Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Best of Houzz 2015 Award Winner

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen, Indiana
Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Goshen, Indiana, USA January 19, 2015Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 50 year old custom home builder and remodeler was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. 

“Martin Brothers is excited to add the Customer Satisfaction award in addition to the Design awards. Not only are we proud to showcase our projects on Houzz, we find that the articles on the Houzz site are a great tool for helping educate our followers about the building and remodeling process.”

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is a design-build company specializing in luxury new home construction and renovations. We build mid to large custom homes and estates and renovate homes of all sizes with intense focus on quality of construction, craftsmanship and materials.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. offers dedicated project management to ensure quality, as well as personalized attention to your input, questions and satisfaction. We expect every client to have 5-star experience.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, 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 powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

Friday, January 2, 2015

Thank You for 50 Successful Years!

Thank you!

To our family of clients, employees, trades, suppliers, architects, designers, friends and family

The entire Martin family would like to thank you for the 50 years of incredible support you have shown our business. Without you, our success would not be possible.

To our cherished clients, thank you for all you do in support of Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. Whether it was hiring us for a past project, a new project, a referral, opening your home to a prospective client or simply speaking a kind word about us, you are the reason we open our doors.

To our employees, you have shown Michiana what Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is all about. Your hard work and attention to detail is why we are known for providing our client's with outstanding service and quality. You have our deepest gratitude, respect and appreciation. 

To our trades, suppliers, architects and designers, thank you for your support and commitment to our clients and company. Together we look forward to forging even stronger business relationships to better serve our clients.

To our friends and family, thank you for your support of our business through words of encouragement, prayers, referrals and kind words. We appreciate your support more than you will ever know.

As we begin 2015 and the start of another year in business, we are reminded that Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is only as strong as our relationships. We look forward to strengthening our relationships with you all and again thank you for 50 successful years!

Jeffrey L. Martin

Friday, November 21, 2014

Remodeling Trends

This week we focused on remodeling trends.  As more homeowner's opt to stay in their homes we share what they invest in.

Monday was feature walls. All you need is one fabulous feature wall to make a statement.

This wall certainly makes a statement! Created by paneling with oak ship lap boards and painted in a 5-step process by a local artist. Designer, Julie O'Brien of Julie O'Brien Design; Architect, Helman Sechrist Architecture; Remodeling by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Tuesday was tile that look like hardwood. The look of wood floors in a home is very popular and tile that looks like hardwood is a budget-friendly alternative.

This particular tile is COBSA Albero 4 6x24 in Doma Gray. Designer, Julie O'Brien of Julie O'Brien Design; Architect, Helman Sechrist Architecture; Remodeling by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Wednesday was statement light fixtures. With more and more homeowner's opting to install recessed light fixtures we are seeing less decorative fixtures. Homeowner's are opting to invest in one or two statement fixtures.

While the rest of the kitchen is lit with recessed lighting, the homeowner opted to place two beautiful chandeliers over the over-sized kitchen island. Kitchen by Hoosier House Furnishings, LLC,; architect, Phil Jenkins of Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.,; remodeling by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Thursday was changing footprints. Changing the layout of the interior is becoming increasingly popular as homeowner's opt to change their homes to meet with the way they live.

This homeowner worked with the Architect, Phil Jenkins of Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. over several years to revamp the layout of their first floor. Above are photos of where once was the family room is now the kitchen. Kitchen by Ayr Custom Cabinetry; architect, Phil Jenkins of Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., remodeling by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.

Friday was additions. Maybe you just need a little more room, a new child is on the way, a child or parent is moving back in or you always wanted a sunroom, there are multitude of reasons for an addition. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. has seen an uptick in owner's adding on.

When you have a home that has a park-like setting what better way to enjoy it then sitting by the fire in your very own sunroom?  The owner of this home chose Martin Brothers to construct a brand new sunroom complete with a beautiful fieldstone fireplace and a gorgeous full wall of Andersen windows. The ceiling boasts glass panels to open the room even further.

In addition to custom home building, Martin Brothers provides a full-line of remodeling services. We offer:

  • Additions
  • Whole House Renovations
  • Basement Finishing
  • Kitchen and Bath Remodeling
  • Exterior Renovations
  • General Remodeling
  • Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist
  • Certified Lead Renovator

With every remodeling project we complete, we consider it a privilege to work closely with our homeowners. We understand that this process is sometimes a stressful venture so we have a top-notch project management team in place to provide our clients with a stress-free experience. From design to completion of the project, we are committed to providing our clients with a personalized, five-star experience.

Licensed in the State of Michigan, we serve an area within a one hour radius of our rural Goshen, Indiana address. If you are looking to remodel a home, we invite you call us at 574-862-2142 to discuss the Martin Brothers difference

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Tribute to our Veterans

The American Anthem
by Norah Jones

All we've been given by those who came before. The dream of a nation where freedom would endure. The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day

What shall be our legacy? What will our children say? Let them say of me, I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I received. Let me know in my heart when my days are through; America, America, I gave my best to you.

Each generation from the plains, to distant shore; with the gifts they were given were determined to leave more. Battles fought together, acts of conscience fought alone. These are the seeds from which America has grown.

Let them say of me I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I received. Let me know in my heart
When my days are through; America, America, I gave my best to you.

For those who think they have nothing to share. Who fear in their hearts there is no hero there. Know each quiet act of dignity is that which fortifies the soul of a nation that never dies.

Let them say of me I was one who believed in sharing the blessings I received. Let me know in my heart when my days are through; America, America, I gave my best to you.

America, America, I gave my best to you.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. honors all Veterans today and thanks them for their service to our great nation.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Great Cabinet Design Begins at the Door.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. has been focusing on great cabinetry design features on Facebook this week, so we thought we would tackle cabinet door styles in our blog. The cabinet door style you choose can be one of the most important factors in your kitchen's new design. Cabinet doors are one of the most visible design elements in a kitchen from elaborate to simple, there's a door style for every home design. We take a look at eight door styles that are popular with custom home buyers; perhaps one will work for your home’s style.

Shaker. Shaker-style cabinet doors are the most common door style in kitchens today. This five-piece flat-panel style has a frame made from four pieces and a single flat center panel for the fifth piece.

Shaker cabinetry gets its name from the distinctive Shaker furniture style, which uses simple, clean lines and emphasizes utility. We see Shaker style cabinetry most often in basements and laundry rooms.

Shaker style cabinetry in a finished basement
Flat paneled maple custom cabinetry

Flat Panel. Simple but stylish, the flat-panel cabinet door is void of any expensive details. Its hard lines and minimalist form make it a great fit for contemporary and modern interiors. Many flat doors come in decorative laminate or wood.

InsetAlthough this style tends to be one of the most expensive on the market, it's a classic look that'll last for generations. The inset door gets its name because it is set inside of the cabinet frame — typical cabinet doors rest on the outside of the frame. The door is designed and constructed with extremely precise measurements so that it nests inside the frame and opens and closes properly, even when the wood expands and contracts.

Inset cabinetry in custom built lake home

Distressed cabinetry in custom luxury home

Distressed.    Do you like the antique look of handscraped, hand rubbed cabinets? Then you like the distressed look. Choose any door style and opt to have the corners rubbed off or have other distressing techniques done for that age-old feeling. 

Beadboard.    Love cottage style? It doesn't get more cottage chic than beadboard. The center panels of the cabinet doors in this style are made to look like traditional beadboard paneling. Beadboard is commonly used in lake homes as wainscot in kitchens, baths and living areas.

Painted black beadboard cabinetry in a custom lake home
Raised panel cabinetry in a remodeled home

Raised Panel. Raised panel doors have a decorative panel either routed into a door panel or inserted into the frame of a door.

Glass. Opt for glass-door cabinets to give a lighter and more open feel than cabinets with solid doors.

Glass front cabinetry in a custom lake home

Glass & fabric insert in custom pantry door

Unique Materials. For a unique look, you can create cabinet door inserts using unique materials like louvered panels, hole caning, patterned tin, wire grating or fabric.

Whether it’s remodeling a kitchen or your building a new home, Martin Brothers is there to serve. Contact us today at 574-862-2142 or 877-862-2142. You can also find us on the web at www.MartinBrosContracting.com