Hawaii residents Tyler and Diandra Dickinson are giving it everything they've got to create a successful building company from the ground up.
From new construction to renovation, they'll create stunning houses, showing their clients that it's possible to get the home of their dreams while shattering Hawaii's slow "island time" reputation. And with a new baby daughter in tow, they're taking on a big new client: building themselves a brand new home.
Diandra and Tyler are on the hunt to find an empty lot with great ocean views. They want to build a spec home on the property that they can turn around and sell in the coming year. In the midst of their property search, they're also building a lanai and creating a spacious backyard for clients Dana and Scott Ast. The lanai will double the livable space for the Asts, and give them a gorgeous connection to the outdoors. The landscaping in the yard includes paths lined with lava rock, jade trees, and a dwarf pink lemon tree that proves tricky to transplant.
Diandra and Tyler build a brand new house in an upcountry area of the Big Island. Skylights are placed throughout the home, including a giant one in the master bedroom that will allow the homeowners to sleep under the stars. The open kitchen gets decked out with Madagascar Blue granite countertops and the back of the house gets a free-form lanai with a rock-salt finish to give an unbeatable connection to the rolling hills outside. But all that work doesn't stop Tyler and Diandra from hitting the beach to enjoy a picturesque sunset on the Kona coast.
Diandra and Tyler fly to Maui to get inspiration for renovating a vacation rental property back on the Big Island. They'll update the home's kitchen and the outdoor entertaining area, complete with pool and brand new barbecue. The Dickinsons also hold a traditional lot blessing at a new property they hope to build their dream home on someday soon.
Diandra and Tyler are ready to sell the first house they ever built in Hawaii, but the Ocean View house needs some freshening up first, including replacing a rotted-out back lanai. An impending hurricane could throw a wrench into their plans. With only a week before the open house, Diandra and Tyler have to work fast. Hopefully their efforts pay off when a local real estate agent arrives to appraise their home for sale.
Diandra and Tyler create a custom lava-stamp driveway and front lanai that add major curb appeal to a spec home in the Palisades area of Kona. They head to a remote volcanic lava field to make rubber molds of lava rock. Then they use the molds to stamp patterns in the concrete driveway, making it look like a Hawaiian lava flow. Diandra also tours two potential fixer-uppers with Thames, an investor, with hopes of partnering on a house flip together; if they can find a suitable property.
The Dickinsons begin the transformation of a 1970's fixer-upper by revitalizing an algae-filled pool in the backyard. Diandra finds the perfect glass tile to replace the outdated ceramic waterline tiles, while Tyler fixes the cracked pool deck and builds a stained douglas fir fence around it. Then they build an outdoor shower with a rainfall shower head and basalt pavers, to make the pool area feel like a spa. Diandra and Tyler also take clients to assess two Big Island lots as potential sites for the their future family home.
Diandra and Tyler flip a 1970's fixer-upper to get it ready for a broker's open. They focus on maximizing the ocean views by designing a new floor plan for the kitchen, and adding a thin cable railing on the lanai to open up the view. The master suite also gets updated with a new bathroom, complete with pebble stone flooring in the shower and a custom-made frosted glass wall. When problems arise with the granite counters and the stove in the kitchen, it's a rush to the finish in order to complete the house in time for the broker's open.
The Dickinsons' strategy to attract potential buyers to a spec home with the curb appeal of a lava stamp driveway has paid off. A realtor has clients who already want to look at the house, but there's still so much work left to do! Now, Diandra and Tyler must scramble to build a master suite, kitchen and outdoor shower before the realtor brings her clients for a walk-through. Will enough work be done to impress the potential buyers?