architect mike blakemore
Architectural design firm specializing in high end custom residential projects.
The following portfolio is a small sampling of the many types of homes the firm has designed. Michael Blakemore is the principle and lead designer on all projects the firm undertakes. In association, a core group of individuals assist Michael in bringing the designs to fruition. These professionals include Landscape Architect Liz Leyland www.private-gardens.com, Production Draftsman Keith Lee www.studio941.com Architects Augustine Barrios and Dolores Menso with their production and rendering expertise www.tresymediods.com and general contractor Al Oligino www.oligino.com builder of many of the firms homes.
Each person brings specialized knowledge to the projects and assists in the creation of each piece of architecture. Michael Blakemore strives to provide design solutions that represent the clients’ wishes and is comfortable working in many styles of architecture. We find that this diversity fuels creativity and the end result is a satisfied client.
Pearl Street Residence
The project is the restoration and expansion of Laguna Beach’s oldest home. Construction of the original oceanfront home was 1883. Over the next century the home stayed largely the same but saw its porch enclosed and a poor 300 sq. ft. addition constructed in the 1970’s.
Three Arch Bay Residence
The architectural style that the Hanson family has chosen for their home in Three Arch Bay is best known as a Cotswold Cottage. The picturesque Cotswold Cottage is usually asymmetrical in plan and elevation with a steep, complex roofline including cross gables.
Cress Street Residence
The project is the restoration and expansion of a 650 SF, 1 bedroom Laguna Beach cottage. Blakemore Architects have approached the project from the standpoint that we need to both increase its size and bring the home up to contemporary living standards while maintaining a feeling of a small village cottage.
Arch Street Residences
The first phase of this project is the restoration and expansion of artist William Wendt’s home and Studio. William Wendt and his wife Julia settled in Laguna Beach and built their home and studio in 1918. The location was chosen because the land around it inspired him to get outside and paint “plein air” — a technique that made one of the turn of the century’s most renowned artists.
Casa Del Sol
Casa Del Sol was designed in an environmentally sensitive manner and utilizes sustainable design principles. Solar hot water heating, photovoltaic electricity generation and Tri-D Panel Construction are incorporated into the structure. The parcel is fully landscaped, walled and gated for privacy and security. The central focus of the property is its swimming pool and wall fountains.
Casa Del Mono Morado
Ideally suited for the southern Baja climate Casa Del Mono Morado features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and there are substantial outdoor entertaining and living areas with views of the Sea of Cortez from the large roof terrace.
Casa De La Tortuga
It features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a large great room with a gourmet kitchen and single car garage in an efficient 1480 SF. There are substantial outdoor entertaining and living areas with views of the Sea of Cortez.
Casa Bahia Sonadora
The owner requested a design that would reflect the traditional Mexican architecture of the region. The design solution marries a contemporary open floor plan with a traditionally styled exterior. The 4850 SF residence has 7 bedrooms 5 bathrooms, home office and a separate guest home. A large central great room organizes the plan.
La Vista Drive Residence
The new residence replaces the original cottage that was damaged by a fire. The program for the residence was for 3 bedrooms and baths, a formal living room and outdoor living areas. The second item was to capture the unique view of downtown Laguna and main beach from each of the primary rooms.
Hillcrest Drive Residence
Completed in 2008 the Simondi Residence was featured in Orange Coast Magazine. The 3400 sq. ft. contemporary home replaced the original 1500 sq. ft. bungalow. “Openness is a feature of the home, although its well proportioned, modern exterior only hint’s at what is inside.
Skyline Drive Residence
In 1993 a great fire swept through the hills of Laguna Beach. This home originally constructed in 1960 was one of the few not destroyed by the fire. In late 2002 two young professionals purchased the house and commissioned Michael Blakemore Architects to do a ground up renovation and expansion of the residence.
Emerald Bay Residence
PA new home located in the privated gated enclave of Emerald Bay. The home replaces a small nondescript cottage that ocupied the site since 1940. Situated on a small oceanside lot of 3000 SF, the design solution provides over 5000 SF of living area with six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.
Anita Street Residence
The project is the restoration and expansion of a 750 SF, 2 bedroom Laguna Beach cottage. The owner a local interior designer wanted to have an “Eastern Seaboard” feel. To meet this goal natural stone, cedar shingles, copper details and painted wood trim were selected as the primary materials.