Hawaii Home + Remodeling – October 2011
by Dena Cassella. photos by Olivier Koning
Clean lines and eco-friendly details give this sky-high kitchen a fresh new look. Situated high atop a ridge, the Schneiders could see almost everything—but they wanted to see more. Their location boasted fabulous views of southeast Oahu, but their old-fashioned galley kitchen kept them from enjoying the sights.
Closed off from the dining room and lanai, the kitchen lacked flow. The Schneiders couldn’t prepare a meal together without bumping into each other. A serious remodel was in order.
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The Schneiders called on Phil Barker and Brett Kappelle of Barker Kappelle Construction to revive their cramped cooking quarters. In collaboration with architect Jim Schmitt, Barker and Kappelle turned the Schneiders’ old, narrow kitchen into a dynamic and welcoming space.
The Schneiders wanted a modern kitchen with clean lines, unique materials and lots of natural light. “We also wanted more energy-e cient appliances and easy access to our lanai because we love eating outside,” says Sharon Schneider. “Mostly, we wanted to develop a modern house suitable for Hawaii.”
Barker and Kappelle updated the kitchen with creative and eco-friendly techniques, giving the room a cool, contemporary look. Rather than starting from scratch, they reused a former Pedini-showroom kitchen, tweaking the cabinetry and dimensions here and there to make it fi t perfectly in the space. With materials chosen by designer Carolyn Pace, they installed high-gloss laminant cabinets and a hautewhite caesarstone countertop. Barker and Kappelle outfitted the island with a stainless-steel counter and a gas cooktop. Low-fl ow faucets, ENERGY-STAR®-rated appliances and reused hardwood flooring from Punahou’s gymnasium round out the kitchen’s ecochic details.
To take advantage of the view and open up the kitchen, Barker and Kappelle installed counter-toceiling windows and a large sliding-glass door leading to the lanai. A white-bordered window sits above the beverage bar, framing a bird’s-eye-view of Diamond Head crater. “The homeowners have great taste and knew exactly what they wanted,” says Barker. “Sharon came up with a lot of great ideas and was very helpful throughout the entire process. Our ultimate goal for this project—and for every project—is to make the client happy.”
Now, the Schneiders enjoy the luxury of cooking at home, and watching passing ships and breeching whales o Hawaii Kai from their lanai. “Phil and Brett worked closely with us on coordination and were extremely helpful in finding solutions to both building and logistical problems,” adds Sharon.