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Back to the Future

When this couple found an aging mid-century modern house in Kahala, they didn’t tear it down—they lovingly updated it. Turns out the 1950s are looking better than ever.


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By expanding the kitchen wall by six feet, Goyke transformed the kitchen from a galley layout to an open, spacious one.

Photo by: Hal Lum

To that end, Goyke installed several ventilated cupolas that allow hot air to escape naturally, while remaining low-profile and weather-proof.

Even the floors involved more work than meets the eye. The Jarvises ripped up all the carpeting and tiling throughout the house in favor of a chic, bare concrete look, but it turned out that the foundation slab, after 50 years, had shimmied and shifted subtly, rendering it not quite level. The contractor rectified the situation with a leveling coat of concrete ranging from a quarter-inch to an inch-and-a-half thick, and then another microtopping to give the floor an attractive finish.

Painting the rafters in a contrasting color turns the exposed ceiling into one of the house's central design elements.

Photo by: Hal Lum

In the end, Bill and Cindy were left with a house that remains very much in the spirit of Haines’ original vision. The entryway still leads directly into an open lanai area that overlooks the backyard and pool. The living room is still wide open, comprising little more than a roof and sliding glass.

They even got Haines’ seal of approval, inviting him over for dinner and a look-see once everything had been completed. Haines says he’s very happy with his former home’s new look. “So many of these new houses in Kahala are just irrelevant to the area,” he says. “You see these places with fabulous entryways that look as if you were going to drive up to them in a carriage. We had exactly the opposite philosophy when building our home, and this is very much in line with that.” 

Architect: Green Sand Inc., 457-1360.
Contractor: Emery Construction Inc., 263-2218.



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