Honomu House

Location: Honomu, HI
Owner: Doug Lung
Architect: Greg Higgins
Structural Engineer: David Thomas, PE, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle, WA
Steel and panel components: HabiTek, LLC
Scope: 2470ft2; 3 bed, 2 bath

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The design combines a classic 4-square plan with Hawaii Plantation house elements, such as north facing lanais on both floors. Two floors of living space and a daylight basement surround a stair tower culminating in a observation deck for whale watching. The tower is also a passive stack ventilation system. The owner, a broadcast engineer, plans to install various antennae and weather monitoring devices atop the tower.

“I provided structural engineering assistance to Greg Higgins and HabiTek during the development of the system and the design of the Bunk House, Country Cottage and the Honomu House projects. The steel HabiTek components are lightweight, strong, and precisely made, and they fit together quickly and easily, using just hand tools. I know this first hand. I once visited the County Cottage during construction, and pitched in with the crew for an afternoon. It was actually quite enjoyable to help assemble.

Combined with wood, floor and roof panels, or even steel X-bracing, the system creates a tough, well connected structure able to resist earthquakes, high winds, and heavy floor and roof loads. The steel components provide a resilient well connected framework to secure the enclosure panels which participate in resisting lateral forces.”

–Dave Thomas, P.E., S.E.