Nick Barke

Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems

Title: General Manager

Hometown: Mankato, MN

Nick Barke from Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems

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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.”

 

Who is Nick, really?

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?
A: Two

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!

Customer Reviews
About Me
  • By Daniel & Susana C.
    Rochester, MN

    Customer Review

    By Daniel & Susana C.
    Rochester, MN

  • By Greg R.
    AUSTIN, MN

    "I chose your company over American Waterworks because my coworker had a bad experience with them and went with your company. He..."

    Customer Review

    By Greg R.
    AUSTIN, MN

    I chose your company over American Waterworks because my coworker had a bad experience with them and went with your company. He told me you guys did a great job and regreted not going with you the first time

  • By Jerome R.
    Austin, MN

    Customer Review

    By Jerome R.
    Austin, MN

  • By Dennis M.
    Austin, MN

    "Of all the different jobs I've had done I never was left with nothing to clean up until now."

    Customer Review

    By Dennis M.
    Austin, MN

    Of all the different jobs I've had done I never was left with nothing to clean up until now.

  • By Richard & Alice D.
    Owatonna, MN

    Customer Review

    By Richard & Alice D.
    Owatonna, MN

  • By Gene & Lori K.
    Ellendale, MN

    "Every team member that we dealt with was professional, respectful and very hard working.  Excellent Job!!"

    Customer Review

    By Gene & Lori K.
    Ellendale, MN

    Every team member that we dealt with was professional, respectful and very hard working.  Excellent Job!!

  • By Robert N.
    Northfield, MN

    Customer Review

    By Robert N.
    Northfield, MN

  • By Tony M.
    Faribault, MN

    "Installation!  Excellent job! Did everything agreed too."

    Customer Review

    By Tony M.
    Faribault, MN

    Installation!  Excellent job! Did everything agreed too.

  • By Jerry & Barbara C.
    Arden Hills, MN

    "Looks like a great job!"

    Customer Review

    By Jerry & Barbara C.
    Arden Hills, MN

    Looks like a great job!

  • By Art P.
    Waseca, MN

    "The last 27' on my west wall and south wall should hopefully and completely eliminate our water issues. "

    Customer Review

    By Art P.
    Waseca, MN

    The last 27' on my west wall and south wall should hopefully and completely eliminate our water issues. 

Testimonials
from customers I've helped!
  • "All these other reviews are not false. This company and particular crew starting with Roy and Nick, did a..." Read Full Testimonial

    Greg R. of Austin, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              All these other reviews are not false. This company and particular crew starting with Roy and Nick, did a great job of taking care of our issue in the basement. Was prompt and courteous not only to us, but to our house while working. I'll definitely recommend this company!
    Greg R.
    Austin, MN
  • "Your people were some of the hardest working, polite and considerate people. I liked how they were sure to..." Read Full Testimonial

    Cedarview Care Center .. of Owatonna, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              Your people were some of the hardest working, polite and considerate people. I liked how they were sure to keep me informed on what they were doing throughout the whole project. Thank you! You exceeded my expectations!!
    Cedarview Care Center ..
    Owatonna, MN
  • "The installation crew was excellent. Thank you for a job well done!" Read Full Testimonial

    Dick & Shirley D. of Owatonna, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              The installation crew was excellent. Thank you for a job well done!
    Dick & Shirley D.
    Owatonna, MN
  • "I Would certainly recommend them without hesitation" Read Full Testimonial

    John A. of Owatonna, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              Enjoyed having the crew here. Both my wife and I were pleased by their work ethics and related qualities. I Would certainly recommend them without hesitation. Good Going!!
    John A.
    Owatonna, MN
  • "We were very pleased with the timing & the quality of the work that was done." Read Full Testimonial

    Saint Mary's School of Owatonna, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              We were very pleased with the timing & the quality of the work that was done.
    Saint Mary's School
    Owatonna, MN
  • ""Product was best solution to the problem"" Read Full Testimonial

    Jane P. of Afton, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              "Product was best solution to the problem, Well done!"
    Jane P.
    Afton, MN
  • ""I liked dealing with a smaller town outfit"" Read Full Testimonial

    Ken & Karen K. of Afton, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              "I liked dealing with a smaller town outfit. The sales representative was good, no high pressure. The installation crew were nice young men!"
    Ken & Karen K.
    Afton, MN
  • "We can't say enough good about the three young men" Read Full Testimonial

    Brenda and George W. of Alden, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              We heard a good report from one of your previous customers. We can't say enough good about the three young men that did the installation. We haven't seen anyone work as hard and efficiently as they did in a long time!
    Brenda and George W.
    Alden, MN
  • "You could see the pride the workers took in the quality of their work." Read Full Testimonial

    Marcy A. of Apple Valley, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              Great Job. Friendly and courteous. The crew showed me the completed work and explained warranty infomration. Definitely would us your company again and recommend you. You could see the pride the workers took in the quality of their work.
    Marcy A.
    Apple Valley, MN
  • "I feel very confident that we will have a dry basement going forward!" Read Full Testimonial

    Jerri F. of Roseville, MN

    Customer Testimonial

              Ben and his crew were great to work with and did a great job on a complicated project! They came when they said they would, they finished when they said they would. They were respectful of and protected parts of the house they had to work around. It was a huge 4-day project and they had the right number of staff to work the project, worked late when they needed to and got it done. We had a complicated system in place and they re-worked the whole thing. When we booked the job, we weren't totally sure everything would work, but Nick came out and talked us through everything and I feel very confident that we will have a dry basement going forward! These guys know what they're doing!!
    Jerri F.
    Roseville, MN

Company Awards

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2017 Angie's List Super Service Award
2017 Angie's List Super Service Award
Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • Waterproofing & Sump Pump Installation Rochester, MN
    Before
    Waterproofing & Sump Pump Installation Rochester, MN
    After

    Waterproofing & Sump Pump Installation Rochester, MN

    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.  

  • Foundation Wall Repair in Rochester, MN
    Before
    Foundation Wall Repair in Rochester, MN
    After

    Foundation Wall Repair in Rochester, MN

    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. 

  • Waterproofing and Foundation Wall Repair Installation Austin, MN
    Before
    Waterproofing and Foundation Wall Repair Installation Austin, MN
    After

    Waterproofing and Foundation Wall Repair Installation Austin, MN

    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. 

  • Basement Waterproofing & Wall System in St Clair, MN
    Before
    Basement Waterproofing & Wall System in St Clair, MN
    After

    Basement Waterproofing & Wall System in St Clair, MN

    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.

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation System in Eagle Lake, MN
    Before
    Crawl Space Encapsulation System in Eagle Lake, MN
    After

    Crawl Space Encapsulation System in Eagle Lake, MN

    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. 

  • Basement Wall Repair in Madison Lake, MN
    Before
    Basement Wall Repair in Madison Lake, MN
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    Basement Wall Repair in Madison Lake, MN

    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. 

  • TripleSafe Sump Pump System Installed in Jordan, MN
    Before
    TripleSafe Sump Pump System Installed in Jordan, MN
    After

    TripleSafe Sump Pump System Installed in Jordan, MN

    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.  

  • Foundation Wall Repair in Mankato, MN
    Before
    Foundation Wall Repair in Mankato, MN
    After

    Foundation Wall Repair in Mankato, MN

    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. 

  • Foundation Wall Repair in Winnebago, MN
    Before
    Foundation Wall Repair in Winnebago, MN
    After

    Foundation Wall Repair in Winnebago, MN

    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.  

  • Sump Pump Upgrade in Courtland, MN
    Before
    Sump Pump Upgrade in Courtland, MN
    After

    Sump Pump Upgrade in Courtland, MN

    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.   

  • Wow! Crawl Space Transformation in New Ulm, MN
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    Wow! Crawl Space Transformation in New Ulm, MN
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    Wow! Crawl Space Transformation in New Ulm, MN

    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. 

  • Another Dry Basement In Redwood Falls, MN
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    Another Dry Basement In Redwood Falls, MN
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    Another Dry Basement In Redwood Falls, MN

    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.

  • Waterproofing and Foundation Wall Repair, Currie MN
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    Waterproofing and Foundation Wall Repair, Currie MN
    After

    Waterproofing and Foundation Wall Repair, Currie MN

    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. 

  • Basement Leak Fixed In Cottonwood, MN
    Before
    Basement Leak Fixed In Cottonwood, MN
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    Basement Leak Fixed In Cottonwood, MN

    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. 

  • Foundation Wall Repair in Lake Wilson, MN
    Before
    Foundation Wall Repair in Lake Wilson, MN
    After

    Foundation Wall Repair in Lake Wilson, MN

    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. 

     

our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Adams
  • Altura
  • Brownsville
  • Byron
  • Caledonia
  • Canton
  • Chatfield
  • Dexter
  • Dover
  • Elgin
  • Elkton
  • Eyota
  • Fountain
  • Frontenac
  • Grand Meadow
  • Harmony
  • Hokah
  • Houston
  • Kellogg
  • La Crescent
  • Lake City
  • Lanesboro
  • Le Roy
  • Lewiston
  • Mabel
  • Mazeppa
  • Millville
  • Minnesota City
  • Oronoco
  • Ostrander
  • Peterson
  • Plainview
  • Preston
  • Racine
  • Reads Landing
  • Rochester
  • Rollingstone
  • Rose Creek
  • Rushford
  • Saint Charles
  • Sargeant
  • Spring Grove
  • Spring Valley
  • Stewartville
  • Taopi
  • Utica
  • Wabasha
  • Winona
  • Wykoff
  • Zumbro Falls
Our Locations:

Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems
54004 Loren Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
1-507-201-4160