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Bartelt Wins Two MBA Achievement Awards

On Friday, October 2, 2015, Bartelt took home two MBA  Achievement Awards – Best Remodeling Project $30,000-$150,000 and Best Remodeling Project $150,000+.

“We are honored to receive two Achievement Awards,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the creativity and dedication of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and customers.”

The winning Bartelt projects each had uniqueWaukesha Kitchen Remodel
components.  The Best Remodeling Project $30,000-
$150,000 was originally dated and inefficient.  Bartelt created a layout conducive to entertaining and updated the space without straying too far from the feel of the home’s existing spaces.  The kitchen features custom, raised panel birch cabinetry, travertine subway tile, and granite countertops.  It also has a two-level island, making it multi-purpose: one level for food prep and the other with seating for six.

AftWauwatosa Sunroom Remodeler previous remodels, the Best Remodeling Project $150,000+ home was dated, and its spaces lacked unity.  Bartelt remodeled both the interior and exterior, including a new master suite, an exterior “facelift,” a new detached garage, a family room transformed from the old, attached garage, and an expanded kitchen.  The remodel restored and enhanced the original charm of the 1940s home.

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Best Remodeling Project $30,000-$150,000

Best Remodeling Project $150,000+

Bartelt Sinks and Faucets in 30West Magazine

Recently, our designer, Heather Scott, was asked about trends in sinks and faucets.  Here is the “The List” and photos from some Bartelt remodels.

See it on page 13 of 30West Magazine.

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Bartelt’s Matt Retzak in 30West Magazine

“Barn wood is a look back in time; there’s a story in the reclaimed wood that adds interest to the space,” Matt Retzak, designer at Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource.  Check out the “Dwellings” section in 30West magazine to learn more about using reclaimed barn wood in your home!

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See the article on page 33 here.

Bartelt’s Milwaukee/NARI Tour Home in The Freeman

Bartelt’s first floor remodel in Waukesha, a project on the 2015 Milwaukee/NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes, was recently featured in The Waukesha Freeman.

Waukesha Kitchen RemodelOur customers’ home was dated and didn’t reflect their personality.  They wanted to create a functional layout and make their first floor more conducive to entertaining.

In the kitchen, a peninsula and soffits were eliminated, improving the overall flow of the room.  The remodeled space features custom quarter sawn oak cabinetry, a painted island, granite countertops, a subway tile backsplash, handmade glass pendants, and a recessed niche for oils and spices.  Situated between the kitchen and family room, the wet bar serves as the home’s entertaining hub.  It features beverage and wine refrigerators, wine cubbies, and ample storage for glasses and barware.

The family room’s updated fireplace became the space’s focal point, with a quarter sawn oak surround, custom corbels, an arched apron, and slate mosaic tile.  The room also includes built-in bookshelves with glass inserts and new red oak hardwood floors.

Bartelt Kitchen in Waukesha Freeman

Bartelt Wins 2015 Regional Chrysalis Award

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, we were named a 2015 Regional Chrysalis Awards winner for the Whole House Remodel $500,000 – $1 Million category.

“We are honored to receive a 2015 Regional Chrysalis Award in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “This award is the result of the creativity and dedication of our outstanding team, trade partners, and customers.”

Bartelt’s winning project returned an 1880s farmhouse back to its original charm.  Bartelt updated the entire first floor and built a sunroom addition that complements the home’s existing details.  The project is a mix of rustic and refined elements, featuring reclaimed barn beams, coffered ceilings, white custom cabinetry, fieldstone, and character-grade hickory flooring with hand-eased edges.

The Chrysalis Awards program, started in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in fifteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States.  The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

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See more photos of this project on Houzz!

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Wisconsin Dairy Barn

It’s been an exciting week at Bartelt! Part of our crew has been in St. Cloud, Wisconsin, disassembling an 1800s dairy barn. With the popularity of reclaimed materials, this barn has a lot to offer – beams, doors, hardware, and history! Here are some photos!

Bartelt Farmhouse Remodel in 30West Magazine

30West magazine’s April 2015 issue features a recent Bartelt farmhouse Remodel in Hartford.

The homeowners wanted to update their 1880s farmhouse to accommodate their modern lifestyle while retaining and enhancing the home’s original character.  The remodel is a mix of rustic and refined elements, featuring reclaimed barn beams, coffered ceilings, white custom cabinetry, fieldstone, and character-grade hickory flooring with hand-eased edges.

See it on pages 34-39 here.

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Bartelt Wauwatosa Remodel in M Magazine

M Magazine’s April 2015 issue features a home tour of a recent Bartelt remodel in Wauwatosa.

After previous remodels in the 1950s, this 1940s home was dated, and the spaces lacked unity.  The homeowners wanted to restore and enhance the home’s original charm, creating a cohesive design throughout the various rooms and exterior while accommodating their modern lifestyle and next life stage: empty nesters.

See the “Dwellings” section, pages 53 – 56, here.

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Bartelt’s Mary Sweet in “All about the find” in 30West Magazine

How can you create a “country chic” aesthetic?  Find out in the article “All about the find” on pages 30-31 of 30West magazine where our designer, Mary Sweet, is quoted.

See the article here.

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Bartelt Named “Best of Houzz 2015”

Bartelt Remodeling Best of Houzz 2015Bartelt was awarded “Best Of Houzz 2015″ for the Design category by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by more than 25 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

“We are honored to be named “Best of Houzz 2015” in the Design category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “It is the result of our team’s dedication to innovative design and attention to detail.”

The “Best Of Houzz” award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.”

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