Some of the most interesting and impressive design/build projects in the industry involve breathtaking features that are visible from the street.

And, still, others incorporate little touches that most people never see; interior features that the homeowners use — and celebrate — every single day. Inside an Aina Haina design/build project completed recently by Atlas Construction, a number of added features have helped create a truly customized home, filled with touches that are as clever and useful as they are beautiful.

“This was a demolition and rebuild, the second project we’re doing for this family,” explains Rodney Kim, vice-president of the award-winning Honolulu design/build firm, as he shares a photo tour of the completed home. “We remodeled their first house about five years ago, and they called us back to work on this project.”


Spanning approximately 3,800 square feet, the project involved construction of a home with six bedrooms, four bathrooms and an upstairs ADU.


“There was a lot of custom work involved,” says Kim.

That’s a bit of an understatement. From the moment one opens the enormous etched glass door into the comfortable home, special features abound.

“You see that beautiful paneling?” Kim asks, point ing out a gorgeous wall of reclaimed redwood in the dining area. “That was actually part of the old home that the homeowners wanted to keep, so we took those boards and made an accent wall for them.”

In the kitchen, sleek high-end appliances include wall-mounted convection ovens and a pair of built-in refrigerators with panels and fixtures that match the cabinets. A pale blue porcelain tile backsplash above the sink and oven echoes the shade of the enormous kitchen island, gorgeously painted in Delft blue. There’s plenty of storage, light and ample conveniences; it would be a pleasure to cook in this room.

“And check this out!” says Kim. “See the doors to the left of the refrigerators?”

Between the double fridges and a handy butler’s counter, a pair of doors opens to reveal a deep and spacious hidden pantry.


It’s a delightful feature, repeated just around the corner, where a set of built-in curio shelves with a cup board underneath swing open to reveal a big linen and storage closet.

From start to finish, reports Kim, including demolition of the old residence and design and construction of the new home, the project took about a year to complete.


As a full-service design and build contracting firm, Atlas Construction has the personnel and expertise to handle all aspects of each new project. With specialists in areas like Aging-in-Place, Universal Design and Green Building Science, the firm is known for helping families with specific needs and desires for their home designs, and for creative custom features that expand a home’s functionality and value.

“We’re careful about getting to know the families who trust us enough to build their homes; to best understand how we can make those homes comfortable, beautiful and functional for each family,” comments Kim. “Custom features can really enhance a family’s enjoyment of a home — especially if they’re designed with an intimate understanding of that family’s lifestyle.”

Award-winning Honolulu design and build firm Atlas Construction hosts free monthly seminars and open house events that showcase recently completed projects.


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