Bartelt Wins Two Gold Wisconsin Remodelers Awards

On Friday, January 13, 2017, Bartelt took home two gold Wisconsin Remodelers Awards (WRAs). Our team was recognized in the Basement Over $100,000 and Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 categories.

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the creativity and expertise of our entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and clients.  We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”

The Wisconsin Remodelers 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.

Gold | Basement Over $100,000The winning Bartelt projects each had unique components.  The Basement Over $100,000 project was originally a blank canvas.  The homeowners wanted another living space that both the adults and teenagers could enjoy. It needed to be a fun area to watch movies, entertain, and relax. The remodeled space offers a comfortable and contemporary spot for the family. It features a bar with pepper gray cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, and textured granite. Neighboring the bar, a modern fireplace with a floating hearth serves as the focal point of the lower level. The lower level also includes a theater room with a “starry” ceiling – the perfect spot for the kids!

Gold | Entire House $500,001 - $750,000After previous remodels, the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 home was dated, and the spaces lacked unity. The homeowners wanted to enhance the home’s original charm, creating a cohesive design throughout the various rooms, while highlighting their eclectic style and accommodating their modern lifestyle. The remodel features a new mudroom, kitchen expansion, family room, butler’s pantry, first floor bathroom, dining room, and master bathroom. Throughout the project, it was important to increase the natural light in the home and make the spaces more conducive to entertaining. Now, the home is a balanced mix of the homeowners’ eclectic taste and more traditional details.

Bartelt worked with interior designer Jeff Wasserman on the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 project.

See more photos on Houzz:

Basement Over $100,000

Entire House $500,001 – $750,000

2016 Year in Photos

2017 Year in Photos

Thank you to our team, clients, and industry partners for a wonderful 2016. Cheers to the new year!

Office Remodel

Regional CotY Winner

Regional Chrysalis Winner

Regional Chrysalis Winner

Bartelt Barn Wood

Bartelt Barn Wood

Milwaukee NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes

The Faces of Exceptional Remodeling Experiences

First Bartelt Grandchild

Note his stylish Bartelt onesie!

2016 Hunger Task Force Food Drive

Bartelt Donates 929 Pounds of Food to Hunger Task Force

Bartelt Food Drive 2016

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Bartelt hosted a food drive in December for Hunger Task Force and donated 929 pounds of non-perishable food items and $290 with the help of our customers, employees, industry partners, and neighbors.

We filled two SUVs!

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 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 Bars (+ Libations)

12 Days of Bars

We’re sharing some of our favorite bars and wet bars with holiday beverages to enjoy at home!

>>D A Y 1<<

T H E  B A R

Wauwatosa Wet Bar

The wet bar in this butler’s pantry serves as a focal point in the dining room. It’s the perfect spot to mix drinks and offers extra counter space. Check out the framed mirror backsplash and unique wallpaper, too!

T H E  D R I N K

Cranberry Moscow Mule

>>D A Y 2<<

T H E  B A R

Waukesha Sunroom Bar

With easy access to the kitchen, this sunroom bar is the perfect spot to host guests. It features wine cubbies, a beverage refrigerator, and room for seating.

T H E  D R I N K

Maple Hot Chocolate

>>D A Y 3<<

T H E  B A R

Hartland Wet Bar

This wet bar features custom cabinetry, a hammered copper sink, and Bronzo Quartzite tops. The beverage refrigerator and glass storage are ideal for entertaining.

T H E  D R I N K

The Candy Cane

>>D A Y 4<<

T H E  B A R

Fox Point Wet Bar

Want a well-stocked wet bar/butler’s pantry? Look no further! Storage, wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker – it has it all. Also, check out the gold leaf tile backsplash and the gold ceiling!

T H E  D R I N K

Brandy Old Fashioned

>>D A Y 5<<

T H E  B A R

Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This lower level bar is ideal for entertaining all ages! It features custom cabinetry, a raised game/snack table, and ample storage.

T H E  D R I N K

Apple Sangria

>>D A Y 6<<

T H E  B A R

Brookfield Basement Bar

Superhero. Bar. There’s not much more to say about this unique space!

T H E  D R I N K

Gingerbread Martini

>>D A Y 7<<

T H E  B A R

Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This lower level bar features character-grade cherry cabinetry, leather-textured granite, a hammered copper sink, a stacked stone backsplash, and gray weathered beams. It also has ample storage and two beverage refrigerators.

T H E  D R I N K

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

>>D A Y 8<<

T H E  B A R

Hartland Wet Bar

This wet bar has easy access to the kitchen and features custom cabinetry with a crackle finish and space to prep beverages.

T H E  D R I N K

White Christmas Margaritas

>>D A Y 9<<

T H E  B A R

Wauwatosa Wet Bar

This wet bar offers extra counter space in the dining room and ample storage for barware. Check out the corbels, too!

T H E  D R I N K

Mocha Punch

>>D A Y 10<<

T H E  B A R

Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This dreamy bar features a hammered copper top, a Lannon stone backsplash, and rustic custom cabinetry. It’s cozy and sophisticated.

T H E  D R I N K

Double Chocolate S'mores Martini

>>D A Y 11<<

T H E  B A R

Muskego Wet Bar

This lower level wet bar features marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry in a smoky gray color. It’s a comfortable spot to entertain!

T H E  D R I N K

Cranberry Orange Mimosa

>>D A Y 12<<

T H E  B A R

Delafield Basement Bar

The bar features custom walnut cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, honed/textured granite, and a recessed blue ceiling detail.

T H E  D R I N K

Jack Frost Martini

Bartelt Featured in M Magazine’s ‘Luxe Redux’

Check out the December issue of M Magazine where one of our lower level projects is featured in the article ‘Luxe Redux.’

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See the article on pages 84-86.

Bartelt’s Matt Retzak in Homes Plus

“I think part of the reason so many people are drawn to the modern farmhouse look is because it blends those clean lines and clutter-free space of modernism with the warmth of natural materials,” Retzak said.

Check out the November issue of Waukesha Homes Plus where our designer, Matt Retzak, discusses the key to creating a modern farmhouse.

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See the article on pages 1 and 7.

Bartelt Wins 2016 MBA Achievement Award

Elm Grove Kitchen RemodelOn Friday, September 30, 2016, Bartelt took home a MBA Achievement Award in the Best Remodeling Project $250,000+ category.

“We are honored to receive an Achievement Award,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “This award is the result of the creativity, dedication, and expertise of our team, trade partners, and customers.”

Elm Grove Exterior RemodelThe winning Bartelt project 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.

See more photos of the winning project here.

Bartelt Wins Silver Award in Master Design Awards

Elm Grove Kitchen RemodelWe recently won a Silver award in the Addition more than $250,000 category in the Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards.

“We are honored and excited to be recognized in the Master Design Awards,” said Rick Bartelt, owner.  “We could not have done it without the expertise and support of our team, trade partners, and clients.”

Elm Grove Barn DoorsThe winning Bartelt project 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.

See more photos of this project on Houzz!

A Look at Tile Layouts

With endless material and pattern options, tile is a great opportunity to showcase your personal style and add interest to your home.  In this post, we take a look at some popular tile layouts to help you choose the option(s) that are best for you and the various spaces in your home.

BrickBrick Tile Layout

The brick, or running bond, layout is that classic subway tile pattern, with each row of tile offset by half a tile width.  It’s a timeless look and is ideal for really any spot in the home.  We often see it as a kitchen backsplash or on shower walls.  Looking to spice up this pattern?  Some of our homeowners opt for a contrasting grout to really define the brick pattern.

Vertical Brick

This layout is that classic brick pattern rotated.  It’s a contemporary twist on a classic and is often used to emphasize height or create an illusion of height.  It’s not uncommon to see the vertical brick pattern on a shower wall.

Large Brick Tile LayoutLarge Brick

A large brick is still that staggered pattern, but it offers a different feel than a typical brick layout.  With fewer grout lines, it can appear to be a more continuous surface of material – a great option for a floor or shower wall.  A fun twist to the large staggered brick look is swapping out a traditional rectangle tile and using a square tile, offsetting the grout joints for an unexpected look.

HerringboneLarge Herringbone Tile Layout

Herringbone is a timeless, elegant tile pattern.  It is created with 45 degree angles that form a ‘V’ shape.  Whether used with the simplest tile or a lovely marble, a herringbone layout adds subtle interest and texture to a space.  Size matters!  The look and feel of your herringbone pattern can be affected by the size of the tile, each option as beautiful as the last – 3” x 6,” 1” x 3,” 12” x 24.”

Basket Weave Tile LayoutBasket Weave

Alternating between horizontal and vertical tiles and often a mix of squares and rectangles, the basket weave pattern is another timeless option.  A basket weave is a great way to add a high-end look to a bathroom floor.

Mosaic Tile LayoutMosaic

Hexagon, square, and beyond – a mosaic is made up of small tiles in a repeated pattern or set of patterns.  Want to highlight a backsplash or niche?  A mosaic pattern is a great way to showcase these details.  It’s also frequently used on shower floors because it is easy to pitch smaller tiles for proper drainage.

Versaille Tile LayoutVersaille

A Versaille tile pattern is composed of four different tile sizes and adds character to your floor.  It is actually like a puzzle pieced together. This pattern is commonly used with a travertine tile for a rustic feel, but it can also be created with a porcelain tile.

Side Note – Borders

Not only do borders add an accent to a tile layout, but they can also be a little “trick” to compensate for imprecise tile-to-wall sizing.  A slightly wider or narrower strip can help you avoid having to cut off tops or bottoms of tiles to make everything fit properly.  It can be a fun option to lay a border in a vertical “waterfall” detail, as well.

Overlooked Bathroom Details

Tile, plumbing fixtures, paint colors – all of these pieces seem to consume us when planning a bathroom update, but what about those details that seem to be an afterthought?  There are a lot of opportunities to make your bathroom more functional that are often overlooked or overshadowed by the more glamorous details.  Bartelt takes a look at some of these underestimated features that can make homeowners’ lives easier in the bathroom.

In the ShowerWaukesha Master Bathroom Remodel

  • A shower bench may not seem like a vital detail, but once you have one, you’ll be glad you included it in your bathroom plan. Not only does it offer another spot to place showering essentials, but it’s also helpful for shaving, relaxing, and aging in place.
  • Recessed niches carve out extra storage space and prevent bottles and soap from taking up residence on the floor or ledges. Mosaic tile, tile patterns, granite, glass – with so many material options, it’s also a design opportunity!
  • Hand-showers can be a game-changing detail. It’s all about making your life easier by helping you clean both yourself (or maybe even a pet) and the shower walls.

For Privacy

  • If you have the space, consider a water closet. It offers additional privacy and allows multiple people to use the bathroom at the same time, which can be useful during those hectic mornings.

At the VanityElm Grove Master Bathroom Remodel

  • Countertops are often a detail homeowners pay close attention to, but one thing that can be overlooked is countertop maintenance. It isn’t always an important detail, but for those who are concerned about stains or etchings, a low-maintenance top (like quartz or quartzite) may be the answer.
  • Proper storage planning ensures everything has its place within arm’s reach of where it is needed. There are a lot of opportunities to customize your storage – dividers, hot tool drawers, cubbies, vanity towers, medicine cabinets, and beyond.

Throughout the Bathroom

  • Bathroom ventilation is definitely not the most interesting piece to the bathroom puzzle, but it is an essential one. You want a quality system that quickly pulls the moisture out of the air to prevent mildew, rust, peeling paint, and other undesirable outcomes.
  • Lighting isn’t necessarily ignored, but the actual layering of light can be forgotten. It’s important to include task lighting by the vanity and shower, decorative lighting, and natural light.  You may also want to consider night lighting, such as dimmers or toe kick lighting.
  • Plan your accessory placement early in the design process.  It’s important you have the proper spacing and location for toilet paper holders, towel bars and rings, and robe hooks.  It may be necessary to think to the future and install grab bars or backing for future grab bars, as well.