An efficient, creative and team based firm


Transparency through communication and relationship

We Build Your Dream

We make this process easy and fun

An efficient, creative and team based firm


Transparency through communication and relationship

We Build Your Dream

We make this process easy and fun


The Akeena Group is a collaborative design-build company dedicated to delivering holistic and sustainable building solutions. Based in beautiful Downtown Ventura, we are a woman owned, EDWOSB and 8(a) certified company, licensed as both an Architect and General Contractor in the State of California. Our company was created as a unique model in the design and construction field offering a full-service approach & simplifying the process of design and development for a harmonious manifestation of your project. We provide services that range from consultation & initial project design through completion of construction for governmental, commercial, and residential clients.


“Laura is a good listener and has particularly good communication skills resulting in a highly motivated team while providing a positive building experience and ultimately a very high-quality product.

She took a proactive approach early in the process when concepts, budget and specification changes can be made easily.”


“We sat down to design a floor plan. I say ‘we’ because it was a completely collaborative process. I looked forward to every design session because I felt that Laura was our partner in the project, using her expertise to bring our ideas to reality.

We have complete strangers knocking at our door asking who designed our home.
We are happy to tell them it was Laura Dunbar.”

— Brooke

“Laura knew how to interpret our ideas and needs into a workable, well-designed home that we love to this day.

We are confident that she was the key that enabled us to achieve what we envisioned for our beach-front home.”

— DeLayne & Randy

“Laura can tackle anything from a new design construction, to handyman punch lists but what she is best at, I think, is coordinating with crews, solving problems (even with the city) and helping you to achieve exactly what you want, and allowing you to be as much a part of the process as you want to be.

I have never heard her say,
‘We can’t . . . ‘”

— Kathy

“Working with Laura is always a pleasure because she is consistently reliable and on time with her work.

I highly recommend Laura Dunbar for any of your contracting or
Architectural needs.”

— Tammy

“Laura Dunbar’s design skills resulted in a plan that met our needs and exceeded
our expectations.

Her attention to detail is meticulous. She employed skilled and reliable specialists to complete the construction and followed up to make sure the job was done on time, within budget, and to our specifications.”

— Robin

“We were quickly impressed with Laura and her team and loved the concept of her ‘One Stop Shop’ motto. In working with the banks, we had no room for error, nor did we have time to micro-manage contractors.

With a portfolio of that magnitude, it was imperative that the work be done right the first time and by making only one phone call freed me up to work on other issues at hand.”

— Yolanda

“We had the pleasure of working with Laura on some improvements to our home. Her knowledge and suggestions regarding construction were valuable.

I appreciate her design as well as construction expertise. I would highly recommend her to a friend or family member. Very professional, knowledgeable and easy to work with.”

— Cheryl and Dennis

“What I appreciate is how responsive Laura is when I’ve had questions about current projects. She explains things well and gives updates throughout the process. I also like that she takes on small as well as large jobs and gives them all the same attention to detail.

Laura has always been a pleasure to work with and I am sure we will use her again on future projects”

— Carolyn

“I have worked with Laura on a couple projects and the product of each has always exceeded my expectations.

Laura has always made the process seamless. It’s been so nice to have one person coordinate everything. She is always available and easy to get in touch with.

I would highly recommend this group to anybody looking to remodel their home”

— Lisa

“We were so pleased after our experience with Laura when we remodeled our house that when the house burned in the Thomas Fire, she was the first person I called, even before the insurance adjuster. She was the best decision we made. Laura is very easy to work with, good sense of humor and full of good suggestions. She listens and makes our preferences work.

She helped us select all the details such as floors, paint, tile, quartz, etc. Laura has a great eye for color. She is very creative. She prioritizes quality amenities as well as being aware of costs resulting in getting good value in our choices. I recommend Laura highly I cannot thank her enough.”

— Pat

Every project has its

















And we are here for all of it.


Laura Kay Dunbar

Laura Kay Dunbar

Principal and Owner

Laura is the founder of The Akeena Group and is licensed as both an Architect and General Contractor. She hallmarks the collaborative approach from the beginning of the design through the relentless coordination of construction.

Chelsea Salazar

Chelsea Salazar

Office Manager

Chelsea works hard to take care of the business and to deliver an effortless experience for our clients. She ensures all our employees and contractors are taken care of and is the go-to person for all office operations.

Aimee Ramos

Aimee Ramos

Assistant Office Manager

Aimee helps us bring our visions to life by staying on top of tasks that include dealing with lots of paperwork, organizing the office and developing client appreciation, such as sending out thank you cards and client gifts.

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson

Assistant Project Manager

Hannah’s involvement in local start-up operations has enhanced her project management skills. Before deciding to head back to school for design with an emphasis on sustainability, she was a head chef in the restaurant industry.



Client Concierge

Shanti’s favorite place in her hometown of Ventura is anywhere she gets a little lovin’. You can see her walking through Downtown with one of her crew! Feel free to say hi if you see us,
Shanti is very friendly!

The Akeena Group is a company that embraces diversity in race, age, gender and thought. We strongly encourage community involvement and personal growth. By embracing innovation, systems, and professional development in design and construction, we all benefit as a team, as a company and as a community.


Shanti’s looking forward to the week ahead, we hope you’re having a great Monday 🐾 ...

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We had so much fun at last weeks WiCaD meeting!

Women in Construction and Design (WiCaD) is an in-person gathering every 3rd Thursday of the month. Our goal is to inspire women to enter & excel in the construction and design industries. Invites are open to all professionals who identify as women. Here you can enjoy the company of colleagues and mentors in the construction & design industry. Some of the topics we plan to focus on this year include: Career Development, Community Projects, Sustainable Materials, & Skillset Building!

Join us at our next meeting 2/16!

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We love working with Mendez Roofing, Inc. ! Fun fact: Laura has been working with them for over 30+ years! They are based in Ventura and do amazing work 🏠🔨😄 ...

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Meet the Team!

Allan - Senior Project Manager
Frances - Registered Architect
Hannah - Project Manager
Chloe - Project Manager
Alondra - Office Manager
Aimee - Office Assistant
Laura Kay Dunbar - Principal Architect/ Owner/ Licensed General Contractor
& Shanti - Resident Office Pup 💜

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The silver panel shown above is a #hardyframe. Hardy Frames resist lateral loads in both tension and compression, helping to protect your homes & projects from high wind & earthquakes! ...

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We love looking through Laura's drawings! These are from an old proposed project in Downtown Ventura ...

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Beautiful tile work in one of last year’s completed remodel projects! ...

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Need more space? A place for friends and family to visit, a home office, or a long-term rental unit, an ADU could be the answer.

Accessory Dwelling Units, sometimes referred to as granny flats, in-law suites, or casitas can provide huge benefits to homeowners. An ADU can be attached, detached, a converted space, or new construction.

We are here to answer all your questions, give us a call or email us today!

#happynewyear #venturacounty #residentialdesign #ventura #ojai #camarillo #oxnard #downtownventura #adu #accessorydwellingunit #grannyflat #inlawsuite #jadu #thousandoaks #santapaula

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Thank you all for an amazing 2022, we look forward to working with you in the the new year! #happynewyear ...

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Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! ...

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Bring your friends, neighbors and coworkers! We will be in the Barrel Room ready to hear what you have to say! #downtownventura #venturawestside #midtownventura #buildventura #venturaforward ...

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Did you know that bright colors, in an educational setting, can be utilized to help in memory retention? It can also aid in the reading performance with children who face learning difficulties such as autism and dyslexia. So cool, right? Researchers at the National Library of Medicine say the following,
"[Color] helps us in memorizing certain information by increasing our attentional level. The role played by [color] in enhancing our attention level is undisputable... There need to be strategies to facilitate the learning process and [colors] can play a role in motivating students to learn and profit from their educational experiences."

There is also research that shows that vivid color cues have the power to boost the short-term memory of adults with Alzheimer Disease. Certain colors can cue memory, as well as alert us to pay attention.

How do you utilize the colorful world around you?
#mondaymotivation #residentialdesign #inspired #craftsmanship #venturacounty #motivationalquotes #skilledtrades #ventura #californiaarchitects #childcareprovider #architectural #childcarecenter #collaboration #womeninconstruction #gratitude #constructionproject #teamwork #childcarefacility #college #childcareboss #childcareproviders #collegebound #NationalHigherEducationDay #womenownedandoperated #womenownedsmallbusiness #WomenOwnedWednesday #womenowned #womenownedbusiness #BearDown #graphicdesigner

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In celebration of #nationallivecreativeday we are looking back at all the amazing architecture and design found in our adventures in Phoenix, Arizona! Take everyday to experience and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! #architecture #designandbuild #historicdowntown #downtownventura #phoenix #arizona #architecture #architect #construction #community #gratitude #pwb ...

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#inspireothers #motivationalquotes #womeninconstruction #skilledtrade #multifamilyrealestate #childcarecenter #constructionmanagement #architectural #residentialdesignandbuild #childcareprovider #subcontractors #californiaarchitects #gratitude #officemanager #teamwork #collaboration #justrelax #ventura #skilledtrades #constructionproject #inspired #college #pwbweek2022 #pwbweek #pwb ...

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Woohoo! It has been almost 3 years since @chelseagsalazar has joined The Akeena Group team. She is an integral part of our team and we are so grateful to have her in the office. Apart from having impressive Office Management skills, she always seems to be one step ahead!

Chelsea is the glue that keeps our business operating smoothly.

Running an office doesn’t always get the accolades and yet it is one of the most integral pieces of any well-run and well-organized business. So, kudos to Chelsea and all other office managers out there!

Find us on LinkedIn to read Chelsea's sound advice for how to tackle the day!
#teamwork #collaboration #gratitude #officemanager
#womeninconstruction #architectural #californiaarchitects #motivationalquotes #multifamilyrealestate #childcareprovider #childcarecenter #constructionmanagement #residentialdesignandbuild #skilledtrade #subcontractors #inspireothers #womenownedandoperated #womenownedsmallbusiness #WomenOwnedWednesday #womenowned #womenownedbusiness #motivationquotes #inspiredaily #InspireChange #feministquotes #nationalmotivationandinspirationday #pwbproud

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Did you know only 9% of U.S. construction workers are women? That translates to only 1.25% of the U.S. female workforce is in this industry. Additionally, in 2022 only 23.3% of all architects are women.
We here at The Akeena Group would like to see these numbers rise and happily are involved in local and larger programs that promote more women in architecture and construction. Our industry needs more skilled tradeswomen and men, who all bring their unique skill sets to the table. So ladies, lets do this!! If you share this interest with us, please reach out to us to find out how to get involved. 🔧🔨⚒⚙️🧱🏗 #fightlikeagirl #wicad #alohafriday #funfriday #flexfriday #craftsmanship #nationalskilledtradeday #residentialdesign #collegegirls #venturacounty #architecture_view #inspired #tiledesign #womenownedsmallbusiness #womenownedandoperated #WomenOwnedWednesday #womenowned #womenownedbusiness #tilework #feminista #bim #autodesk #challengeaccepted #sustainableenergy #architecture #downtownventura #sustainableliving #womensupportingwomen #womensrights #womensequalityday

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Gratitude is the attitude! #NationalRelaxationDay #justrelax ...

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Hire The Akeena Group to design your new build, which includes fixtures and finishes. Call us today with your new idea! #architecturephotography #womeninconstruction #constructionmanagement #flexchallenge #inspire #multifamilyrealestate #skilledtrades #motivationalquotes #architectural #midcenturymodern #college #inspired #architecture_hunter #constructionproject #architectures #childcarecenter #ventura #childcareprovider #childcarefacility #californiaarchitects #childcareproviders #venturacounty #nationalskilledtradesday #nationalskilledtradeday #californiacraftsmen #WomenOwnedWednesday #womenownedandoperated #womenownedsmallbusiness #womenowned #womenownedbusiness ...

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