We Answer Your Questions #3

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is pleased to be part of the Houzz network of professionals. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design; providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Often, Houzzers (members of the app) come to us with questions about our projects. Through answering these questions, we are provided the unique opportunity to educate Houzzers about our projects.  At times, we are not able to provide specific information for privacy reasons, but make every effort to accommodate Houzzers.

This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Fishy Gable End Trim photo.

This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Fishy Gable End Trim photo. Click on the photo for questions and answers about this home.

Houzzer: Hello…can you tell me what kind of patio stone was used here? Love it!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The patio is actually stamped concrete.

Houzzer: What colors were used in the stamped concrete on the patio?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Our Architect’s reply was that it’s a limestone pattern, but the color was a custom mix. He suggested letting your concrete contractor know it’s a limestone pattern. Your concrete contractor can mix colors to your preference.

Houzzer: Where did you get the concrete stamp?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The stamp work was done professionally by Miller Concrete, Inc., Goshen, Indiana.

Houzzer: What flood lights are those?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The homeowner’s designer supplied all of the lighting and as such we do not have record. They appear to be normal flood lights that can be purchased through any lighting supplier.

Houzzer: Love the brackets. We’re they stock or custom?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: They were stock brackets (corbels) that we customized.

Houzzer: I like the color of the siding. The stone color is a nice compliment to it all. Can you give me the name and color of the siding and the stone as well? Thank you.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The stone is a mixture of granite fieldstone and cobblestone. There are limestone ledges and thresholds. Stone may be purchased through any masonry stone supplier in your area that carries natural stone products. The siding is Shakertown Craftsman Cedar Shingles finished with one coat of factory applied Cabot Bleaching Oil.

Houzzer: Was any acrylic added to the Cabot oil? We want to do just Cabot oil, but both Cabot and our contractor are advising adding some sort of solid or semitransparent acrylic to offset harsh winters and water in the Midwest.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: We suggest that you follow your contractor’s and Cabot’s advise. We applied the product according to Cabot’s specifications.

This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Fishy Gable End Trim photo. Click on the photo for questions and answers about this home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Houzzer: I ABSOLUTELY love the cut out on the peak of the house in front and back. How was that done?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The fish gable piece and all other decorative trim pieces were custom made for the home by our in-house carpenters.

Houzzer: Hello, I like the gable end trim and it appears to be lap siding of some sort. Can you tell me its exact name and source to purchase some like it?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The siding is Shakertown Craftsman Cedar Shingles finished with one coat of factory applied Cabot Bleaching Oil. Most of the trim is Azek in standard Azek white (most customized at the site).

Houzzer: Can you please tell me who makes this window? (As soon as possible, I hope – am in the midst of vestibule construction right now.) Thank you very much!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Marvin Direct Glaze Round Top window.

This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Fishy Gable End Trim photo. Click on the photo for questions and answers about this home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Houzzer: Are there retractable screens on the double French doors?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Yes, Phantom Screens are installed on the doors.

Houzzer: What are the color of the windows and doors here? Thanks.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: They are Marvin Cottage-Style Clad Ultimate Double-Hung windows and Marvin Ultimate French doors in Stone White.

Houzzer: Love these Marvin Doors! Could you tell me the dimensions of the doors?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The plans for this home have been archived. We will be happy to replicate this look for you by providing you with design services for a fee. Thank you.

Houzzer: What is the size of the covered patio? Quite beautiful. Please share the dimensions.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is actually the sunroom and not a covered patio. The doors were open for this photo. The plans for this home have been archived, so we unfortunately do not have the room size available.

Houzzer: Do you know what the cost per square foot was for this home?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: As a matter of confidentiality we do not give out pricing information on the homes we build. Prices for building products, terrain and the builder you choose will all affect the price per square foot of any home you choose to build.

Houzzer: This is on Klinger Lake right?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Out of respect for the homeowner’s privacy, we do not give out locations of our projects.


Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been providing our clients with a true custom home building experience since 1965. As a true custom home builder each home we build is unique. By that, we mean that each home we build is designed to meet the needs of the client, and to fit the site on which it is built. We have never built two homes exactly the same…the homeowner chooses the amenities and look of the home and the home is designed accordingly. We invite you to follow us on Houzz!

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