Tag Archives: Contractor of the Year

A Look at Bartelt’s Award-Winning Projects

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted photos of some of Bartelt’s award-winning projects. Here is a compilation of those posts!

[  D A Y  1  ]

This 1800s farmhouse remodel has a balanced mix of rustic and refined details – barn beams, painted cabinetry, fieldstone, coffered ceilings, distressed wood.

[  D A Y  2  ]

This home is a blend of traditional elements and modern details. It features marble, painted cabinetry and gorgeous lighting. The spaces also boast unique materials like goldleaf tile and textured wallpaper!

[  D A Y  3  ]

Our clients wanted a layout more conducive to entertaining and spaces that reflected their style and setting. The first floor features custom cabinetry, wrought iron light fixtures, slate tile, textured granite, and hand-scraped beams, creating a rustic aesthetic.

[  D A Y  4  ]

This sunroom addition is the perfect spot to host family and friends. It features a bar, easy access to the kitchen, a Lannon stone fireplace, and a direct connection to outdoor entertaining spaces.

[  D A Y  5  ]

Our clients’ 1800s Victorian lake home had been turned into a four family residence. It was their goal to restore it back to a single family home and reintroduce its original charm. This project features painted cabinetry, a tin ceiling, fireplace restorations, a bed nook for the grandchildren, and other details complementing the character of the home.

[  D A Y  6  ]

This master bath features a custom vanity, a tub with a granite deck, and a frameless glass shower. The shower bench boasts porcelain- and marble-filled mosaic tile and mimics the curve of the vanity and tub.

[  D A Y  7  ]

The homeowners wanted to update the home to accommodate their modern lifestyle while complementing the home’s original charm. This remodel features a new master suite, an exterior update, a new detached garage, a family room transformed from the old garage, and an expanded kitchen.

[  D A Y  8  ]

This home was originally a 1850s barn and was converted to a home in 1938. 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.

[  D A Y  9  ]

This kitchen is ideal for entertaining. It features a large island, efficient storage, double sinks, and a large arched opening into the family room (keeping the spaces open yet defined).

[  D A Y  1 0  ]

This stunning lake home basement has it all – a bar with a copper top and a Lannon stone wall, a wine storage room, and a cozy family room for movie nights (not to mention a ton of space to entertain friends and family)!

[  D A Y  1 1  ]

The homeowners wanted to enhance the home’s original charm while highlighting their eclectic style. 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.

[  D A Y  1 2  ]

This remodeled lower level 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!

[  D A Y  1 3  ]

We created a layout conducive to entertaining and updated this kitchen without straying too far from the feel of the home’s existing spaces. The space 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.

[  D A Y  1 4  ]

This finished lower level features a bar with leather-textured granite, character-grade cherry cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, and beverage refrigerators. Neighboring the bar, the family room includes a stacked stone fireplace. Arched openings, weathered beams, and travertine tile run throughout the basement, adding character to the space.

[  D A Y  1 5  ]

The homeowners wanted to update the home to accommodate their modern lifestyle, showcase their eclectic style, and take advantage of their beautiful setting. The exterior of the house 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.

[  D A Y  1 6  ]

The homeowners wanted to expand their home to accommodate their family of 7. This project doubled the size of their home and created functional spaces – a larger kitchen, a family room, a mudroom with custom lockers, a three and a half car garage, bathrooms, and other living spaces.

[  D A Y  1 7  ]

The homeowners wanted to update the kitchen for their modern lifestyle while restoring and preserving the home’s original character. The space features a copper tin ceiling, custom furniture-style cabinetry, and soapstone.

[  D A Y  1 8  ]

This beautiful lake home features a new kitchen with custom crackle-finish cabinetry, a custom cherry table, a wet bar, and toe kick lighting. The two fireplaces serve as focal points for the first floor.

[  D A Y  1 9  ]

The fireplace, the lower level’s focal point, is a carved face of Prometheus, Greek god of fire. It features votive candles inset in his hair and beard. The basement also features a full kitchen with a hutch-like sink area, copper details, and reclaimed beams.

[  D A Y  2 0  ]

The homeowners wanted their home to have an arts and crafts look. The remodeled exterior features low maintenance siding, a cedar pergola, a historically correct color scheme, and a custom quarter sawn oak door.

[  D A Y  2 1  ]

This eye-catching kitchen features custom cabinetry and paneled appliances, a limestone hood, a crackle-finished island, and a copper farmhouse sink.

[  D A Y  2 2  ]

This lower level is ideal for entertaining – bar, family room, game area. The space features granite tops, custom cherry cabinetry, a game table at the bar, custom storage for pool cues, and double crown molding at the ceiling.

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.

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 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 Named 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year

Bartelt was named the 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Residential Interior $100,000 and Over category.

“We are honored to be named the 2014 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, 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, March 28, 2014, at the Marriott New Orleans.

The winning Bartelt project was previously dated and compartmentalized.  Bartelt created a layout conducive to entertaining and introduced a rustic aesthetic to complement the clients’ heavily wooded lot.  It features textured granite, hand-scraped floors, hand-trowelled plaster walls, custom cabinetry, and other rustic details.

Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2012, and November 30, 2013, 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 binders, 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.

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

See more photos of this project on Houzz!

Bartelt to Present at the Milwaukee/NARI Fall Home & Remodeling Show

Matt Retzak and Rick Bartelt, CGR, CAPS, CCP, MBC, of Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource will lead a presentation, “Timeless Design, Seamless Transitions,” on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. at the Milwaukee/NARI Fall Home & Remodeling Show at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.

The presentation will answer an important question: How can we create a space that stands the test of time and looks like it has always been there?  A remodel is a big investment, so it’s important to ensure that a space has a long “life span.”

Matt Retzak is the project designer and coordinator for Bartelt.  With over 14 years of architectural and industry experience, he has worked for the company for over 10 years, overseeing the design process and helping clients think outside of the box.  Retzak has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Rick Bartelt is the owner of Bartelt.  He began in the construction industry 40 years ago, assisting his father, Ronald Bartelt, on project sites during weekends, holidays, and summer vacations.

Founded in 1984, Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource is a premier, family-owned remodeling firm specializing in residential and commercial design and construction.  The company has won local, regional, and national industry awards, including 2013 Regional and National “Contractor of the Year” (CotY) awards presented by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).  With in-house designers, production staff, and expert carpenters, Bartelt is a member of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc. and Metropolitan Builders Association.

Bartelt Wins 2013 National CotY

2013 National Contractor of the Year

On Friday, we were named 2013 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Residential Addition $100,000 – $250,000 category.

These awards are given each year by NARI Headquarters to NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects.

Our winning project was a sunroom addition that connects the home’s indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.  It features a bar area, fireplace, hydronic floor heating, wine storage, large windows to showcase the outside views, and a vaulted ceiling and cupola to add architectural interest.

We would like to thank our team, trade partners, and customers for helping us design and build this beautiful addition! This award is the result of the creativity, talent, and dedication of everyone involved.

Waukesha Sunroom AdditionWaukesha Sunroom AdditionWaukesha Sunroom Addition

Bartelt Wins Two 2013 Regional CotY Awards

Today it was announced that we won two 2013 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

These awards are given each year by NARI Headquarters to NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects.

We won in Region 3, a region that includes contractors from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Now, we’re up for a National CotY, which will be announced at the National NARI Evening of Excellence on April 12.

We would again like to thank our outstanding team, trade partners, and customers for helping us design and build such beautiful spaces!  These awards are the result of the creativity and dedication of everyone.

2013 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Bath over $60,000 - Pewaukee

2013 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Bath over $60,000

2013 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Addition $100,000 - $250,000 - Waukesha

2013 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Addition $100,000 – $250,000

2013 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Addition $100,000 - $250,000 - Waukesha

2013 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Addition $100,000 – $250,000

Check out more photos of these projects on Houzz:

Residential Bath

Residential Addition