Aloha Hawaii Home & Garden Network,
There’s no denying that homes in Mariners Ridge enjoy spectacular views. And for one couple’s kitchen remodel, they dreamt of bringing those views into the center of their family’s lives—by moving their kitchen.
To watch the video blog and hear kitchen designer Brenton Liu discuss the kitchen remodel, click on the photo below. EDITOR’S NOTE: Though the video refers to the location of the house as “Waialae Iki”, the actual location is “Mariners Ridge”.
To turn their kitchen remodel vision into a reality, the couple chose homebuilder, general contractor and kitchen remodeler Design Trends Construction (DTC). Owned by father and son team Greg and Brenton Liu, DTC is a full-service home builder and kitchen remodeler, taking home building and renovations from initial planning through construction, including interior decorating. According to Brenton Liu, DTC’s V.P. and Design & Sales Manager, “They noticed our style, they were really attracted to what we do, as far as the one-stop shop construction company. They came for a free estimate and we clicked.”
For Design Trends Construction, the $115,000 kitchen remodel would present an unexpected challenge. “They wanted to move their entire kitchen about 15 feet towards their enclosed lanai to capitalize on the view,” said Liu. That would mean not only relocating the kitchen, but removing a load-bearing wall between the patio and living room area. “We literally cut into the rafters of the roof, shored up the area between the patio and the living room, and we slipped in a 4-inch by 15-inch glulam beam to carry the load of his home,” explained Liu. The result was a great open room that incorporated the lanai and created new space for the kitchen.
A SLEEK MODERN LOOK
With the kitchen relocated and redesigned for function, it was time to think finishes to close out the kitchen remodel. Liu went with a high-end industrial look, including sleek contemporary cabinetry. Manufactured on-island by Pat Woodwork LLC, the custom cabinets have a high-gloss acrylic finish that’s beautiful and long-lasting, as it resists moisture. “Because it was constructed here locally, we were able to get some of the features that homeowners here in Hawaii are really looking for,” said Liu.
For the countertops, Liu chose a two-toned LG Viatera Minuet quartz that’s durable and stain-resistant. The center island was made a focal point for the kitchen remodel—made to be decorative and functional, since it’s where the family gathers for meals and homework. It features quartz combined with a darker textured laminate top. A rustic wood backsplash extends the look throughout the kitchen.
Lighting was integral for the kitchen remodel. The lighting is in three layers: ambient, decorative, and task, with fixtures by Tech Lighting. Hanging pendants are connected to drop-down power rails, along with sconces and under-counter LED’s from Kichler Lighting.
As a bonus with the kitchen remodel, the area once occupied by the kitchen was turned into a soundproof family media room. In summing up the project, Liu commented, “It was definitely challenging, moving a kitchen 15 feet in one direction…but it was an amazing accomplishment to see how well the space worked for the homeowners.”
To see how Design Trends Construction can help you with your kitchen remodel or home building needs, or to see more of their projects, just click on anywhere you see the company name or DTC or on any of the photos above.