Howard Hawkes

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.

After leaving Los Angeles to manage the family business, Howard was able to manage and direct multiple construction projects from design to completion. It was during this time that Howard and Kevin purchased a mid-century modern home in Palm Springs. They both instantly fell in love with the clean lines and optimism of this architectural style.

In 2006, H3K Design was born – a design company that re-imagines mid-century modern homes. Their first project in Racquet Club Estates is one of the highest–priced Alexanders ever sold in the neighborhood.

The company’s portfolio of projects includes everything from condominiums to estate-sized properties all across the Coachella Valley, from Vista Las Palmas to Deepwell Estates to Rancho Mirage.

Howard’s philosophy on MCM architecture in the desert is to preserve the structure of the building while providing modern-day convenience and space utilization to create a 21st Century lifestyle in a 1950’s house.

Howard currently serves on the board of the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization, and is a member of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

    • 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
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      • 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
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