Manoa Residence Renovation

Remodeled mid-century modern ranch home serves next generation

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Manoa home remodel blends old with new

The owners of this 1965 mid-century modern ranch home hired Graham Builders to update their residence. They had visions of a multigenerational home that maintained its original style, yet was open, bright and accessible. Their desire was to have a dwelling that lived modern while maintaining its original charm. The family asked for a “reboot”; they wanted to start anew while remaining consistent with the original dwelling.

Before the remodel, the home was dark and peppered with small nooks and spaces. Built-in bookcases and hutches blocked air, light and paths. The bottom floor had been used as a rooming house for university students and felt compartmentalized and worn.

On the plus side, the home was designed by Honolulu’s famed modernist architect, Robert Katsuyoshi. It had solid bones and its beautiful redwood walls and ceilings made this home a prime candidate for a remodel. The homeowners and the Graham Builders’ design team were excited to roll up their sleeves and collaborate on this project.

The final outcome is remarkable. Natural wood floors and ceilings of the original home are illuminated by the flood of newfound natural light. Quartz counter tops in the kitchen, wet bar, toy area and bathrooms blend well with flat panel cabinets and porcelain tile. A myriad of lighting selections ranging from pendants to track lighting to wall sconces add a retro sense of whimsy. Widened halls and doorways along with zero-step and low-step showers keep all spaces open and accessible.

Considering a home remodel or renovation? Connect with us today and find out how Graham Builders can help you prepare your home for whatever your future holds. Graham Builders was the first firm in Hawaii to have a certified National Association of Home Builders Aging-in-Place specialist on staff. Over the years, Graham Builders has grown this number to three certified consultants who help homeowners make necessary mobility and safety changes to their residences.


Photos by Hawkins Biggins Photography.



Project Details

DATE February 14, 2019


PROJECT TYPE Residential remodel

CONTRACTOR Graham Builders, Inc.

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