About H3K Design

At H3K Design, we specialize in design consultation and project management for upscale residential and commercial remodeling and renovation. We offer an exceptional level of service and expertise to guide the design experience for our clients from concept to completion.  By artistically blending fresh aesthetics with form and function, we can create a beautiful space that is tailored to your needs and appeals to your unique style.

From large-scale renovations to whole-house remodels, our focus is always on high-caliber design and products that brings our clients’ dreams to life.

Owners Howard Hawkes and Kevin Kemper have the talent, credentials, and experience to transform properties and uncover the architectural gems within.

L to R: Howard Hawkes; Corinne Krisel;
William Krisel, AIA; Jill Kitnick (daughter of Bob Alexander); Kevin Kemper

ABOUT THE DESIGNERS

Howard Hawkes

Howard’s passion for design and architecture started early with his father’s real estate business that 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 for the University of Southern California, Howard spent a semester studying the history and architecture of Los Angeles which exposed him the breadth of architectural styles across the LA basin. During his tenure at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transpiration Authority, he furthered his appreciation of LA architecture with involvement in projects that included the preservation of historic buildings.

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Kevin Kemper

Raised in Hawaii, Kevin’s exposure and interest in design and architecture was greatly influenced by the idea of home living being an indoor and outdoor experience. But his roots in architecture are far beyond the Aloha State. His great grandfather, Edward C. Kemper, was the executive director for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). 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 AIA.

After earning his degree in Television and Film Production for the University of Southern California, Kevin worked in the entertainment industry for talent agents and production companies. When Howard and Kevin moved to Santa Barbara, Kevin became involved with Howard’s family business of renovating Victorian Houses...

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    • Atomic Ranch: 5 Considerations To Make When Hiring An MCM Contractor

      The search is on for an amazing contractor that will help you make your dream midcentury home a reality. So, where do you start? As owners of H3K Design, Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes have the knowledge and experience to share their insight on what to look for in a contractor. “We specialize in whole-house renovations for second homes and vacation homes, and we have a passion for Midcentury Modern design,” they say. “Part of our job is helping our clients find contractors that will work with us to build their dream homes.” Here, they share their top questions and considerations when hunting for a MCM contractor.

      • La Verne Entry Before
      • La Verne Entry After
      • BEFORE. “At some point in time—probably the ‘80s—the amazing breezeway between the house and carport was enclosed off this Alexander house,” says Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes.
      • AFTER. “The contractor was instrumental in helping us bring it back to life by opening the space, installing a fountain and adding breeze block,” says Kevin Kemper and Howard Hawkes. Photo by Patrick Ketchum Photography.

      1. Check their MCM experience.

      Contractors are used to tearing things down and working with a fresh start. To ensure that your contractor shares your desire to preserve MCM features when possible, it’s best if they have experience with period homes. “Renovating MCM homes is more about restoration and keeping and improving upon the things that are already there,” says Kevin and Howard. “If you want to keep things that are valuable, you need someone who is experienced, so they can think outside the box and come up with solutions for problems that may arise.”

      This is also relevant to materials used. “Let them know the aesthetic is just as important as the function,” they say. “They may want to choose the path of least resistance and go with travertine tiles when you want cork or linoleum, or they’ll suggest cheap vinyl windows when you want aluminum. Decide what you want to do with your restoration and stay true to those roots.”

      Written on Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:00
      Tags: Atomic Ranch
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