they can help you with your home building or kitchen remodel needs, click on any of the photos above or wherever you see the company name or DTC.
Category: kitchen remodel
Type: full; cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting