Remodeling my kitchen and powder room with Cardea Construction- an owner’s point of view

We started the process of redoing our kitchen last Spring, talking to Cardea Construction who had worked on our house before—replacing all the windows and redoing our siding.

We talked to Patricia, the owner and she gave us a book with a schedule of things we needed to think about and purchase ahead of time—layout, appliances, light fixtures, cabinets selection, counter tops, sinks, colors, backsplash, matching flooring, and other things.


I had spent the previous few months watching Property Brothers—and saw enough “white” kitchens to last a lifetime and that confirmed for me that I wanted dark cabinets that went with the rest of the woodwork in the house. I also spent a lot of time on Houzz looking at features and ideas for our cabinets. On top of that, we had spent some time with a kitchen designer, who we thought would be able to give us some “out-of-the box” ideas for kitchen configuration. Turns out, we like the U-shaped option best, a version of what we had, though a bit larger; it gave us the most in terms of work space and the flow I liked.

One of the first things we had to do to get ready was to drill holes in our soffits to see if they were essential—if they indeed were holding pipes. We wanted to remove as much of the soffits as possible so our cabinets could go to the ceiling. Turns out the soffits from over the door to the dining room through the inside wall of the kitchen were just there to match the rest of the room. We had the opportunity to remove at least half of what we had. We also decided to remove the cabinets that were over the peninsula to open up the space. Turns out that soffit did hold a little bit of piping, but a plumber was able to shorten the drain from the shower upstairs, and we now have a flush ceiling there.

Once we had the dimensions for the appliances, we went to pick out our cabinets. Lots of styles, suppliers, colors. Turns out there are framed and frameless cabinets, and we had to learn about that. Patricia went with us to Expo Cabinets, which gave us cabinets and with the flexibility we wanted. We went with a Michigan manufacturer; chose cherry wood with a burgundy finish. There was about a 6 week lead time on the production of our cabinets.

We picked out our counter tops (for bathroom also). This was a small problem since gray and white seemed to be the “in” colors, and not what we wanted. We have a Tudor-style home, so the dark cabinets and light bamboo floors did not say “gray” to me. We were thinking colors in the brown range. We finally picked out a slab from Cambria who manufactures a granite surface that requires almost no care (and we did pick out a slab for the powder room that actually was in the gray range).

Back at home, a month later, we started the deconstruction of our kitchen. Cardea Construction Co. was very helpful. We moved some of our old cabinets into our back hallway. We were able to store a lot of our food that we use on a regular basis in those cabinets. Cardea loaned us a two burner stove which went in the back hall on the cabinets, along with our microwave.

We moved the kitchen table and chairs into the family room and the refrigerator also. So the back half of our family room and back hall became our temporary “kitchen.”

Cardea broke down our cabinets, our pantry wall and soffits—and removed everything. They removed the wallpaper from the walls. They painted both kitchen and powder room. Because the layout for our new kitchen was larger than originally, and because our bamboo flooring did not go under the old cabinets, one of the first projects was to interlace the new flooring pieces with the old; luckily we could find similar bamboo pieces. And they did a marvelous job of that. We are just waiting for the sunlight to darken the wood to look like the rest of the floor (darkened over the last 10+ years).

Once the floor was down and the walls painted, the cabinets and appliances arrived and the construction phase started, all according to Cardea’s specifications and plans. Cardea Construction, and especially Phil, worked wonders. Our cabinets have a lot of glass fronts and sides, we have pullout drawers, a large “pantry” cabinet with spice racks, a file drawer, a lazy susan, a small book shelf and some other really neat storage spaces that we specifically asked for.

It took less than 6 weeks for the finished product—both kitchen and bathroom. We are thrilled. We’re keeping our old white refrigerator for a while longer, until it breaks down, but otherwise we are done and loving it.


Local Remodeling and Architectural Firms Team Up for Platinum Redesign

LEED Certification environment green buildingThere is no higher sustainable honor for a remodeled home than to be certified as LEED Platinum status. Ann Arborites Patricia Harroun, of Cardea Construction Company, and Michael Klement AIA, of Architectural Resource, are pleased to announce that, thanks to their artisanship and teamwork, one of their Ann Arbor homes, on 3160 Dwight Street, is in the process of certification for that prestigious green honor.

The home is one of only ten homes that will be on display as part of the upcoming 2015 NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes April 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 26 from noon to 6 p.m. NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, is the only independent national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a voluntary, market-driven green building certification program that was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to recognize best-in-class building strategies and practices. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of LEED certification. To achieve LEED Platinum status, the highest level attainable, a home must earn a certain point total in eight essential resource categories as determined through rigorous evaluations by three separate third-party entities: the local Green Rater, Greenlife Building; the State LEED Provider, GreenHome Institute; and the national Green Building Certification Institute.

kitchen1Upon certification, the Dwight Street home will become one of 46 homes in all of Michigan, including both new construction homes and remodels, to have achieved Platinum status since the ranking system was developed in 2008. LEED Platinum homes offer owners healthier, resource-conserving, more durable, more sustainable, super energy-efficient dwellings.

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Why a metal roof?

From Metal Roof Network


Metal roofs are available in more styles, profiles, colors and patterns than any other roof material. Regardless of your architectural style, you can find a complimentary metal roof that will look beautiful and out-perform the competition.


Nothing lasts forever, but a metal roof could endure for many lifetimes. Look at the roofs topping countless famed cathedrals and castles in Europe and historic buildings like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or the Washington Monument – all examples of metal roofs lasting centuries. If priorities for your roof include low maintenance and longevity, metal should be one of your first choices.


Thanks to their light weight and range of profiles, the metal roofing category offers building owners more choices than any other material – particularly for a re-roofing project. There are very few materials that go over existing roofs as successfully as metal. In fact, metal is one of the only materials that can lay over nearly any existing roof assembly. A metal roof can be the perfect material for replacing an old or failing roof and upgrading the entire building at the same time.


No roof can guarantee that a house won’t catch fire, but incombustible metal roofs can eliminate the roof as a fire risk. Metal roofs are also smart choices in earthquake-prone areas thanks to their light weight and rigidity. Consider this – even the lightest of asphalt shingles is nearly double the weight of an average metal roof. Another big advantage of a properly configured metal roof is tremendous resistance to high winds. In fact, there is no better material for resisting the damage of extreme weather.

Because metal roofs are mechanically fastened and don’t rely on a rapidly aging adhesive like an asphalt roof (which is why wind warranties on asphalt roofs all expire after only five years!), they are the most durable material for all weather conditions.


Most metal roofs are manufactured with a significant percentage of recycled material, closing the loop for efficient use of materials, and they offer assemblies that dramatically reduce the amount of heat accumulated in an attic, making them very energy efficient. Some metal roofs are Energy Star certified; all offer exceptional longevity, lowering life-cycle costs and the impact on our diminishing landfills.

See the metal roof we installed on the home we remodeled on the NARI Home Tour, Ann Arbor. April 25-26.

NARI of Southeast Michigan, 2015 Tour of Remodeled Homes on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015.

naribiglogoNARI of Southeast Michigan would like to invite you to the 2015 Tour of Remodeled Homes on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015.

Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Sunday 12pm to 6pm

kitchen4NARI Home Tour, Cardea Construction Remodeling kitchen and bath Michigan builder
Whole House Renovation and Addition
3160 Dwight, Ann Arbor 48104

A very small house to begin with, we added on, created a new kitchen, added space and shelving, creatively found space between walls for built in bookcases, exterior siding and metal roof.

We welcome you to come see how we opened this kitchen and home with many special details!


From Eisenhower take Stone School South to Baylis, East to Dwight.

LEED Environmental Certification AwardThis house is in the process of being certified Leed Platinum
LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

Lucy Lance Show– Around the Home: Remodelers Home Tour

Cardea Construction interview about remodelingMaureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor
Patricia Harroun, Founder, Cardea Construction Co.

A 1996 home updated to better fit the homeowners’ lifestyle is one of 12 beautifully remodeled homes on this year’s Remodelers Home Tour, sponsored by the Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor. The Remodelers Home Tour is October 4 & 5 throughout the Ann Arbor area. Visit for details.

BRAG Ann Arbor Remodelers Fall Home Tour

This Year’s Home Tours in the Ann Arbor, SE Michigan area
BRAG Ann Arbor, Cardea Construction

Fall Tour– Oct 4-5, 2014
is the BRAG Remodelers home tour where Cardea Construction Co. is featured again.

ADMISSION: $10 per adult. Ages 16 and under free. Tickets will be sold at each home and are valid for all homes for both days.

Pick up a Tour Book at any home during the event with maps and full details.

Cardea’s home on Wintergreen Ct in Ann Arbor is a partial kitchen and basement renovation.

We invite you to see for yourself how the new products and designs create a more cheerful and functional space.

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Enter. Come and see more of what we have created here. And think about what we can do for you!

Cardea Construction Company is again part of the NARI Remodeled Home Tour

naribiglogoThe National Association of the Remodeling Industry Southeast Michigan
would like to invite you to the 2014 Tour of Remodeled Homes
Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2014.
Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Sunday 12pm to 6pm

Tickets are $10 each, children are free; tickets are available at all tour homes

Kitchen and Master Bath

10 East Heatheridge, Ann Arbor

Cardea Construction Co. and the home owners formed a team to rejuvenate this home built in the 1950s, complementing the quality of the home with authentic, stylish designs and products. The team was made up of Cardea Construction Co., Expo Kitchen and Bath for kitchen design and Pinnacle cabinetry, Pascuzzi Marble + Granite for Marble counters, Ferguson Enterprises for all kitchen and bath accessories and plumbing fixtures, and many others.
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We welcome you to come see how we opened this kitchen and all the special details!

Annual BRAG Home Tour

brag fall2012-logoIt’s that time of year again… Saturday, September 28 from 10 pm to 6 pm Sunday, September 29 from 12 noon to 6 pm 2013 Remodeler’s Home Tour Come out and see our project kitchen & bath at 1517 Pauline Blvd, Ann Arbor. The home was built in 1965 and still had the original kitchen. Come see what more storage, counter space, and design can do. We would love to see you.