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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Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit http://www.houzz.com/

Bartelt Wins Two Gold Awards at the Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards

On Friday, January 16, 2015, we took home two Gold awards from the Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards (WRAs).

The Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards is an annual event hosted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). It is an opportunity to honor the outstanding work its members have accomplished throughout the year. Categories range from the Residential Kitchen Under $30,000 category to the Entire House category.

Thank you to our customers, employees, and trade partners!  We would not have achieved this without your support, creativity, and expertise.

Here are the categories we were recognized for:

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

Residential Kitchen Over $150,000

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Wauwatosa Family Room

Entire House $250,000 to $500,000

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Kitchen Trends to Consider in 2015

“Trend” is a word we typically steer away from because it often implies that something is hot right now, but may not be two, five, ten years from now. Regardless, in this post, we’ll be using the word to talk about the popularity of the refined, simple, and not too trendy trend that Bartelt is seeing. There are many kitchen design elements on the rise that are smart and adaptable to your future style and upcoming trends.

WhiteFox Point Kitchen Remodel

The white kitchen is a popular option, and it is here to stay. It’s classic, yet versatile enough to work with any design style and highlight the homeowners’ personality. Offering a clean, airy look, white kitchens also seem to make everything else “pop” – wood floors, stainless steel appliances, lighting, and accessories.

Contrasting Island

More and more homeowners are using their kitchen island as an opportunity to add character and variation to the space. A contrasting stain or paint color can make the island a focal point and highlight your style. “One great option we’re seeing is walnut with a gray stain for that rustic, weathered look. It adds contrast to the room, yet still complements the elegance of white cabinetry,” said Heather Scott, interior designer at Bartelt.

Furniture-StyleTurned island legs

Sculpted toe kicks, corbels, faux finishes, crown molding, turned island legs – furniture-style cabinetry has become a staple in Bartelt remodels. It is evidence that the kitchen has evolved from a solely utilitarian room to the family’s hub. It’s the place where people tend to congregate, and it’s a room that seems to touch every other living space. “When your family spends a lot of time in a room, and it is open to other spaces, it’s important that it’s inviting. This is something furniture-style cabinetry offers. The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture,” explained Scott.

Hartford Kitchen RemodelJuxtaposition

In recent remodels, we’ve seen the integration of varying styles – modern mixed with traditional, rustic paired with refined. This is an important trend because it makes the space flexible and appeals to your varying tastes and needs. Want the clean simplicity of a modern kitchen, but desire some soft lines? A transitional style (modern and traditional) is a great option. Looking for the classic look of a white kitchen, but want to add warmth? White cabinetry contrasted by reclaimed beams or a distressed cherry top, for instance, strikes a nice balance.

TextureLeather-Texture Finish

Texture gives a room depth and character. How do you add texture? Reclaimed materials, tin ceilings, hand-scraped floors, brick, or stone are just a few examples. We’re also seeing a transition from high-gloss countertops to honed and leather-texture finishes.

Bartelt Donates Over 600 Pounds of Food to Hunger Task Force

Bartelt Hunger Task Force Food Drive

Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource, a premier, family-owned remodeling firm specializing in residential and commercial design and construction, hosted a food drive in December for Hunger Task Force and donated over 600 pounds of non-perishable food items and $450 with the help of community members.

Bartelt's Hunger Task Force Food Drive

“We’d like to thank our customers, employees, industry partners, and neighbors for supporting our food drive,” said Rick Bartelt, owner.  “We are pleased that we are able to help families in need.”

Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity.  Its mission is to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need Bartelt's Hunger Task Force Food Drivetoday and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.  Hunger Task Force makes sure donations stay “Free & Local.”

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 is a member of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council and the Metropolitan Builders Association.

Requirements:

  • 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

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, shop vacuums, Hepa vacuums, etc.).

Desired Qualities:

  • Efficient and able to accomplish tasks in a timely manner
  • Quality- and detail-oriented in rough and finish carpentry
  • Strong communication, people, and organizational skills

Compensation/Benefits:

  • Based on experience and skill level
  • One week paid vacation after one year of employment
  • Participation in the 401K program after a one year waiting period

Interested individuals should email their resumes to Rick Bartelt at rickb@barteltremodel.com.

12 Days of Kitchen Remodels (and recipes)

12 Days of Kitchen Remodels

We’re sharing some of our favorite kitchen remodels with a holiday recipe to whip up in your own kitchen!

Day 1

The Kitchen

This classic kitchen features ample custom storage, a built-in banquette, a Calacatta marble island top, a marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern, and plenty of room for entertaining.

Fox Point Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These cookies are perfect for holiday baking.  They hold their shape, and they’re so delicious, they don’t even need frosting (not that we advise against frosting).

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

 

 

 

 

Day 2

The Kitchen

This traditional kitchen features custom cabinetry, a large, two-level island, Sienna Bordeaux granite tops, and an eye-catching hood.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

The Recipe

This is the perfect beverage to warm up with during the holidays. It’s frothy and maple-y! Yum!

Maple Hot Chocolate

 

 

 

 

Day 3

The Kitchen

This historic kitchen features a tin ceiling in copper patina, soapstone tops, a copper farmhouse sink, and custom cabinetry.

Milwaukee Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This beef tenderloin is a must-try for the holidays!  It will impress your guests (and your taste buds).

Beef Tenderloin

 

 

 

 

Day 4

The Kitchen

This rustic kitchen features granite tops with a leather texture, hand-scraped hickory floors, and a large island with a crackle-finish and butcher block top.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This appetizer is festive and colorful, the perfect addition to your holiday spread!

Tree-Shaped Crescent Veggie Appetizers

 

 

 

 

Day 5

The Kitchen

This classic kitchen features a custom metal hood, Danby Marble tops, subway tile, and custom painted cabinetry. It is the home’s entertaining “hub.”

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

The Recipe

This holiday beverage is easy and delicious – an ideal combination!

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

 

 

 

 

Day 6

The Kitchen

This 1880s farmhouse kitchen features a coffered ceiling, a distressed cherry island top, and ample storage.  It’s the perfect mix of rustic and refined.

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dessert is rich and delicious!  We guarantee compliments.

Heath Bar Chocolate Trifle

 

 

 

 

Day 7

The Kitchen

This 1930s kitchen features a custom limestone hood, a crackle-finish island, and a hand-hammered copper farmhouse sink.

Shorewood Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This appetizer is the perfect way to kick off your holiday party!  Melty cheese and warm apples. Delicious!

Crescent Wrapped Baked Apple Brie

 

 

 

 

Day 8

The Kitchen

This kitchen features handmade glass pendants, quarter sawn oak cabinetry, and a tile niche above the range.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This side dish is very flavorful. With thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, even those skeptical of Brussels sprouts will enjoy it (probably)!

Shredded Brussels Sprouts

 

 

 

 

Day 9

The Kitchen

This 1800s Victorian kitchen features a tin ceiling, a wood hood with corbels, and colorful, hand-painted terra cotta tile behind the range.

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These buttery cookies truly melt in your mouth – a great treat to take to a cookie exchange!

Peppermint Meltaways

 

 

 

 

Day 10

The Kitchen

This open kitchen features a slate backsplash, custom stained and glazed cabinetry, and granite tops.

Colgate Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These no-bake candies are another delightful option to bring to a cookie exchange or to give as a gift on a festive platter.

No Bake Avalanche Cookies

 

 

 

 

Day 11

The Kitchen

This family-friendly kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry, granite tops, and a large walk-in pantry.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dish, also fondly called “cheesy potatoes,” is a great partner for your holiday ham, beef tenderloin, or any meal, really!

Hash Brown Casserole

 

 

 

 

Day 12

The Kitchen

This lake home kitchen features a custom cherry table with an iron tree branch base, a pot rack, and cabinetry with a crackle finish.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dip is a crowd pleaser! Bonus: It’s easy!

Crock Pot Cream Cheese and Sausage Dip

 

 

 

 

The Classic Bathroom

Wauwatosa Classic Bathroom RemodelIt’s time to take the principles of “classic style,” a topic we’ve covered in the past, and apply them to the bathroom.  How can you create a bathroom that stands the test of time and offers flexibility to tie in with changing trends?  Simplicity and quality products are the key.  Bartelt shares tips and examples to create a classic look.

Marble Basketweave TileThe Floor

For a clean and elegant look, basketweave, hexagon, or herringbone tile patterns are timeless, adding texture to the floor.  Keep it simple with black and white or all white with a contrasting grout.  Choose a creative mosaic pattern.  Select a classic Carrara or Calacatta marble or maybe a travertine.  There are many opportunities to showcase your style through these time-honored options.

The WallsWainscoting

Simple drywall will never go out of style, but if you’re looking to add some character to your space without getting too trendy or ornate, there are many options.  Subway tile, beadboard, and wainscoting are just a few examples of architectural details that add interest, but don’t overpower the room.

Fox Point Classic Bathroom RemodelThe Vanity

Many homeowners either opt for a furniture-style vanity or no vanity at all.  First, let’s examine what we mean by “furniture-style.”  These vanities often look like freestanding pieces of furniture, featuring details such as legs, feet, varying heights and depths, inset drawers and doors, and base molding with a recessed toe kick.  They can be a new, custom piece or a reclaimed piece of furniture.  Another classic look is a pedestal sink or wall-hung lavatory.  Above the vanity, recessed medicine cabinets can be a nod to a bygone era as well as wall-mounted faucets.

The FinishesPolished Nickel

To create a classic look, use historic finishes.  Polished nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze are often popular choices for plumbing fixtures and knobs.  Marble, travertine, white painted woodwork, and dark wood tones are also examples of finishes that stand the test of time.

Freestanding TubThe Shower and Tub

There are many options to create a timeless, yet modern shower – frameless shower doors, subway tile, marble, a bench, built-in niches, and a series of hand sprays and shower heads are just a few selections.  The bathtub is another opportunity to insert a classic flair.  Freestanding tubs, especially claw-foot tubs, remain the hallmark of a classic bathroom.  They add an air of luxury and are available in many shapes and sizes to suit your style.  Add water supplies and tub controls on risers that come off the floor for a complete classic look!

The LightingVintage Light Fixture

For your light fixtures, consider restoring an antique chandelier and sconces or choosing lights that mimic the style of a vintage fixture.

Guest Post: What’s Behind Your Walls?

Drexel Building Supply talks lumber.

When you remodel or build, what’s behind the wall is really important. But often it is rarely discussed in the building process or if it is, it is all based on price.  “Find me some cheap lumber to build this!”  How horribly wrong that is!

The framing lumber used to construct your walls is an industry unto itself. Lumber gDrexel Lumber Yardrades vary, and wood can vary greatly even within the grade.  You have to find a true lumber guru (like the team at Drexel) to find good wood.  It’s a bit like wine.  Not all red wine is created equal.  You can get it really cheap or really good, sometimes both, but not usually.  This applies to lumber.

Why do you need good wood?

The straighter the lumber, the easier it is for the carpenters to work with. Wood with no knots or cracks is also easier to use and offers more strength for your structure.  Wasted time and wasted product are expensive things on jobsites.

TheDrexel Lumber Yard Bartelt team takes “good wood” a step further with TimberStrand® Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL), an innovative and versatile building product that is straight, free of knots, and resists twisting, shrinking, and bowing after installation.  Learn more here.  Bartelt uses TimberStrand® LSL on long and tall walls and also behind walls with ample cabinetry and fine millwork to ensure they are straight, plumb, and true.

How does it get to your home?Drexel Lumbe Yard

Good wood comes across on railroad cars, normally from Canada or even here in Wisconsin. The lumber grows slower, due to a shorter growing season, which means it will be stronger with less knots and warping. It is stored at Drexel under cover until it is needed for a project. Then a team of pulling experts deciphers the plans and pulls the material in a way that is easy for the builders to use. Sorting through hundreds or thousands of boards for the best product can be costly, so Drexel does this for contractors at our yard.

We use a moffett or boom truck to move the material (not “dump”) to the project site, so it stays organized until it is used at its final destination: your home.

About the Author:

Joel Fleischman has a self diagnosed case of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder and has used that to fuel his life and made this negative trait into a positive life style. He is also the president and solution provider for Drexel Building Supply. You can follow him on twitter @JoelmFleischman or e-mail him at joel.fleischman@drexelteam.com. Joel does have an English degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, but you would never know based on his blogs. Also, he went to Panama city on Spring break three consecutive years in the early 1990s.  Learn more at http://www.drexelteam.com/.

Recent Project: Lake Home Remodel

The homeowners wanted to update their first floor to accommodate entertaining and daily living while taking advantage of the lake views.  The remodeled spaces enhance the home’s original charm and offer an open floor plan.

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel Before

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel After

The original kitchen was dark and dated, with little work space.  The remodeled kitchen features painted and glazed custom cabinetry, granite countertops, high-end appliances, and ample storage and counter space.  The large island accommodates casual meals and entertaining, and its contrasting color adds interest to the space.

Oconomowoc Wet Bar Before      Oconomowoc Wet Bar After

Neighboring the kitchen was the cramped wet bar area.  Now, the wet bar serves as an entertaining hub, having a direct connection to the kitchen, dining room, and family room.  It also features a coved ceiling to complement existing details.

Oconomowoc Sunroom Remodel Before

Oconomowoc Sunroom Remodle After

The back of the home was closed off to the lake views.  The homeowners wanted to improve the sight lines, so they could enjoy their backdrop.  The remodel opened up the back wall of the home to showcase their views and create space for a screened-in porch.  Heated floors allow the homeowners to enjoy the space into the fall months.