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

Principal and Owner

Frances Geoffrion

Registered Architect

Allan Santarriaga

Architectural Designer

Hannah Wilson Pickett

Project Coordinator / Executive Assistant

Chloe Fox

Project Coordinator

Chelsea Salazar

Operations Manager

Alondra Valladolid

Office Manager

Aimee Ramos

Assistant Office Manager


in loving memory

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.


One of our favorite entryways 🤩 ...

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Who needs AutoCAD when you`ve got Laura and her sketching skills on-site? ✍👷‍♀️ ...

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Reflecting on the rewarding moments of our retreat last week at Old Creek Ranch Winery 🍇🍷🍕 ...

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Capturing the essence of progress, one frame at a time. 🖼️ We have a soft spot for framing photos like this one, it`s the moment where vision meets execution. Here`s to the art of construction and the stories it tells! ✨📸 ...

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Grateful for a rewarding and inspiring quarterly retreat at Old Creek Ranch Winery last week 🍷 From dynamic discussions to the birth of new ideas, we`re energized and ready to tackle the rest of the year head-on. Here`s to turning our visions into action and making every moment count 🥂💜 ...

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✨ Reflecting on an incredible experience at the Cal Poly SLO Spring Career Fair last week! 🌟 We had an absolute blast connecting with talented students and sharing our passion for design and construction. From engaging conversations to exciting opportunities, we`re grateful for the chance to inspire and be inspired. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and made it such a memorable and fun-filled day! 🎉 #CalPolySLO #CareerFair #Gratitude #Inspiration #DesignBuilders ...

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Ever wonder what goes into making your home weatherproof? 👷 Here’s a behind the scenes look at our team installing window flashing at one of our job sites!

Window flashing, a thin, waterproof material typically made of metal or plastic, is meticulously installed around the perimeter of windows during construction or renovation. Acting as a protective shield, it’s designed to intercept and redirect water away from the buildings structure, ensuring it remains dry and free from potential water damage, mold, and rot. It’s a crucial step in our process, guaranteeing your home’s long-term durability and safety. Stay tuned for more #BTS moments as we bring your dream designs to life! ✨🪟☔️

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Happy Earth Day! 🌎 At The Akeena Group, we`re committed to making a positive impact on our community and the environment. Proud to be a certified California Green Business, we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainability in everything we do. Together, let`s protect and preserve our beautiful planet for generations to come. 💚 #EarthDay #GreenBusiness #Sustainability ...

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Wrap up your week with a dose of ASMR straight from The Akeena Group office! 🎧✨ Get ready for some seriously satisfying sounds - from the click of keyboards to the shuffle of papers. It’s like music to our ears 👂#OfficeASMR #TGIF ...

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As Earth Day approaches, let’s shed light on the importance of windows in sustainable design! 🌎 Maximizing natural light not only reduces energy usage, but also enhances the beauty of our spaces. At The Akeena Group, we prioritize eco-friendly practices, including energy-efficient windows for a brighter, greener future 🌞🍃 #EarthMonth #SustainableDesign #NaturalLight ...

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Leading with passion, building with purpose 💪 Here’s Laura and one of our skilled subcontractors, working together to bring visions to life on the job site. #WomenInConstruction ...

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Flashback to this gem of a small bathroom design, crafted about a year ago! ✨🚿 Still giving us major inspiration with its cozy details and clever use of space. Who says small can`t be stylish? #akeenabuilds ...

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Ain`t No Stoppin Us Now! 🛠 We can`t wait to see this renovation and addition come together 🏡👷‍♀️ ...

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Rob’s on the job, wiring up our latest ADU! Making sure everything is on point from the start ⚡️ ...

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Throwing it back to our team`s memorable day of community service in Saticoy! 😄 Who knew we`d be pros at removing graffiti? 🎨 #ThrowbackThursday #GraffitiCleanup #TeamBonding #SaticoyVolunteers ...

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