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.

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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!

Arches Add “Curve” Appeal

At Bartelt, we’re big fans of incorporating arches into a space.  Not only do arches add a softness to a room, but they also give a space character.  Doorways, ceilings, windows, niches – there are numerous opportunities to add an arch to a room to create elegance, architectural interest, and a timeless look.

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A balanced mix of straight and curved lines makes for a dynamic room.  While straight lines offer symmetry, order, and structure, arches add softness and warmth.  The contrasting lines work together to create comfortable, inviting spaces.  Using only straight lines can make a room feel cold and boxy.  Too many arches can seem overly ornate and busy.

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Whether it’s a doorway framing a beautiful room, a niche showcasing a piece of artwork, or a window highlighting an outdoor view, an arch can draw attention to key details in your home.  Here are a few other examples of items we’ve framed with arches:

  • Freestanding tubs or tub decks
  • Kitchen ranges
  • Built-in bookshelves or wine racks
  • Fireplace openings
  • Built-in beds

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Arches are a great opportunity to define two spaces while keeping them open to one another.  Many homeowners want an open concept layout, but it’s important that the home’s interior does not become a large, nondescript box.  An arch can create open, yet separate spaces while adding charm and intimacy to a home.

A look at more arches!

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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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Keep the Bathroom Organized

There are a lot of “tools” often stored in the bathroom – hair items, linens, blow dryers, shaving kits, cleaning products, and beyond.  It can become a bit cluttered and chaotic in this relatively small space.  The good news?  There are many options for a well-organized bathroom.  We explore some storage ideas here.

Doors & Drawers

Like the kitchen, there are many organizational options for your vanity cabinets and drawers.  Drawer dividers keep everything in its place.  Deep drawers allow you to store bottles and other tall items vertically.  They also accommodate double drawers.  Other options include pull-outs, hideaway hampers, and “garages” with outlets for that curling iron or blow dryer.

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Vanity towers offer additional storage without taking up floor space or increasing vanity size.  If you opt for a recessed vanity tower, you do not have to sacrifice counter space either.  Customize your vanity tower to tie in with the room’s style and your specific storage needs – glass or mirrored doors, closed cabinetry, shelving, roll-outs, drawers, and beyond.

Built-Ins

Not only are built-ins a practical form of storage, but they also give a timeless look to the bathroom.  Built-in cabinetry and shelving allow you to maximize your space and seamlessly insert storage into sometimes wasted space.  They are especially useful in small bathrooms.

Medicine Cabinets

Medicine cabinets are a great place to stash frequently-used items – toothpaste, vitamins, contact solution, aspirin.  Whether the cabinet is recessed or wall-mounted, it’s versatile enough for any bathroom design style.

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Open vanities offer a spot to store and display guest towels and toiletries.  In smaller bathrooms, you can use the open shelving for items that you would normally have on the countertop, such as a tissue box.  Beyond the additional storage, an open vanity can also give the illusion of more space.

Linen Closets

The linen closet, whether in or just outside the bathroom, has been a staple in many homes.  There are numerous ways to tailor this common form of storage to fit your specific needs.  Opt for cubbies to keep towels and washcloths contained.  Consider adding drawers to ensure easy access to linens in the back of the closet.  Use a series of shelves and drawers to accommodate the various items you plan to store.

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Recessed shower niches offer extra space to neatly store shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap.  They also provide an opportunity to show some creativity with decorative tile, granite, glass, and other materials to add detail and texture to the bathroom.

Recent Project: Traditional Kitchen Remodel

This 1990s home had not been updated since it was built.  It was dated, and the homeowners wanted to create a space more conducive to entertaining.

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The existing kitchen did not accommodate entertaining and was “chopped up” by a large peninsula. The cooktop and hood at the small island left little room for food prep.  There was also a lot of wasted space above the cabinetry.

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The remodeled kitchen offers a better traffic pattern and updated look without straying too far from the feel of existing spaces.  The custom, raised panel birch cabinetry, travertine subway tile, and granite countertops complement the original feel of the house without matching it.  This creates a seamless transition, so the homeowners didn’t feel obligated to update the entire first floor.

The kitchen also includes a large island with two levels, making it multi-purpose: one level for food prep and the other with room for dining.

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The range hood is a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen.  It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the kitchen.

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Everything has its place.  For example, a spice drawer in the island keeps the spices organized and within reach of food prep.

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The raised panel, arched valence adds character to the space and softens the look of the room, contrasting with the straight lines throughout the kitchen.

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The Sienna Bordeaux granite countertops add warmth and movement to the island and perimeter tops.

Paneled Beverage Refrigerator  Wine Refrigerator

The paneled beverage refrigerator is ideal for entertaining and blends with the custom cabinetry.  The wine refrigerator is also a great “tool” for entertaining.  This area works a little “double duty,” as well.  It takes on a wet bar function, with glass storage and room to mix drinks, and it serves as a “drop zone” for phone charging.

Second sink in the island

The island sink is near the refrigerator and prep areas, creating a “work triangle.”  It also serves as a bar sink, being close to the beverage and wine refrigerators, so people don’t have to use the main sink when preparing drinks.

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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Components of the Perfect Wet Bar

A wet bar is a practical addition to your entertaining space. Whether it’s big or small or you use it as an extra prep area or a cocktail-mixing station, there are certain elements that remain important to create a functional wet bar.

Location

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Wet bar between the kitchen and family room

Where do you spend most of your time entertaining?  In the kitchen?  Outdoors?  In your finished basement?  It’s important to insert the wet bar in an area where people tend to gather, so you can socialize while you mix drinks, and your guests can easily grab a beverage as they mingle.  “The wet bar is often the home’s entertaining hub, so many homeowners opt to put it between entertaining spaces, such as the kitchen and family room,” explains Matt Retzak, designer at Bartelt.

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There are a lot of tools that go along with a wet bar, so make sure you plan your storage accordingly.  Open shelves or cabinetry keep everything in order.  Consider incorporating cabinetry with glass doors, so you can show off your glassware and collectibles.  You may also want to include wine cubbies and deep drawers for storing your spirits and other alcoholic beverages.

Appliances

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Butler’s pantry wet bar with wine and beverage refrigerators and an ice maker

It’s important to keep your libations at the proper temperature.  Beverage and wine refrigerators are a great option to ensure your beverages stay chilled.  They also keep beer, wine, and soda out of your main refrigerator, so you can reserve that space for everyday groceries and party food.  If space permits, an ice maker is a small luxury, so you never have to worry about running out during your gatherings.  Custom panels are an option for all of these appliances to help them blend with the cabinetry to create a furniture look.

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A bar sink is a smart addition to your wet bar.  Not only does it make cocktail prep easier, but it also serves as another spot to do some light clean up, keeping the kitchen work triangle from becoming congested.

Style

A wet bar can come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  Whether you’re fitting it into an empty corner or creating a whole butler’s pantry, the options for countertops, cabinetry, backsplashes, and other selections are endless.  It’s a great opportunity to show your style and get creative!