Friday, February 27, 2015

3 Simple Safety Tips

This week on the Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. Facebook page, we presented to homeowners three different safety tips.
Keep your street address clearly visible from the curb. In addition to keeping vegetation trimmed, use large numbers in a prominent, well lit location on the front of your house. Even if you are diligent about home safety, accidents can still happen. In the event of an emergency, you’ll want to make sure that fire, police, or medical personnel can quickly locate your residence.
Always have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible.
Make sure it is Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed or Factory Mutual (FM) approved. Check the gauges to make sure they are charged and ready to use.
Clean aluminum mesh grease filters monthly.
The aluminum mesh grease filters should be washed in your dishwasher approximately every month depending on the amount of usage. Clean all-metal filters in the dishwasher using a non-phosphate detergent. Discoloration of the filter may occur if using phosphate detergents, or as a result of local water conditions — but this will not affect filter performance. This discoloration is not covered by the warranty. Wash often if your cooking style generates greater grease like frying foods or wok cooking. You cannot clean the non-ducted carbon filters; they must be replaced.

Baffle filters, which are used in professional style range hood products, are designed to operate longer in high grease conditions without loss of performance. Generally, these need to be cleaned with soap and water whenever the surfaces become unsightly.

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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

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.