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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.”

Follow Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.on Houzz at


 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.

8 Elements of Classic Kitchen Style

If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram you know we have been sharing 8 Elements of Classic Kitchen Style. (You may read the article from Rebekah Zaveloff  that appears in Houzz by clicking on this link.) Classic kitchens are timeless and flexible. This comes with other givens, such as neutral color palettes and simple, unfussy details. We offer a short synopsis of each of the 8 elements within this article.

No. 1 White or cream cabinetry. Classic kitchens are timeless yet fresh. This is a style that almost everyone feels comfortable in, even some the modernists among us. White kitchens define this style.

No. 2 Simple architectural details. You may see legs on islands, feet or furniture-style toekicks, crown molding and even a paneled hood, but these details are often restrained in a classic kitchen rather than being over the top and ornate.

No. 3 Honed black countertops. Classic kitchens often go the timeless route with blacks or whites, whether it’s honed absolute black granite, soapstone, or cast quartz material.

No. 4  White marble countertops. Cararra marble and Calacatta marble are the two that really stand out in classic kitchens. In fact, marble countertops are often the focal point of a classic kitchen. 

No. 5 White subway tile. It really doesn’t matter what size, though the classic is 3×6. It can be glossy, crackle, beveled or square edged, handmade or machine made, or even in white marble.

No. 6 Simple door styles.  Another aspect that defines this look is the cabinet door style — often either a simple shaker door or a shaker door with a bead molding.

No. 7 Neutral palettes. Classic kitchens don’t have to be all white.Mix stained and painted cabinetry. Black and white is about as timeless and classic as it gets.

No. 8 Flexibility. Classic kitchens are like chameleons: You can take the same kitchen & completely change its look by mixing in modern bar stools or lighting … or industrial bar stools and lighting … or traditional — you get the idea. Classic can become eclectic by adding modern tile and mixing it with a vintage-style table and chairs and industrial-style pendant lights.

See Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. for your new classic kitchen today!

How to Choose the Right Range Hood

Before you designing your dream kitchen, read this great article on kitchen ventilation and consider the many types of ventilation available. To see some of the types of range hoods we have installed in homes Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.  has built or remodeled visit our Facebook page.

Range Hood