Cardone Contracting delivers luxury custom homes that blend with the existing architecture in New Jersey.
COUNTLESS CONTRACTORS have the skills and expertise to delivery luxury custom homes throughout New Jersey. However, Mike Cardone, founder and president of Cardone Contracting, makes sure his customer service delivers a performance that leads to lifelong, repeat clients by making the homebuilding process as personal as possible.
“There’s not a customer that I don’t think I could go back to right now and have lunch or dinner with,” Cardone says. “We pride ourselves on having long-lasting relationships with our homeowners.”
Headquartered in Denville, New Jersey, Cardone Contracting builds luxury custom homes in Morristown, Chatham, Summit, Short Hills, Millburn, Madison, Harding, New Vernon, Alpine, Englewood and Bay Head, New Jersey, for over 19 years.
Cardone founded his company after working his way through masonry and carpentry trades. He quickly ascended to project manager where he was responsible for coordinating craftsmen and laborers on large multiyear town home construction projects.
Cardone earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology from Old Dominion University followed by his master’s in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
This background is what gives Cardone Contracting an edge over the competition in its marketplace. Cardone is able to look at construction with a hands-on approach as well as a design angle and an engineering standpoint.
“This allows me to look at a project with different viewpoints,” Cardone says. “Also from my classroom experience learning design aspects, I can portray what we’re trying to do to my guys. Couple that with the quality of our work and the relationships that we have with homeowners, which is second to none.”
True to History
In New Jersey, homebuilders do not often encounter issues with delivering the newest, most innovative amenities to luxury custom homes. As is often the case in this region of the United States, Cardone Contracting instead has been tasked with building a new home that blends in with the historic, traditional style of the area as much as possible.
For 54 Oxbow – Cardone Contracting delivered in 2012 – in Summit is a shinglestyle home which utilizes stone
and cedar shake. According to Cardone, this type of exterior is rather traditional and keeps with the theme within the neighborhood.
“When you look at the project and property, you’d never guess it was two years old,” Cardone says. “It’s just
like one of the original houses in the neighborhood.”
The 6,000-square-foot home featured an additional 2,500 square feet of living space in the walk-out lower level sitting on a 1-acre lot. The home has five bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms, radiant heat throughout the basement and bathrooms, rift and quarter sawn white oak floors, raised blue stone terrace with iron railings, and a floor-to-ceiling cherry paneled study.
“It looks beautiful in keeping with the neighborhoods,” Cardone boasts. “I get more compliments about it than anything because it looks like it has been there forever.”
Although the economy continues to improve since the direst times of the Great Recession, many homeowners elect to renovate their current residences instead of buying new property. Since Cardone Construction always has taken on renovation and remodel work, the company was in a prime position to field jobs through the tough times.
“We’ve adapted nicely because we’ve always done additions and renovations,” Cardone says. “What it means is, more often than not, when we’re doing a large addition or renovation, the family is still staying in the house.
“So, we have to be cognizant of working around families young kids a lot of times,” Cardone adds.
No matter the type of project Cardone Contracting performs, it relies on the same base of subcontractors to deliver the work. The consistency in performance is crucial to the success of a luxury homebuilder, according to Cardone.
“It takes years to get your team to a point where it needs to be with the same guys job in and job out,” Cardone says. “If you don’t, you don’t know what you’re going to get like you would working together for so long.”
For Cardone Contracting, that level of loyalty shows itself in many ways. While relationships take a company so far, Cardone Contracting’s the quality of work, timeliness and attention to detail are second to none in the New Jersey market.