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William H. Marcus & Son Custom Homes
Bill And Nanette and Ian Marcus
PO Box 28 Montchanin DE 19710
www.marcushomes.com
302 656 8294
302 656 8319

ABOUT US

William H. Marcus & Son’s passion and love for home building and renovations all started back in 1973 when Bill and Nan purchased their first “dream house”. In actuality, it was an 800 square foot bungalow in dire need of everything. Who would have thought that some 31 years later that this unsuspecting partnership would not only grow into a successful full-time business, but their son, Ian, would also inherit an eye for architectural detail and show an interest in the business.  Today, they are still fulfilling their passion and love in the custom home building and renovation business where a member of the Marcus family is involved in every stage of the project. The Marcus family still supervises virtually every aspect of development from site planning to the finished product.  They know the importance of being a good listener to what the customer wants in their dream house, and then using their knowledge, expertise to achieve that goal. They believe in building a relationship with the customer, one that is built on mutual trust and respect.

A little about William H. Marcus & Son’s logo and its representation of their business philosophy and operating principles.

 The Palladian window was inspired by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, who lived from 1508 to 1580, and is credited with the "Georgian" style of design, popular in this country from about 1700 to around 1780. The Palladian windows typical of Georgian architecture are also found in a variety of later architectural styles that retain their popularity today, including the Federal or Adam (in vogue from 1780 to 1820); early Classical Revival (1770-1830) and Queen Anne (1880-1910). 

 As a symbol of classic 18th and 19th century architecture, the Palladian window is also a fitting symbol for Marcus Homes. It represents the commitment of the Marcus family to create homes whose quality can be measured in the loving attention given to design nuances, the careful selection of appropriate architectural detailing, both inside and outside the home, as well as the importance of preserving the original character of a home that is often times overlooked in a renovation project . The window also represents the family's personal promise that every home they construct or renovate will be under their strict and constant supervision. 

 Classical architecture reached its peak in the 18th century. That is why William H. Marcus & Son chose an 18th century symbol for a logo. But, because we don’t live in the 18th century, they build their modern concepts on these foundations and subtly infuse the timeless classical elements into 21st century lifestyles.

When you see a house with a Palladian window, take a close look to see if the structure has not only the exquisite detailing, but also the balance, symmetry and sense of scale and proportion you will find in every Marcus home. If it doesn't, it is likely to be little more than a pale imitation of historically correct classical architecture - and no value at any price.

 Further, William H. Marcus & Son believe in the concept that in recent years Americans have become more and more concerned with quality.  Rather than a nation of heedless consumers voraciously acquiring products that planned obsolescence will make obsolete in a few years; we as Americans today look for the best, for integrity in manufacture and design, for durability, for value. Their English friends talk about good value, meaning that price and quality go together, and that cheapest may not be the best, nor is the most expensive the best.

 Knowledge about quality in general is part of today's literacy - of being aware, sophisticated and in control.  In a sense, understanding quality is part of being responsible.  Looking behind packaging to inner works and inner worth brings enjoyment and excitement.  It also brings a kind of moral satisfaction, because settling for the sloppy, the sleazy, and the second rate constitutes a form of waste that not only diminishes us as individuals but also damages our community as a whole.  Americans seek out quality in private goods - and the people behind them. To insist on quality is an expression of faith, faith that people matter as citizens, consumers, and creators.

"God is in the details", says the architect Mies van der Rohe, and in all of their homes, new and renovated, they pay the closest attention to detail.

Ultimately, quality is a democratic value, for it can be found in a hot dog as well as caviar, in a ballpoint pen as well as a Cellini candlestick. This sentiment was best expressed by a critic who noted Ralph Waldo Emerson's fondness for a person "who liked a good barn as well as a great tragedy." William H. Marcus & Son agree with Mr. Emerson's feelings.  They are pledged to build with quality foremost in mind, with attention to design and architectural detail inside and out, to listen to the customers’ wishes, and to give the best value in the market place.

They invite you then to inspect their product, or welcome an opportunity to discuss your custom home plans with a member of the Marcus family.

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William H. Marcus & Son Custom Homes
Bill And Nanette and Ian Marcus
PO Box 28 Montchanin DE 19710
www.marcushomes.com
302 656 8294
302 656 8319