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The Kalikimo Room, Warren, Mi (home bar & hot tub room) with new pictures added 10-22-06
traderjim6781
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Joined: Aug 15, 2005
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Posted: 2006-03-23 9:57 pm   Permalink

It began as a trellis covered back yard patio with a broken down hot tub that Iím guessing had been sitting there since Regan was in office. It was summer 2003 and we found a great deal on a new hot tub. But then winter came and the first big snow storm hit. We put up tarps to enclose the room from the harsh Michigan weather, and the strong winds ripped them right back down. So in the spring, we decided to enclose it the right way and began the first phase of construction. We were sold on tongue and groove wood paneling because we liked the natural rustic look of pine. But we were still unsure what the theme would be. Somewhere along the road we decided on Tiki, and started finding stuff to spread around the room. By mid summer, the Kalikimo Room was born, and our interpretation of Polynesian Escapism began to develop (little did we know how serious the fixation would soon become). The next winter rolled around and we ran into a major problem. The pitch of the roof was only seven degrees and it began to leak, A LOT! So the next spring, we began the second phase of construction, ripping off the old roof and building a cathedral ceiling in its place. Strangely enough, the roof somehow got built a little off center, and each side of the dormer has a different pitch. I guess it just adds to the character and distinctiveness of the space. Since the completion of Phase Two we have acquired quite a little collection of the Exotic, Oceanic and Polynesian to fill these cramped quarters. But I feel this is still only the beginning and an overflow will begin to consume the rest of the house. Itís evolved into an obsession, and weíre just having too much fun to begin work on phase three, a new floor. Please enjoy the pictures I have submitted. Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Cheers


In the beginning...



Right before we ripped the roof off



The family room turned into a storage facility



The new ceiling



What the room looks like today




























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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2006-03-23 10:07 pm   Permalink

Nice!

Now that's what tiki in the Midwest is all about!

The true escape from the crappy ass 8 months out of the year its not summer...

with paradise and a hot tub!


I spy a Lake Tiki shield wallhanger!




Not to mention quite a few other pieces by TC Members!

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kirby
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Joined: May 04, 2005
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2006-03-23 11:02 pm   Permalink

sweet ...what a wonderful retreat... only one thing missing....sum kirby art...awsome pad ...thanks for the pics...
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-03-24 03:54 am   Permalink

Traderjim, Awesome retreat from the cold. Lots of work there and it is already rewarding you. Nice. I spy a Tiki G table in there too. Mahalo

 
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-03-24 05:41 am   Permalink

Trader, what a Fantastic transformation. It is Very obvious thay you poured a ton of heart and soul into this redo. I Love the new ceiling and the Tiki/mug tray/shelf you built in. The Bar is excellent and Solid looking and the Photography is really Killer. Beautiful colors and lighting.
Did you do all this yourself? and have you submitted it to the HGTV guy looking for these type projects?
And last but not least WELCOME to Tiki Central, we're glad to have you aboard...
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-03-24 06:15 am   Permalink

Wow, something actually tiki and very cool within an hour of my house! There is hope for Michigan! I don't feel like such an oddball up here anymore.

JP


 
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Loki
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Joined: Nov 04, 2005
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From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-03-24 06:22 am   Permalink

Killer layout. I see your a Doug Horne fan too...I like the float balls displayed together and the lighting is fantastic. Whens the party?
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teaKEY
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From: The thumb !
Posted: 2006-03-24 10:06 am   Permalink

I have seen a lot of cool tiki bars, but few that heat things up with a hottub. A hottub tiki pad in the cold state of Michigan is a great pairing. It looks like Michigan is stepping it up. Thanks for sharing.

 
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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2006-03-24 10:36 am   Permalink

Hey! a local!

if the Detroit area ever gets it's act together, we'll have to enlist you in a home bar crawl. (don't panic, it'll never happen)

-Z
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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
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From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2006-03-24 10:48 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-03-24 10:36, Feelin' Zombified wrote:
Hey! a local!

if the Detroit area ever gets it's act together, we'll have to enlist you in a home bar crawl. (don't panic, it'll never happen)

-Z




It should---When the weather breaks

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PockyTiki
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Joined: Feb 28, 2006
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From: central MA
Posted: 2006-03-24 3:36 pm   Permalink

alright, i gotta say this. When i layed eyes on that room of yours, my jaw actually dropped open and my tongue rolled right out. That...is one HOT room. The lighting you installed is fantastic and just blows my mind. Dude, your room ROCKS!
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traderjim6781
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Joined: Aug 15, 2005
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Posted: 2006-03-25 08:59 am   Permalink

Thank you all for your kind words! I was actually a little concerned some people might not be keen on the style because of the fact that it is by no means traditional, but rather a personal interpretation of tiki.

Last October we were lucky enough to make it to Ft. Lauderdale for Hukilau 2005. As a result we ended up with the Tiki G table, the Lake Tiki shield wallhanger, as well as several cool mugs and other fun stuff. We canít wait until next October!

So far, weíre real pleased with the Doug Horne prints hanging behind the bar and next to the door. And I was recently surprised to find out just how cool they look in blacklight mode too! But weíre always on the lookout for new art to hang. Kirby, your stuff is fantastic! Any chance you have anything blacklight sensitive?

On the topic of lighting, thanks for the complements. I put a lot of thought, trial and error into workable concept. In addition to all the LED and incandescent, Blacklight.com sells blue fluorescent twist bulbs that are not only energy efficient, but give the room an intimate, almost moonlight glow.

Even though none of us are carpenters and the construction was left to hired professionals, the room still has been a lot of work. I canít speak for anyone else involved. But Iíve enjoyed every minute of it, and couldnít be more satisfied with the results. I have to say that the good people here on TC have been a tremendous help and inspiration over the last few years. And come next summer around the Motor City Tiki Art Show weekend, if someone decides to put together a home bar crawl. We will be more than happy to oblige! However, Iím still in the process of perfecting a house libation that will knock the socks off of any tikiphile who will pay us a visitÖ




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ted tiki
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Joined: Oct 11, 2004
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From: minneapolis
Posted: 2006-03-25 11:46 am   Permalink

I am just in the midst of getting some bamboo to start my basement and your place has given me some great ideas. The lighting is awesome. Great job.

 
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Blowfish
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Joined: Feb 09, 2006
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From: Hula-ifornia
Posted: 2006-03-25 4:25 pm   Permalink

Very nice!

I couldn't help but admire the way you put that together... and there is a print of a woman with legs crossed next to a tiki, can you tell me what that is? Looked like a great print!


 
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Moondance
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Joined: Jul 29, 2005
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From: Bucks County, PA
Posted: 2006-03-25 5:49 pm   Permalink

Sweet Room, love the Spa, great job.
Ray


 
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