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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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

Learn the Lingo of Rooftops

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

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

Aesthetically, gable roofs and hip roofs are quite different.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Decorative eave on lake cottage

Learn more about the interior of a roof

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Sunrooms That Shine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

The dark days of winter are over and the bright sunny days of spring shine down on home maintenance projects waiting to be done. We have compiled a list of important home maintenance items that, if completed, will help maintain your home’s value.

Second Floor AdditionInspect & Clean Gutters & Downspouts:

  • Examine any gutters and downspouts. Make sure the sections are tight and the assembly is in good repair.
  • Clean leaves and other debris from inside gutters and ensure that water flows away from your home properly.
  • Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.

Service & Start Irrigation:

  • Make sure in-ground sprinkler systems—are in working order.
  • Once the ground thaws completely, start preparing new garden beds for summer plants. And take stock of your garden tools and lawn-maintenance equipment, including lawn mowers, trimmers and hoses.

Inspect & Repair Chimney:

  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • If you have a masonry chimney, check the joints between bricks or stones. Have any fallen out? Is there vegetation growing out of them? Each signals water infiltration.
  • Look for efflorescence—a white calcium-like deposit that indicates your masonry joints are no longer repelling water but absorbing it, re-seal masonry with a clear, impermeable or water-resistant barrier material. Brush it on, small areas at a time; let it absorb for 15 minutes, then reapply—it may need a couple of applications.

Inspect & Repair Roof:

  • From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. You don’t need to climb up there yourself; with binoculars and a keen eye, you can probably spot trouble. Do you see any shingle-shift, suggesting that some fasteners may have failed and need replacing? Any cracked or missing shingles? What about nail-pops? All will need to be addressed to keep your roof at peak performance.
  • Have a professional contractor check flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys.
  • Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified contractor.

Stamped ConcreteInspect & Repair Concrete: 

  • Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation.
  • Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  • Check the condition of your sidewalks, driveway and other formal paths and walkways such as wheelchair ramps. Seal concrete or blacktop as necessary to prevent cracking, buckling and other deterioration.
  • Stairs and walkways are some of the most dangerous areas in and around your house. Ensure they are in good repair – without uneven surfaces, moss patches or holes.

 Inspect Home’s Foundation: 

  • Examine your home’s foundation from top to bottom for masonry cracks.
  • Look for cracks and discolorations that point to a water leak or moisture source. Seal and treat as necessary. Small fissures are generally normal, but large or gaping cracks signal potential foundation failure. Consult a professional if you notice any signs of structural damage to your home’s foundation.

Ipe DeckInspect Decks/Patios:

  • Inspect your home’s deck for warped, loose or splintered boards.
  • Is your deck or balcony in good condition? Perform a thorough examination. Push on railings to test for stability and bounce on decking boards to determine solidity. Look for popping nails and missing boards.
  • Check where the deck or balcony connects to the house to ensure the flashing is in good repair and you don’t see evidence of rot or damage. Underneath, try digging into the wood with a screwdriver. Soft, spongy, easily gouged wood indicates dry rot.
  • Sweep the deck to remove any leaves and debris accumulated in the space between boards. Whether it’s wood, plastic or composite, a deck should be cleaned every year to extend its life.
  • If the finish on your wood deck is faded or worn, now is the time to clean, stain, and reseal it. If you have composite decking, follow manufacturers’ recommendations on seasonal care. The same is true for wood and composite fences, pergolas, trellises and other structures.
  • If you have a stone patio, a simple hose down may be all the maintenance required (unless you detect moss or staining, in which case a more serious cleaning may be necessary).

Inspect & Repair Home’s Façade: 

  • Inspect the exterior of your home. Is any paint chipping? Is any siding damaged from winter? Are there any holes in your brick?
  • Whether you have wood siding, stucco or brick, look for trouble spots, especially under eaves and near gutter downspouts. Water stains normally indicate that your gutters are not adequately containing roof runoff.
  • If you have wood siding, check for openings, damaged areas or knots that have popped out, making way for carpenter ants, woodpeckers and other critters that may nest in or burrow through.
  • Replace missing or damaged siding.
  • Brick and masonry surfaces should also be solid, without any whitish powder (efflorescence) appearing on the surface. Freezing temperatures are particularly hard on masonry and mortar as moisture soaks in and expands. Efflorescence is a collection of soluble salts, left behind as the water evaporates. Brush the surface to remove it, and then seal the brick or masonry to prevent further problems.

Service Central Air Conditioning System:

  • Schedule a qualified heating and cooling contractor to clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

Service Automatic Home Standby Generator:

  • Schedule a qualified contractor to clean and service the automatic home standby generator unit.

Windows, Doors and ScreensInspect Windows, Doors & Screens:

  • Repair/replace damaged window screens. You don’t want bugs making their way in because you missed a hole in a window screen. And no, duct tape doesn’t count. It can be a quick fix, but don’t leave it for long. It just looks bad.
  • Inspect caulking on windows and weather stripping on doors. Walk around each door and window, looking at caulking, weather stripping, thresholds and other transitions. Fix as appropriate; caulk, expanding foam insulation and weather stripping are simple to apply and save you significant heating and cooling dollars.
  • Clear out your home’s basement window wells of excess material. Excess material encourages animal and insect activity and could be a safety concern as well.

Check Outside Faucets & Turn on Water to Outdoor Kitchens:

  • Before using garden hoses, check outside hose faucets for frost damage. Someone should be inside to watch for leaks, while the outside faucets are turned on.
  • If you own a Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. built home the outside faucets are frost-proof. Damage should not occur, unless a garden hose was left attached during winter months.
  • Have a plumbing professional inspect waterlines to outdoor kitchens and pool houses and have them turn on water for the season.

Clean up Landscaping:

  • Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house.
  • Remove dead plants/shrubs from landscaping beds.
  • This could double as a gardening tip, but if you didn’t trim trees or shrubs in the fall, do so now. Plants can weasel their way into cracks and holes on the exterior of your home, causing damage and shortened longevity. Nip that in the bud before it’s an issue. If you have decorative vines on the exterior, pay close attention.
  • Trim back or remove tree limbs hanging too close to your house. In spring storms, heavy limbs can do significant damage to your home.

Pool House RemodelInspect Pool Houses, Outdoor Kitchens & Outbuildings: 

  • If your gas grill has remained idle over the winter months, check burner jets for clogs and obstructions. Be sure that gas hoses and connections are sound and secure. You’ll also want to check for propane. For charcoal grill owners, make certain your grill is clean of ash and free of grease residue. It’s a good habit to adopt throughout the grilling season, not just in the spring.
  • Clean outdoor appliances and ready for the season.
  • Clean pool house appliances and ready for the season.
  • Clean pool house and ready for the season.
  • Have pool house air conditioning system serviced.
  • Walk around and through outbuildings, checking for structural issues and other damage. Roofing, siding, windows and doors along with water or pest damage are primary issues.
To download the complete Spring Home Maintenance Checklist please visit our website.