Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Donate the Gift of Life

April is "Donate Life Month". We once again urge our readers to become organ, eye and tissue donors. It's a simple process and a wish you should share with your family. To learn more about organ donation you can visit Donate the Gift of Life.

To find your State's donor registry click on this link: State Organ and Tissue Donor Registries

For the link to the Indiana donor registry click on this link: Donate Life Indiana

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Classic Porches

It has been awhile since we have done a Throwback Thursday. This week we have been focusing on porches and some of our classic Martin Brothers homes have had beautiful porches with great detail. We thought we would share four such homes here.

Beautiful dentil mold and columns grace this porch.
Classic American architecture with Corinthian columns

Lovely gingerbread trim on this wraparound porch

Classic Greek architecture and wide sweeping porch
In the heart of the country and east of the tiny town of Wakarusa, Indiana, you'll find Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., builder of quality custom homes. Most often known for the high-end homes we have built, our name has become synonymous with luxury architectural construction.

Founded in 1965, our team’s passion and devotion to custom homebuilding is unsurpassed. Known throughout Michiana for outstanding quality and service, our award-winning custom built homes are built by our highly-trained carpenters using quality products and time-honored building practices.
In addition to custom home building, Martin Brothers provides a full-line of remodeling services. We are a Certified Lead Renovator and a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist. We offer
  • Additions
  • Whole House Renovations
  • Basement Finishing
  • Kitchen and Bath Remodeling
  • Exterior Renovations and
  • General Remodeling

With every unique home that we create or remodeling project we work on 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 address. If you are looking to build or remodel a home, we invite you visit our website at or call us at 574-862-2142 to discuss the Martin Brothers difference.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

There's Power With a Residential Generator!

Power outages can happen anytime, anywhere. Typically associated with severe weather, power loss can happen for a myriad of reason. It’s easy to forget how much we depend on power, until we are without it. Electric powers your heating, cooling, security, refrigeration, lights, well pump, garage door openers, gates, entertainment systems and many other vital components in your home. For that reason, Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. recommends to our clients that they invest in a residential standby generator.

Residential home standby generators offer many features not found on portable generators, such as

  • More sophisticated control system
  • Fully weather–protective enclosures
  • Quieter operation
  • More capacity so you can power more conveniences
  • Runs on Natural gas, propane or diesel
  • Some offer Web-based remote monitoring

It goes on automatically when you need and it shuts down automatically once main power is restored. It is connected directly to a fuel system and your home's electrical system so you won't have to fill a gas tank or manually transfer power from the utility to the home standby unit.

Once the unit is installed, we also recommend that our clients set-up a service agreement with a local vendor so that their generator unit is serviced bi-annually.  If you are interested in having a residential generator installed in your home, please contact us at 877-862-2142.

Monday, March 17, 2014

We've Been Featured in Houzz!

Get the sun filtering and privacy you need even with those awkward windows, using panels, shutters, shades and more.

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Browse bedroom ideas, from loft beds to luxury beadspreads, and dream in style.
Find new home builders who can help you create a dream kitchen, complete with multiple kitchen island cabinets, a large dining table and a creative kitchen cabinets design.
Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.'s carpenters created the custom shutter for the porthole window in the teak bathroom. Custom work is one of the many services we provide our clients as part of our custom home building service. Contact us today at 877-862-2142 to discuss your custom home building project.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Barrel Vault Ceilings - What are They?

A simple continuous vault, typically semicircular in cross section. Also called tunnel vault or wagon vault.

Framing of a barrel vault ceiling
Barrel vault ceiling in an European style pub
Wood paneled barrel vault ceiling.
Faux finished barrel vault ceiling