Project Info

  • Project Name: Rose
  • Location Details: Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs, CA
  • House Specs: 1961 Charles Dubois Designed built by the Alexander Construction Company, 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom 2200 sq ft.



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The furnishings in the house were meant to be a mix of vintage, contemporary and modern to create the ultimate Palm Spring chic getaway...

  • The previous owner had decided at the age of 93 she had enjoyed her time in Palm Springs but was ready to move back to Los Angeles. The new owner, our client, saw the potential in the house and called us before close of escrow to start developing the design plan. Again, with most Alexanders and houses of the time, the kitchen was compartmentalized. Very much a service kitchen. The master bathroom had limitations and was in desperate need of an update. The house had been over decorated in the early 1970s (the ‘before’ pictures will speak from themselves). On the other hand the backyard and pool area were very barren and lacked any character.

  • Palm Springs renovation by H3KThe client saw this as a second or vacation home so we sat down with him to design a dream Palm Springs getaway. Installing all new surfaces though out the house was an instant decision and opening the kitchen for a more modern floor plan was as well. New kitchen cabinets with Cambria counters and Viking appliances really meet today’s standards for such an upscale home. All the bathrooms were completely updated with new tile, vanities and fixtures but the master bathroom was the biggest transformation with incorporation of a walk-in shower and a free standing tub. We retained the large window in the master bath and placed the tub in front of it to take advantage of the sweeping mountain views. We also added clerestory windows in the master bedroom to exaggerate the vaulted ceilings. The furnishings in the house were meant to be a mix of vintage, contemporary and modern to create the ultimate Palm Spring chic getaway.

    In the backyard, we created an outdoor BBQ and bar to be the center of any future pool party. A fire pit was added outside the master bedroom - - nicely divided off from the rest of the yard by towering palm trees. We added deck jets to the pool to give an instant on demand water feature in the backyard. While in the front yard, we created a gentle stone water feature to welcome guests as they arrive to the house.

    The client was very, very pleased with the finished house and was happy he hired H3K Design to make it a reality.

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      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.”

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