More and more homeowners are incorporating Delafield Butler's Pantryreclaimed materials in their homes.  Barn doors, brick, wood planks, boards, lighting – the options are endless.  Whether you appreciate sustainable design or want to add historical charm to your home, reclaimed materials have a lot to offer.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource explains some of the perks of using reclaimed materials in your remodeling project.

It’s green.

Using reclaimed materials is a great way to give old building materials a “new life” rather than sending them to the landfill.  Whether you’re repurposing an existing light fixture or bringing in antique barn beams, salvaged materials are truly a sustainable practice.

It adds character.Hartford Greeting Room

Want to avoid a “cookie-cutter” home?  Reclaimed details are an opportunity to create unique spaces.  These materials aren’t mass produced.  They’re authentic and one-of-a-kind.  Patina, distress marks, rough edges, faded stains – repurposed pieces add warmth and texture to a home.  They can make a big statement without being overwhelming, and the layering of reclaimed materials with new details offers charm and interest.

It’s versatile.

Reclaimed materials tie in with essentially any style.  They can complement rustic or classic rooms, or they can offer a nice contrast to the simple, sleek lines of contemporary or modern spaces.

It tells a story.Delafield Fireplace

Reclaimed details lend a sense of history to a home.  Where were these pieces and who used them in their past life?  Perhaps, you’re incorporating wood planks from an 1800s barn or Cream City brick from an old farmhouse.  No matter the material, you’ll instantly be adding a timeless quality to your space.

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.

See more photos here:

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.

30West Sinks

Job Opening: Experienced Carpenter

Bartelt is currently looking for an experienced, full-time carpenter to join our crew and work on our job sites throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Bartelt is a well-established, well-branded residential and commercial remodeling company located in Delafield, WI.  Winning local, regional, and national industry awards, Bartelt specializes in high-end remodels and custom homes and is a member of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council and the Metropolitan Builders Association.


  • Minimum of five years of residential carpentry experience
  • Minimum of a high school education or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Presentable and reliable van or pickup truck
  • All necessary hand and power tools and ladders
  • Must pass drug testing

Bartelt will supply scaffolding, harnesses, tethers, generators (when needed), extra tall ladders, specialty tools and equipment, and safety equipment (i.e. Tyvek suits, eye and ear protection, hard hats, shop vacuums, Hepa vacuums, etc.).

Desired Qualities:

  • Efficient and able to accomplish tasks in a timely manner
  • Quality- and detail-oriented in rough carpentry, including exterior work (i.e. siding, soffits, fascia, etc.)
  • Strong communication, people, and organizational skills
  • Team player
  • Open-minded and willing to teach as well as learn new skills


  • Based on experience and skill level
  • Paid vacation to be negotiated at interview
  • Participation in the 401K program after a one year waiting period
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Tool and equipment repair reimbursement

Interested individuals should email resumes to Rick Bartelt at

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!

30West Barn Wood Article








See the article on page 33 here.

Recent Project: Rustic Lower Level Remodel

The homeowners wanted to transform their empty basement into another living space that both the adults and teenagers could enjoy.  It needed to be a comfortable area to watch movies, entertain, and relax.  The remodeled space offers a cozy, rustic aesthetic.

Oconomowoc Lower Level Before

The Bar

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

The lower level bar area is ideal for entertaining!  It features beverage refrigerators, a hammered copper sink, custom, character-grade cherry cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, and leathered Juparana Classico Supreme granite.

The Family Room

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

Neighboring the bar area, the family room includes a stacked stone fireplace and weathered beams.  This space also features French doors with views to the screened-in porch.

The Game Area

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

Arched openings and travertine tile run throughout the lower level, adding character to the space. The billiards room has space for numerous games, something that can be enjoyed by both the kids and adults.

The Powder Room


The powder room features a floating top, a vessel sink made from a boulder, and double arches.

The Three-Season Room

Oconomowoc Walk-Out Before






Oconomowoc Screened Porch Addition








A portion of the existing lower level was exposed to create a walk-out with access to a new three-season room that showcases the homeowners’ scenic yard.

Oconomowoc Screened Porch Addition






The new three-season room allows the homeowners to enjoy their surroundings without having to worry about bugs or the elements.  It features cedar, a reclaimed brick wall, and a stained cement floor.

See this beautiful project on the Metropolitan Builders Association Parade of Remodeled Homes, Sept. 12-13, 2015.  More details, including the address, will be posted on our events page as the date gets closer.


Simplicity.  It’s something we hear in reference to many aspects of our lives.  But what does it mean for home design?  First, let’s discuss what it does not mean.  A common misconception is that simplicity is synonymous to boring, modern, cold, plain, or sterile.  Simplicity should not be confused with these descriptors.  So what does it mean?  Simplicity is timeless and unfussy.  It is effortless.  It puts emphasis on quality materials, functionality, and efficiency rather than ornate details and expansive floor plans.  How does one achieve simplicity?  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource explores the “how” in this article.

Subtle InterestHartford Sunroom Addition

Although order and repetition can be used to achieve simplicity, there are many opportunities to add detail and character to a simple space.  Include “imperfect,” yet soft, elements such as distressed woodwork or hand-hewn beams.  Consider a monochromatic color scheme.  Create contrast with a mix of old and new items.  Add texture or pattern to your home.  Reclaimed materials, hand-scraped floors, honed countertops, a herringbone backsplash or floor, tin ceilings, brick – the options are endless to add charm and showcase your style in an understated manner.

Wauwatosa Master Bath RemodelNeutral and Natural

Cool neutrals, soothing earth tones, natural textures – simplicity is warm and adaptable to changing styles and trends.  Many homeowners opt for tone-on-tone grays, beiges, and off-whites.  For an organic feel, weathered wood, natural stone, and various metals are just a few ideas.  These elements can add a calmness to your space.


“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

-William Morris

This quote is a great example of simplicity.  For a simple, uncluttered space, homeowners need to learn how to “edit.”  They must choose what’s important to include and what is not necessary.  This is the “less is more” or “quality over quantity” idea we’ve discussed in the past.  Instead of a huge, open floor plan or elaborate design details, opt for efficient space planning and quiet elements.

ConnectionWauwatosa Sunroom Remodel

Simplicity and less “stuff” can connect you more to your surroundings by emphasizing natural light and showcasing views of your home’s backdrop.  It also focuses on establishing a better flow and seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors such as a sunroom with a patio door or accordion glass door that creates easy access to an outdoor entertaining space.

It’s All in the Details

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted detail photos every day (every weekday and non-holiday, that is). Here is a compilation of some Bartelt details!


  1. This range hood serves as a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen.  It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the space.
  2. The base of this butcher block adds a pop of color to the kitchen, and the knife storage keeps tools within reach of where the homeowners need it.
  3. This kitchen niche not only adds interest to the backsplash, but it is also a great spot to store frequently used spices and oils.
  4. A furniture-style island leg is an important aspect of the kitchen.  The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture.
  5. Showcasing the homeowners’ style, this kitchen pendant offers ambient and task lighting over the island.
  6. The roll-out pantry allows the homeowners to take advantage of the entire depth of the cabinet without having to dig through boxes and canned goods.

Lower Levels

  1. This hammered copper countertop is the perfect addition to a lower level bar.
  2. A Tuscan-style lower level features textured plaster walls and arched brick openings.
  3. These chalkboard doors are a fun addition to a lower level playroom.
  4. A finished basement is a great opportunity to get creative with your lighting!
  5. Here is a close-up of that unique lower level fireplace, the face of Prometheus.


  1. Check out this grand, double-door entrance into the master bath!  The arched doorway mimics the arch above the large soaking tub.
  2. Not only does a recessed niche add character to a bathroom, but it is also perfect for decor or storage needs.
  3. The tub’s handshower offers a classic and sophisticated look.
  4. This steam shower has frameless glass panels, a pivoting transom, and Pietra Calacatta, an innovative porcelain tile that looks like marble, but holds up to the steam.
  5. A wall-mounted faucet, slate tile, and boulder vessel sink help achieve a rustic aesthetic in this home’s powder room.

Other Spaces

  1. This custom, built-in bed takes advantage of an existing alcove and is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ grandchildren to snuggle in for a sleepover.
  2. In this library, a knotty alder coffered ceiling adds warmth and character.
  3. An arched opening between the sunroom and back hall keeps the spaces separate yet open to one another.
  4. The fieldstone and barn beams on this sunroom fireplace tie into the home’s exterior and create a nice balance of rustic and refined.

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!