Your family room…

fam·i·ly room
a living room used by all family members for recreation and relaxation.

Exactly, now look around your family room. What do you see? Is it warm, welcoming relaxing space, or is it more of a disorganized, under-utilized mess that, if truth be told, is only benefitting the dog who seems to think it is his personal lounging area. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs, but the room is for the entire family.

First, take a look at all the space. Is it a good size? Walls can come down to give you more of an open floor plan, but keep this in mind, open floor plans leave no room for messes to hide or furniture to be placed! You can’t just close the door, but then again, that could be a good motivating factor to keep the mess down to a manageable level.

Maybe the problem isn’t room size, but the wall color, the flooring, and the lighting. All those can be changed and will give your room a completely different look.

Functionality is key, and it could be that the room doesn’t function for the growing family, or empty nesters. Wet bars, or dry bars can be added to give the space more entertaining options. A big screen tv and comfortable seating will make a room into a theater. A game table can be tucked into a corner so that it’s always game time.

There are no limits to what your family room can be transformed into. Think about it.


You don’t want to miss this!

In honor of Mother’s Day and Spring, we are offering a discount from our standard labor rates of $80/hr to $64.

This offer is good only for work selected by May 20, 2015


Have fun taking chores off our Spring list and delegating the work to us.This offer includes renovations, maintenance and home repairs.

Large projects will be considered on a first come basis.

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.

Double your living space, cost-effectively

If you are short on space, storage, and inspiration, contact Cardea Construction Company and we’d be happy to work with you on ideas for your new basement space—and then get it built for you. You may want a space for their kids to use that is separate from the main living. Or, if you have older kids and want to accommodate their needs. Perhaps you need to build an in-law suite to accommodate an older parent or other relative with all the comforts of home.

seatingsm3A livable basement area easily doubles the amount of marketable square footage of your home, which is great for you while you are enjoying it and really is a selling point for later. Finishing the basement typically costs a third to half of what it would take for above-ground construction.

But before we start, understand that living space created in your basement, especially if you are including at least one bedroom, does require emergency escape and rescue openings. We know the local building codes. So, if you are not lucky enough to already have a walk out basement, Cardea can help you create egress that is functional, enhances your lighting, is attractive and meets code.
There is no end to what you can do with your basement. Here are some of the trends that we see in that extra living space– a media room, living room, wine cellar, wet bar, gym, office, playroom, man’s cave, laundry and guest room are all popular choices.

Things to think about as you plan for this remodel.
1. Adding a basement bathroom
2. Carpet the floors
3. Paneled the walls
4. Add a ceiling
5. Add lighting, if your ceiling is less than 8ft, think about recessed lights.
6. Built-in shelving
7. Don’t forget connectivity.
Call Cardea Construction Company as you look for ways to make your home more liveable.

What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

LEED stands for green building leadership.

LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.

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. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. Still curious about what LEED is or why you should use it?

Certification is the final step in the LEED review process.

There are four levels of certification – the number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. Typical certification thresholds are:

  • Certified
    40-49 Points
  • Silver
    50-59 Points
  • Gold
    60-79 Points
  • Platinum
    80+ Points


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.

Camping vs Indoor Living

Today’s topic is Camping vs Indoor Living.

With camping, you are left to Mother Natures’ whims. You have to deal with the sun, the cold, the rain, and go to sleep when it’s dark, and rise when it shines.

Now with indoor living, you have much more control over your environment. In fact, with today’s remodeling options, you can customize your home to make it whatever your wish it to be.

So, today’s question is: what would you like to do to your home?? The sky’s the limit.