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Bartelt Named 2017 National Contractor of the Year

NARI National CotY Winner
Bartelt was named the 2017 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 category.

Wauwatosa Butler's Pantry“We are honored to be named the 2017 National Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “We would not have achieved such a high honor without the expertise and dedication of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners and customers.”

Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. An impartial panel of judges, who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

Earlier this year, NARI named 172 Regional CotY winners with 27 team members who advanced as finalists to the national level. NARI announced a National winner in each of the 37 categories at its Evening of Excellence reception, held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wauwatosa Kitchen RemodelAfter previous remodels, the winning project 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 to complete the project.

See the winning project on Houzz.

Bartelt Named 2017 Regional Contractor of the Year

Wauwatosa Butler's PantryBartelt was named the 2017 Region 3 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 category.

“We are honored to be named the 2017 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 selected as the winner of Region 3 North Central, 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 reception on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wauwatosa Kitchen RemodelAfter previous remodels, the winning project 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 to complete the project.

See the winning project on Houzz.

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.

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.

Vanity TowersFox Point Bathroom Remodel - Vanity Towers

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.

Colgate Bathroom RemodelOpen Vanities

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.

Shower NichesWaukesha Kitchen Remodel - Shower Niches

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.

Create a Home Spa

Turn the master bath into a place of relaxation.

After a long day, what’s better than taking some time to relax?  The word relaxation may arouse visions of a spa, warm robes, and soothing earth tones, but many of us don’t have the time or budget to indulge.  The good news – you don’t have to go to the spa to unwind.  Bring the spa home with these ideas to create a serene space.

UGlass Showerse clear glass.  Large, airy showers can help create a spa-like feel in your master bathroom.  Using frameless, clear glass doors makes the space seem larger and contributes to the continuity of the bathroom.

Take a soak.  From deep soaking to air-jetted tubs, which let bathers immerse themselves in a bath full of massaging bubbles, more homeowners are choosing bathtubs that offer a therapeutic experience.

Let the light in.  Windows and skylights in the bathroom allow natural light to flood the space, adding warmth.  Homeowners can use frosted glass or higher windows to enjoy natural light without sacrificing privacy.Stone Shower Tiles

Incorporate natural materials.  Wood, pebbled tile, granite, ceramic tiles that look like wood planks – there are many ways to bring the outdoors in.  These items add texture to the space and a warm, soothing touch.

Opt for a vessel sink.  Vessel sinks are elegant and provide an opportunity to add more natural texture to the bath, if desired.  They come in unique shapes and provide a focal point for the vanity.

Open VanityOpen up the vanity.  An open vanity can make the master bath look larger.  Just make sure to keep towels and other items neat.

Heat things up.  You want your bare feet to be comfortable in your luxurious bathroom, so why not use heat mats in the floor to keep those toes toasty?  Heated towel bars are also a great option to ensure you have something warm and cozy to wrap up in after each bath or shSeries of Shower Heads and Spraysower.

Use multiple shower heads, hand sprays, and body sprays.  People don’t always have time to take a long, relaxing bath, so a shower that offers a series of shower heads and sprays is a great alternative to feel pampered.

Have a drink.  Some homeowners are incorporating beverage stations into their master baths.  Whether you want to start the day with coffee or unwind with a glass of wine, there are a variety of options, such as a built-in coffee maker or beverage refrigerator.