Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

By: The Travelers Indemnity Company

When the driveway and walkways are coated in a thick blanket of snow, it is time to get a shovel out for what some consider to be a dreaded chore. But before you tackle the first snowfall of the season, take some time to read these safety snow shoveling tips to help avoid any potential injuries.

Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. The mix of cold temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart,¹ which may increase the risk of a heart attack for some. According to the American Heart Association, even walking through heavy, wet snow can place strain on your heart.

The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel:

  • Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place.
  • Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. When lifting snow, bend your knees and use your legs when possible.
  • Choose your shovel wisely. Ergonomically-designed shovels can help reduce the amount of bending you have to do.
  • Lighten your load. Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal one to help decrease the weight being lifted.
  • Hit the pause button. Pace yourself and be sure to take frequent breaks. Consider taking a break after 20 to 30 minutes of shoveling, especially when the snow is wet.
  • Consider multiple trips. Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once.
  • Keep up with snowfall. Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move.
  • Wear layers. Dress in layers and remove them as you get warm to help maintain a comfortable body temperature.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while shoveling.

A national study² found that the most common shoveling-related injuries were to the lower back. Cardiac-related injuries account for only 7% of all injuries, but they were the most serious in nature. If you do not exercise on a regular basis, are middle-aged or older, or have any health conditions, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, you should check with your doctor before doing any strenuous shoveling. Consider using a snow blower or snow removal service as an alternative means of snow removal.

Snow and Ice Removal Requirements

Snow and ice not only pose a potential risk to you but also to others. As a property owner, you are responsible for making a reasonable effort to keep public walking areas around your property clear of snow and ice. Pre-treating your walkways and other paved surfaces with an anti-icing product can help make snow and ice removal easier. (Some Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. clients have opted to have radiant heat installed under their walks and driveways.)  

Consider stocking up on ice melt in advance, as it sometimes sells out during long winters. You can store unused ice melt in an airtight container, out of reach from children and pets. Be aware that rock salt can damage brick, stone, asphalt and concrete walkways.

Be sure to check your local codes and ordinances regarding snow and ice removal requirements.

Sources:
¹ American Heart Association, 
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Shoveling-Snow-Health-Hazards_UCM_426562_Article.jsp
² Nationwide Children’s, 
http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/news-room-articles/new-national-study-finds-11500-emergency-department-visits-nearly-100-deaths-related-to-snow-shoveling-each-year?contentid=86424

 

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.)

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.

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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!

Loving the House They’re In

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

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

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

The Design

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

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

 

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

The Construction

Exterior - Before Addition
Before

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

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

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

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

A Few Details

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

The End Result

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

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

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

Stunning Home Renovation

Sunroom Addition built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, INThis week on Martin Brothers Monday we bring you a 1,458 sq. ft. walk-out basement and sunroom addition project along the St. Joe River that included a sunroom and master suite on the main level and a bar and theater room on the lower level. An additional 2,082 sq. ft. was remodeled and the exterior was completely renovated. The elevation to the pool and river was altered to make it easier to access both. The home was like new inside and out upon completion of the project.

New pool deck accessed by the new deck. Addition & remodeling by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN Remodeled kitchen in home remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

Architectural design by Phil Jenkins, AIA, Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; general contracting by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; cabinetry by Ayr Custom Cabinetry; interior design by Designs Unlimited; photos by Studio 33.

To see more photographs of the project, including before, in-process and after, please visit our Facebook page.

Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. is a general contractor specializing in the building of fine custom homes, remodeling, renovations and additions. We serve an area within a one-hour radius of our rural Goshen, Indiana location. We are licensed to build in both Michigan and Indiana.

Interested in seeing more of our remodeling projects? Visit our website!

Klinger Lake Cottage

Lake Cottage Built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, INThis week on Martin Brothers Monday we bring you a lake cottage that was built for a client that had entertaining their children and grandchildren in mind. The home has a total 9,244 finished sq. ft. that includes the loft over the garage. There are 3 private bedrooms, 3 sleeping lofts, 6 baths and a huge great room. Home is sided with concrete siding, trimmed with MiraTEC Trim and boasts windows by Marvin Windows and Doors. The interior is completely finished with rough sawn cedar and features cabinetry by Ayr Custom Cabinetry.

Lake Cottage Great Room in Lake Cottage Built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN Truss System in Lake Cottage built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

Home design by Phil Jenkins, AIA, Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; general contracting by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; interior design by Phelps Design Associates. Most photos taken before move-in.

To see more photographs of this home, please visit our Facebook page.

Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. is a general contractor specializing in the building of fine custom homes, remodeling, renovations and additions. We serve an area within a one-hour radius of our rural Goshen, Indiana location. We are licensed to build in both Michigan and Indiana.

As a full-service builder, we offer one of the most comprehensive project-management packages in Michiana. Our trained staff is on site daily to oversee every aspect of the project, sparing our client’s from typical nightmares others have experienced. With the benefit of over 50 years of true custom home building experience, we have the knowledge it takes to build today’s complex home.

Interested in seeing more of our custom built homes? Visit our website!

St. Joe River Family Home

Riverfront Custom Home Built by Martin Bros. Contracting,  Inc.This week on Martin Brothers Monday we bring you a home that was built for a very busy, young family. The 4 bedroom home has 9,784 square feet under roof and was custom built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. in 2004. The home has many great features that include an outdoor kitchen, fitness room, a very large billiards/entertainment room, built-in fish tank, pool, custom kitchen, his and hers garages, and a large master suite with a private courtyard.

General Contracting by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; Interior design by Phelps Design Associates; Architectural Design by Phil Jenkins, Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; Professional Photography by Studio 33.

Living Room in custom home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. Custom kitchen by Ayr Custom Cabinetry, Nappanee, IN

To see more photographs of this home, please visit our Facebook page.

Martin Brothers Contracting is a general contractor specializing in the building of fine custom homes, remodeling, renovations and additions. We serve an area within a one-hour radius of our rural Goshen, Indiana location. We are licensed to build in both Michigan and Indiana.

As a full-service builder, we offer one of the most comprehensive project-management packages in Michiana. Our trained staff is on site daily to oversee every aspect of the project, sparing our client’s from typical nightmares others have experienced. With the benefit of over 50 years of true custom home building experience, we have the knowledge it takes to build today’s complex home.

Interested in seeing more of our custom built homes? Visit our website!