Island Tranquility

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Architecture is more than just creating a functional building. It’s integrating many elements to connect a house intimately with its environment. Our team at Archipelago Hawaii applied this principle to the design of this new home project in Honolulu, Hawaii.


After 12 years of living in their home, the owners decided to rebuild to better suit their needs. On the owners’ wish list:

  • Two master suites to accommodate visiting family
  • Spacious kitchen, great room and outdoor lanai for entertaining
  • A dog room for feeding and grooming
  • Spa-like bathrooms
  • Energy-efficient building materials and appliances


To rebuild the 3,683-square-foot home on the same footprint, incorporating green design without compromising on comfort, luxury, or functionality.

Result: The second LEED v4 home in the United States

Island Tranquility’s exterior reflects classic Hawaii with its board and batten siding, pitched roof, trellised entry, custom African mahogany front door, and custom sconces designed by Tiare Pinto and made by Artist Leighton Lam.

A Collage of Spaces

The main living area was designed as a collage of rooms contained within one large space.

Built-in cabinets and a specially designed coffee bar help to separate the functions of each area. The soffit ceilings with tongue-and-groove treatments and Gaugin fans further delineate the kitchen, dining room, formal living room and family room. Engineered strand bamboo flooring is used throughout to provide a seamless transition between the spaces.

Island Tranquility kitchen sofa

A Custom Designed Kitchen

In the kitchen, a custom-made coffee bar with walnut Sollera cabinetry, honed soapstone countertop and a Grothouse wood bar top also houses a mini refrigerator and oven/microwave oven.

The baker’s island with prep sink has been lowered to accommodate the homeowner, who has back and arm injuries.

Other elements include:

  • Sollera designer cabinets
  • Thermador integrated panel-ready appliances
  • Granite countertops
  • An Italian glass focal wall
  • Walk-in pantry with built-ins
Island Tranquility kitchen

An Outdoor Paradise

A bypass from the kitchen to the lanai features channel-grooved soapstone for easy access to an outdoor counter and barbecue area.

The spacious lanai also features sliding pocket doors, Quartzite stone flooring, dining table and casual sitting area looking out to the newly landscaped yard.

Island Tranquility outdoor lanai

Luxury Bed and Bath

Two en suite master bedrooms were created – one for the owners and the other for one of the homeowner’s parents who visit often. In the first master, great care went into designing a soothing spa-like bathroom. Among the highlights are Sollera walnut cabinetry with built-ins for appliances, double vanity with feminine-looking faucets, mother-of-pearl sconces, soaking tub, and curbless shower with bench seating, niche, hand-held and rain showerheads. There is also a master walk-in closet with Solatube lighting.

The en suite guest bathroom doubles as a steam room and offers special design touches with a built-in towel cabinet and furniture vanity, glass tile wall, porcelain tile flooring and a vessel sink with glass/metallic glaze.

Island Tranquility luxury bath

Home for the Furry Family Members

The laundry area is extra large to accommodate a feeding and grooming area for the family’s furriest members—their dogs!

The space includes a custom-framed magnetic chalkboard, Grothouse walnut countertop, and easy access to the yard and an outdoor shower for the dogs.

Island Tranquility laundry room

Green Design

As only the second LEED v4 home in the nation, Island Tranquility incorporates a variety of green efficiencies into the space, many of which are hidden behind the walls: green-labeled framing lumber, Ecobatt insulation, and TechShield roofing insulation.

The home also features Energy Star appliances, WaterSense-qualified plumbing fixtures, and 80 percent LED lighting (compact fluorescents were used for the other fixtures).

Finishes and materials contribute to indoor air quality, including FSC-certified engineered flooring, CARB-complaint cabinetry and no-VOC paint from Benjamin Moore.

Island Tranquility green stove

Island Tranquility is a home that perfectly blends sustainability with luxury, all while catering to the owners’ specific needs; it truly is a space in which they can change and grow!