Model Homes By Design

Jan 24, 2014 by Yolanda Landrum

For the past several years, I have had the great fortune to partner with Haseko Development, Inc. on the interior design of its model homes, first at Ka Makana at Hoakalei and now with Kipuka. For us, there is a definite process we follow when it comes to furnishing the model homes:

WHO ~ we start with a conversation with our client to get a better understanding of the market, price points and, most importantly, the targeted buyer

WHAT ~ we then look at the floor plans, the concept of the homes, and space planning to develop design concepts

WHERE ~ from there, we go into furniture layouts – first by hand and then using computer aided drawing

WHY ~ it’s important that each home has its own personality with its own distinct color and style. This is a great way for the buyers to remember the homes once they’ve left the model complex.

Specifically for Kipuka, we had six model homes to furnish targeting a family audience. Our goal was to make the homes warm, inviting and comfortable while incorporating a touch of island flavor. We source the majority of our furnishings from wholesale vendors on the Mainland, and at times, round out the décor with items from retail sources such as Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel. As we’re typically designing four to six houses at a time, our challenge is not to duplicate furniture or accessories.

When it comes to designing the interiors, we start with what people will see when they open the front door – it’s about creating a first impression that will set the tone for the entire home and allow people to imagine themselves living in these homes. With Kipuka, we had a good amount of living space to work with and, as such, were able to be a little more playful with color and accessories.

I’d love to now hear from you. Which Kipuka model home is your favorite? Any particular room or interior stand out?