Mark is not just a contractor.  He is a Master of the trade!  Attention to detail and perfection IS his trademark!!!
~ Charles G.

Very reliable, attention to detail and perfection is his trademark!!
~ Susan H.

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of working with Mark, prior, during, and upon completion of our renovation project!  From concept to completion Mark worked with us, aiding in our design, and the selection of materials to achieve our desired results. Utilizing the latest materials and appropriate method of installation the project flowed seamlessly to completion in a timely manner.  The end result met our expectations with an efficient display of craftsmanship and good value.
~ Doug & Diane, Interlochen

We have worked with Mark Kalena on two projects at our cottage near Interlochen, MI.  One involved a major exterior face lift; including siding, trim details, roofing, 2 windows and a door.  The other included hardwood flooring, rebuild of a staircase with a unique ballister and railing system, bathroom remodel and painting.  Mark is meticulous, trustworthy, and thoughtful.  He suggests great design solutions, products and materials.  He knows and works with excellent subcontractors (although he often prefers to do the work himself).  We couldn’t be happier with the remodeling he did for us, and recommend him highly.
~ Mark and Rose Y.

As a retired building inspector it was a refreshing experience to work with Mark on our home improvement project. Job done on time, as agreed upon, and the quality of work was exceptional.
~ John and Jeanie, Interlochen


construction article



This 6,300 square foot Contemporary Mission style home in Glen Arbor was not just a dream house for the homeowners, but the dream job of a lifetime for builder Mark Kalena of Kalena Construction, who was involved in all phases of this challenging, yet rewarding build.  “The homeowners allowed me to make many interior and exterior design and build choices, he says.  “Hardly anyone gives you that type of latitude in today’s world.”  “They gave me lot of leeway, even trim and flooring colors,” Mark adds.  “They were very happy with the results.”

“Building a home like this 6,300 square foot Contemporary Mission style home in Glen Arbor, demands highly skilled craftsmanship, and I accept nothing less.  Being hands-on involved with all phases of building this home was a dream come true for me.  In the end, you get to reflect on your work and say, this is something to be proud of.  I have never been able to accept anything less than highly skilled craftsmanship in this business,.  It is what building home like this demands; it is what the clients demand.  Being hands on involved in all the phases of a build like this is challenging yet, very rewarding.”  Mark Kalena, Mark Kalena Construction

“The granite wall slabs flowing patterns and shades are reminiscent of the sand and water.  When you look at it, it seems like you’re looking at Lake Michigan,” Mark says.

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