When we decided it was time to renovate our 1970’s compartmentalized house in Laguna Niguel, California, we had no idea where to begin. We knew we had to completely gut 3/4 of our home. Fortunately, we discovered Whelan Design House. The mother-daughter team walked us through the entire process from pre-construction to the final stages. In the beginning, we needed an architect - which the WDH team assisted us with. We also obtained a contractor to begin the demo of our very cramped abode. Donna and Caitlin met with us and the contractor on a regular basis, so we were on the same page throughout this project. They also worked diligently with our architect to ensure that all the details were in the right place. As a matter of fact, there was a slight hiccup during the framing process (which Donna and Caitlin picked up on), and thankfully they were able to remedy the problem in the nick of time... READ MORE

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Creativity runs in the family. This talented mother/daughter team brings their own unique ideas to their projects. They aren't stuck in any one look: Their projects vary from Contemporary Coastal to Traditional; Industrial Modern to Bohemian. You won't find the same thing you see in all the magazines and all over town.... READ MORE


I had the pleasure of working with Donna and Caitlin Whelan on the remodel of my residence in Corona del Mar over the course of the last few years. After starting with a kitchen remodel, we all fell in love with the finished product, which led to the eventual remodel and repurposing of the remainder of the house.

Donna and Caitlin are both a joy to work with. They work extremely well together with each complementing the skills of the other. While the project was challenging at times (c'mon, what construction project isn't!!), we had fun working together. Idea development meetings were fun was we challenged one another to push the envelope.

In the end, we collectively created a space that is casual and comfortable, and doesn't have that "designer" look that i loathe. The house is authentic, and the proof is evident each time a new guest walks through the front door and comments on how interesting this house has become.

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