Bartelt Team Featured in M Magazine

The Bartelt team was featured in the special “Faces of Metro MKE” section in M Magazine’s June 2016 issue.

Bartelt Remodeling Team

The Faces of Exceptional Remodeling Experiences

Celebrating its 32nd year, Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource is a premier, family-owned remodeling firm serving southeastern Wisconsin homeowners.

Whether renovating an existing home or building a new one, Bartelt’s award-winning in-house designers, production staff and expert carpenters work closely with clients to take their ideas for their home, create a workable design, and make it a reality.

“Our goal is to not only provide meticulous design and craftsmanship to homeowners, but to also form meaningful relationships with our clients,” says Rick Bartelt, owner.  “I believe the fact that the majority of our projects last year were repeat or referral clients speaks volumes to our team’s success in creating a client-centric process.”

Rick and the entire Bartelt team have grown the company to become an industry leader and strive to create an exceptional remodeling experience for their clients.  “We would not be where we are today without the support, creativity, and expertise of our customers, employees and trade partners,” Rick explains.  “We are truly fortunate to work with the best.”

See the feature on pages 38-39 here.

A Place to Entertain

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

Space for Libations

Fox Point Butler's Pantry

This butler’s pantry offers extra storage and features a wet bar with wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker, sink, and glass storage. It also has goldleaf tiles and a gold ceiling, tying into the home’s classic and modern aesthetics. The room serves as a connection between entertaining spaces.

Wauwatosa Family Room and Wet Bar

The wet bar is conveniently located between two entertaining spaces – the living room and the kitchen. It’s the perfect spot to mix drinks, store glasses, and serve as extra counter space.

Hartford Butler's Pantry

The butler’s pantry is a transition area, located between the dining room and the library. It serves as extra counter space for entertaining in the dining room and features custom cabinetry, glass storage, and a wine refrigerator.

Hartland Wet Bar

This remodeled wet bar features custom cabinetry, a hammered copper sink, and a Bronzo Quartzite top. The beverage refrigerator and glass storage are a great addition for their gatherings, and the deep drawer allows them to store spirits vertically.

Elm Grove Coffee Bar

This kitchen’s “beverage station” is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ coffee maker, mugs, and snacks.

Kitchen Entertaining

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen island offers ample space for food preparation and seating for guests – ideal for entertaining. The kitchen’s open design accommodates the natural flow between appliances and storage areas during meal prep.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

The custom island table is the perfect spot to host a casual brunch or dinner. The kitchen is open to the family room, so guests can move freely about the space and interact with people in the other room.

Hartland Kitchen Island

If you entertain regularly, you’ve probably started quite the collection of platters, linens, glasses, vases, and beyond. Make sure you have a place for everything. The island is a great spot to insert extra storage.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

These custom barn doors serve as a focal point and allow the homeowners to close off the (sometimes) chaotic kitchen from the dining room when hosting guests. It’s the perfect way to keep the spaces open to one another yet separate!

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

This large island is ideal for setting up a party buffet! The homeowner also wanted part of the island to be raised, so guests could lean against it during gatherings.

Room to Visit

Elm Grove Hearth Room Remodel

This hearth room is a cozy spot for guests to mingle and relax. Because it neighbors the kitchen, the homeowners can still engage their friends and family while prepping at the island.

Hartford Sunroom Addition

With direct access to the kitchen, this sunroom addition extends the homeowners’ entertaining space. It’s a great place for guests to socialize while you prep in the kitchen or a nice spot to enjoy libations after dinner.

Oconomowoc Screen Porch

The new three-season room allows the homeowners to entertain and enjoy their surroundings without having to worry about bugs or the elements. It is also located off the lower level bar and family room, offering a nice flow between entertaining spaces.

Wauwatosa Sunroom Remodel

This light and airy sunroom is the perfect spot to entertain guests with drinks and appetizers. It also has a direct connection to the patio!

Delafield Screen Porch

This screen porch is accessible from the family room/kitchen area, the patio, and the porch. It is a great spot to enjoy the home’s scenic backdrop, and it helps blur the line between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

Lower Level Shindigs

Muskego Basement Remodel

This lower level wet bar and sitting area is the perfect spot for the whole family to enjoy. It features engineered hickory flooring, a bold chandelier, and room for a large table (perfect for games or meals). The wet bar includes marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry.

Oconomowoc Basement Remodel

A great place to entertain friends and family! This bar neighbors a game room and offers ample seating and counter space to prepare cocktails and serve snacks. It features character-grade cherry cabinetry, leather-textured granite, and a stacked stone backsplash.

Muskego Basement Playroom

You need a spot for those kiddos when you’re entertaining! This lower level playroom features two chalkboard doors and has lots of space to move around! It can also be closed off with barn-style doors to keep toys hidden during gatherings.

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

This lower level game area and billiards room offer plenty of space for entertaining and playing. It features heated travertine floors, soft arches, and a mix of lighting to accommodate all activities.

 

Oconomowoc Basement Remodel

This lower level bar is ideal for entertaining! It’s cozy, featuring a copper top, a Lannon stone wall and fireplace, stained beams, and a travertine floor.

Formal Entertaining

Oconomowoc Dining Room Remodel

This dining room is the perfect spot to entertain family and friends. It has views to the lake and is near the wet bar, family room, and new sunroom.

Bartelt Wins Two 2016 Regional Chrysalis Awards

On Monday, May 2, 2016, we were named a 2016 Regional Chrysalis Awards winner for the Addition Over $250,000 and Whole House Remodel $300,000 – $700,000 categories.

“We are honored to receive two 2016 Regional Chrysalis Awards, ” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the creativity and dedication of our outstanding team, trade partners, and customers.”

2016 Regional Chrysalis Winner - Addition Over $250,000The winning Bartelt projects each had unique components.  The Addition Over $250,000 home was originally a 1850s barn and was converted to a home in 1938. With so much charm and history, the homeowners wanted to retain and enhance the home’s original character while accommodating their modern lifestyle. The two-story addition houses a new mudroom, kitchen expansion, hearth room, master suite, and attached garage with a bonus room. Throughout the addition, it was important to create a rustic, yet refined aesthetic. This was achieved with beams, board and batten siding, shakes, layers of lighting, exposed wood, and other selections that acknowledge the home’s barn past.

2016 Regional Chrysalis Winner - Whole House Remodel $300,000-$700,000The Whole House Remodel $300,000 – $700,000 home was dated, compartmentalized, and stale. The homeowners wanted to update the space to accommodate their modern lifestyle, showcase their eclectic style, and take advantage of their beautiful setting. The exterior of the home was transformed with a metal roof, fieldstone, low maintenance siding, a pergola, cedar columns and brackets, and a screen porch. Inside the home, each room tells a “story,” with reclaimed pieces throughout the first floor – barn doors, beams, and boards. The first floor now has a more open concept, and there is a natural flow between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

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.

See more photos of these projects on Houzz:

Addition Over $250,000

Whole House Remodel $300,000 – $700,000

Barn Door Style

It’s hard to deny that sliding barn doors can add instant character to a home.  Old or new, they are a functional statement in the home and give homeowners the opportunity to showcase their unique style.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource slides (get it?!) a bit deeper into the topic of barn doors.

StyleElm Grove Kitchen Remodel

The great thing about barn doors is that they can complement any style.  Opt for a reclaimed barn door, with authentic patina and distress marks, to achieve a rustic aesthetic.  Don’t have access to a reclaimed door?  Incorporate a new door that is made to look old to add a touch of farmhouse style – layers of paint, hand-distressing, sanding.  Do you have a more modern home?  A sleek barn door in a fresh color can easily tie in with your contemporary space.  Barn doors are versatile, so select a material and style that complement your home.

HardwareDelafield Butler's Pantry

Choosing barn door hardware can be a bit overwhelming, but it’s another opportunity to make a statement.  For instance, wrought iron hardware can emphasize a more rustic style while steel tends to be a bit more contemporary.  The style and placement of the hardware can also change the feel of the barn door.  Oversized wheels, small steel rollers, horseshoe-shaped or prop hardware – the options are endless.  Once you’ve decided on the hardware style, it’s time to consider the placement.  Will it be located on the interior or exterior of the door?  When it comes to pulls, many homeowners will opt for a more decorative option at the front of the door, but will use a flush piece on the backside to clear the wall when the door is sliding.

Location

There are no rules when it comes to deciding where to put a barn door.  We’ve seen them on pantries, in closets, to close off a playroom, at the bathroom, and to add division between a kitchen and dining room.  No matter their location, barn doors are a functional, often space-saving, option for any area of the home.

CustomizationMuskego Lower Level Remodel

Have fun with your barn door!  Add a chalkboard door for notes or kids’ artwork.  Incorporate transom windows to allow natural light into a space.  Pick a bold color.  Use glass panels as a modern alternative to French doors.  It’s a great opportunity to be creative.

Farmhouse Charm in the Kitchen

Hartford Farmhouse KitchenThere is something romantic and timeless about a farmhouse kitchen.  From the simplicity of the style to the historical charm, many homeowners are embracing this pure form of design.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource discusses some options to retain and enhance that farmhouse aesthetic.

Apron-Front Sinks

Apron-front sinks are a common detail in any farmhouse kitchen.  With its deep bowl and sturdy construction, a farmhouse sink is ideal for everyday use and adds authenticity and subtle interest to the kitchen.  Opt for a more traditional feel with a fireclay or cast iron sink.  For a more modern farmhouse look, a stainless steel apron-front sink is a perfect twist on the original.

Elm Grove Farmhouse KitchenCabinetry

Simplicity is the key when it comes to farmhouse cabinetry.  Painted white cabinetry with inset doors is not uncommon and is a nod to old world craftsmanship.  Freestanding, furniture-style, flat or simple raised panel doors – it’s all in the modest details!

Open Shelving

Open shelving is a nod to the simple, functional, easy-to-access storage of a bygone era.  It’s a simple detail that adds character and an airiness to the kitchen.  It also allows homeowners to display dishes and décor.

Distressed Wood Elements

Distressed beams and wood island tops give a rustic, warm feel to your farmhouse kitchen.  These details can be an attractive contrast to white cabinetry.

Elm Grove Barn DoorsBarn Doors

Barn doors, although not a farmhouse kitchen requirement, are a nod to the home’s roots.  A reclaimed door is definitely a conversation piece, telling a story about its past life.  Whether reclaimed or new, barn doors offer a focal point and warmth to the space.

Simple Details

In every detail, there is an opportunity to add farmhouse character to the kitchen.  Glass uppers allow homeowners to display their dishes and servingware.  A bridge faucet perfectly complements a farmhouse sink.  Paneled appliances offer a furniture feel and conceal modern appliances.  There are also endless lighting and cabinet hardware options.

Bartelt Wins 2016 Regional CotY Award

Elm Grove Kitchen RemodelBartelt was named the 2016 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Residential Addition Over $250,000 category.

“We are honored to be named the 2016 Regional Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the expertise and dedication of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and customers.”

Bartelt was selElm Grove Hearth Room Remodelected as the winner of Region 3, an area that includes contractors from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis, and all regional winners will now be eligible for the National CotY Awards.  National winners will be honored at NARI’s Evening of Excellence on Friday, April 8, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

The winning Bartelt project was originally an 1850s barn and was converted to a home in 1938. With so much charm and history, the homeowners wanted to retain and enhance the home’s original character while accommodating their modern lifestyle. The two-story addition houses a new mudroom, kitchen expansion, hearth room, master suite, and attached garage with a bonus room. Throughout the addition, it was important to create a rustic, yet refined aesthetic. This was achieved with beams, board and batten siding, shakes, layers of lighting, exposed wood, and other selections that acknowledge the home’s barn past.Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Competing projects were completed between December 1, 2013, and November 30, 2015, and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges who are experts within the industry and associated fields selected winners based on each entrant’s submission, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.

To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.  NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.

See more photos of the winning project on Houzz!

Bartelt Wins Three Wisconsin Remodelers Awards

On Friday, January 15, 2016, we took home two Gold awards and one Silver award from the Wisconsin Remodeler Awards (WRAs).

The Wisconsin Remodeler Awards is an annual event hosted by the Milwaukee NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc. 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:

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

GOLD | Residential Addition Over $250,000

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Delafield Exterior Remodel

GOLD | Entire House $250,000 – $500,000

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Oconomowoc Basement Remodel

SILVER | Basement Over $100,000

See more photos of this project on Houzz.

Bartelt Kitchen Featured in M Magazine

One of our Elm Grove kitchen remodels was featured in the January 2016 issue of M Magazine.

Check out this kitchen with “barn charm” on pages 94-95 of M Magazine.

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Bartelt Named Best of Houzz 2016

Bartelt Best of Houzz 2016Bartelt was awarded Best Of Houzz 2016 for the Design and Customer Service categories by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community.

“We are honored to be named Best Of Houzz 2016 in the Design and Customer Service categories” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “It is the result of our team’s dedication to customer satisfaction and innovative design.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography.  Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz.  Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015.

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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 small room to building a custom home and everything in between, 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 empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products, and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.  Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, and Tokyo.  Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide.  For more information, visit houzz.com.

The Butler’s Pantry

Whether it serves as an entertaining hub or just a storage space, a butler’s pantry can be valuable to your home.  It’s an entertainer’s sidekick!  You can use the space to store your collection of platters and dishes or to stage a meal before serving.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource offers tips to ensure you plan a functional butler’s pantry.

Delafield Butler's PantryLocation, Location, Location

The butler’s pantry should be easily accessible from the kitchen and dining room.  This makes serving less complicated and accommodates the flow between entertaining spaces.  Many butler’s pantries have extra counter and prep space, storage, and appliances, so when positioned properly in the house, they can serve as an extension to your kitchen or dining room.

Hartford Butler's PantryStorage

Dishes, platters, barware, linens, glasses, silverware – a well-prepared host or hostess has a lot to store.  Custom cabinetry with roll-outs, dividers, and other organizational systems ensure everything has its place.  Open shelving is another great option, so you can easily (and quickly) grab the serving bowl or dish you need for your soiree.  Other storage options include wine cubbies, baskets, and cabinetry with glass doors.

Equipment

Beyond storage, somFox Point Butler's Pantrye butler’s pantries are equipped with appliances – beverage and wine refrigerators, ice makers, microwave drawers, and built-in coffee makers.  It can also be useful to include a bar sink to help with food prep or drink mixing.  When a butler’s pantry is fully equipped, it essentially serves “double duty” as a pantry and a wet bar.

Style

Big or small, a butler’s pantry is the perfect place to showcase your style and get creative.  Whether you’re incorporating a unique backsplash, a bold ceiling detail, or a fun light fixture, the options are endless to customize this useful space.