Proudly serving Minnesota including:
Minneapolis/St Paul, Rochester, Mankato and nearby
Son of Victor and Kathy Barke, Nick has been a part of the family business since day one. “When I was 7 years old my dad took me to my first job site. Instantly, I was hooked.” Nick has a true passion for the construction industry, and has dedicated his professional life to developing himself in order to continue to grow the family business.
Starting out as a carpenter, Nick has worked his way up at Complete Basement Systems, later working as a Foreman, System Design Specialist, Production Manager and – today – as General Manager. His extensive, hands-on experience has equipped Nick to lead the Complete Basement Systems Team, and advise the employees to ensure that each job is done professionally and ethically. “Today, my biggest measure of success is customer satisfaction. Because of our lifetime warranty, our customers are part of the Complete Basement Systems family for life. I want to make sure that they are completely satisfied with the quality of our work.”
So, you know the basics, but let’s learn more about who Nick really is.
Q: Big question – how many cups of coffee do you drink per day?
Q: What is something – outside of work – that you are extremely passionate about?
A: Raising my three boys. It’s probably no surprise that we love building things. It’s so fun to see them learn life skills through our building projects. In the summertime, we also love camping and bicycling – anything to keep them busy!
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Minnesota?
A: When it’s summer, I better be near water! I’m that guy that wears shorts year-round, so you could say I’m a bit hot blooded. My family loves spending time at the lake!
Q: Who is your favorite superhero?
A: Chuck Norris – obviously.
Q: Tell us about a person or situation that has had a significant impact on your life.
A: When I was younger, I spent as much time as possible traveling and experiencing new cultures. Those adventures really have shown me how to be happy and enjoy what I have.
Q: What energizes you to head to work each day?
A: Rockstar fruit punch!
Our repeat customer Barbara of Rochester, MN contacted Complete Basement Systems to waterproof a new home of hers. Our installation team installed a WaterGuard drainage system to collect any ground water seepage coming into the basement and then works to the newly installed SuperSump pump system.
Our customers, Daniel & Susana in Rochester were in the process of getting ready to finish their basement and had concerns with one of the walls that appeared to have cracks.
Complete Basement Systems installed our PowerBrace Wall System using zinc coated steel I-beams for added support to prevent any further movement of the wall.
Austin, MN homeowner was experiencing water in their finished basement and noticed a bowing foundation wall. The solution was to install an interior waterproofing system along the perimeter of the home, a vapor barrier on the walls to prevent moisture and mold and for the bowing foundation wall, steel I-beams were installed to support and stabilize from any further movement.
St Clair homeowner contacted complete basement systems when she was getting water in her finished basement. Our installation team installed our WaterGuard Drainage System along with an insulated wall system for her 1/2 basement walls.
Nathan of Eagle Lake, MN found Complete Basement Systems online and inquired about getting his crawl space encapsulated. Our system design specialist Nick met with the homeowner to show him the benefits of encapsulating a crawl space with our patented CleanSpace system.
Exposed earth adds a continuous stream of water vapor into your home. The solution is to uncouple the effects of the earth to your house with CleanSpace, isolating your house from the ground.
Our PowerBrace Wall System will permanently stabilize your foundation walls. Our project completed for our customer selling their home in Madison Lake, MN had a bowed and cracked wall. That was a concern of potential buyers looking at this home and soon realized it needed to be fixed.
Jordan City Hall had issues with water in the lower level of their building for over 20 years. After Complete Basement System installed over 300 feet of waterproofing throughout their building, they needed to be equipped with the best sump pump system on the market. The TripleSafe has three powerful pumping systems, a 1/3 hp motor, a 1/2 hp motor and a battery operated backup system. The system has the ability to pump out over 12,000-24,000 gallons of water.
Our previous customer in Mankato contacted Complete Basement Systems to address a cracked foundation wall in their basement. We had installed the PowerBrace wall system on a different wall years ago and over time hydrostatic pressure builds and causes pressure on walls.
Our customer contacted Complete Basement Systems after a home inspection was done on her home regarding the foundation wall bowing. Our system design specialist designed a solution to prevent future wall movement.
Our customer had gotten water in the basement after a hard summer rain that occurred in Courtland in June 2013. After getting a referral for the problem he was having, he contacted Complete Basement Systems for a FREE estimate. Our installation team upgraded the old sump pump system with our patented TripleSafe Sump Pump System. The TripleSafe contains 3 pumps, one is a 1/3 hp motor, second is a 1/2 hp motor and the third is a battery operated back up system. The TripleSafe Sump Pump System is sure to keep up with any amount of water running through the foundation and will keep working in the event of a power outage.
This drafty New Ulm, MN dirt crawl space, makes you say "Wow!".
A dirt crawl space under your home can cause many problems for your living space above. CleanSpace is part of a healthy crawl space and a healthy home strategy using patented products.
Our CleanSpace Liner System will permanently separate your home from the ground vapors from being transmitted to the rest of your home to ensure a healthy and safe home.
Taylor and Liz of Redwood Falls had noticed slight water seepage in the basement floor and walls. Getting ready to finish their basement in the near future, they realized they should address this problem before completing any finishing work.
Searching for a company to help them out, we are glad they found us online. An appointment was scheduled for them to meet with our System Design Specialist, Nick Barke.
Nick met with Taylor and Liz about the problem and while inspecting the basement entirely, showing them how a perimeter waterproofing solution would accomplish their goal of keeping a dry basement when they decide to finish. Having liked the product, the company and their design specialist, Nick was got them set up with an installation date.
Ben Heldt and his crew of guys installed a perimeter WaterGuard Drainage System along with a CleanSpace Wall System that will protect their walls from moisture and a TripleSafe Sump Pump System that includes a battery backup.
A transformed basement that Taylor and Liz can now cofidently finish knowing that they will have a dry basement for the life of their home.
Our customer needed help with water always coming into their basement. Wayne & Joanne were tired of the clean up mess and called in a professional.
Our System design specialist designed a permanent waterproofing system to control water entering into the basement using our WaterGuard Drainage System and a new SuperSump Pump system. It was also evident that the foundation walls had movement, so we used our PowerBrace wall system to stabilize the foundation wall using zinc coated steel I-beams.
Meeting Ashley & Tony of Cottonwood at the Marshall area home show, they had a plan to finish their basement but could'nt due to a foundation wall crack that would cause water to leak into their basement.
Our System Design Specialist, Nick Barke met with the couple to show them a solution that would solve their problem with a crack behind their finished wall. Poured walls are common to develop hairline cracks due to soil pressure against the foundation wall, causing further cracking and water to find an opening into the basement.
Our FlexiSpan product was the perfect solution for them installed by Nate Barke and David Briese. The couple now can have peace of mind to finish the space now having it corrected with a solid solution.
Our customer Dave in Lake Wilson, MN contacted Complete Basement Systems because his block foundation wall had about a 2 inch shear.
Our System design specialist met with the homeowner and designed a system to stabilize the foundation wall using an interior solution. The PowerBrace Steel I-Beam is what was installed to prevent the block wall from further movement and over time with periodic maintenance could straighten over time.