Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture – Paiko Lagoon
An “island estate” -a private home like no other in Hawaii -has been placed on the market by Patricia Choi of Choi International at $7,950,000. A consistent leader in sales of luxury properties in Hawaii, Choi noted, “The home is surrounded on three sides by water and rises like a mirage on a deserted tropical island. Isolated, with a tranquility found only in the remotest areas of our Neighbor Islands, the home enjoys frontage on 141 linear feet of a pristine sand beach with excellent swimming.”
Bordered by the ocean and picturesque Paiko Lagoon and wildlife sanctuary, the 15,434 square foot estate is set in more than seven acres of preservation land and is accessed by what is essentially a 500 yard private drive of granite gravel that connects the property to the rest of the Paiko Drive neighborhood.
Hawaii Kai with its multitude of shops, restaurants, theaters, and marina is a short drive and can also be reached by boat or kayak.
Built in 2007 by custom builder Sutton Construction and newly renovated, the two story, four bedroom, six bath home is an expansive 4,994 square feet under roof with an additional 1,631 square feet of open lanais and guest quarters with separate entrance on the lower level. Walls of glass open to water views from nearly every room. The custom designed kitchen and living room with soaring ceilings lead to the broad oceanfront patio and lagoon-style swimming pool.
Architect’s Design Statement
The design process was rewarding and relatively easy because of the collaboration of the owners and the design and construction team. We had worked with clients Garrett Saikley and Bobby (Robert) Carpenter on a number of previous high-end projects. They were knowledgeable and realistic in their expectations. The contractor, John Sutton of Sutton Construction, was experienced, responsive and also had a background of working on high-end homes. The interior designers were Carolyn Pace, now the owner of Studio Becker Kitchens, and Rick Cowan and his sister Tiare, currently with Archipelago Design.
The site drove the design. Architecture is the creation of environments, and this site with its panoramic 360 degree view made it easy to create a unique environment for each room. In the traditional classic Hawaiian style of making the outside part of the inside living area, expansive lanais with large African mahogany pocketing doors were added to create a one-ofa-kind house with exceptional views. The use of stone columns and flooring and African mahogany for the doors and windows and African mahogany trim on the high ceilings completed the functional, durable home. The exterior decks and swimming pool with a waterfall, contribute to the luxurious outdoor space. The contemporary exterior design, classic style interior, and the panoramic and picturesque location make this a unique and exceptional house, in a setting that cannot be duplicated. —James Matichuk
Architect James Matichuk
James (Jim) Matichuk, architect and engineer, is the principal and owner of Hawaii Architects, Inc., established in 1990. Matichuk moved to Hawaii permanently in 1989 after spending a few years representing Mainland investors in Hawaii projects. The scope of the work he has undertaken ranges from modest homes to high-end custom homes, some of which were sold for record-breaking prices. He has been involved in a wide range of residential and commercial projects, including the restoration work at St. Andrews Cathedral in the early 1990s and the design of the first two phases of Le Jardin Academy.