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.

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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

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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.

Bartelt Donates Over 700 Pounds of Food to Hunger Task Force

Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource, a premier, family-owned remodeling firm specializBartelt Team with Food Drive Donationing in residential and commercial design and construction, hosted a food drive in December for Hunger Task Force and donated over 700 pounds of non-perishable food items and $370 with the help of community members.

“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 Food Drive DonationHunger 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 today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.  Hunger Task Force makes sure donations stay “Free & Local.”

12 Days of Entertaining Spaces (and Recipes)

12 Days of Entertaining Spaces

We’re sharing some of our favorite entertaining spaces with a holiday recipe to whip up at home!

Day 1

The Space

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen is ideal for entertaining, featuring double islands, ample storage, layers of lighting, and high-end appliances.  It is a mix of rustic and refined design elements – a cozy spot for the holidays.

The Recipe

Fanciful Raspberry Ribbons Recipe

These little cookies look beautiful on a platter full of holiday treats.  They’re sure to be a crowd pleaser, too!

Day 2

The Space

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

This lower level bar is the perfect spot to host a holiday shindig!  It features leather-textured granite, a stacked stone backsplash, two beverage refrigerators, and custom cabinetry.

The Recipe

Cheese Fondue Recipe

This year, one fun appetizer we’re having at our family holiday gathering is fondue!  Here is a yummy recipe based on the popular beer cheese dip served at The Melting Pot.

Day 3

The Space

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

This family room is flooded with natural light and features a coffered ceiling, gas fireplace, oak hardwood flooring, and a wet bar equipped with wine and beverage refrigerators.

The Recipe

Whipped Cream Fudge Recipe

This fudge recipe is incredibly simple and quite delicious!  It’s the perfect treat to bring to a party or to give as a gift.

Day 4

The Space

Fox Point Butler's Pantry

This butler’s pantry/wet bar is well-equipped, featuring wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker, glass storage, and a bar sink (it’s also important to point out the goldleaf tiles and gold ceiling).

The Recipe

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini Recipe

This festive holiday drink is sure to be a hit at your next gathering!

Day 5

The Space

Oconomowoc Dining Room

This dining room is the perfect spot to host family and friends.  It features a custom-built corner cabinet and a buffet with glass storage and a beverage refrigerator (the ideal spot for your holiday spread)!

The Recipe

Egg Casserole Recipe

This is probably one of the best egg bakes out there!  It’s the perfect breakfast to feed a crowd for a holiday brunch (although the recipe can be halved easily), and you can whip the ingredients together the evening before.

Day 6

The Space

Hartford Sunroom Addition

This sunroom addition is a balanced mix of rustic and refined details – reclaimed barn beams, fieldstone, a coffered ceiling, and an elegant light fixture.  The large windows also showcase the pastoral views (note the red barn)!

The Recipe

Baked Brie Bites Recipe

These brie bites are easy to pop in your mouth, and they always go quickly at parties!

Day 7

The Space

Delafield Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen features custom quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, green soapstone and granite countertops, a subway tile backsplash, and a painted island with plenty of seating for guests!

The Recipe

Amish Sugar Cookies Recipe

These cookies are beautiful (they can really be customized for any season with the addition of sprinkles), and they melt in your mouth!

Day 8

The Space

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

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

The Recipe

Chocolate Caramel Fondue Recipe

We already shared a cheese fondue recipe.  Now, it’s time for something sweet!  This is a simple, delicious recipe.  The fun part?  There are endless dipper options!

Day 9

The Space

Oconomowoc Screen Porch Addition

This screen porch off the lower level showcases the home’s beautiful backdrop.  It features a stained concrete floor, cedar, and reclaimed brick.

The Recipe

Hot Ham and Cheese Party Rolls Recipe

This appetizer is a crowd pleaser, and it’s perfect for a party because it can be assembled the night before!

Day 10

The Space

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

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

The Recipe

Brandy Slush Recipe

This is a bit of a throwback!  Brandy slush is a refreshing drink throughout the year.  And it can be served with brunch or dinner – very versatile!

Day 11

The Space

Hartford Greeting Room

This is the perfect spot to retire to after a holiday feast.  It features reclaimed barn beams, a tongue and groove ceiling, a gas fireplace, and a slate floor.

The Recipe

Kringle Recipe

Make it for breakfast or serve as a dessert with coffee.  This homemade Kringle is delicious!

Day 12

The Space

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

With plenty of island seating for guests and lots of counter space for meal prep, who wouldn’t want to entertain in this kitchen?  It features Chocolate Bordeaux granite, custom white cabinetry, a stained island, and high-end appliances.

The Recipe

Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This pork tenderloin is a balanced mix of sweet, savory, and tart.  It also looks pretty on your plate!

Reclaimed.

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.

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

Best Remodeling Project $150,000+