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Plumbing Project Phase 1

June 10, 2019 | Preservation Projects

Plumbing Project Phase 1

Through the years, pinhole leaks have developed in the water lines in the bedroom wing of the house.  The original lines run through the attic and while temporary repairs were made (and continue to be made as leaks develop) it quickly became apparent that all of the water lines in the house needed to be replaced.  We recently completed phase 1 of the project, which included replacing all of the original intake copper lines in the utility room, replacing the guest room plumbing as well as replacing the cast iron sewer line with a new PVC line.  Everything stored in the utility room had to be moved out to the pavilion and the side of the house to make room for the plumber!

Phase 2 is expected to take place later this summer and will include capping the old water lines in the ceiling and running new lines under the floors in the bedroom wing. 

New water lines in the bathrooms mean new fittings which are challenging to make work with the original sink, shower and bathtub fixtures.  However, best efforts are being made to preserve as many of the original fixtures as possible. 

So incredibly refreshing to see a residence unmolested by unsympathetic ownership. The personal touches, stories and tales from the last 67 years provide an amazing tapestry from which we can appreciate this architectural masterpiece. May the preservation of this house inspire not only its’ preservation but also that of other modernist examples in Hawai`i. Thank you.

— Carl Jones, Melbourne, Australia

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The Liljestrand House is listed on the Hawai‘i State and the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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