The BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards, established in 1986, celebrates excellence in design and construction of new and remodeled projects in Hawaii. This showcase recognizes competing categories including Details, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape & Outdoor Living, New & Remodeled Commercial Building, New & Remodeled Residential Building, Public Works, Hawaii BuiltGreen™, Historical and Innovative Design & Construction. The 28th annual awards ceremony was held May 8 and 38 entrants from Maui, Molokai and Oahu represented an exciting year of statewide participation.

The entries were judged on creativity, use of materials, environmental and sustainability, functionality, design principles, value, interior space, overall quality and workmanship.

The highlight of the awards ceremony was the recognition of the top four Overall Grand Awards and the Carl Reppun Award. Today’s column will feature the winner of the Overall Grand


Award in the Residential Remodel division. The winner is Armstrong Builders LLC and Peter Vincent Architects for “Subtle Elegance.”


This luxury remodel transformed a dated, compartmentalized 60s home into an open, modern space ideal for the flow of daily living, while showcasing the owners’ extensive art collection. The exterior was softened and warmed by replacing plywood siding with a new aluminum fascia, while the indoor/outdoor flow was enhanced with a new lanai off the master bedroom, travertine flooring and outdoor landscaping features.

The removal of a structural load-bearing wall and dumbwaiter opened both the upper and lower levels. The new gourmet kitchen — previously sectioned off from the family and dining rooms — features an expansive island, ocean views and a stunning custom hand-blown aqua chandelier made of recycled glass. The enlarged and opened Great Room features travertine flooring that continues onto the lanai for seamless outdoor integration. This renovation created a continuity of harmonious living that incorporated new mauka-makai views, natural ventilation and an enhanced ambiance.

2013 BIA Renaissance Overall Grand Award winner in the Residential Remodel division, “Subtle Elegance” by Armstrong Builders LLC and Peter Vincent Architects

Karen Nakamura is CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.