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.

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.

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.

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

Custom Cabinets

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 Laundry Room 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.

High-end laundry center

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.

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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.

Multi-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.

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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.

Custom built luxury home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN 46526

Learn the Lingo of Rooftops

From: Houzz
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When it comes to a roof, knowing a few terms will help you talk to your roofer next time there’s a leak or you decide to reshingle. They’ll also help you discuss a remodel project that includes an addition, skylight or dormer. For the most part, these terms cover the principal parts of a roof and the openings we commonly find going through a roof — creating the possibility of leaks.

Two of the most basic and common roof types are the gable and hip. These are easy to build and economical. Because they shed water and snow easily, they’re well-suited to wet and cold climates around the world.

Aesthetically, gable roofs and hip roofs are quite different.

gable roof wants to stress the vertical; it points upward to the sky. It’s identified by triangular gable ends and a single ridge between two sloping roof panels.

Gable roof example; exterior renovation by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

All four sides of a hip roof slope inward. Its lines stress the horizontal and float in parallel over the earth. These are important distinctions, because the way a house meets the earth and sky tells us a lot about its designer’s intent.

Hip roof example; custom built home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

A few more basic roof parts are the ridgerake and eave.

The ridge is the highest point where two roof planes meet and is generally going to be the highest part of the house. Because of its linear nature, a ridge is commonly referred to as a ridge line. The location of the ridge is important in many localities where there are height restrictions on building, as the height of a house is often measured from the ground to the ridge. For this reason, it’s important to know what the local restrictions are and how these will affect the design.

Ridge line example on estate built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

The rake is the angled element at the gable end of a roof and is composed of the trim and structure (rafters) that extend out from the house. The rake can be finished in a plain, simple manner or in a highly stylized and elaborate way.

Example of rake, custom built home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

The eave is that element of a roof that projects out from the wall of the house and consists of a soffit and fascia. The eave can either be close, or tight, to the wall of the house or quite a distance away. Since the primary function of the eave is to take rainwater away from the walls of the house, the farther out it is the better it can serve that function.

Decorative eave on lake cottage

Learn more about the interior of a roof

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To learn more about Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., please visit our website.

Kitchen island by Ayr Custom Cabinetry in kitchen addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Kitchen Islands

This week’s KBtribechat was focused on kitchen islands.  We at Martin Brothers’ consider the island one of the most integral parts of the kitchen. The kitchen island serves as a prep space, a cooking area, storage space, a social hub and may even strategically separate or connect other spaces. We have been super busy with new project starts, and have been unable to participate in chats recently, so we thought we would take a few minutes to answer the questions posed this week by KBtribechat.

  1. What materials, finishes and details are currently popular for kitchen island cabinetry and hardware? Painted wood cabinetry and islands of a contrasting color are the most popular choice. Our client’s tend to upgrade on the countertop selection for the island whether that be natural stone or hardwood. Decorative hardware tends to be high-end and very stylized.Kitchen island in home addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
  2. Do you like to match the kitchen island to the perimeter? Why or why not? We do not influence the selection of cabinetry since we are strictly a custom home builder/remodeler. This is left to the client and the client’s designer and/or custom cabinet supplier.The selection of the island cabinetry depends on the look and feel the client is wanting to achieve. We would say that contrasting islands are more the norm.Kitchen island in addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen
  3. Are waterfall counters still popular?  What is trending for island countertop materials and edge details? Our client’s tend to be more traditional, so we have not seen waterfall countertops in our homes/remodel projects. Natural stone tops with a honed finish are very popular with our clients. Quartz is definitely a popular choice as well. The sky is the limit as far as edge detail. Everything from inset tile to corbels on the edge.Kitchen island by Ayr Custom Cabinetry; kitchen remodel by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
  4. Island countertops with an overhang for seating are popular. What design solutions do you like to add style to the eating bar side of an island?  Decorative door panels, furniture styling, corbels and hidden storage underneath the seating area. Kitchen island in kitchen remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
  5. What are the pros and cons on designing in a sink and dishwasher or cook top on the island? Pros are obvious: extra sink; extra storage; duplicate appliances or freeing up of perimeter cabinets for storage; extra serving space; ability to prep food while visiting with family and friends. Con it takes up valuable prep space if the island is small; cook tops too close to seating can be a danger to small children. Providing plumbing and electrical to a kitchen island in a new home is a breeze. However, if you are remodeling, and never had a sink or appliances in your island, there will be added cost to provide utilities to the island. Depending on the size of the island/kitchen the client may want to use it strictly for prep space.Kitchen island by Bremtown Cabinetry; kitchen remodel by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
  6. What features are nice to have or useful on a kitchen island? Share pictures! Specialty sinks, specialty storage, built-in appliances, deep drawers, seating, shelves.
    Mixer stand; kitchen island in kitchen remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
    Roll-out storage; kitchen remodel by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
    Kitchen island in home remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
    Kitchen island in home addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

If you are in the Michiana area and in need of a kitchen remodel, please contact Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. at 574-862-2142.

Sunrooms That Shine

Today’s snow has us dreaming of sun filled sunrooms. We are longing for summer and it’s leaf filled trees, singing birds, bright beautiful flowers and the warmth of the sunshine. As we dream of those days, enjoy these sunrooms and the summer-filled vibes they invoke.

This sunroom addition with it’s gorgeous chandelier serves as a year-round music/listening room.

Piano room is addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

With it’s cozy window seat and wooded setting, this rustic sunroom is the perfect place to curl up and read a book.

Sunroom addition with cozy reading nook by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

A nautical inspired, lake-side sunroom is perfect for entertaining guests when they visit the lake. Sit and enjoy a lively conversation or a have a simple meal, there’s room for it all!

Nautical inspired sunroom in lake home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Bring the outdoors in by having a few potted plants in your sunroom. The natural sunlight makes the sunroom the perfect place to grow your favorite indoor plant.

Sunroom in custom built home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Finally, this plantation-inspired sunroom serves as a second living room. Opening to the pool, it serves as a quiet place to watch the outdoor activity.

Sunroom in custom built home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Looking to build a new custom home or remodel a high-end home in the Michiana area? Contact Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. at 574-862-2142 or visit our website at www.MartinBrosContracting.com.

Kitchen remodeling project by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; custom cabinetry by Hoosier House Furnishings, LLC

Houzz 2017 Kitchen Trend Survey

Kitchen remodeling tops the list for US home renovations, according to the Houzz 2017 Kitchen Trends Survey, that was released Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Houzz research from the past three years shows that fewer homeowners are renovating their kitchen to improve the resale value of their home. Instead homeowner’s are choosing to stay in their homes long-term, and are placing higher value in healthier habits and face-time with family and friends instead of dollars. A new kitchen finds homeowners cooking at home more and eating out less; which translates into a healthier lifestyle.

Kitchen Cabinet Style

Overall contemporary has surpassed transitional as the top kitchen style. The most popular cabinet style overall for Millennial (ages 25-34) homeowner’s is modern or farmhouse, while Baby Boomer’s (ages 55 and older) still tend to choose a traditional style. (Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. has seen a rise in transitional style cabinetry in our market.)

Remodeled kitchen by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. features semi-custom cabinetry by The Design Studio

Kitchen Color & Built-Ins

White remains the most popular kitchen cabinet color and the favorite wall color is gray. The pantry cabinet and kitchen island are in a virtual tie as the top built-in feature and stainless steel remains the top appliance color.

Kitchen Countertops & Flooring

When it comes to choosing kitchen materials such as countertops and flooring, look and durability are top factors across all age groups. Granite remains the top choice for countertop selection, closely followed by engineered Quartz. In a virtual tie for most popular flooring choice is hardwood flooring and tile.

Bianco Perla Quartzite top. Kitchen remodeling project by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Facts from the Survey

  • Spending on the rise: Spend on kitchen renovations increased again in 2016. Nearly one in 10 homeowners spent more than $100K on a completed kitchen renovation in 2016 (nine percent), up from seven percent the two years prior. Another 20 percent spent between $50K and $100K.
  • Custom cabinetry is king: Two in five updated kitchens include custom cabinets (40 percent), a slight decrease from last year (44 percent). Semi-custom cabinets follow closely (36 percent). Older homeowners are more likely to install custom cabinetry (42 percent for Baby Boomers and 37 percent for Gen X). Surprisingly, a whopping third of Millennial homeowners go custom (32 percent).
    (Four in five kitchens renovated by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. include custom cabinetry.)Addition and renovation by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. features custom cabinetry by Ayr Custom Cabinets
  • Even greater room: Great rooms remain popular, with over half of kitchens more open to nearby rooms following renovations (51 percent). Over a third of kitchens also gain square footage during updates (36 percent).
  • Varied qualities drive finish preferences: Certain finishes are preferred for their specific qualities. Marble counters and wood flooring are rated highest for their look, while granite and quartz counters and porcelain flooring for their durability.
  • Professional hiring remains high: Similar to last year, the majority of homeowners hire professionals for their kitchen renovations (88 percent), including general contractors (54 percent) and kitchen remodelers (10 percent). Design specialists, such as kitchen designers (25 percent), interior designers (14 percent), and architects (14 percent), are also in very high demand.

Remodeled kitchen by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. features custom cabinetry by Hoosier House Furnishings, LLCYou can download the full U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study at http://info.houzz.com/rs/804-JLJ-529/images/HouzzKitchenStudy2017.pdf.

Houzz has over 12 million photos of professionally designed interiors and exteriors, including completed kitchen projects, and more than 1.5 million active home remodeling and design professionals including kitchen and bath designersarchitectsinterior designersgeneral contractors and design-build firms.

The “Kitchen Trends Study” is an online survey of U.S. Houzz users in November 2016.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation 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, find 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 and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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

Best of Houzz 2017

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen, Indiana
Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 Goshen, Indiana, USA, January 18, 2017 – Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award winning custom home builder and remodeler was 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.

front-elevation-houzzThe 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 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best of Houzz 2017” 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.

boh-5-yr“Martin Brothers is excited to have won Best of Houzz five years in a row. Not only are we proud to showcase our projects on Houzz, we find that the articles on the Houzz site are a great tool for helping educate our followers about the building and remodeling process.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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 About Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen, Indiana, is known throughout Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan for offering outstanding quality and service. Our award-winning custom built homes are built by the finest carpenters in Michiana using quality products and time-honored building practices. 

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 and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Great room addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

Secluded Beauty

This 470 sq. ft. great room addition opened up the home to a view of a beautiful wooded glen. The addition allowed for a storage garage below, yet preserved the exit to the lower level patio. The old deck was removed and a modern stamped concrete patio with octagon shaped gas fire pit were built for family entertainment. Included in the patio update was a new brick gas grill cooking area with a granite top.

To view more of the before and after photos, please visit The Great Room Addition on our Facebook page.

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Great room addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

New patio area; addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

New grill cooking area with granite cooktop

Interior of great room addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

To view more of the before and after photos, please visit The Great Room Addition on our Facebook page.

With every remodeling project we complete, Martin Brothers considers it a privilege to work closely with our homeowners. We understand that a remodeling project is sometimes a stressful venture and we strive to provide our clients with a stress-free experience. We have a top-notch project management team in place to oversee the activity of a project and trained carpenters provide the attention to detail needed to turn every vision into reality. From design to completion of a project, we are committed to providing our clients with a personalized, five-star experience. We invite you call us at 574-862-2142 or 877-862-2142 to discuss the Martin Brothers difference.

 

Amenity Packed Kitchen

It’s Martin Brothers’ Monday & we bring you the transitional kitchen in the  1,568 sq. ft. addition to the Italianate home along the St. Joseph River.  The painted, birch, full-overlay, custom kitchen by Ayr Custom Cabinetry  features luxury appliances, dolomite tops and backsplash, luxury lighting, wet bar, walk-in pantry and built-in storage upgrades. Red oak hardwood floors were installed by Hoosier Hardwood Floors. Super white dolomite tops and backsplash by Z Stone Creations.

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Architectural design by Helman Sechrist Architecture; interior design by Jill Henner; general contracting by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; photography by Marie Kinney.

To see additional photos of this project, please visit our Facebook page.

St. Joe River Addition

Today we are featuring a 1,568 sq. ft. addition and renovation of  an Italianate home tucked into a beautiful park-like setting along the St. Joseph River.  Addition included a new 235 sq. ft. pool house, outdoor dining area, outdoor grilling area, porch, renovation of the garage and extensive hardscaping on the exterior. Interior addition included new kitchen, powder room, laundry, great room, master suite, fitness room, child’s bath, study, sitting room, renovated powder room, renovated dining room, and renovated foyer entry.

Today (9/12/16) we are sharing exterior photography. We will share interior photos at a later date.

Architectural design by Helman Sechrist Architecture; interior design by Jill Henner; general contracting by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; photography by Marie ‘Martin’ Kinney

To see more photos of this project, please visit our Facebook page.

 

 

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Riverfront view before the addition

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Riverfront view after the addiiton

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New poolhouse

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New pool and patio

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Renovated front entrance