About Mike Bless

Unique Wooden Gates

Unique Wood Gates

This gate is made up of the following woods; Cypress, Afromosia, Honduran Mahogany, Philippine Mahogany, and Mangaris. It represents fluidity with it”s curves, symbolic bubble holes, and Mangaris wood shaped as a water drop and inlayed into the Cypress wood. We offer gates made of all types of woods from domestic to exotic woods in order to suit your design ideas. Feel free to create your own unique design as well as have us work with you on your design. Be sure to visit the “Gate Gallery” to see many more options.

Exotic Woods

This half Scale (5 feet long) model of a 1960″s “longBoard” surfboard was built and then sold through the Gary”s Island store in the Fashion Island Mall of Newport Beach, CA. This board contains no paint or stains, but instead it”s colors are derived from the natural colors of the exotic woods themselves. Some of the woods in this art piece are Yellow Heart from Brazil, and Purple heart from Africa.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Brazilian Ipe wood deck designed/built By Mike Bless to flow over and around the above-ground pine tree roots in order to save the tree. The structure atop the deck was designed to simulate a large planter box for the tree as well as create privacy and seating.

Modified Patio Cover

Modified Patio Cover


General Construction

The home pictured here was designed by home designer Walt Bushman, along with Mike Bless. This contemporary home in Newport Beach, California features an office in the shape of a lifeguard tower (Tower 62 of Newport Beach, CA.). The unique and custom doors were designed and built by Lido Gates/Bless Construction. The previous 1100 square foot house on the property was torn down in March of 2010. The new 2600 square foot house was built, completely finished, and moved into in a short 7-1/2 months later in October 2010, due to the hard work of tradesmen and the meticulous coordinating/scheduling of Bless Construction. Bless Construction Inc. can handle many projects such as (but not limited to) Structural concrete walls, decks, basements, tilt-ups, multi level parking structures, general residential construction, concrete patios, concrete and or wood patio covers/gazeboes, interior and exterior doors, wood gates, garden gates, kitchen cabinets, entertainment centers, Exotic wood tables, exotic wood inlays, custom wood file cabinets, custom patio covers made of wood or concrete, Fire tables/fire pits, Large solid wood exterior grade Teakwood tables with the option to include a fire pit in the table, Hardwood ceilings, baseboards and crown moldings, concrete counter tops, Redwood and Tropical Hardwood decks, and more. For more information on the “Lifeguard House” view this link  Unique Newport Beach Home

The Importance of Quality Installation

Where does your money go for an installation?

There are two kinds of door installation: The Butt Hinge and the Barn Door.

The Butt Hinge is the quality door installation that you see in the doors of your home. This type of door installation is done by a door hanging specialist/professional or a finish carpenter. (And anyone who has ever tried to DIY this project will tell you: It’s NOT easy.)

Typically, the installation requires recessing the hinge flush into the door edge and includes a typical door knob that that has the latch portion precisely flush-set into the door edge as well. This is a lengthy process that requires precision in gap tolerances.

All Bless Construction gates are installed with Butt Hinges, unless otherwise requested.

The other kind of door installation—the economy option—is the Barn Door.

The “Barn Door” type of hinge is commonly found on an economy line of gates. It is a surface mounted hinge that is screwed to one of the outside faces of the gate. This type of hinge lends itself to a much quicker installation. The gate can easily be positioned from right to left or even up or down before the gate is secured into its final position. It does not require the timely calculations of the standard door hanging process.

The type of hardware that is normally used with the Barn Door Hinge is a simple metal handle that has a thumb latch to open the gate, or a common gate latch that has a string coming through a small hole in the gate in which you can pull this string to open the gate. Although the Barn Door Hinge and typical gate latch hardware are not as streamlined nor as sleek as typical door hardware, they are, however, a nice alternative for those who don’t mind the look and wish to save the installers time, which in turn, “should” save your money.


Although a soft and light weight gate is often acceptable for many people’s needs, many other’s prefer a higher quality, more elegant, and durable wood product that will be more resistant to dents, as well as the abuse, from accidents of children, movers, gardeners etc. Unless otherwise specified we normally use Philippine Mahogany to build our “High Quality Gates” in a process which eliminates the need for visible Bolts, Brackets, and mending hardware which is often used to help hold together a soft wood product such as a Redwood or Cedar Gate. Just as you will rarely ever find the doors of a house made of Cedar or Redwood, we prefer to use a much higher quality wood for our gates as well. We take pride in standing behind our values of delivering quality by the means of using very weather resistant woods including our most cost effective, Philippine Mahogany wood as opposed to the softer/cheaper Cedar or Redwoods. We use Philippine Mahogany wood for some of the same reasons that major door manufacturers use Mahogany. Some our reasons are as follows:

• The stability of Mahogany

•The lack of “Sapwood” in Mahogany

•The great weather resistance of Mahogany

•The hardness of Mahogany.

When selecting Mahogany boards to be used for a gate, we look at each board for certain wood grain patterns to use, as well as wood grain patterns to stay away from. A particular board that appears to be nice and straight one day may warp or twist in the future after your gate has been installed. This can become quite a headache as door locks may not work properly. This can be due to not knowing and /or selecting a poor wood grain pattern. This process is more involved than just running to the store and picking up Mahogany Boards (or any boards of wood) and expecting to build a gate that will not warp in the future. Our experience, as well as our specializing in many different types of woods, gives us the confidence in knowing that we can build a straight Door/Gate for you today, and have it remain straight for you in the future. Test for your self the next time you are at a Lumber store, you will easily sink your fingernail into a piece of Cedar, but can not do the same with the Mahogany”s, and as Cedar is weather proof like styrofoam, it is also leans close to the characteristics of styrofoam in the sense of how poorly styrofoam grips a screw as well as the Cedar”s ease of breaking. Whether you are interested in having a showpiece for your home, or simply trying to avoid a gamble for dependability and future headaches. Purchase our High Quality Gates and service!