New Home Remodel 4

Julie Laughton Design + Build delivers client’s wishes in grand style

General Contactor/Interior Designer Julie Laughton of Julie Laughton Deign Build in Newport Beach was not daunted when she was asked by a client to do a remodel on a three-year-old home in Corona del Mar.

“The biggest challenge, like in all remodels, is working with an existing home in its present condition and dealing with things one inherits when the home is bought,” Laughton says. “Tough decisions have to be made to improve the home to make it just right for the client and to provide a lasting quality product.”

The homeowner wanted to customize the kitchen, living room, master bath, boys’ bedroom, and three other bathrooms in the home with a “driftwood” theme and incorporate textures from nature throughout, while keeping it clean, functional and modern.

The Great Room floors are floated Crema Marfel marble, with inlaid walnut flooring. The fireplace mantel is made from solid Douglas fir, and the kitchen features Beaumineir limestone countertops, alder wood cabinets, and Island maple for the island. The kitchen shelves are custom eastern pine driftwood that have been cut vertically and finished with a custom faux finish. The Master Bath shower is Calcutta Gold marble from Italy that is book-matched for a continuous custom look and is complemented by an elegant slipper tub. The boys’ bedroom walls are lined with custom-made wood siding to resemble barn doors, and the bathroom features maintenance-free porcelain tile and cut glass tile with jewel tone colors. The cabinets are stained to match the barn siding.

“My favorite aspect of the project was the fact that I could totally change the look of this young home,” Laughton says. “The client and I had a wonderful time going through the process together and making her dream home become a reality.”

With more than 25 years distinguishing herself as a premier custom home builder in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and surrounding areas, Laughton is used to providing a complete, seamless, one-stop custom design and build service, which allows the client to work directly with her throughout the entire home remodeling process. She oversees all aspects of the remodel, from concept to completion. As a designer, Laughton draws conceptual sketches by hand to ensure that the client feels comfortable and informed about what to expect, which helps them see the finished work before the project begins. Those sketches are turned into formal plans, materials are specified and ordered, Laughton’s team is gathered and given direction, permits are pulled, and the home remodel begins.

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