Located in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, California, H3K Design specializes in design consultation and project management for house and building remodeling. From Victorian to Mid-Century Modern to Industrial Modern, H3K Design can help you make your dreams come true. Our outstanding team has the credentials and experience to help you get to where you want to go.
Howard’s passion for design and architecture began in childhood through his father’s real estate business, which included renovating and restoring Victorian homes. He not only learned the trade of construction and detailed finish work, but also fine-tuned his eye for design and composition of space and scale.
As part of his Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional planning at the University of Southern California, Howard spent a semester studying the history and architecture of Los Angeles, which exposed him to the breadth of architectural styles across the LA basin. During his tenure at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he furthered his appreciation of significant architecture through his involvement in projects that included the preservation of historic buildings.
Raised in Hawaii, Kevin’s exposure and early interest in design and architecture was greatly influenced by the traditional Hawaiian style of indoor-outdoor living. His familial roots in architecture extend far beyond the Aloha State, however. Kevin’s great grandfather, Edward C. Kemper, devoted nearly 35 years of his life to the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) as executive director from 1914 to 1948. In fact, each year the AIA presents the Edward C. Kemper Award to an architect member who has contributed significantly to the profession through service to the A.I.A.
After earning his degree in Television and Film Production from the University of Southern California, Kevin worked in the entertainment industry for talent agents and production companies. When he and his partner Howard moved to Santa Barbara, he became involved with Howard’s family business of renovating Victorian houses. This is where Kevin’s passion for renovation and architecture took flight.
On Sunday night, Modernism Week will take center stage in Rancho Mirage for the Swan House — a roomy, newly remodeled Thunderbird Heights estate with mysterious provenance. The estate features clean lines and clerestory windows in the international style, and inside, it’s riddled with accent wallpaper and tile.
Just three years ago, however, appraisers suggested tearing it down.
“I really think we saved this house,” said Howard Hawkes, one of the co-owners of H3K Design, which bought the house out of foreclosure in 2012 and started restoring it this spring. “When we were getting our financing, one of the appraisers who came here told us that the house wasn’t worth saving... But we saw its potential.”