Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture – Hawaii Loa Ridge
A Hawaii Loa Ridge home, located on Lelekepue Place in one of the early phases of the development, has been completely remodeled by the owner/ architect and placed on the market with East Oahu Realty. Listing Realtor Judy Sobin notes that the 3 bedroom, 3 bath home, with nearly 3,000 square feet of living area including lanais, incorporates numerous high-end finishes and custom features. The masonry exterior is complemented by wood shake roofing. Landscaped with mature palms and tropical foliage, the property overlooks the ocean, coastline, and Diamond Head.
Architect Nadia Kasko, a native of the Ukraine, moved to the U. S. as a teenager. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. She states that her “two great passions” are art and architecture. She has exhibited her art, mostly contemporary oil paintings, in many distinguished galleries throughout the western U.S. As an architect, she strives to create designs that are evocative, exciting, and engaging, as well as environmentally and socially sustainable. As an artist who designs architecture, she is energized by diversity in environments and finding harmony between extremes.
Re-Discovering A Hawaiian Gem
“Built in 1981, this home was extremely under-maintained and needed major renovations, not only to update the engineering systems (all new plumbing, electrical, and air conditioning), exterior/interior finishes and fixtures, but also to evolve the layout of spaces for a more contemporary, open-space lifestyle. This required relocating a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, demolishing walls, and altering some of the structure. For the first several weeks it felt more like a demolition project than a renovation. But as an owner and the architect, I could see the gem that would eventually evolve out of the chaos resulting in a beautiful home created for our ‘Island lifestyle’ with high quality construction.
“The original design was inspired by traditional Hawaiian architecture holding potential for large open spaces. Exposed beams and wood slat ceilings, which are original elements of the design referencing the history of the structure, inspired me to blend the traditional with the contemporary. From there the concept of ‘harmony’ has evolved – harmony of two extremes, contemporary and traditional, complementing each other in balance.
“The main focus of this design was light. I believe that the space is like a diamond, if it does not receive proper light, it does not matter how much work went into the design -it will fall flat. Large windows not only frame gorgeous ocean views, but create seamless connection to the outside. Windows are operable for passive ventilation and built to minimize solar heat gain and maximize daylight. LED lighting throughout the house creates beautiful ambient illumination. Finishes of traditional wood and lava rock juxtaposed against contemporary steel and white stone create a balanced composition in which these extremes are merged.
“From the outside the structure does not boast large scale, but from the inside the 20-foot ceilings create a grand experience. The main entry is enhanced with the restored, original solid koa wood door, which was custom-carved from rare large old koa.
“The master suite is large and open with direct access to one of the lanais. The master bathroom features a black standing pebble rock wall behind the free-standing tub and a contemporary seamless glass shower with rain-shower fixture and jets. The kitchen features a large island with waterfall edges that serves as a great work surface, bar, and breakfast area, flows seamlessly into the formal dining and living spaces, and out onto the multi-level lanai wrapped with semi-opaque glass railings.
“Throughout the house, spaces are enhanced with much of my recent artwork, including a four-by-eight-foot painting of a wave at the main entry that creates the impression of an extension of the ocean views from the kitchen and main dining and living areas. The lanai, just outside the dining room, offers beautiful views of the ocean and the lively surrounding environment – our favorite spot to relax after a long busy day.” – Nadia Kasko
The home is priced at $2,225,000 including some furnishings and shown by appointment by Judy Sobin (RA). She will also hold an open house this Sunday, February 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.