Julie Laughton Design Build

Premiere Custom Home Builder Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Chris Abel House

This amazing house was built in the early 1970s and designed by the well-known local architect Chris Abel. The new homeowner loves their new home and of course wants to make it their own. They hired me to make that dream come true! This home is an all-wood structure that has survived the elements on its own for almost 50 years without being updated. We are going to restore it and bring it back to its former glory.

The first thing we are going to do is put up erect scaffolding around the entire structure, which is tricky because it is on a hillside. The second step is to shore up the entire building with structural framing designed by my structural engineer. We will take out all the structural beams and triangle windows and put back new structural beams with brand new insulated windows. Of course, we would never think about changing the amazing view from the living room.

The client recently purchased this home and we are going make it match how they live. My specialty is making this happen for each and every homeowner I work with.

Laguna Beach Oceanfront

This home is built on the bluff in Laguna Beach a couple of doors down from the Marlene Dietrich house. The best thing about this property is that it is located directly above the sand and the ocean waves crash under the decks several feet below. There are glass panels in the floor where you can see the ocean water crashing against the rocks while you are sitting in the living room.

For this project, we are going to lovingly restore the home because it is time for some lifetime maintenance. We will be working in every room to ensure that this home functions properly for many years to come. Maintenance at the beach is huge, especially when you are right on the ocean. On my website, I have a list of required maintenance items that need to be done on each and every home.

It’s always best to stay on top of maintenance and avoid costly repairs before they happen. If you don’t follow and stay on top on your maintenance it could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars.

Camel Point Luxury Estate

Camel Point is an exclusive community just south of Aliso Creek Beach in Laguna Beach. The most spectacular thing about this property is the location on the point of the bluff. The views from the point are 360-degrees with half being the ocean the other half the hillside.

Like most of my projects, this one has a fascinating story. My clients are the grandchildren of the original owners who owned the Mediterranean style home back in the 1930s. The original home was torn down and rebuilt by a new owner, but ended up back in the possession of the grandchildren who are now restoring the property. It needs a lot of updating and a little extra care due to the fact that it sits right on the edge of the water.

It is such a pleasure to work in this location. This is a true example of luxury living.

Laguna Beach Modern

This beautiful contemporary home sits on the hill just above the Laguna Beach High School. The view is classic Laguna. You can see from Mexico to Palos Verdes with Catalina in th middle.

The home has beautiful bones and wonderful woodwork with walnut and limestone floors. We are going to upgrade the kitchen, master bath and the guest bath plus we will completely refurnish and decorate. The best thing about this house is the simple architecture, which allows the home to be all about the view. This home also has features that make it fabulous for entertaining. There is a jacuzzi on the first level with a spectacular ocean view and a large lap pool on the second story with a yard, full bar and eating area with fireplace.

With the view of the waves splashing on Main Beach this is probably one of the best views in Laguna. I can't wait to show you the finished product.

Modern Luxury at the Beach

This home is a total transformation from what was originally on this lot in Orange County. The new design and architecture have transformed it into a modern, clean, open design with lots of windows and light.

The modern design with 25 foot sliding glass doors on both the first and second floors make it timeless because it’s always going to have that beautiful ocean view. As a designer and a licensed general contractor, it was my pleasure to take the client through the design phase and into the construction phase, personally overseeing every aspect to ensure the client has a peace of mind every step of the way.

Orange County home remodeling always gives the client the opportunity of many design styles to choose from. Architects and builders in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach have lots of opportunity with the aging homes in the coastal communities. It’s always fun to take older homes and update them, but it’s also wonderful to build them ground up.

Vintage Laguna Beach Cottage

This is a very special project because the client grew up in this Laguna Beach house. The front garden that was originally built by her father, a master landscaper, will be maintained and preserved.

Custom home building is such a rewarding experience, especially when the home has a story behind it and it has been in the same family. The neighbors tell me lots of stories of how much time the client's father spent in the garden and how he would bless it every day. Each plant got special attention. While I am standing in it, I can feel a special energy from the crystals he placed all around.

The home will essentially be brand new when we are done with it. The finished result will preserve the original character and color of the home, which was white. The client has a lot of confidence and trust in our expertise on this project because we have done so many vintage home remodels.

Laguna Beach Charmer

This is another vintage Laguna Beach custom home remodel in process. What makes this project special is that I knew the homeowner for over thirty years and spent a couple of Christmas’s in this home. Now, I am remodeling it for his two children. We are not only restoring and refurbishing this home, we are opening the interior for today's modern living.

The home was originally built in the late 1930s and from what we can see it was a much smaller cottage. Over the years, rooms were added and exterior spaces were converted to interior spaces. Even though the house is one-story, it is over 3,000 square feet. With the garage and decks, it is almost 4,000 square feet, so it’s an ample space.

We will keep the cottage look with white horizontal siding, new black asphalt shingled roof and black clad windows. The interior will have European white oak floors throughout and white walls. We are installing a custom kitchen and see-through fireplace in the living room, which is now opened up to the new rear deck.

South Laguna Vintage Cottage Room Addition

I worked on this house a few years back where we completely remodeled the interior. We did a brand new custom kitchen, opened it up to the dining room and made the living room a little bit bigger.

This time around due to the fact that the owner’s children are now having children, we are adding a bedroom above the living room where the existing deck is. The size of the deck is the perfect size for a bedroom. To complete the look we added a balcony on the ocean side. The new bedroom will have a vaulted ceiling similar to what is in the current upstairs rooms.

Working on this vintage cottage has been rewarding. This cottage has had a long life and it’s exciting to be able to do this room addition to accommodate the homeowner’s growing family. The home will live on for generations to come.