Inspired by a trip to Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands in 2009, Doug and Kristal found themselves immediately enamored with a beautiful and massive Cherry Blossom light sculpture they’d found in a local gallery. With vibrant hues of pink and white, the stunning piece—which hangs over their dining room table and was designed by Scott Chambers—became the inspiration for the couple’s dream house.
Also throughout the home are panoramic photos of tropical scenes, by noted photographer Peter Lik. Inspired by the soaring spaces within the home, the photos almost have the ability to magically transport you to some distant tropical oasis.
“We spent several years before building the house searching online, looking for architectural clues into how to best design our home,” adds Kristal. “We knew what we ultimately wanted, but the process of making the final decision and finding our inspiration took several years and a lot of intensive effort.”
Their efforts paid off in a home unlike any in the region. “Doug and Kristal came to us with a crystal clear picture of what they wanted in their home—a Hawaiian, tropical-style retreat unlike any home ever built in the Pittsburgh area,” says Jonathan Moritz of Eddy Homes. “Their idea was clean yet contemporary and very modern with no trim throughout the house, just straight dry-wall returns.”