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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.

Recent Project: Modern, Eclectic Farmhouse Remodel

The 1970s colonial home was dated, compartmentalized, and stale. The homeowners wanted to update their home to accommodate their modern lifestyle and showcase their eclectic style.

The Exterior

Delafield Exterior Remodel Before

The exterior was nondescript, and the homeowners wanted it to be an expression of their style, something that had more character.

Delafield Exterior Remodel

The home was transformed into a modern, eclectic farmhouse. It features low maintenance LP Smartside siding (both horizontal lap and board and batten siding) and trim, a metal roof, fieldstone, and cedar columns and brackets. The wrap-around porch is welcoming, and the layers of lighting give the home a warm glow.

The Family Room

Delafield Fireplace Before

The existing fireplace was drab and cookie-cutter. The homeowners wanted a fireplace that could serve as the focal point of both the family room and kitchen.

Delafield Fireplace Remodel

The new fireplace is the centerpiece of the first floor. The Gold Mica fieldstone is rustic and warm, and the reclaimed farmhouse beam keeps the farm’s history alive.

Also, note the Dutch door to the right of the fireplace. This leads to the new library (discussed soon), and serves a few different functions. First, it is used as a “gate” for the homeowners’ three dogs. The Dutch door also gives the room flexibility – it can be somewhat open to other spaces, or it can be closed completely for more privacy when reading or watching a movie.

The Kitchen

Delafield Kitchen Remodel Before

The existing kitchen, dinette, and dining room were dated, cramped, and lacking personality. They were also closed off from the family room.

Delafield Kitchen Remodel

The new kitchen expanded into the unused dining room and is open to other entertaining areas. It features custom quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, green soapstone and granite tops, a subway tile backsplash, and a painted island with seating. The island’s two levels offer space for food prep and seating, and the open design accommodates the natural flow between appliances, storage, and food prep areas.

The Butler’s Pantry

Delafield Butler's Pantry

The new walk-in pantry uses a portion of the old dinette space. The butler’s pantry not only offers extra storage and counter space, but it tells a story about the family’s past. The sliding barn door was reclaimed from the family’s early 1900s barn, and the pantry cabinetry came from the family farmhouse. These details add historical charm to the home.

The Library

Delafield Library Remodel Before

The three-season room was a catchall and was not practical for year-round use. It was also dated and unsightly.

Delafield Library Remodel

Now, the homeowners can comfortably use the new library year-round. It features a wall of built-in bookshelves that serves as a focal point and showcases the homeowners’ books and treasures from their travels. The shelves also complement the homeowners’ Stickley furniture. The exposed wood ceiling uses wood harvested from an oak tree that had fallen on the family farm years ago – another story to tell.

The Screen Porch

Delafield Screen Porch

The new screen porch is accessible from the family room/kitchen area, the patio, and the porch. It is a great spot to enjoy the home’s scenic backdrop, and it helps blur the line between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. The ceiling draws visitors’ attention up and adds texture to the space, with exposed rafters and tongue and groove roof boards.

See this project on Houzz!

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!

Recent Project: Rustic Lower Level Remodel

The homeowners wanted to transform their empty basement into another living space that both the adults and teenagers could enjoy.  It needed to be a comfortable area to watch movies, entertain, and relax.  The remodeled space offers a cozy, rustic aesthetic.

Oconomowoc Lower Level Before

The Bar

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

The lower level bar area is ideal for entertaining!  It features beverage refrigerators, a hammered copper sink, custom, character-grade cherry cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, and leathered Juparana Classico Supreme granite.

The Family Room

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

Neighboring the bar area, the family room includes a stacked stone fireplace and weathered beams.  This space also features French doors with views to the screened-in porch.

The Game Area

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

Arched openings and travertine tile run throughout the lower level, adding character to the space. The billiards room has space for numerous games, something that can be enjoyed by both the kids and adults.

The Powder Room

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The powder room features a floating top, a vessel sink made from a boulder, and double arches.

The Three-Season Room

Oconomowoc Walk-Out Before

 

 

 

 

 

Oconomowoc Screened Porch Addition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A portion of the existing lower level was exposed to create a walk-out with access to a new three-season room that showcases the homeowners’ scenic yard.

Oconomowoc Screened Porch Addition

 

 

 

 

 

The new three-season room allows the homeowners to enjoy their surroundings without having to worry about bugs or the elements.  It features cedar, a reclaimed brick wall, and a stained cement floor.

See this beautiful project on the Metropolitan Builders Association Parade of Remodeled Homes, Sept. 12-13, 2015.  More details, including the address, will be posted on our events page as the date gets closer.

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.

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.

Waukesha Kitchen Before

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.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

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.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

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.

Kitchen Spice Storage

 

 

 

 

 

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

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

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.

Sienna Bordeaux Granite

 

 

 

 

 

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.

12 Days of Kitchen Remodels (and recipes)

12 Days of Kitchen Remodels

We’re sharing some of our favorite kitchen remodels with a holiday recipe to whip up in your own kitchen!

Day 1

The Kitchen

This classic kitchen features ample custom storage, a built-in banquette, a Calacatta marble island top, a marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern, and plenty of room for entertaining.

Fox Point Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These cookies are perfect for holiday baking.  They hold their shape, and they’re so delicious, they don’t even need frosting (not that we advise against frosting).

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

 

 

 

 

Day 2

The Kitchen

This traditional kitchen features custom cabinetry, a large, two-level island, Sienna Bordeaux granite tops, and an eye-catching hood.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

The Recipe

This is the perfect beverage to warm up with during the holidays. It’s frothy and maple-y! Yum!

Maple Hot Chocolate

 

 

 

 

Day 3

The Kitchen

This historic kitchen features a tin ceiling in copper patina, soapstone tops, a copper farmhouse sink, and custom cabinetry.

Milwaukee Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This beef tenderloin is a must-try for the holidays!  It will impress your guests (and your taste buds).

Beef Tenderloin

 

 

 

 

Day 4

The Kitchen

This rustic kitchen features granite tops with a leather texture, hand-scraped hickory floors, and a large island with a crackle-finish and butcher block top.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This appetizer is festive and colorful, the perfect addition to your holiday spread!

Tree-Shaped Crescent Veggie Appetizers

 

 

 

 

Day 5

The Kitchen

This classic kitchen features a custom metal hood, Danby Marble tops, subway tile, and custom painted cabinetry. It is the home’s entertaining “hub.”

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

The Recipe

This holiday beverage is easy and delicious – an ideal combination!

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

 

 

 

 

Day 6

The Kitchen

This 1880s farmhouse kitchen features a coffered ceiling, a distressed cherry island top, and ample storage.  It’s the perfect mix of rustic and refined.

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dessert is rich and delicious!  We guarantee compliments.

Heath Bar Chocolate Trifle

 

 

 

 

Day 7

The Kitchen

This 1930s kitchen features a custom limestone hood, a crackle-finish island, and a hand-hammered copper farmhouse sink.

Shorewood Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This appetizer is the perfect way to kick off your holiday party!  Melty cheese and warm apples. Delicious!

Crescent Wrapped Baked Apple Brie

 

 

 

 

Day 8

The Kitchen

This kitchen features handmade glass pendants, quarter sawn oak cabinetry, and a tile niche above the range.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This side dish is very flavorful. With thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, even those skeptical of Brussels sprouts will enjoy it (probably)!

Shredded Brussels Sprouts

 

 

 

 

Day 9

The Kitchen

This 1800s Victorian kitchen features a tin ceiling, a wood hood with corbels, and colorful, hand-painted terra cotta tile behind the range.

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These buttery cookies truly melt in your mouth – a great treat to take to a cookie exchange!

Peppermint Meltaways

 

 

 

 

Day 10

The Kitchen

This open kitchen features a slate backsplash, custom stained and glazed cabinetry, and granite tops.

Colgate Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These no-bake candies are another delightful option to bring to a cookie exchange or to give as a gift on a festive platter.

No Bake Avalanche Cookies

 

 

 

 

Day 11

The Kitchen

This family-friendly kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry, granite tops, and a large walk-in pantry.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dish, also fondly called “cheesy potatoes,” is a great partner for your holiday ham, beef tenderloin, or any meal, really!

Hash Brown Casserole

 

 

 

 

Day 12

The Kitchen

This lake home kitchen features a custom cherry table with an iron tree branch base, a pot rack, and cabinetry with a crackle finish.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dip is a crowd pleaser! Bonus: It’s easy!

Crock Pot Cream Cheese and Sausage Dip

 

 

 

 

Recent Project: Lake Home Remodel

The homeowners wanted to update their first floor to accommodate entertaining and daily living while taking advantage of the lake views.  The remodeled spaces enhance the home’s original charm and offer an open floor plan.

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel Before

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel After

The original kitchen was dark and dated, with little work space.  The remodeled kitchen features painted and glazed custom cabinetry, granite countertops, high-end appliances, and ample storage and counter space.  The large island accommodates casual meals and entertaining, and its contrasting color adds interest to the space.

Oconomowoc Wet Bar Before      Oconomowoc Wet Bar After

Neighboring the kitchen was the cramped wet bar area.  Now, the wet bar serves as an entertaining hub, having a direct connection to the kitchen, dining room, and family room.  It also features a coved ceiling to complement existing details.

Oconomowoc Sunroom Remodel Before

Oconomowoc Sunroom Remodle After

The back of the home was closed off to the lake views.  The homeowners wanted to improve the sight lines, so they could enjoy their backdrop.  The remodel opened up the back wall of the home to showcase their views and create space for a screened-in porch.  Heated floors allow the homeowners to enjoy the space into the fall months.

Recent Project: Inviting Sunroom Addition

Our clients enjoyed entertaining friends and family, but their kitchen and other existing spaces weren’t conducive to this hobby.  They desired a warm, inviting space for their frequent get-togethers.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Before     Waukesha Sunroom Addition - After

The home’s back elevation was “cookie cutter” and lacked character.  The sunroom addition features a cupola with Azek crown molding and trim, adding charm to the exterior and blending with the existing structure.  The exterior also includes fiber cement composite siding for less maintenance and more durability.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Bar

The sunroom’s interior offers easy access to the kitchen to assist with entertaining.  There is a pass-through, and the large archway allows people to flow from one room to the other, making it one useable space.  The bar area features Golden Fantasy granite, wood-framed doors with “water glass” inserts, a slate backsplash, a beverage refrigerator, and custom wood wine cubbies.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - View

The kitchen and entertaining space originally ended abruptly at the back of the house, so there was little room for guests.  The addition has an open concept, conducive to entertaining a group of people.  The large windows also showcase the conservancy views, and the patio door connects the space to the outdoors.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Ceiling     Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Ceiling Detail

The hand-framed, vaulted ceiling makes the addition feel more spacious, and the box beams at the hip rafters and cupola draw guests’ attention upward.  Rope lighting was incorporated at the crown molding and cupola to highlight the unique ceiling.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Fireplace

The fireplace is a focal point, giving the room a cozy feel.  It features hand-cut Lannon stone that ties the addition  into the home’s exterior.  The dynamic slate floor also uses hydronic heating, so the homeowners can comfortably enjoy the space in the winter (even without socks).

The Details

Handblown Pendant     Wine Cubbies

Sculpted, Furniture-Style Toe Kicks     Curved Casing

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!