5 Times to Hire a Contractor

Custom built lake home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

1) You’re ready to implement an architect’s plan. A good general contractor can bring an architect’s plans to life. It’s important that the architect and contractor work well together. If your architect suggests contractors he or she has worked with before, it’s a good idea to consider getting bids from them.

Kitchen in home renovated by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

2) You’re making changes to your kitchen. Anytime you know you’ll be needing multiple pros at work on a single project, it’s usually worthwhile to hire a general contractor to oversee and coordinate the project.

Addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

3) You want to build an addition. Once your architect creates a plan for an addition that integrates seamlessly with the rest of your home, hire a general contractor who specializes in additions. The contractor can make sure that the addition is built to code and is structurally sound.

Large renovation of a home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

4) You are going to make structural changes. A seasoned general contractor will coordinate all facets of a large project, and knows when to get an engineer and architect involved. They will have good relationships with reputable sub-contractors and suppliers.

5) You need permits. If you need permits, that’s a good sign that you could use a general contractor. General contractors are well-versed in local building codes and ordinances, and can apply for any permits your project requires. If you need multiple permits, hiring a contractor that has experience pulling permits in different Cities, townships and States is key.

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Best of Houzz 2019 for Service

Palo Alto, CA February 4, 2019 – Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen, Indiana has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen, Indiana has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The high-end custom home builder and remodeler, established in 1965, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are honored to stand among the distinguished professionals, who have won this award” states Jeff Martin, President of Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. “Throughout every project we manage, we are committed to providing every client unparalleled service. It is something we instill into our team members from the person who answers the phones, to the guy who frames the walls.”

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

About Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., of Elkhart County, Indiana, is known throughout Michiana as the area’s premier, upscale, custom home builder and remodeler. Our award-winning homes are crafted with detail in mind from start to finish by our experienced team of career carpenters and construction management professionals. Licensed to build in the State of Michigan, we serve an area within a one-hour radius of our rural Goshen, Indiana address. Follow Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. on Houzz at https://www.houzz.com/pro/martinbrotherscontracting/

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. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, 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. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Our Favorite Laundry Room Ideas

Our Favorite Laundry Room Ideas

Nowhere is the difference between high-end new construction/remodeling clearer, than in laundry rooms. These once simple utilitarian spaces have become large, decorated rooms incorporating many great features. Features like drying racks, built-in ironing boards, craft areas, wrapping areas, offices, and mudrooms with gleaming machines. Today, we share some of our clients practical laundry room solutions.

Drying rack

Pull down drying rack. A pull-down drying rack is designed for drying delicates directly on the rack, or for drip drying clothing on hangers. The pictured rack is strategically located over the sink so no messy drips to clean up.

Hanging Rod

Hanging rod. A must for hanging clothes after removing them from the dryer or for drip drying clothing on hangers. Having the rod located above the sink is ideal. The drips from the clothing just fall right into the sink.

custom-made sink insert

Custom sink insert. The covered laundry sink provides space for the client to fold laundry in this small, single-wall laundry room.

 custom cabinetry

Cabinetry, cabinetry, cabinetry. Almost all of our clients want custom cabinetry in their laundry rooms. Featuring things like open shelving for frequently used products and supplies, and plenty of countertop space for folding.

customized storage

Laundry basket storage. What better way to store your laundry baskets! When a client works with a custom cabinet maker, they are able to design the laundry room of their dreams.

laundry centers

Master bedroom closet laundry center. What’s more handy than a laundry center in your master bedroom closet. Think of all the steps you’ll save when it’s time to put away your clothes! The master bedroom laundry center shown, features a pull-out ironing board (disguised as a drawer), pull-out folding station and his and her pull-down hampers.

pull-out ironing board

Pull-out ironing boards. Meet the pull-out ironing board, disguised as a drawer. It’s no longer necessary to take up wall-space to have the ironing board hidden away.

multiple appliances

Multiple Appliances. Client’s with large families, are opting to build homes with large laundry rooms, featuring multiple appliances. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. also builds homes with multiple-level laundry rooms (especially in lake homes). Multiple level laundry rooms save footsteps, backs and time on laundry day.

multiple purpose laundry room

Multiple-purpose laundry rooms. Client’s often opt for multiple-purpose laundry rooms. Think offices, mudrooms, craft-rooms, study rooms, pantries and more.

These are just a few of the laundry rooms in the homes remodeled or built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. Looking for more ideas? Visit our website or our Houzz profile.

Finding the Right Home Builder

The importance of choosing the right home builder for your project can’t be overstated. Your home builder will be involved in every facet of the process, so you want to establish a great working relationship and an open line of communication right up front. Here is a great checklist to help you select the very best home builder for you:

  • Contact your local home builders’ association for the names of member builders: NAHB: Finding A Local Association . You can also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations. (Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is a member of the Builders Association of Elkhart County.)
  • Make sure the builder has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers. (Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. office has been located at 26262 County Road 40, Goshen, Indiana for nearly 50 years.)
  • Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties. (Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. was established in 1965.)
  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business (Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. has an A+ rating with the BBB.)
  • Make sure the builder has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your (Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. carries all insurance and conducts weekly safety training.)
  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again. (Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. will provide you a list of past clients, a great deal of our business comes from referrals!) 
  • Ask if you can see the builders work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials. (We are proud of our work and will be happy to show qualified parties completed and projects in progress.)
  • Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process, and afterward, as you live in your new home. (We recognize the investment our clients make in their homes; therefore we provide unparalleled service throughout the project.)
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well. (Written contracts are provided on every project; a home warranty and an extensive homeowner manual are provided on each new construction project. Martin Brothers abides by/or exceeds the Indiana Quality Assurance Builder Standards.) 
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better! (Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. will be happy to discuss with you our policy regarding payment. In most instances we pay all suppliers and subcontractors before invoicing a custom home client.)

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., of Elkhart County, Indiana, is known throughout Michiana as the area’s premier, upscale, custom home builder and remodeler. Our award-winning homes are crafted with detail in mind from start to finish by our experienced team of career carpenters and construction management professionals. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. serves clients within a 50 mile radius of their rural Goshen, Indiana address.

Find more helpful advice on home building and remodeling at www.nahb.org/forconsumers orhttps://www.nahb.org/en/consumers/homeownership/remodeling-your-home.aspx

What to Consider When Lighting Your Home

A designer offers a few illuminating insights on this key design element

By: Gillian Lazanik via Houzz

Lighting is one of the most overlooked yet important elements of interior design. What’s the point in creating beautiful spaces if there’s not enough light to see them? Lighting is also essential for creating the mood and ambiance of a space. Come up with your lighting plan during the conceptual design phase so your contractor knows ahead of time where to run electrical wiring. Once the drywall goes up, changing wiring is much harder, so don’t leave this consideration until the end. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to lighting your home.

Dining room lighting. Dining Room.jpgEveryone loves to create ambiance over the dining room table. But there are practically as many light fixtures to choose from as there are snowflakes.

When it comes to your dining area, make sure to choose a light fixture that’s the right size for your table. If you can’t find something large enough, consider clustering multiple lights together. I like to ensure that the fixture is at least one-third the size of the table. And make sure you mount it approximately 30 to 38 inches above the eating surface. Also be sure to install a dimmable switch so you can set the mood.

Undercabinet lighting. A simple valance on the underside of your cabinets will not properly hide the cord for lighting. Plan ahead and have your mill-worker build a false bottom to conceal the wires. Another option is to speak with a cabinetmaker about routing a channel to recess LED strip lighting.

Lighting 2.2Track lighting. Track lighting is a great way to illuminate multiple areas with wiring for only one electrical box. There are tons of great-looking track lights available these days, but if you’re not a fan, try recessing the track into the ceiling. It creates a cool architectural detail while keeping the functionality.

Toe-kick lighting
. Don’t think that adding lights to your toe-kicks is a frivolous, aesthetics-only decision. Strip lighting at the underside of base cabinets is a great way to create a nightlight that looks fabulous.


Sconce lighting
. Bathroom sconces are great for illuminating your face in the mirror. They’ll work best if you can mount them close to the height of your face, but if you don’t have the space, a sconce above the mirror will work nicely too.

Lighting 2.3Pot lighting. I like to use pot lights, often referred to as recessed lighting, in certain spaces of a house, but I don’t think they should act as substitutes for indirect lighting, such as floor and table lamps. Pot lights work best in areas where tasks occur, like the kitchen or laundry room. You can use far fewer pot lights in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.

Bedside lighting. When choosing lights for your bedside tables, make sure you think about how you’ll be using them. Are they strictly decorative or will they be more functional? If you’re using them as task lights, make sure they can swivel for ease of reading in bed.

Stair lighting. This is one of my favorite ways to add lighting to a space. Stair lighting can take any renovation to the next level. They’re not overly expensive and they’re highly functional.

Custom lighting. If you’re having a hard time finding the perfect lighting, you may want to contact a local lighting manufacturer or designer. Like art, lighting is personal and subjective. You might benefit from working with someone to design your perfect fixture.

Looking to build or remodel a home within a 50 mile radius of our Goshen, Indiana location? Call us at 574-862-2142.

Best of Houzz 2018

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen
Awarded Best of Houzz 2018
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Goshen, IN, January 19, 2018 – Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen, Indiana has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The premier custom home builder and remodeler, located in Northern Indiana, was nominated by their clients and chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Best of Houzz 2018

“We are honored to stand among the distinguished professionals, who have won this award” states Jeff Martin, President of Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. “Throughout every project we manage, we are committed to providing every client unparalleled service. It is something we instill into our team members from the person who answer the phones, to the guy who frames the walls.”

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

Follow Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. on Houzz at http://www.houzz.com/pro/martinbrotherscontracting/

About Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., of Elkhart County, Indiana, is known throughout Michiana as the area’s premier, upscale, custom home builder and remodeler. Our award-winning homes are crafted with detail in mind from start to finish by our experienced team of career carpenters and construction management professionals. Licensed to build in the State of Michigan, we serve an area within a one-hour radius of our rural Goshen, Indiana address.

About Houzz
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. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, 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. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

By: The Travelers Indemnity Company

When the driveway and walkways are coated in a thick blanket of snow, it is time to get a shovel out for what some consider to be a dreaded chore. But before you tackle the first snowfall of the season, take some time to read these safety snow shoveling tips to help avoid any potential injuries.

Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. The mix of cold temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart,¹ which may increase the risk of a heart attack for some. According to the American Heart Association, even walking through heavy, wet snow can place strain on your heart.

The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel:

  • Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place.
  • Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. When lifting snow, bend your knees and use your legs when possible.
  • Choose your shovel wisely. Ergonomically-designed shovels can help reduce the amount of bending you have to do.
  • Lighten your load. Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal one to help decrease the weight being lifted.
  • Hit the pause button. Pace yourself and be sure to take frequent breaks. Consider taking a break after 20 to 30 minutes of shoveling, especially when the snow is wet.
  • Consider multiple trips. Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once.
  • Keep up with snowfall. Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move.
  • Wear layers. Dress in layers and remove them as you get warm to help maintain a comfortable body temperature.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while shoveling.

A national study² found that the most common shoveling-related injuries were to the lower back. Cardiac-related injuries account for only 7% of all injuries, but they were the most serious in nature. If you do not exercise on a regular basis, are middle-aged or older, or have any health conditions, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, you should check with your doctor before doing any strenuous shoveling. Consider using a snow blower or snow removal service as an alternative means of snow removal.

Snow and Ice Removal Requirements

Snow and ice not only pose a potential risk to you but also to others. As a property owner, you are responsible for making a reasonable effort to keep public walking areas around your property clear of snow and ice. Pre-treating your walkways and other paved surfaces with an anti-icing product can help make snow and ice removal easier. (Some Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. clients have opted to have radiant heat installed under their walks and driveways.)  

Consider stocking up on ice melt in advance, as it sometimes sells out during long winters. You can store unused ice melt in an airtight container, out of reach from children and pets. Be aware that rock salt can damage brick, stone, asphalt and concrete walkways.

Be sure to check your local codes and ordinances regarding snow and ice removal requirements.

Sources:
¹ American Heart Association, 
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Shoveling-Snow-Health-Hazards_UCM_426562_Article.jsp
² Nationwide Children’s, 
http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/news-room-articles/new-national-study-finds-11500-emergency-department-visits-nearly-100-deaths-related-to-snow-shoveling-each-year?contentid=86424

 

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

We Answer Your Questions #6

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 Rustic French Country Estate.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

Houzzer: I love the warm color of the wooden beams. Are they rough sawn cedar? Did you stain them or just seal them? What band did you use to penetrate well enough to get/keep that color on rough sawn wood? It’s beautiful with your door. The home is stunning.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Yes, the cedar is rough sawn and the finish applied is a sealer called LifeTime Wood Treatment. It makes the cedar turn gray and looking old. It is a product a lot of log home builders use. As for the process of application; it was completed onsite, so there is no record.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

 Houzzer: I love this color. Do you know the paint company and the name of the color? Also, how did they get the mottled effect & depth in the stucco? Would this have been in the stucco when applied or a faux paint job afterward? It’s beautiful & just what I’m looking for.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It was a custom glaze finish over a standard stucco color. The glaze was created onsite and therefore no record exists.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

Houzzer: Can you please tell me the source of this roof? Thank you.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Vineyard blend Slate roofing material.


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!

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Shower Area Photo. This one photo has spurred 24 questions and has been saved to 71,468 idea books at writing.

We Answer Your Questions #5

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 Octagonal Porch Area. This area of the home has garnered 57 questions and has been saved to 146,894 idea books at writing. A sampling of the questions are below.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Octagonal Porch Area. This area of the home has garnered 57 questions and has been saved to 146,894 idea books at writing. A sampling of the questions are below.

Houzzer: Can I get this house built for me elsewhere?
Houzzer: Do you have plans for this house? I’d like to have it built on my lot in Southern California?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: This home was custom designed by an architect for the homeowner and the grounds on which it sits. The home may not exude the same charm on another piece of property. In addition, the homeowner would need to agree to the resale of the plan and they are not interested in it’s resale. Thank you!

Houzzer: I want a similar design like this from you. How can I contact you & how much do you charge. (India)
Houzzer: Would you go as far as Milwaukee, WI?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: We typically work with local clients, within 50 mile radius of our office. Local clients may contact us toll-free at 877-862-2142. We would recommend you contact a local registered architect and a reputable general contractor that understands your local building technology, geographic/climate factors, and building codes. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Houzzer: What are the dimensions of the Octagonal screen porch and the sizes of each window?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. We do not make it a practice to give out dimensions, as the owner paid for this service. We would be happy to provide you design services, at a fee. Thank you for the question. Additional Comment from another Houzzer: I think the beauty of the “octagonal” room is that the dimensions are in scale with the other parts of the back of the house. So, it doesn’t really matter what these people used. A room such as this would need to be designed by an architect to fit the scale of the house.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Octagonal Porch Area. This area of the home has garnered 57 questions and has been saved to 146,894 idea books at writing. A sampling of the questions are below.

Houzzer: Was there a sealer used on the stamped concrete?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Because of the extreme weather conditions in our area, we do seal concrete. Product used was Sonneborn Kure-N-Seal Water Based sealant.

Houzzer: Love the sconces–who makes them?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: We did not furnish the lighting; it came from the owner and designer. They shopped for the exterior lighting through Indiana Lighting Center, Inc. Similar fixtures are most likely available through any reputable lighting supplier.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Octagonal Porch Area. This area of the home has garnered 57 questions and has been saved to 146,894 idea books at writing. A sampling of the questions are below.

Houzzer: What is the approximate size of the fire pit patio area?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: We apologize, but the landscaper for the project installed the fire pit, and we do not have the dimensions.

Houzzer: Love the fire pit how is it made?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is set on a stamped concrete base. The pit itself was built out of fieldstone by a mason. For convenience, it has a gas run to it for lighting the logs.

Houzzer: What are the dimensions of the Octagonal screen porch and the sizes of each window? Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. We do not make it a practice to give out dimensions, as the owner paid for this service. Thank you for the question. Additional Comment from another Houzzer: I think the beauty of the "octagonal" room is that the dimensions are in scale with the other parts of the back of the house. So, it doesn't really matter what these people used. A room such as this would need to be designed by an architect to fit the scale of the house.

Houzzer: What is the retaining wall made from? Looks great!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The homeowner contracted landscaping outside of our contract and as such, we don’t have record of the landscaping materials. Buechel Stone had commented some time ago that they thought the product could possibly be Fond du Lac Wall Stone. It does look quite a bit like it.

Houzzer: Where can I buy the double entry doors?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: They were custom made for the project by Rockwood Products Ltd. of Millersburg, Ohio. They are a member of Houzz.

Houzzer: What color is the roof?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: We used CertainTeed Landmark shingles in Moire Black.

Houzzer: Brand and Color of paint on the trim? Can you provide any details on the white trim paint? Is it pure white?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The trim is Azek and color is white. We have included a link to the Azek website. Any paint that would have been used on this project would have been Benjamin Moore.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Octagonal Porch Area. This area of the home has garnered 57 questions and has been saved to 146,894 idea books at writing. A sampling of the questions are below.

Houzzer: Love the ceiling! Well, the whole room is amazing! What wood and stain did you use on the ceiling?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. It was custom blended stain on pine.

Houzzer: What floor tile was used?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a 16×16 Silver Sands Slate tile. Installed by Halsey Tile Co. of Elkhart


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!

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Shower Area Photo. This one photo has spurred 24 questions and has been saved to 71,468 idea books at writing.

We Answer Your Questions #4

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 Shower Area Photo. This one photo has garnered 24 questions and has been saved to 71,468 idea books at writing. We are not posting all 24 questions below, as some are a repeat.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Shower Area Photo. This one photo has spurred 24 questions and has been saved to 71,468 idea books at writing.

Houzzer: How can I find the wall stone for my living room?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It’s a mixture of granite fieldstone and cobblestone. Stone can be purchased through any masonry stone supplier in your area.

Houzzer: Where can I buy this shed?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: If you are talking about the shower surround, it’s PVC fencing. It was purchased through & installed by Vinyl by Design in New Paris, Indiana. Here is the link to their website: Vinyl by Design

Houzzer: What is the source (store and/or manufacturer) of the panels used for the shower enclosure? Thanks.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is vinyl fencing material by Vinyl by Design .

Houzzer: Where can I get plans for the shower? I live in Florida, and this looks ideal. Thanks

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The shower was custom designed for this home. We would suggest contacting an architect or builder in your area so that they can visit your home and design a shower to fit your space.

Houzzer: what is the white color named used here?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. The invoice simply states “white”. You may want to check with Vinyl by Design if you need more specific information.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Shower Area Photo. This one photo has spurred 24 questions and has been saved to 71,468 idea books at writing.

Houzzer: What is the shower floor made of? Also, do the shower walls repel mildew and mold? Thanks!

Phil Jenkins, Architect: The floor is Ipe (Brazilian hardwood) over recessed concrete drain basin. Surround is PVC fence, which is mildew resistant. (Walls may be easily washed down with dish soap and water.)

Houzzer: Hi!! Love this shower and want to do something similar this spring. What are the dimensions?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The plans have been archived, but in an earlier discussion the architect stated that the shower base was 5’x6′.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Shower Area Photo. This one photo has spurred 24 questions and has been saved to 71,468 idea books at writing.

Houzzer: Love this. Could you please tell me the exposure of the shingles?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The Shakertown Craftsman Cedar Shingle Panel has a 7” exposure.

Houzzer: Are there any similar colors in vinyl?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Not knowing where you are from, makes this a very difficult question to answer. Not all siding products are available in all regions of the United States or worldwide. Since this is natural cedar, matching it with a man made product will be difficult at best. We trust James Hardie siding products.

Houzzer: How did you treat the shingles? Transparent stain? What color, brand?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The siding is Shakertown Craftsman Cedar Shingles finished with one coat of factory applied Cabot Bleaching Oil. You may find the shingles here: Shakertown Craftsman Shingles

Houzzer: Was it sealed after the bleaching oil? Also, how do you best maintain the look of the shingles over the years? Thanks!!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The owner chose not to seal. Since we do not know the climate in which your home is located, we cannot answer the maintenance question properly. We refer you to this link by Cabot: Maintain Your Stain

Houzzer: Great shower. Please tell me where to get the outdoor plumbing fixtures.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Delta products were used on this particular shower. We recommend that you contact a plumbing professional or plumbing supply company that is familiar with the climate in your area. They are better equipped to make a recommendation.

Houzzer: Very nice. Is it necessary to protect the plumbing from freezing at the valve?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Thank you, since the home is in an area with extreme winter temperatures, the plumbing is winterized each fall.

Houzzer: Can you tell me where and what the light is above outside shower? Black light, outdoor marine grade?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The color is actually bronze. We did not furnish the lighting; it came from the owner and designer. They shopped for the exterior lighting through Indiana Lighting Center, Inc. Similar fixtures are most likely available through any reputable lighting supplier.

 


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!