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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.

The Wrong House

Turn that Fixer Upper into Your Dream Home.

You’re ready to make the move. You’ve landed on a budget and researched what you could buy or build for that price point, but the available home inventory is low or lacking those turnkey, ready-to-move-in homes.

Where do you go from here? Do you decide to build? Building is definitely an option, but there can be some trade-offs.

It may be time to consider the “fixer upper.”  What do we mean by “fixer upper?”  It’s the wrong house in the right place at the right price. It’s in an established neighborhood, a desirable location with good schools and tree-lined streets, but it doesn’t quite fit the bill. Perhaps, the previous homeowners have lived there for years. They’re comfortable and think it works, but the home needs updating (sometimes major updating) and a more functional layout.

Maybe choosing that home that’s under your means***, that’s in the right place, but needs some love seems overwhelming. But it can be a fun challenge, and the perfect opportunity to have everything you ever wanted in a home.  Let’s look at the “perks” of choosing a fixer upper.

Location, Location, Location

We all know that location is often king! It’s important to be near parks, shopping, restaurants, and good schools. Beyond your must-have location list, the fixer upper is usually in an established neighborhood, which means mature trees, landscaping, and other amenities.

Not-So-Cookie-Cutter

It may seem appealing to purchase or build a new home (perhaps, it’s the easier option – the work has already been done for you), but customization and character are definitely limited. Think about driving into a new subdivision with freshly built homes.  They’re lovely, but you may notice something – they’re all essentially the same.  Sure, they may have varying color schemes or different window configurations, but they truly lack charm and a unique “personality.”

Remodeling the fixer upper will ensure you don’t end up in that cookie cutter home.  Older homes often have hard-to-replicate architectural details and other charming features.  Plus, once you begin the remodeling process, you’ll realize there is a lot of opportunity to be creative and tailor your home to your preferences (sometimes to an overwhelming extent, which is why hiring professionals to guide you is the best approach).

Quality Over Quantity

Renovating a fixer upper can often cost as much as a building a new home, but there’s an important difference.  In a new home, you’re putting your money towards quantity items – moldings, windows, doors, hardware, flooring, cabinetry, appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing fixtures, landscaping, a driveway.  A new home needs everything!  Remodeling gives homeowners more flexibility to put their money towards quality materials and high-end finishes because there are existing details that can be saved, repurposed, or remain completely untouched.

Now, let’s look at this idea in action. Here is an example of our clients’ fixer upper that was transformed into their dream home!

Check out more photos of this project on Houzz!

***For example, you may have a $450,000 budget for a home, and you decide to purchase a $300,000 home, leaving $150,000 for renovations and an opportunity to truly customize the home to your needs and preferences.

Bartelt Named Best of Houzz 2017

Best Of Houzz 2017Bartelt was awarded Best Of Houzz 2017 in the Design category by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. We were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community.

“We are honored to be named Best Of Houzz 2017 in the Design category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “It is the result of our team’s dedication to innovative design and superior craftsmanship.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz.

Follow Bartelt 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.

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.”

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.

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.