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!

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Loving the House They’re In

Excerpts from a story by Kathy Jonas
Read the complete story in Life + Spaces Magazine

Streamline Moderne Addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, INThis week on Martin Brothers Monday we bring you an addition to a two-story home.

The client knew they wanted their 1939 Harter Heights home to be more open, more filled with natural light and more spacious. They hired Architect Bill Jackson and Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. to build a 1500 square-foot addition that would do just that.

The Design

Jackson started to work designing an addition to the two-story home that represents the Streamline Moderne architectural style (a stripped down style that followed Art Deco) and reflects industrial trends, including long horizontal lines, curving forms and technology.

The addition incorporates some elements of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes with horizontal windows, a move to bring nature indoors, and long, open living spaces.

 

Jackson faced the challenge of breaking up the home’s symmetry with such a large addition. The client’s ended up buying the house next door and tearing it down- the result being a brand new space with lots of glass, clerestory windows, overhangs to allow as much light as possible and recessed patio doors on both sides of the new living area to blur the separation between inside and outside.

The Construction

Exterior - Before Addition
Before

Construction began in October of 2013 and the home was completed in June of 2014. At one point in the process, a basement was dug and a steel frame was constructed that was not attached to the original home.

The homeowners and architect credit Martin Brothers, the contractor, with doing a very good job executing the design and the vision.

Addition built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
After

The original brick, which is the same color as the brick at ND (a beige, taupe mix) had to match the addition. Jackson said Rose Brick brought in about six different colors for them to inspect.

A Few Details

The finished product is sleek yet comfortable, light and airy but also private, and full of customized, personal touches that make the addition so perfect for this transplanted family.

The kitchen is one of those that screams “entertain, entertain!”  A large island with a soapstone counter also features a stovetop with six burners and lots of storage underneath.  The other countertops are stainless steel for heavy-duty food prep. A glass shelving unit in the kitchen was designed by Jackson to open up the area between the kitchen and the hallway and incorporate some design trends of the Streamline Moderne style.  The kitchen floor is Marmoleum, a product used often in commercial buildings, that is soft yet very durable.

 

Custom built kitchen in addition built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
Many of the features of the old kitchen are maintained in the new; including the stainless steel countertops, cabinetry with furniture style flair and opaque glass doors. 

 

The limestone fireplace in the main room was custom made in Chicago to match a French 1930’s Streamline Moderne design.

The client originally picked a flat finish for the Hickory floors in the main room, but when the look wasn’t exactly what she had in mind, a more satiny finish was applied. Her previous larger, more traditional home in New York had cherry floors, but she wanted this home to be different in style and décor.

Interior of Addition built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, INThe light shelves constructed in the main room allow the natural light to bounce off the shelves up to the ceiling, which is a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian homes.

The End Result

While the clients have a few more things in mind for the home, including a pergola on one of the patios, it “feels” the way they intended it to feel. “We had the best Christmas of our lives here,”. “Everyone was so happy.”

Photo Credit: David Hubler Photography
Cabinetry by: Ayr Custom Cabinetry

To view additional photos of this project, please visit the Harter Heights Addition on our website.