sato residence 2007

Site Plan

In this 2400 SF house, each main component is separated from the other. The living, dining and kitchen are separated from the master bedroom by the lanai. The guest quarters are separated from the rest but is linked by a bridge over a koi pond. All are connected by a covered walkway. The house opens eastward to a future garden and fruit orchard with Mauna Kea, the highest peak on the Island of Hawaii, in the background.

The overall concept is to celebrate life in this very mild climate. Outdoor and indoor living is less apparent. The master bedroom has a roof under the main roof. This is a loose interpretation of how ancient Hawaiians lived outdoor and often slept under tree canopies. The house utilizes photovoltaic panels for a hybrid solar energy system. Passive lighting is achieved through wall width sliding glass doors and translucent wall panels. Cooling is achieved through cross ventilation. Grey water is recycled to use for flushing toilets and gardening. Water is a high commodity at this location, so rain water from roof runoff is collected to containment tank under the lanai. Once this is filled and excess water will overflow into the koi pond.


An ofuro, Japanese bath, is located in a private garden in between buildings. The pattern of structure, outdoor space, and garden is repeated throughout.

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  • Mark Williams says:

    This is such a beautiful design I hope you post pictures once it has been completed. I am interested in building on the Big Island (Hilo side potentially – Kona side possibly) and have been looking at packaged homes online – most companies located in Hilo and Kona and am looking for something more modern than the steel roof/lanai floor plan they have to offer. Have you created any pre-fab modern plans for the islands or know of any companies that do?



  • Mark Williams says:

    Just read the blog on the bidding. Very interesting outcome so far. Was fascinated to see the large reduction on cost. Are you able to share details on what “fat” was trimmed? Is this trimming possible an most projects? Will be following the progress as you go along. Good luck to everyone involved!



  • onei says:


    Thanks for checking in. the fat was mostly items that the contractor or his subs tend to throw in when they did not have time to review the plans. If something is different , they add more money. I shaved cost on the electrical and mechanical sub prices. The fat is also depends on whether the contractor or subs are busy with other work or there are lots of construction going on. they throw in a high number sometimes because they can get it. For example, I also cut their number for concrete almost in half. I did this because I can do a quantity take off of the material and researching cost/sf for similar projects.
    “Trimming the fat” will probably be on a case by case, but it helps to have an architect on your side to go over the contractor’s number and quantify the materials. My experience in the bidding process tells me that most all initial bids from the contractor are always high. Better to be high, then the owner and the architect can negotiate it down. When the bid is low , as in the lowest bidder, the owner should be aware, because there are things that the contractor may have miss and will try to make it up through change order during construction. In both cases, they tend to miss things so again it helps to have the architect help with the bid negotiation .

    Anyway, that is the short of it.


  • allan Folz says:

    Is it finished yet? Quite James Bondish.


  • onei says:

    Alan, it is getting there check the construction photos.


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