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Before & After: You’ll Want to See This Innovative Remodel in ‘Āina Haina

Contemporary style and views for days.


Aina Haina home

Photos: Michelle Moder Braff


When rehabbing an ‘Āina Haina fixer-upper, Michelle Moder-Braff and husband Adam Braff of A&M Homes opted to build a contemporary single-family home—by going up instead of out. Taking advantage of the down-sloping lot, the new home features three stories, with stunning valley and ocean views, all within normal building height limitations. The result: a spacious 3,120-square-foot custom home with a total of 5,500 feet of roofed space, without a trace of monster-home feel.


Cross the ipe wood bridge from the four-car garage and you’ll enter through an oversized rivet-hinged glass and metal door into the home’s main level, which features a kitchen and entertaining area. The 16-foot ceiling and floor-to-ceiling glass windows make you feel like you’re on top of the world. The merbau and cement kitchen comfortably seats 10 and is designed to ensure the host remains part of the conversation even when entertaining.


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Owner-builder Adam Braff used a mix of materials on the exterior that is both pleasing to the eye and consistent with the colors of the valley that surround it. The result is a seamless blending of the original and new to create a home that feels completely new and unique, yet still at home in the valley.


We especially appreciate the thoughtful use of space—the roof of one level, 38 feet above the lower portion of the lot, makes a gorgeous deck with 360-degree views. The original home? Now a den and guest suite that opens to a large backyard. Finishes include a custom steel staircase, monkeypod barn door and top-of-the-line appliances throughout the home.


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The $2.1 million home, at 868 Ailuna St., will be open for viewing Jan. 7. Contact Michelle Moder Braff for more information: michellemoder@gmail.com.




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