I have several clients who flip homes, and I enjoy helping them find a good deal and designing the finished product.
Back in December, my clients purchased this Hawaii Kai house for a little under $1.1mil. The seller was in a hurry, and after sitting on the market for a while, we were able to get a good deal on it.
Homes with good bones in Hawaii Kai are hard to buy, because there are usually a bunch of offers quickly. In this case, this home in the Triangle neighborhood had great bones - the structure was solid, and the layout was nice, but we knew we could improve it by moving some walls around, so we just waited until the seller was motivated enough.
Here is the original front when we bought it.
We decided to remove half of the boards in the front above the garage door, cut down the large bush on the right, and add some smaller accent color plants. The best part is probably the river rock on the front.
Once inside the house, we knew the layout was ok, but the flooring was an old blue slate that was replaced with wood. We also opened up the kitchen wall a bit, since the fridge was blocking the view to the living room.
Here's how it turned out. Notice the bar counter on the left, right by the sink.
Now everybody's favorite thing to remodel is a kitchen. In this case, we had a narrow space in a galley kitchen, with old cabinets and the appliances in the wrong places. Check out the weird mirrored ceiling. There are way too many things going on in this kitchen. I feel like I'm in a house of mirrors.
We decided on classic white shaker style with a simple quartz counter, and moved the appliances around to make it more functional. The new layout allows you to be at the sink, looking out into the living room. We added a wine chiller, double oven, and kept the wood flowing into the kitchen, since this brand is waterproof.
The strangest room in the house might have been the master bathroom, which had a lot of space, but a giant window so the world can look in, plus weird narrow closet with folding doors, and a small shower behind the vanity. And since there was no separate toilet room, we had to create that for privacy.
Check out the big wasted space in the middle.
So we created a walk in closet, a toilet room, and a huge tile shower. Here is the shower.
We removed the huge window and made the massive walk in closet on left, with new double vanity on right.
The kid's bath was also dated and ugly, but the layout was fine. I wonder if that mustard yellow sink will ever be back in style?
Here's the new bath. Updated, simple, and clean! I like the rock tile in the shower.
Last but definitely not least, the outdoor space needed a face lift. It had ugly tile but had plenty of space.
We didn't like the door, the tile, the lights, but we liked the space and especially the beams. So here's what we did. New tile, a simple off white, new outdoor ceiling fans, and a fresh paint job.