The Making of a Neighborhood

Jan 8, 2013 by Richard Dunn

We often get asked why the communities that we build look as good as they do. And the answer is that it’s not by accident. It’s all part of the visioning process we go through long before construction begins, and it includes the thoughtful integration of design, lifestyle, culture and history to create lasting projects. 

In the planning stages, we design certain themes that we believe are best suited for each community. In some cases, we travel throughout the country looking for inspiration. We then go through the design process and consider different features that are well-suited for Hawaii’s climate, architecture and casual lifestyle. Once we commit to our architectural styles, we work with different architects who will draw the homes to meet our vision for and design of each neighborhood.

Once the final architecture has been determined, we work with a professional colorist who carefully selects colors and their application for each elevation style and detail (i.e., trim, shutter, roof, siding, etc.). As a result, there may be 10 different color schemes for each series of homes, with anywhere from three to five colors being applied to each one.

We then decide which homes will be placed along each street and supply the colorist with this information so that she can select a scheme for each one of the residences that will result in a neighborhood that looks rich and varied; not cookie cutter. The same principle is followed in selecting the front elevations (the facades) for each home along each street. We look at roof shapes, the building shapes, door styles and whether the homes have balconies to ensure that everything does not look the same.

The next step is to design the landscaping palette. The same philosophy is applied to this process. Take Ka Makana at Hoakalei, for example. We have tried to incorporate native plants that are not only beautiful, but also can be maintained by our homeowners. Again, we have designed each street to be a little different, with landscaping design and plant selections varying by street so that not all of them look alike.

This thoughtful design and purposeful approach are why we ask that any proposed changes to the homes’ exteriors and landscaping be reviewed by the architectural committee. It’s so that our neighborhoods and communities maintain their rich and varied look and remain consistent with the original intended vision.