Kaneohe Bay Oasis: Steps of Whole Home Design and Construction

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Executing a whole home redesign and construction project is very different from a master suite, kitchen or bath remodel. It comes with a set of distinct challenges, so we have developed our own strategies to address the needs and desires of our clients to make the whole home remodel process as smooth as possible. This month, we look back at our Bay House project and the steps we took to create a stunning home that met all our client’s wishes.

  1. Get to know the client and their lifestyle
    The most important step in designing any home is understanding not only our client’s wants, but also their needs. No matter how beautiful a home may be, the homeowner will not be satisfied with the result if it doesn’t work for his or her lifestyle. Functionality is just as crucial as aesthetics, which is why we get to know our clients and consider the kind of life they want to live in their home.
Bay House outside pool
  1. Address their preferred design style
    By learning more about our client, we were able to create a home that blended perfectly with their lifestyle. The owners of the Bay House preferred indoor-outdoor living, and wanted to take advantage of their breathtaking view of Kaneohe Bay. Placing the indoor-outdoor style at the forefront of our project, we brainstormed a variety of redesign options, including creating an entry lanai just off the pool, and opening a deck in the master suite that overlooks shimmering Kaneohe Bay.
Bay House bedroom view
  1. Create a whole home schematic
    We then created a whole home schematic design. The schematic highlighted the homeowner’s preference of indoor-outdoor living by laying out the master suite, kitchen and living spaces in a way that allowed each room to take advantage of gorgeous open water views. We also considered the location of the home’s “man cave,” and designed a separate entrance and soundproofing system. When putting together a schematic, we examine each individual room, and then ensure the spaces flow with each other, blending into a cohesive whole home design.
Bay House living room
  1. Create a 3D drawing from the whole home schematic
    With the schematic complete, the next step is to create a 3D drawing, truly bringing the whole home to life! We also get a better sense of the physical spaces that we’re working with, which allows us to adjust easily to the homeowner’s preferences.
Bay House fire pit and outside pool
  1. Exterior and interior finishes
    We love moving forward from the 3D drawing. Now, we get the chance to further personalize the home’s exterior and interior to fit with the owner’s taste. Items on our checklist of interior finishes included doors and windows, cabinetry and countertops, flooring and appliances.
Bay House balcony
  1. The home stretch!
    We then inputted these interior finishes into the 3D drawing for the homeowner’s final review. With their approval, we moved onto construction and exterior finishes, and our clients watched as the home of their dreams turned into a reality!
Bay House kitchen

Although a whole home remodel can be a daunting task, our design process makes it a pleasant experience for homeowners by integrating their everyday needs with their aesthetic desires.