February 14th, 2017 by Darcy

An architect will work with you to determine your priorities, where you are willing to compromise, and how to get as many of your “wants” and “needs” as possible into an attractive and functional home. Part 3 of 4 An architect can provide high quality design and detailing, beyond a builder’s standard set of house plans. An […]

February 8th, 2017 by Darcy

There are a lot of good house plans out there, and there are houses that are almost right for you, but an architect can develop a plan specifically for you and your family’s needs: a truly custom home. Part 2 of 4 Your lifestyle and daily habits can be drastically affected by your surroundings, and an […]

January 31st, 2017 by Darcy

Your home in Hawaii will be far more valuable when you have an architect on your side … both for intrinsic reasons (like fitting your lifestyle) and for extrinsic reasons (getting more bang for your housing budget). Part 1 of 4 First and foremost, your architect is your advocate. An architect has a fiduciary duty to […]

January 19th, 2017 by Darcy

Totally off the grid homes do not need to look like hobbit houses. The home featured below is what we call luxury living off the grid. (More info below the photograph.) This home is not connected to the power grid. The PV system with batteries provides for 100% of the power needs all year long. The house […]

January 11th, 2017 by Darcy

Don’t underestimate or undervalue what can be done with minor and major renovations to the existing housing stock. Buying a home in a great neighborhood that may need some work may be the best investment and decision. It is certainly good for the planet. Everything that has already been constructed or manufactured has what is […]

January 5th, 2017 by Darcy

No design or home is complete without factoring in the family pets. After all, they are an important and integral part of the family. Most often when renovating or buying a home, needs of four footed family members are not considered. We believe homes should function well for all family members for their entire lives. […]

December 15th, 2016 by Darcy

A *Functional Rehab* is what we call a renovation which addresses a flaw in a home that is generally in good shape and livable. Many times an existing home with great potential is too hot, or too dark, or too closed off or the layout does not work for a current family’s health challenge or […]

December 1st, 2016 by Darcy

Hawaii’s premier sustainable architecture and design firm, Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability, will be presenting a multi blog series. Topics include: Every Decision Matters and the Small Things Add Up Renovations are Inherently Green Functional Rehabs Luxury Living Off the Utility Grid Designing for Pets Why Hire an Architect? When D’Arcy asked us to write […]