Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture – Diamond Head
Ideally situated on the south facing slopes of Diamond Head is a classic, indoor outdoor home wrapped around a swimming pool and overlooking an expansive view of ocean and coastline. The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home’s under-roof interior of 4,358 square feet is augmented by 2,891 square feet of decks and lanais.
Built in 1962 and designed by a leading architectural firm of the time, Bradley and Wong, the home was extensively remodeled and completed in 2013 by one of Hawaii’s premier builders, Sutton Construction.
The original owners chose one of the most desirable lots in the first major subdivision on the eastern slope of the crater, Diamond Head View Estates, developed as an upscale neighborhood with large view lots. The most desirable are those in the upper tiers with the slopes of Diamond Head as their “back yard.”
Realtor Jeff Fox of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, who is offering this exceptional Poka Place home for $8,495,000, said, “This home is exquisitely designed to take advantage of the choice location. There are only seven other homes and no neighbors across the street in the quiet cul-de-sac. It has been lovingly and thoughtfully renovated by the current owners together with Sutton Construction president John Sutton.
“Finishes include tumbled travertine and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, granite counters, and sapele wood cabinets, doors, and window trim. The state-of-the-art kitchen is equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and the master bath with Brazilian Blue Bahia granite counters as well as its own laundry. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors in. Entering the grand master bedroom suite is a ‘wow’ experience with a sweeping view of the ever-changing panorama of ocean and sky.
“The unique floor plan creates wonderful entertaining areas while providing privacy to bedroom and office suites. The deck is a dramatic setting, day or night, with its large free-form swimming pool illuminated by LED lighting. The current owners have transformed the classic Diamond Head home into a resort-like retreat with whirlpool spa, sauna, outdoor TV, gas grill, and two outdoor showers. This is a home that offers the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living.” Fox is showing the home by appointment.
Sutton Construction was established in Hawaii in 1989. Over the years, the company has earned a reputation as one of Hawaii’s premier builders with a portfolio of numerous award-winning residential and commercial projects.
In addition to the design and construction of new custom homes, the company also provides renovations for single family homes and apartments, as well as historic restoration. Major commercial projects have included offices, schools, hospitals, and Federal contracts for housing renovation at military bases throughout Oahu.
Sutton Construction attributes its status as a quality Hawaii company to the relationships it has established among its employees, professional associates, and vendors who work together to achieve the goal of creating personal and public places of distinction that function in harmony with Hawaii’s unique environment and lifestyle. The Sutton Construction ohana’s commitment to each project extends from its inception to completion, and beyond.
Our renovation of the Poka Place home currently on the market involved completely rethinking the space planning and refreshing finishes, all while working within the existing footprint. The old floor plan just needed to be modernized and opened up to take advantage of the spectacular views and improve traffic flow. The ceiling heights were raised, and installation of large beams allowed us to widen the exterior door openings. The pool deck, which formerly separated the living areas, became a beautiful indoor outdoor connection that is quite seamless.
New plumbing, wiring, and mechanical systems were installed. New walls and ceilings are well insulated to keep the building quiet and energy efficient. The finishes were well thought out and the workmanship is outstanding, it was quite a transformation.
The best projects usually include a group of designers and craftsmen who allow each other’s ideas to be considered throughout the construction process. These shared expressions produce truly exceptional results. Our client believed in that process, which made it a fun project we can all be proud of.
– John Sutton
President, Sutton Construction