'The short coconut leaf'
4,687 SF Residence with
6 bedrooms, 6 baths
Ilbagno August 2003
All Photos: © Claudio
Developer Doug Posely and his wife Donna, an
interior decorator, quickly recognized their requirements for this spec house by having
previously owned two thriving bed & breakfast businesses, both in houses designed by
Rich Young. Capitalizing on accents from Donna's Balinese import company, this residence
produces a foreign atmosphere within the context of a tropical Maui home. Top-to-bottom,
architectural details are enhanced by the owner's trade. Outside, hand-cut diamond-shaped
ironwood shingles top the steep pitched roof: Rain caught in copper gutters drains along
brass chains to underground collection sites. Inside natural materials continue the theme.
Throughout the house, baseboards, doors, and trim, are all Balinese in origin: Delicately
carved antique doors and trims frame the Great Room entry, while four 12' high doors open
to the pool. Walls and columns in hand carved woods reflect the natural rattan woven
ceiling with teak battens. Travertine tiles cover the floor, and hand-woven area rugs
imitate sea grass mats.
Six bedrooms, each with a different
theme, were designed to honor the owner's wishes to create a turnkey residence with bed
& breakfast capabilities. Bath No. 1 has a hand carved solid travertine bath tub and
sink: the bathtub and outdoor shower waters flow from a bamboo spout, and the handles,
too, are made of bamboo. In the second bathroom hand made sliding wood doors open to an
outdoor shower lined with fine small pebbles, water pours from Inca-style face mounted
atop a split-tile wall. In bed/bath No. 3, a cathedral ceiling hovers over niches that
form the headboard of a platform bed, and intricately inlaid mother of pearl doors mark
the exterior lanai. Water flows into the tub through a spout hidden behind marble tiles
and cubbyhole niches set in 1" glass tiles. Another bedroom features a crushed mother
of pearl imbedded resin sink and tub, with clear lacquer counter. Themes in the other
bedrooms are similar.
A small kitchen finishes the
business proposition. It contains a six burner Viking stove with a stainless
steel-pillowed rear wall to catch splashes, a copper hood with craftsman-style handles
marking the corners, black granite counters, bronze outlet covers, glass-faced laminated
cabinets, and a wood floor. Top-to-bottom, this spec house was collaboration between
architect and owner with the lifestyle of future occupants at heart.