Julie Laughton Design Build

Premiere Custom Home Builder Orange County

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.

Ultimate Beach House

This new ground up construction project is for a luxury custom built beach house that is all about entertaining and playing sports. The unique features include a 42 foot stainless steel swimming pool on the roof and a subterranean pickleball court.

The cost to build a custom home like this is worth it in the end, but homes with these special features require architectural, engineering and construction experts. As a general contractor in Orange County, I am known for my expertise with these types of homes and quality craftsmanship. On this custom home project, several specialists were involved in the planning stages and the client trusted the process.

Julie Laughton Design Build has thirty years of experience building and remodeling quality custom homes in the coastal communities of Orange County. This home required an exceptional amount of detail in the foundation and structural framing before the exterior could be completed. Superior materials and quality and craftsmanship along with knowledge and experience are required for these kinds of projects.

Farmhouse at the Beach

This home will have a total makeover into a truly timeless, elegant, modern style. Everything will be new inside and out for a fresh look.

Instead of tearing the home down, we decided to do a custom home remodel by adding a brand new roof deck complete with a jacuzzi, lounge area, firepit, sunbathing area and dining area next to a custom kitchen with a built-in barbecue. As a custom home builder in Newport Beach, the attention to detail along with the quality of materials used is very important along the ocean. Wall to wall sliding glass doors will be added in the living room to give a 180 degree view of the ocean all the way from the Newport Beach Pier to the iconic Wedge. The finished custom bathroom design will include Carrara marble countertops and showers and a vintage pattern floor.

The downstairs rental unit will also be remodeled with all new porcelain tile floors, marble fireplace, marble kitchen countertops and marble bathroom counters and showers.

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.