Remodeled bathroom by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. Goshen, IN

2017 Top Ten Bathroom Trends

More Homeowners Turning to Contemporary-Styled Bathrooms, According to NKBA Research

Members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association specify contemporary color schemes and freestanding tubs among top bathroom trends of 2017

KITCHEN & BATH INDUSTRY SHOW, ORLANDO (January 10, 2017) — As with kitchens, Contemporary and Transitional-styled bathrooms have overtaken Traditional in design preference, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report completed by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Based on this annual member survey, the NKBA expects to see the following top 10 overall bathroom trends this year:Bath addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

  1. Contemporary and Transitional-styled bathrooms have overtaken Traditional style preferences.  Shaker style is gaining on Traditional, while Mid-Century Modern is emerging. Asian Fusion is a niche design, but design professionals who recommend it plan to do more of it in bathrooms.
  2. Whites, off/whites and gray are by far the most popular bathroom color schemes. Blue is emerging, with younger design professionals leaning more towards violets and purples. Stainless steel is niche and emerging.
  3. Linen storage cabinets and wood vanities are the most commonly used bathroom storage solutions. Floating vanities and open shelving are popular and increasing in popularity. Toilet topper cabinets are declining in demand.Bath storage in bath remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
  4. Ceramic tile flooring is most popular, but high-quality vinyl appears to be emerging.
  5. Undermount bathroom sinks are most desirable, with requests for vessel sinks continuing to wane, as well as pedestal sinks. Trough sinks are emerging.Kohler undermount sink in bath remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
  6. More than half of NKBA members surveyed said they eliminated a tub or whirlpool in a bathroom remodel over the course of the past year. Yet half also specified a freestanding tub during that same period, and 60 percent expect to specify more of them in 2017. While tub/shower surrounds are maintained and updated when they already exist in a home, they are not being added to new bathrooms or completely remodeled bathrooms.
  7. White fixtures are trending up, while bone/bisque colored fixtures are trending down. Brushed brass and gold are emerging faucet finishes; designer faucet colors, while still a niche, are emerging.Bathroom in custom lake home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
  8. The most popular amenities for the bathroom are in the arena of safety and comfort: e.g., comfort heights, shower seats, lighting in showers and no-threshold showers. Emerging amenities are smart toilets, smart toilet seats, music in the shower, easy maintenance features, and radiant floor heating.
  9. Water-saving toilets and faucets are becoming more mainstream.
  10. Distributed video and audio and wiring pathways for future integration are still niche in the bathroom, but emerging.Control 4 System in Lake Home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

According to respondents to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey, Contemporary and Transitional styles have overtaken Traditional in bathroom design preference. NKBA members reported that Shaker style is gaining on Traditional, while Mid-Century Modern is emerging.

Emphasizing the decline in traditional styling, one respondent went as far as to say that his clients are selecting “bold options for their bathroom. Homeowners are beginning to choose more of what they want, rather than what others are doing.”White onyx Stone Forest vessel sink in bathroom remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

In terms of in-demand bathroom colors, whites, off/whites and grays continue to dominate designs recommended by NKBA members. Blues are emerging, with younger design professionals leaning more towards violets and purples.

“We’re beginning to see more sleek designs over the more furniture look in the past,” added one survey respondent. “Everything is very bright and airy in terms of color trends.”

As for bathroom storage, conventional linen storage cabinets and wood vanities remain popular, with more contemporary options such as floating vanities and open shelving growing in use.

Also prevalent in many bathroom designs is the addition of power outlets located directly in drawers or vanity cabinets to unobtrusively power blow dryers, curling irons, shavers, electric toothbrushes and more.

Whirlpools tubs are also fading in status. More than half of NKBA members responding said they eliminated a tub or whirlpool in a bathroom remodel over the course of the past year.

Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO, anticipates continuing to see fewer tubs and whirlpools in the next year.  However, while whirlpool tubs are in decline, nearly half of survey respondents said that they specified a freestanding or soaking tub in the last year, and 60 percent expect to specify more of them in 2017.

Survey respondents also reported that the arena of safety and comfort comprises the most popular category of bathroom amenities, including: comfort height toilets/countertops, shower seats, lighting in showers and no-threshold showers.Shower seat in custom built luxury home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

“ADA-compliant features in master baths are not really new, but they are now trending so people can stay in their home as they age,” commented one respondent.

ABOUT THE SURVEY:

The 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey was fielded online to NKBA  members during August 2016 and generated 562 responses that represent multiple industry segments from across North America. Findings represent the number of respondents who said they specified these colors, materials, product types and design for their kitchen and bath clients during 2016. It does not represent the market size for these categories. For a report detailing market size by product category, please refer to the NKBA Size of Industry Study, available at NKBA.org/research.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit NKBA.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Bathrooms shown are in homes built or remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
Images are the property of Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. and may not be used without written consent.

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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.

 

Outdoor shower at home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

It’s time to disconnect garden hoses!

Most outside faucets are freeze-proof, but in order for this feature to be effective, you must remove hoses during cold weather, even if the faucet is located in the garage. If a hose is left attached, the water that remains in the hose can freeze and expand back into the pipe, causing a break in the line. Repair of a broken line that feeds an exterior faucet can be very costly. Martin Brothers Contracting does not warrant a hose bib against freezing, so please take a few minutes to remove garden hoses, close the shut-off valve for the faucet and drain any remaining water from the lines before winter.

We suggest that you drain any hoses and bring them into a heated garage or basement for the winter, rather than leaving them outside where water can freeze and damage them. If you are going to leave them outside in a shed, we suggest that you completely drain the hose by using compressed air to blow the hose completely dry.

If you have any outdoor water features, baths or kitchens, we suggest contacting a plumber to make sure the water lines are winterized properly for the season.

Finally, be aware that sometimes pipes and fixtures that have frozen and thawed don’t start to leak until full water pressure is re-applied. In the spring, check your outdoor fixtures for leaks, even if you have taken steps to protect them from winter ice damage.

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

 

 

It’s Time to Service the Generator

We would like to take this time to remind our clients that, if you have not already done so, please schedule your stand-by generator service. Those with service contracts should simply confirm their service time. It is very important that the stand-by generator is serviced twice a year, spring and fall.

If you do not have a stand-by generator, Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. recommends that you have one installed. Power loss can happen at any time. Typically associated with severe weather, power loss can happen for a myriad of reasons.

Generators can power the air conditioning system, heat, pumps, refrigeration, hot water, security, home automation and other vital components of your home. Call us today at 574-862-2142 to find out about installing a stand-by generator in your home.

Blue slate floor installed by Halsey Tile Co. in lake home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Caring for Natural Stone Floors & Showers

by: Halsey Tile Co.

Natural stones, especially calcite based stones such as marble, travertine, limestone, and many slates, have a delicate chemical composition that may interact in negative ways with cleaning solutions that were not specifically formulated for the task. Once you know WHAT to use, all you have to do is follow some basic guidelines and your natural stone installation will give you years and years of beautiful service.

Routine Preventive Measures

  • DO Use coaster under drinking glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices to avoid etching.
  • DO Dry marble surfaces completely. Marble is very prone to water spots, so it is a good idea to never let it air dry.
  • DON’T place hot objects directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot items.
  • DON’T use cleaning products, unless the label specifies it is for natural stone. This includes glass cleaner to clean mirrors over a marble vanity top or a liquid toilet bowl cleaner when the toilet sits on a marble floor.

Treating Spills

Onyx top by Halsey Tile Co., in lake home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.Some spills will turn out to be detrimental to stone if unattended: orange juice, lemonade, wine, vinegar, liquors, tomato sauce, yogurt, salad dressing, perfume, aftershave, the wrong cleaning products and so on. Though a long list, most likely won’t damage “granite” and “green marble” surfaces (at least in the short run), but will ETCH polished marble, travertine, limestone, onyx, alabaster and many slates.

Therefore,

  • DO pick up/clean any spill as quickly as possible.
  • DON’T rub the spill, only blot.
  • DON’T use cleaning products on or near your natural stone unless the label specifies that it is safe for natural marble (cultured marble is man-made and is basically a plastic material). This includes glass cleaners to clean mirrors over a marble vanity top or a liquid toilet bowl cleaner when the toilet sets on a marble floor.

Floors

Blue slate floor by Halsey Tile Co. in lake home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.Invest in quality cleaning tools.

A cleaning chore – any cleaning chore is never a matter of a cleaning product only. The implements – cleaning rag, paper towel, scrubbing pad, squeegee, etc. are important considerations as well. A good quality mop and the proper mop bucket are critical to obtaining the best results when mopping your highly polished stone or porcelain floor.

Choosing the right cleaner is critical to maintaining the beauty of your natural stone flooring. Always use a pH neutral floor cleaner like Hillyard’s Super Shine-All, or other labeled pH neutral safe cleaners, for natural stone cleaning. Using soap or vinegar WILL damage your floor. Soap builds up over time and needs to be stripped properly, so it is best to just stay away from it. Vinegar is highly acidic and will ETCH your floor most times beyond repair.

We found that sponge mops are not the best choice for highly polished stone floors. A better choice is a good-sized, closed loop cotton string mop. However, the very best choice is a microfiber mop. It is a good idea to have at least a couple of mop-heads, so that when one is dirty, all you have to do is trow it in the wash and use another in the meantime.

To seal or not to seal.

Granite top by Halsey Tile Co., in lake home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.For porous stones like hone-finished limestone or certain mercantile granites, the application of a good quality impregnating sealer is recommended if the floor is installed in a room that has the possibility for accidental spills of staining agents (example: cooking oil, coffee, juice, makeup, lotion etc.).

The application of an impregnating seal to a highly polished marble and travertine, or polished high-density granite is not recommended.

  • DON’T damp mop your floor with commercial cleaner unless they specify pH neutral. Never mop with a vinegar solution.
  • DON’T use any cleanser in powdery or creamy form.
  • DON’T use any soap film remover such as TILEX SOAP SCUM or X14 SOAP SCUM on your polished stone shower or floors.
  • DON’T use any toilet bowl cleaners or vinegar to clean your toilets. Possible spills will eat holes in marble. Clean your bowl with a powder cleanser and spray disinfectant designed safe for natural stone. (MB does not recommend using a powder cleanser in a any toilet as it will scratch the surface. Please follow the toilet manufacturer’s recommendations when cleaning your toilet; only use cleaners that are marked safe on natural stone.)
  • DO clean showers daily with diluted solution of spray cleaner and squeegee.
  • DO use proper floor mats. The leather or rubber of shoes will not damage stone floors, but the dirt on them will. It is important to have good, not just “pretty” mats. Clean floor mats often.

Granite bar top installed by Halsey Tile Co. in lake home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. provides the above care instructions for our client’s that have had stone products installed by Halsey Tile Co. We recommend that all of our client’s follow care instructions provided by the installer (see your warranty binder). Thank you for using Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. to build your new custom home.

Jobsite fire extinguishers used by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

Fire Extinguishers In Your Home

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. had our fire extinguishers inspected this week by Koorsen. We keep a fire extinguisher in all Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. owned vehicles, on our jobsites and of course in all of the Martin Brothers buildings.  Fire safety is an important part of our safety program. Keeping our jobsites safe is a priority. Well run, safe jobsites are important factor to consider, when determining which builder to hire for your project.

Today we would like to share with you an article written by Kidde, about choosing a fire extinguisher for your home. We thought it was a timely article, since we had our commercial fire extinguishers inspected this week.

Choosing a Fire Extinguisher for Your Home

At home, place the power to put out small fires in your hands and within your reach. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), someone in the United States dies in a house fire every three hours, averaging approximately 3,000 deaths each year. Arm yourself with the right equipment to help prevent a small self-contained fire from spreading out of control.

Kidde is world-renowned for our expertise in manufacturing reliable, high-quality fire safety products, including fire extinguishers. In fact, with a history spanning nearly 100 years, we’ve been making them for longer than any other company. Here we’ll give you some tips on how to choose them – and how to use them.

Choosing a fire extinguisher

Below are minimum recommendations for the home from the National Fire Protection Association.

  • Step 1: Choose primary extinguishers for your home. These include solutions for your living area and garage or workshop, and they’re pieces of equipment that you absolutely must have according to the NFPA.
  • Living area – For your main home protection, install a 2-A: 10-B: C rated living area unit on every level of your home. No more than 40 feet apart. Class A-B-C
  • Garage/Workshop – Due to volumes of flammable liquids in the garage, you should install a higher rated unit such as the 3-A: 40B-C Garage/Workshop unit. Class A-B-C
  • Step 2: Choose supplementary extinguishers for your kitchen and areas with a higher likelihood of electrical equipment fires. These are not required, but are highly recommended.
  • Kitchen – The kitchen is the likeliest place you will have a fire. Protect your home with a 711A extinguisher in the kitchen area.
  • Electrical – Ideal for tackling fires involving energized electrical equipment with a rating of 1-A: 10-B:C. Class B-C

(Rule of thumb is that you should have a fire extinguisher for every 2,500 square feet, Martin Brothers recommends that a home of over 10,000 sq. ft. be equipped with a fire suppression system.)

How to use fire extinguishers

Stand 5 feet away from the fire and follow the four-step PASS procedure recommended by the National Fire Protection Association:

  • P – Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
  • A – Aim low at the base of the fire.
  • S – Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly to discharge the extinguishing agent. (When the agent first hits the fire, the fire may briefly flare up. This should be expected.
  • S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire.

When to use fire extinguishers

It’s important to remember that fire extinguishers are only one element of a complete fire survival plan. Only use your extinguisher after making sure:

  • All residents of the home have been evacuated to safety
  • The fire department has been notified (call 911)
  • There is a clear exit behind the person using the extinguisher

Use your extinguisher only to keep a small self-contained fire from growing, only when the room is not filled with smoke, or to create a safe pathway out of the home. Be sure to read the instructions and become familiar with your fire extinguisher’s parts and operation before a fire breaks out.

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