Sampson Residence, Naalehu HI

This project is located on Hawaii’s Big Island, near the southernmost town in the United States. The owner, a retired woman moving from the mainland, had a very tight budget and wanted a very low-maintenance house. The construction cost of less than $100 per square foot was achieved with simple forms and framing, and only specifying inexpensive products which were locally available. The material palette—including cement board siding, metal roofing and laminate flooring—does not require painting and is termite-resistant.

The house is sited against the side yard setback, in order to maximize the front yard garden, and also assure the living  room and its lanai will always have a clear view of a golf course located diagonally behind it.

The split level section creates a living room that is generous but not overwhelming in height, as well as elevating the bedrooms to capture views of the ocean horizon and surrounding landscape.