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.

Advertisements

Our Favorite Laundry Room Ideas

Our Favorite Laundry Room Ideas

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

Drying rack

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

Hanging Rod

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

custom-made sink insert

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

 custom cabinetry

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

customized storage

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

laundry centers

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

pull-out ironing board

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

multiple appliances

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

multiple purpose laundry room

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

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

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

We Answer Your Questions #6

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is pleased to be part of the Houzz network of professionals. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design; providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Often, Houzzers (members of the app) come to us with questions about our projects. Through answering these questions, we are provided the unique opportunity to educate Houzzers about our projects.  At times, we are not able to provide specific information for privacy reasons, but make every effort to accommodate Houzzers.

This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been providing our clients with a true custom home building experience since 1965. As a true custom home builder each home we build is unique. By that, we mean that each home we build is designed to meet the needs of the client, and to fit the site on which it is built. We have never built two homes exactly the same…the homeowner chooses the amenities and look of the home and the home is designed accordingly. We invite you to follow us on Houzz!

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

We Answer Your Questions #5

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is pleased to be part of the Houzz network of professionals. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design; providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Often, Houzzers (members of the app) come to us with questions about our projects. Through answering these questions, we are provided the unique opportunity to educate Houzzers about our projects.  At times, we are not able to provide specific information for privacy reasons, but make every effort to accommodate Houzzers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Houzzer: Love the sconces–who makes them?

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

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

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

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

Houzzer: Love the fire pit how is it made?

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

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

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

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

Houzzer: Where can I buy the double entry doors?

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

Houzzer: What color is the roof?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Houzzer: What floor tile was used?

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


Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been providing our clients with a true custom home building experience since 1965. As a true custom home builder each home we build is unique. By that, we mean that each home we build is designed to meet the needs of the client, and to fit the site on which it is built. We have never built two homes exactly the same…the homeowner chooses the amenities and look of the home and the home is designed accordingly. We invite you to follow us on Houzz!

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

We Answer Your Questions #4

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is pleased to be part of the Houzz network of professionals. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design; providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Often, Houzzers (members of the app) come to us with questions about our projects. Through answering these questions, we are provided the unique opportunity to educate Houzzers about our projects.  At times, we are not able to provide specific information for privacy reasons, but make every effort to accommodate Houzzers.

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

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

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

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

Houzzer: Where can I buy this shed?

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

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

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

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

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

Houzzer: what is the white color named used here?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Houzzer: Are there any similar colors in vinyl?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been providing our clients with a true custom home building experience since 1965. As a true custom home builder each home we build is unique. By that, we mean that each home we build is designed to meet the needs of the client, and to fit the site on which it is built. We have never built two homes exactly the same…the homeowner chooses the amenities and look of the home and the home is designed accordingly. We invite you to follow us on Houzz!

This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Fishy Gable End Trim photo. Click on the photo for questions and answers about this home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

We Answer Your Questions #3

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 Fishy Gable End Trim photo.

This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Fishy Gable End Trim photo. Click on the photo for questions and answers about this home.

Houzzer: Hello…can you tell me what kind of patio stone was used here? Love it!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The patio is actually stamped concrete.

Houzzer: What colors were used in the stamped concrete on the patio?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Our Architect’s reply was that it’s a limestone pattern, but the color was a custom mix. He suggested letting your concrete contractor know it’s a limestone pattern. Your concrete contractor can mix colors to your preference.

Houzzer: Where did you get the concrete stamp?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The stamp work was done professionally by Miller Concrete, Inc., Goshen, Indiana.

Houzzer: What flood lights are those?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The homeowner’s designer supplied all of the lighting and as such we do not have record. They appear to be normal flood lights that can be purchased through any lighting supplier.

Houzzer: Love the brackets. We’re they stock or custom?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: They were stock brackets (corbels) that we customized.

Houzzer: I like the color of the siding. The stone color is a nice compliment to it all. Can you give me the name and color of the siding and the stone as well? Thank you.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The stone is a mixture of granite fieldstone and cobblestone. There are limestone ledges and thresholds. Stone may be purchased through any masonry stone supplier in your area that carries natural stone products. The siding is Shakertown Craftsman Cedar Shingles finished with one coat of factory applied Cabot Bleaching Oil.

Houzzer: Was any acrylic added to the Cabot oil? We want to do just Cabot oil, but both Cabot and our contractor are advising adding some sort of solid or semitransparent acrylic to offset harsh winters and water in the Midwest.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: We suggest that you follow your contractor’s and Cabot’s advise. We applied the product according to Cabot’s specifications.

This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Fishy Gable End Trim photo. Click on the photo for questions and answers about this home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Houzzer: I ABSOLUTELY love the cut out on the peak of the house in front and back. How was that done?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The fish gable piece and all other decorative trim pieces were custom made for the home by our in-house carpenters.

Houzzer: Hello, I like the gable end trim and it appears to be lap siding of some sort. Can you tell me its exact name and source to purchase some like it?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The siding is Shakertown Craftsman Cedar Shingles finished with one coat of factory applied Cabot Bleaching Oil. Most of the trim is Azek in standard Azek white (most customized at the site).

Houzzer: Can you please tell me who makes this window? (As soon as possible, I hope – am in the midst of vestibule construction right now.) Thank you very much!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Marvin Direct Glaze Round Top window.

This week we answer questions on the Dream Lake Home Fishy Gable End Trim photo. Click on the photo for questions and answers about this home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Houzzer: Are there retractable screens on the double French doors?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Yes, Phantom Screens are installed on the doors.

Houzzer: What are the color of the windows and doors here? Thanks.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: They are Marvin Cottage-Style Clad Ultimate Double-Hung windows and Marvin Ultimate French doors in Stone White.

Houzzer: Love these Marvin Doors! Could you tell me the dimensions of the doors?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The plans for this home have been archived. We will be happy to replicate this look for you by providing you with design services for a fee. Thank you.

Houzzer: What is the size of the covered patio? Quite beautiful. Please share the dimensions.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is actually the sunroom and not a covered patio. The doors were open for this photo. The plans for this home have been archived, so we unfortunately do not have the room size available.

Houzzer: Do you know what the cost per square foot was for this home?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: As a matter of confidentiality we do not give out pricing information on the homes we build. Prices for building products, terrain and the builder you choose will all affect the price per square foot of any home you choose to build.

Houzzer: This is on Klinger Lake right?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Out of respect for the homeowner’s privacy, we do not give out locations of our projects.


Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been providing our clients with a true custom home building experience since 1965. As a true custom home builder each home we build is unique. By that, we mean that each home we build is designed to meet the needs of the client, and to fit the site on which it is built. We have never built two homes exactly the same…the homeowner chooses the amenities and look of the home and the home is designed accordingly. We invite you to follow us on Houzz!

We Answer Your Questions #2

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 French Country Retreat Interior.

bath 10x15

Houzzer: What is the color of the paint? Hi, would love to know the color of the bathroom walls.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It’s a Benjamin Moore color Squirrel Tail BM 1476 in a flat finish.

Houzzer: What is the bottom tub surround? It looks like a bronze finish. Love it!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a custom panel supplied by the bath cabinet maker Hoosier House Furnishings, LLC, Goshen, IN. The look is achieved through a two-step painted process.

Houzzer: Love the tub. What is the size of it?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Kohler K1418-H Whirlpool Tub; 6 ft. model. This particular tub is no longer available from Kohler. Kohler most likely has a comparable model available. A reputable plumbing supply company in your area should be able to help you in securing a model that works for you.

Great Rm 10x15

Houzzer: Hi, would like to know the ceiling height of the great room please? Thank you!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The ceiling height is 11 ft. 4 in.

Houzzer: Would love to know wall color info, thanks.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Valspar color Almond Biscotti CI-67; however the painter used a Benjamin Moore flat paint.

kitchen 10x15

Houzzer: Love the island and range hood. Can you tell me the dimensions of the island and the paint on the range hood or technique? Thanks!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The base of the island is 131″x 52″. The range hood is wood and was faux painted copper by an artist hired by the designer, S. P. Interiors of Mishawaka, IN.

Houzzer: Love the wall color; are you able to share info? Thanks.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Valspar color Almond Biscotti CI-67; however the painter used a Benjamin Moore flat paint.

Houzzer: Where did you get the chandelier?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: As a custom home builder, we do not select the lighting fixtures. Lighting was selected by the client and their designer and was purchased at Wabash Electric.

Travertine 10x15

Houzzer: What is used on the floor?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: According to invoicing it’s 18″x18″ Florida Tile PietraArt Picasso Rustic Travertine. It was installed by Collins & Company, Bristol, IN

Houzzer: Is the travertine honed or polished?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: According to invoicing it is honed travertine.  (Honed travertine is the most common type of travertine flooring. This means that the surface of the travertine has been polished flat, but not completely glossed.)

dining rm 10x15

Houzzer: What is the paint color in the dining room, please?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Valspar color Almond Biscotti CI-67; however the painter used a Benjamin Moore flat paint.

study 10x15

Houzzer: Where did you find the arched French doors for the study?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The doors were custom made by Rockwood Products Ltd., Millersburg, OH.


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!

French Country Retreat - Custom built luxury home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

We Answer Your Questions #1

This week we are going to start a series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projectsMartin 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. 

We start this series with the French Country Retreat Exterior

French Country Retreat - Custom Built Home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
Houzzer
: Could you tell me paint color and the stone that was used on this beautiful home.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The stone is a blend of Buechel Stone Corp.’s Fond Du Lac Castle Rock, Cream City River Rock, Pearl Gray Rock and Door County Cobblestone from Rose Brick & Materials in South Bend, Indiana. The mason used a light buff mortar. The stucco was blended with a custom color prior to application.

Carriage house doors on toy garage by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
Houzzer
: The house is beautiful, wish you were in Michigan to build. What about the garage doors do you know what they are?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The garage doors are custom wood doors from Carriage House Doors. We have built many homes in Michigan. We are licensed in Michigan and serve Cass, St. Joseph & Berrien Counties in Michigan. We build high-end custom homes within a one-hour radius of our Goshen, Indiana location.

French Country Retreat - Custom built home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
Houzzer
: The house is beautiful. What is the square footage?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Thank you! The finished living space is 5,527; with a total square feet under roof of 9,615.

GAF Grand Slate Roofing Shingles in Aged Oak
Houzzer
:
Could you please tell me about the roofing material?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is GAF-Elk Grand Slate Lifetime Designer roofing shingles in Aged Oak.  It has copper valleys, drip edge and flashings.

Marvin French Doors installed in custom home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
Houzzer
: Where do I find the sizes for these French doors? We have a home in the National Register of Historic Homes in Maryland. I am trying to find French doors similar to these but do not know the sizes, or if you do custom work for French doors? Thank you.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: They are Marvin Ultimate French doors in Cashmere with Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware. We would suggest that you contact a remodeling professional that specializes in restoration of historic homes or a Marvin Door representative in your area to measure your door opening(s). Every opening is different and doors should be ordered accordingly. We work in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan and thus are out of your service area. Thank you for your inquiry.

 


Houzzer: What is the width of these French doors and what is the space between each door? The look is beautiful!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Every opening is different and doors should be ordered accordingly. What fits in one home does not necessarily fit in another. If you are interested in recreating this look, we would be happy to assist you at a fee. We work in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Thank you for your inquiry.


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!

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

Custom Building a Luxury Home

We found this article today on HGTV.com by Annalise Burgos and couldn’t wait to share it. Ms. Gigliotti and Ms. Burgos relate so many common sense tips about the process of building a luxury custom home.

Be sure and check out a few of the custom, luxury homes Martin Bros. Contracting has built in our 51 year history at the bottom of the article.

Custom Building a Luxury Home

When you’re spending several million dollars on a home, you want it to be perfect. That’s why luxury homeowner Sharon Gigliotti chose to custom build her dream home, rather than buy an existing property.

“No matter how lovely the house was or how much I really liked it, I always thought it would be better if it had this or that,” said Gigliotti, who bought previously-owned homes in the past. “I always felt like it was lacking something.”

“If I’m going to spend X amount of money decorating or furnishing a luxury home and will live there for a length of time, I want it to really work for me,” said Gigliotti, who lives with her husband, two teenage sons and two dogs in a luxurious 9,000-square-foot home in Knoxville, Tenn.

And real estate agents say many of their luxury clients feel the same way. “You get the floor plan you want; you get the materials and quality you can afford to pay for. If you want a dream home, the only way to get it is to design it yourself,” says Judi Starliper of Realty Executives Associates in Knoxville. She says 60 percent of her clients in the $1 million-plus price range have their homes custom built.

Consider these factors when custom building your luxury home:

Choosing the Site and Builder

The Gigliottis chose a five-acre property that is both “out in the country” (they wake up to deer in the front yard) and only a short drive from shopping and the freeways.

Whether you build a luxury home or buy an existing one, location is key. “Even though it is custom-built, you always have to think about resale because things can happen even if you plan on staying there for a lifetime,” Starliper says.

As for choosing a builder, interview two or three builders because not everybody gets along personality-wise, suggests Starliper. “Pick a builder that you have confidence in, that matches your personality, that you feel like you can work well with, and then get an architect with the same qualities — somebody who can see your dream. If you can’t communicate well enough to put that down on paper, that won’t work either,” she says.

Gigliotti worked with an architect to design a “European and old-world-looking” home. When planning her dream house, Gigliotti did a lot of research, collecting and studying floor plans. She had no professional design experience, but was inspired by her passion for studying houses. She created a scrapbook of features she wanted in her dream home — from vaulted cathedral ceilings to an open, continuous one-level floor plan to exquisite detailing.

Calculate Each Detail

From the fireplace in the spa-like master bath to the exposed brick wall in the kitchen, Gigliotti focused on every detail. Several millions of dollars later, Gigliotti says she was shocked at how much she had blown her budget. “Let’s just say there are not very many homes in Knoxville in this price range,” she said.

Staying on budget is a tremendous challenge when custom building a luxury home. Though Gigliotti and her husband were able to cover the additional expenses, any homeowner planning to build a luxury property must create a budget and account for every detail, from high-end built-ins to all the electronics required for a home of a large scale. The last thing you want is a home that’s half-finished, Gigliotti said.

“It’s easy to get carried away,” she explained. “You can plan something and then when you get into the actual building, you have all these options. Spend a lot of time really figuring out how much you’ll be spending. It’s all in the details.”

Build for Function

“I’ve been in luxury homes that feel cold, where you’re afraid to touch things,” Gigliotti said. “You don’t feel like a family lives there. There are no personal photos or collections from the family.”

Not the case for Gigliotti. People who’ve seen her home often comment on how cozy and welcoming the house is for such a vast space, she said.

That’s because she made it a point to build a luxury home that’s both a family-friendly environment and a welcoming space for entertaining. Hence, the basketball court, batting cage and pool with diving board for her kids and their friends, and a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, high-tech media room and covered veranda with outdoor kitchen for the adults. “It would be silly to have a nice place if you didn’t entertain,” Gigliotti said.

“A luxury home inspires you to entertain more,” she said. “If you have such a wonderful space that flows well, you want to share that.”

Nothing expresses this more than the home’s media room. While a typical luxury home theater is a separate area from the rest of the house, Gigliotti’s media room flows right off the kitchen and living room to allow for maximum entertaining. Instead of traditional theater seats, she opted for comfy couches and chairs so guests can socialize while watching the Super Bowl or whatever else on the 96-inch flat screen.

Depending on what you want out of your luxury home, whether it’s to entertain or to showcase your art collection, design your home based on how you plan to use it.

Design to Protect

Luxury homes are owned by high net-worth individuals who want to protect their families and valuables. So when they build homes, security and privacy are major factors. Most luxury homeowners live in gated communities or high-rises staffed with security guards 24/7. But if you don’t live in this type of neighborhood, as is the case with the Gigliottis, you find other ways to feel secure. The home is set back from the road, and the Gigliottis built their own security gate with keypad and motion detection system inside the home.

“It was very important for my husband,” Gigliotti said. “He wanted to feel secure that when he’s not at home, his family is protected.”

Plan for Resale

What if later down the road, you decide to sell your dream home? Will buyers see their dream home in yours? Maybe. Starliper advises homeowners to keep universal appeal in mind when designing the home so the average person can see themselves living there.

For instance, she says, “if you put a big bonus room off the master bedroom and no one else could get to it except for the people in the master bedroom, that wouldn’t be good for resale. You might need that, because maybe you want to have an office off of your master, but the majority of people aren’t going to want a bonus room office off their master. They want it for the kids to have a playroom, so it would need to be accessible to other areas.”

Build or Buy?

If you’re in the market for a luxury home, weigh the pros and cons of building it yourself versus buying an existing one. Custom building allows you to control the home’s layout, add personal touches and choose features that cater to your specific lifestyle. But as Gigliotti cautions, costs can quickly add up. If you want more predictability in your luxury home purchase, buying a previously-owned property may be the way to go.


Custom, luxury homes built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.:

Custom built luxury estate by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
11,200 Sq. Ft. French Country Manor

Custom luxury home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
8,800 Sq. Ft. Fully Automated Luxury Lake Home

Summer Lake Home Estate built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
14,200 Sq. Ft. Summer Lake Estate

When choosing a luxury custom home builder, we invite you to consider Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. We recognize the investment our clients make in their custom built luxury home; therefore, we provide unparalleled service throughout the project.

At every stage of the custom build process, we commit to:

  • Superior customer service
  • Attention to the smallest detail
  • Insistence on using only the finest building materials

From initial design to the final finishing touches, the professionals at Martin Brothers’ expects your home-building experience to be a pleasurable one. We invite you to call us today at 574-862-2142 or toll free at 877-862-2142 to discuss the Martin Brothers difference.

We at Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. respect our client’s wishes and will not share homes on social media if the client does not wish to do so. References and visits to homes may be arranged to qualified candidates.