This is part two of a two-part series

The objective was to transform a 70-year-old Waikiki single family home into a modern residence that preserved the “old Waikiki” feeling of the property while meeting the needs of the owner.

Homeworks architect Mario Tadeo AIA, project manager James Mitchell, and selections specialist Sarah VanDeVanter worked closely with owner Stafford Lau to bring the project to a successful conclusion. The original single wall cottage has become an elegant stucco “Hawaiian/Tuscan revival” two-story home.


The 1,100 square foot home with 550 square feet upstairs and downstairs is amazingly roomy and functional. A master suite and luxurious bath occupy the entire second floor, which offers views overlooking the Ala Wai to the mountains. The ground floor “great room” consists of the main living area, kitchen with a dining peninsula and full bath.

“The owner was involved in every detail,” VanDeVanter said. “He went online to research options for fixtures and custom tiles. We had tiles flown in for the kitchen backsplash and terracotta for the entry. It took several tries before we settled on the perfect paint colors: ‘vanillin’ in eggshell for the walls and flat white for the ceilings. Even the maestro dimmers are a special order color, rich dark brown, to contrast with the creamy palette of the walls.

“For the bathroom floors and walls, the owner chose a dark brown marble with cream and black veining, and Emperador dark mosaic for the shower floor. In the upstairs master bath we utilized every inch of space to accommodate a walk-in shower, separate soaking tub, commode room and vanity.

“Special recessed light housings were ordered to fit within the limited ceiling space. Wall sconces were placed inside and out for a stylish, soft light.

“My favorite touch is the Juliet balcony above the entry with its wrought iron railing and French doors, which open inward onto an insert of travertine within the otherwise carpeted master suite.”

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address // 2111 S. Beretania St.