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Clark Residence,
Kapa’a, Kauai, HI

The site of Clark Residence enjoys commanding views of the Kalalea Mountain Range to the north and verdant Kapa’a valley stretching to the distant horizon of the Pacific to the east. Add to this the opportunity to create a design for the owners of Michaels-on-Main Restaurant, and the result could only be any architect’s dream commission.

Naturally, designing to the view was tantamount. To this end, the resulting design of the home is relatively long and narrow, thus affording virtually every room an ocean view. The “big idea” or parti that followed from this priority was the adoption of glazed roll-up doors at the second floor kitchen/dining room area, which in turn open onto an expansive deck. Thus, when fully opened, the interior spaces literally engage with the easterly horizon, tropical breezes, and the great outdoors.

Being a professional chef, Michael required what some owners might consider to be a somewhat lavish kitchen, occupying fully one-fourth of the entire upstairs! He was also quite particular as to its layout. The result is among the most fully functional, well appointed, and with its intimate connection to the lush natural beauty of Kauai, beautiful kitchens we’ve yet been privileged to design.

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