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Meet the leaders behind some of the most beautiful luxury homes you’ve ever seen.

Orange County is one of the hottest markets for new construction and modern design, attracting the wealth of the world to plant roots in this idyllic, booming coastal community.  Meet the movers and shakers creating masterpieces to last the test of time.      


Keith Galbut at Desert Jewel

ADVOCATE – Residential Construction Advisors works with homeowners (and homeowners-to-be) to bring their vision to life—on time and on budget, making the process a rewarding and value-added experience without the stress.

​​They work with clients from the very beginning of a project to the very end. Services include Pre-Purchase Advisory, Team Assembly, Pre-Construction, Builder Selection, Construction Management, Project Completion and Closeout, Lending Coordination, Spec Home Development, and Project Turnaround. With extensive market knowledge and expert advice, their architects and builders in Orange County can support homeowners from site selection, through project feasibility, budgeting, timelines, and project management, to closeout of final punchlists. They are available to guide you to make objective decisions that will pay off for years to come.

Desert House with pavilion

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ADVOCATE – Residential Construction Advisors announced an expansion of their services to Southern California and Orange County, including Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. Their experts are available to support projects throughout the country.

Building a custom home or completing a substantial renovation is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make – it makes sense to have an ADVOCATE on your side to protect and guide your investment.


Moon Shirvania Chic Design's CEO


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Formed by a love of history, owner and CEO Moon Shirvania loves working with clients in the world of design. With more than 20 years experience, her vast network of top architects and builders in Orange county support bringing her clients’ visions to life. Communication is key to a project’s success. That’s why Shirvanian loves working one-on-one with clients to make sure their vision is fulfilled.

Modern Living room with minimalistic bar

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Chic Design represents Modulnova, an integrated design that redefines traditional volumes, communicating the language of the architectural space. This beautiful system offers a fluid connectivity between rooms to create a consistent and luxurious look. Modulnova’s attention-to-detail is conveyed through its solutions and innovations, both aesthetic and functional for kitchens, living spaces, bathrooms and outdoor spaces

Additionally, clients can design their ideal spaces with Shirvanian using Mandicasa in the kitchen, Caccaro or Novamobili systems for their closets, Henry Glass for elegant door solutions or Novello bath vanities. 

The success of clients is Chic Design’s focus, and that’s what makes Moon Shirvanian a leader in her field.

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Mike Reeves from Corbin Reeves construction

Mark Sacro

Corbin Reeves Construction has built some of Orange County’s finest estates and private residences created by leading architects and builders. The team works with discerning clients, collaborators and craftsmen who share their exacting standards, acute attention-to-detail and dedication to building homes of the highest quality. 

Corbin Reeves builds traditional, transitional and contemporary projects ranging in size from 5,000 square feet to more than 50,000 square feet. The team approaches every project with precision and professionalism which is how they have built a reputation as Orange County’s premier construction firm for commissioned residences.  

For 30 years, Mike Reeves has been a top name in the custom home arena. After graduating in 1989 from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Finance, Real Estate and Law, Reeves co-founded a successful custom homebuilding company that was known worldwide.

Modern House Orange County

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For more than 20 years Reeves constructed the finest residences throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. In 2012, Reeves launched Corbin Reeves Construction, which continues to work with the most esteemed architects and builders in Orange County, designers and tradesmen to create homes of timeless beauty and enduring quality.


Horst Noppenberger CEO of Horst Architects

Mark Sacro

Horst Architects was founded in 1990 by Horst Noppenberger, AIA and is based in Laguna Beach, California. The practice has evolved into a multi-disciplinary group of builders and architects in Orange County  producing work which bridges technology with cultural and environmental awareness. “Our approach to design affirms the possibility of fulfilling the rigorous requirements of the client while engaging in a spirited and robust dialogue with the site,” Noppenberger says.

Luxury balcony in Orange County

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The work explores the contrapuntal aspect of human nature through the creation of space, which is both sheltering and expansive, communal and intimate, permanent and ephemeral. Each project celebrates the unique aspect of program, client and site to arrive at design solutions which are original and distinctive. Horst adheres to the principal ethos of modernism, to strip away the extraneous and be somewhat reductive. This approach leads to a poetics of space, characterized by the sculptural interplay of light, material and form.


Andrew Patterson from Patterson Customer Homes

Mark Sacro

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew Patterson, the founder and president of Patterson Custom Homes, has spent his career involved in all aspects of construction and real estate development. As the technology sector flourished around him, Patterson began working for a commercial builder of clean room manufacturing plants and office buildings, where he gained a basic understanding of the complexities of the construction industry. 

Patterson, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and a minor in Real Estate Finance from Colorado State University. While in college, he became a licensed Real Estate Agent and spent three years selling residential homes to help finance his education.

Modern minimalist house with pool by Andrew Patterson

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As the “dot-com” era and the housing market erupted in Silicon Valley, Patterson became certified as a California Real Estate Broker. When that time came to a close, Patterson followed the residential housing boom to Southern California. 

During the past 23 years, with his positive attitude and boundless energy, Patterson has grown his company to the largest independent builder of custom homes in Orange County. 

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PHX Architecture

Erik Peterson from PHX Architecture

Erik Peterson, renowned architect in Orange County,  made a name for PHX Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is now bringing 18 years of experience to the Los Angeles/Orange County area, where he’s made his mark on LA architecture, including The Maybourne Hotel, Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach. 

Peterson’s experience in Scottsdale has led him to be awarded the American Institute of Architects Young Gun Award and named Master of the Southwest by Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine in 2014. He’s also been named No. 1 in the Phoenix Business Journal Book of Lists for Architecture Firms. 

PHX Architecture modern house with pool

Courtesy of PHX Architecture

His work is not only highly regarded in Scottsdale but has been recognized throughout the West for quality design. While his focus has typically been on golf clubhouses, signature resorts and restaurants, he and the team at PHX Architecture also work on award-winning residential projects. 

PHX Architecture continues to break new ground in California and is dedicated to creating award-winning commercial and residential projects with the goal of standing out and increasing value. Peterson and his team are passionate about helping clients realize the potential of their dream home and love seeing their clients happy in the end.

Unique Hardwood

Wendy Meltzer from Unique Hardwoord

Mark Sacro

There is nothing more elegant than a stunning hardwood floor. Wendy Meltzer founded Unique Hardwood to offer a range of in-stock, luxury European white oak flooring from her gallery in SOCO Costa Mesa, where clients can experience the products in large format.

The professional team will introduce you to the different widths, lengths and finishes to create a truly custom look at an approachable price.

Hardwood floor from Unique Hardwood

Courtesy of Unique Hardwood

Unique Hardwood is proud to be a woman-owned-and-operated business that prioritizes long-term client relationships with homeowners, designers and builders.What Meltzer’s clients love is that flooring is available and in stock with just a 7 to 10 day lead time. With decades in the flooring business and a wealth of knowledge about engineered hardwood flooring, Melzer has a singular focus on helping clients select the right flooring for their project. Samples and installation are available.

If you stop by the gallery no matter the day, you’ll find Meltzer ready to work with you to bring your dream project to life.


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