Barker Kappelle Construction

Hawaii Home + Remodeling – February 2012
by Laura Berbusse. photos by Alex Viarnes

Your home shouldn’t just reflect your style; it should facilitate the way you live. When the owners of these four properties found themselves in need of a fresh new look, they decided to take action. With the help of some talented build teams, their dreams became realities on the spot.


The owners of this laidback Windward retreat pined for an area that not only combined the indoors and outdoors but also their passion for beach and mountain living. “We wanted to create a residential oasis that made you feel you were in the mountains, but still living beachside,” says the homeowner. After extensively researching different design plans and surface materials, they turned to local design/build firm Barker Kappelle Construction LLC to help them narrow down the possibilities.

“I was impressed with the diligence of the owners on how they personally sourced products both locally and from overseas,” says Brett Kappelle, partner at Barker Kappelle Construction LLC. In-depth meetings among the homeowners, architect Keith Cockett of Keith Cockett & Associates, Inc., designer Jonathan Staub of Philpotts Interiors and Barker Kappelle Construction LLC ensured that everyone involved had the same expectations.

Once they had a cohesive plan, the team got to work. To accommodate the homeowners’ use of the newly installed Debiasi Pacific pool and spa, Barker Kappelle Construction LLC installed locally built custom doors with German stainless steel top-hung hardware, along with screens and shutters, which open up to the new covered lanai, built and installed by Barker Kappelle Construction LLC.

To bring even more light in, Barker Kappelle Construction LLC installed a ridge skylight in the center of the expansive kitchen. “Having more than 50 feet of open-wall design with an 8-foot by 8-foot ridge skylight achieved our goal of infusing the outdoors into our home,” the homeowner says. A new roof and gutters and ipe decking and fencing by Barker Kappelle Construction LLC, as well as a photovoltaic system installed by RevoluSun, provide the finishing touches.

The seamless look of the lanai, pool and landscaping is proof of the success of this drastic change. “The remodel has truly enhanced our lives by surrounding us with natural beauty,” says the homeowner. “We simply worked through the details as they arose to address their concerns and produced a quality product that they will enjoy for years to come,” adds Kappelle.