Homes for the Luxury Lifestyle
The home of general contractor and master craftsman Arthur R. Hansen at 444 Portlock Road has been described as a “masterpiece” by listing Realtor Mary LaVoie of Elite Pacific Properties.
Hansen himself refers to it as a “labor of love.” The architectural plan for the luxurious, one-of-a-kind home evolved from a collaboration with his father Art Hansen AIA, a celebrated Hawaii architect with numerous award-winning residential and commercial projects to his credit.
Owner of the general contracting firm Vikingcraft, Inc., which he established in 1972, Hansen is a 13th generation builder. “I grew up building houses with my grandfather and father,” Hansen said. “When I was ready to build my own home, my first step was to find the right property in an Oahu neighborhood where I could build a house that would both fill our needs and be appropriate for the setting. In 2004, I purchased the13,481 square foot property at 444 Portlock Road located a block from the beach and occupied at the time by a house built in 1949. We moved in and began dismantling it section by section down to the concrete slab. Meanwhile, my father, wife, and I were developing the architectural plan and researching materials. We were committed to creating an extraordinary new home.”
Hansen noted that he has always had an appreciation of exotic woods and natural stone, which have been utilized throughout. “I salvaged the old growth redwood from the original house, refinished it and used it for detailing, wall accents, and trim. Kitchen and bath cabinets are solid walnut, which I also used to make the sliding windows and doors. Flooring is imported Egyptian marble, with the exception of two bedrooms and the play room, which are Douglas fir, and the loft, where I used cork. Even the flooring of the garage is marble. The pool deck is a white coral stone from the Dominican Republic and the pool was tiled with a beautiful translucent white tile that gleams in the sun.”
The open concept of the six bedroom, five bath single level home was carried out with 25 foot high ceilings, sliding, stacking, and disappearing glass doors, and windows that open to the pool deck and gardens. Two attached bedroom/bath suites with separate entrances make the home adaptable for multi-generational living. Energy efficient “green” solutions include LED lighting throughout, multiple split air-conditioning systems, stainless steel solar panels with a 120 gallon tank, insulated walls, a 10,000 square foot insulated and vented roof, new copper plumbing, wiring, and 400 amp underground electrical service. The garage and carport can accommodate eight cars and/or a boat. The home is secured by gates and a 15 camera security system.
Hansen followed his wife’s choices for the kitchen and bath designs and selections, which include granite countertops, top-of-the-line stainless steel and gas appliances, a walk-in pantry, and 400 plus bottle refrigerated wine room.
Currently, Hansen continues working on remodeling the historic Diamond Head home of one of Hawaii’s great architects of the early to mid 1900s, C. W. Dickey. “In addition to the valuable insight and design solutions provided by my father, I also drew inspiration from my exposure to the detailing in Dickey’s own home, which I have worked on for a number of years for the past three owners,” Hansen said. “These mentoring and learning opportunities have been invaluable in creating this unique Portlock residence.”
LaVoie is offering the home for $3,388,000 and showing it by appointment.