Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bartelt Project Featured in “Dream Homes” in Milwaukee Magazine

The Milwaukee Magazine “Dream Homes” article is “A virtual ‘if-only’ tour of some of the most spectacular, awesome, extraordinary houses in the metro area.”  See Bartelt’s project and insight from our designer, Matt Retzak, on page 43 of the April 2014 issue.

1800s Farmhouse Remodel in Milwaukee Magazine

 

Every Nook and Cranny

Need space to curl up with a book?  Looking for a spot to tuck yourself away for some quiet time?  There’s something about a small, cozy nook to help you feel relaxed and remote.  Whether it’s used for sleeping, eating, reading, or simply lounging, a nook is a fun, yet practical, addition to any home.

The Breakfast NookHartford Kitchen Window Seat

A mix of banquettes, chairs, small tables, and booths is the perfect combination for a cozy spot to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, sip on a cup of coffee, or read the morning paper.  It can also be a space saver and fulfill other roles!  Kids can sit there for an after-school snack and share the day’s events.  Or it can serve as a temporary homework station.

The Reading Nook

Whether it’s a special area in a home library or office or tucked under the stairs or in a bedroom, a reading nook is a great place to get lost in a book.  Include built-in bookshelves, a cushioned seat, and good lighting (natural or light fixtures) to create the ideal space.

The Window NookMequon Window Seat

A window seat can be useful in any room of the home – the kitchen, home office, bedroom, family room, hallway, and beyond.  Who hasn’t dreamed of having a window seat?  They can be carved out of “leftover” space that would otherwise be wasted and can provide extra storage, too.

Elm Grove Hidden RoomThe Hidden Nook

Secret passages or hidden rooms are an exciting addition for kids and adults.  Include them in your lower level or a home office to create a secret “lair” for playing, sleepovers, crafting, and other activities.

The Bedroom NookGuest Bedroom Nook

A built-in bed is perfect for kid or guest bedrooms.  They’re a great way to maximize space, and they’re a comfortable area to snuggle in for the night.  Homeowners can sneak them into unexpected places, such as under a slanted wall or in an alcove.