Designed by Blueprint808, this new home is the epitome of luxury family living.
Juxtaposition was extremely important to Andrew Forman, president and owner of Blueprint808, when designing a 7,000-square-foot Niu Beach house. Described as the intersection of modern and coastal, Forman notes that it was important to “pay equal attention to [modern and coastal] to maintain the charm of the quintessential plantation home while incorporating unparalleled luxuries one would expect from an executive estate.”
That’s a bit of an understatement—the home has an astonishing array of unique amenities over 15,000 outdoor square feet, including a putting green, in-ground basketball court, outdoor kitchen and private pool, all overlooking a manicured green that leads down to the white sandy shore. Through Blueprint808’s signature design-build process, the homeowners, a young family with three children, was able to see its completely custom dream home come to fruition from design to construction (done by All Things New Construction) in only about 10 months. All of this was done remotely for the out-of-town homeowners, so their trust in Forman—“our most important role on this project may have been trusted confidant,” he says—was paramount.
Location was also key: Niu Beach, once a summer home area to Hawaiian royalty, contains just 100 homes and has views spanning from Diamond Head Crater to Koko Head. “It’s just a few miles from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, but it feels a million miles away,” says Forman.
An open concept with ocean views was essential, but the real fun lies in the details. For example, there is a “grand master suite with eucalyptus steam shower, a game and movie area, a wellness room with a CrossFit-style gym and yoga studio and more. Highlights outdoors include the aforementioned putting green, basketball court, outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, a pool and waterfall-edge hot tub, and, of course, a surf rack,” notes Forman.
The design is impeccable, but the technology is exciting. The home “relies greatly on the Hawai‘i sun for power through Tesla, which makes living in the home feel more than eco-friendly,” he says about the solar system, which also includes home battery backup power walls and a car charging port. Integration includes voice controls for temperature, audio, lights and security; in-ceiling speakers, advanced and comprehensive security and video surveillance; whole house granular-activated filtration, softener and water purification system; and more. Despite all these bells and whistles, Forman says that “the home is incredibly sophisticated, yet inviting and not intimidating at the same time. These were intentional decisions made at the outset that carried throughout the collaborative discussions to ensure this balance was achieved.”