For the full story and design of this house (including the exterior) please see the Ep. 7: Ohana Means Family post.

It’s tiki time!  Meet the #modernhawaiian kitchen, a Hidden Potential Season One favorite.  If you need a refresher on this home and its family, you can catch up on iTunes HERE and on Amazon HERE.

Aside from being totally bland and nondescript, this kitchen’s biggest offense is its tiny size.  For Dave and Suzy, a couple for whom family, or “ohana,” is everything, this kitchen was not accommodating their desire to cook for friends, entertain groups, or even spend dinner time together as a family.

In order to give this #modernhawaiin family a modern Hawaiian home makeover, we started with a mood board that would act as our guiding “hoku” throughout the project.

And, with my promise to Dave and Suzy that I would keep the word “ohana” front of mind, we started scouring our best sources for custom materials to really personalize this kitchen for the homeowners.

Starting from the ground up, here’s what we found:

Floors: We used an engineered, white pine, wider plank flooring, installed by SC Flooring Services.

Cabinets and Cabinet Hardware: Brian from B and D Cabinets built a beautiful custom kitchen suite (painted Sea Star blue), complete with open walnut shelving AND a never-before-seen paper-towel dispenser drawer (yup, I really geek out over this one on the episode). The simple, flat black hardware ties in with lots of other black, industrial accents that can be seen throughout the design, helping to balance the heavy serving of earthy, organic materials found throughout.

Appliances: I chose a timeless, stainless steel set that feels solid, but doesn’t compete for attention.

Sources: Range, Hood, Refrigerator, Microwave

Plumbing and Countertops: A snazzy, chrome, hands-free faucet, and stainless steel vault sink happily share space with these amazing quartz countertops, which I’ve been wanting to use for YEARS, and have been waiting for the perfect project to come along. For a backsplash, I chose a square, matte black tile with raven gray grout (HINT: avoid pairing white grout with black tile to keep from feeling off-trend or dated) to tie in with other flat black accents throughout the home.

Sources: Sink, Faucet, Countertops, Backsplash

By putting the kitchen where the dining room USED to be (and vice versa), and trading the original sliding glass door out for a single door, we were able to design a larger, far more functional space than the original blueprint would have allowed. Check it out:

And a few more little design nuggets to curb your appetite until the next Kitchen Intensive post:

Don’t forget to read the full story on the Ohana project, and also our Shop the Look post on this episode, as well!

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