Melanie Dion , Licensed General Contractor, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, and owner of Cardinal Construction, has been in the construction industry for over 25 years. She started Cardinal Construction in 1996, and since then has established many satisfied and return customers. In addition, Cardinal Construction is now 203(k) Contractor Certified.

Melanie knows that the most important part of any building project is to make sure the client is delighted with the finished result. Clients continue to pass along referrals, and word of mouth has been the strategy for building Cardinal Construction into the successful company it is today.

“We are so proud to drive throughout Santa Cruz County and spot beautiful homes Cardinal Construction built, rebuilt or remodeled,” says Mel. “Past clients tell us how much they are still enjoying what we built for them. I am thrilled when I meet with a new client and Cardinal Construction’s good reputation has preceded us.”

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Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Bathroom: An Interview with Mel Dion of Cardinal Construction

What are the pros and cons of different floor materials in the bathroom?

Most frequently, homeowners choose tile flooring for bathroom remodels. The advantage of tile in a wet area like a bathroom, is that tile is unaffected by water, it never wears out, and it's available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and designs. Homeowners enjoy the ability to create a design or pattern for their floor. The current trend with tile is super thin grout lines. - Read more...

Working in the community

Melanie currently serves as Past President of the Board of Directors for the Builders Exchange of Santa Cruz County. She has been on the board for four years in various positions, volunteering as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

Habitat for Humanity asked Melanie to supervise their project on Rooney Street in Santa Cruz, working with volunteers and the directors to break ground and start construction on four homes to house local families.