Before there was Acadian House Kitchen & Bath, there was a new family. In 1968, three months after their wedding, Baton Rouge natives Kathy and Mike Simoneaux moved to Homestead, Fla., where Mike was stationed after being drafted into the U.S. Army. While in Florida, Mike took a side job installing cabinets. When the couple returned to Baton Rouge in the early-1970s, he went to work as a cabinet builder for Roy Taylor, gaining valuable experience and soon buying out Roy’s silent partner. Taylor Made Cabinets, the cabinet shop Mike and Kathy now co-owned, was built in 1977.
A year later, the Simoneaux family began building its home in Park Forest. Taylor Made Cabinets had become extremely demanding, and Kathy managed the construction of the family home, a difficult experience but one she now credits for the critical foundation of knowledge she relies upon daily.
Founded in 1979, Acadian House Kitchen and Bath Design is lauded by clients and industry insiders as a one-stop shop for home improvement in Baton Rouge, LA, providing design and build services for kitchens (indoor and outdoor), baths, laundry rooms, closets and any functional area that needs design help.
There are satisfied Acadian House clients throughout Louisiana, and the firm has earned more than its share of accolades over the years, including a 2012 Guildmaster with Distinction Award from Guild Quality. Acadian House was one of 200 companies nationwide to receive this award, reserved for members of the Guild whose customers have praised their work as being well above the standards of the building profession. Acadian House was also selected as a House & Home Design Award Winner in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
What’s more, Acadian House designers have received Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation. A program designed by the National Association of Home Builders, CAPS teaches technical, business management and customer service skills that are necessary to the residential remodeling industry for home modification for the aging-in-place.
Today, Kathy runs the business as owner and lead designer, while Mike heads up all installations. One day, Acadian House will be taken over by their daughter, Angela Poirrier, herself an award-winning designer and currently the firm’s vice president. Kathy’s brother, Tony Crifasi, works on installations with Mike, and her sister, Rosemary Bajon, handles marketing for the firm. It is a distinct point of pride for Kathy and Mike that despite its growth and accomplishments over the past four decades, Acadian House remains decidedly a family firm.