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Here at Lord & Lady Construction, we are a small company, owned and operated by our husband and wife team, Thomas and Laura Cavendish.  Thomas is our licensed general contractor, is an English certified Master Mason and Contractor, is EPA Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting Certified and is CPR certified.  Since 2010, we have been grateful to receive the honor of being selected Grand Traverse Insiders Silver Readers Choice for Best Contractor in Leelanau County by the public.


Our experience begins way back when both Thomas and Laura were young children. Thomas in England, where he was born, raised, trained and educated in Great Yarmouth and Bury St. Edmunds, and Laura, where she was raised in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Thomas has over 20 years experience that started with growing up in his father's construction, surveying and landscaping business. And he has a fervent love and respect for true woodwork, that comes from his maternal grandfather, who was the owner and creator of famous Canham Clocks (with clocks in the British Palace and beyond).  


Laura has spent most of her life pursuing an art and design, learning marketing and customer service skills along the way, as she grew up in her parents private optometry practice.


Thomas broadened his education and experience growing up with multiple English degrees and certificates in masonry, engineering and construction - receiving top honors from West Suffolk.  


Laura attended Northwestern Michigan College receiving degrees in both Visual Communications and Fine Arts, she continued this education at Savannah College of Art and Design.


In 2002, Thomas moved to America to continue his education and be close to his family that had already moved here.  Through his studies here he received further certificates, licenses and experience in construction, engineering, cabinetry and masonry, both in Traverse City at NMC and in Detroit.


After graduating from college, Laura founded her own design company, and became a professor at Northwestern Michigan College, teaching Digital Graphics (intro Illustrator and InDesign), Interactive Animation (Flash cartoons and web sites) and Time Based Media (film).  After a time she got the opportunity to be the marketing director of a private doctors office and closed her design company to manage that business, while still teaching at NMC.


In 2008, Thomas and Laura founded Lord and Lady Construction, bringing their combined construction and design skills together to do what they love.  


As Lord & Lady has grown, Laura has been able to leave her other jobs to focus solely on Lord & Lady Construction and raising their three young daughters.


Since starting Lord & Lady, Thomas and Laura continue to build our their experience and knowledge, not only through client projects, but through constant research and attendance at seminars, educationals and green conferences.  They are members of the Grand Traverse Area Home Builders Association, the Michigan Association of Builders, the National Association of Home Builders and Green America.  


Thomas is an extremely gifted contractor and mason, who strives to always do it right the first time.  He tackles every job with his whole heart and mind, treating it as if it were a project in his own home.  Giving you high quality work that comes with a two year guarantee.  


Both Thomas and Laura realize the importance of understanding the process.  On every project, they detail each step of what will be done and what is involved, making sure the customer understands and can help make their own decision as to what is the right solution for them.

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