Have you seen the July 2017 issue of M Magazine? One of our beautiful master bathroom remodels is featured on pages 56-58!
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“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.
After 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.
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.
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.
After previous additions, the home was dated, and the spaces lacked unity. The homeowners wanted to update the first floor, creating a cohesive design throughout the various rooms, and accommodate their family’s modern lifestyle.
Now, there is unity between the remodeled spaces, and the first floor is more conducive to entertaining. With details that complement the home’s original charm, the project is a balanced mix of modern and traditional elements.
The powder room (part of an addition we added) is playful and demonstrates the modern side of the homeowners’ taste. It features textured wallpaper, mirrored walls, reclaimed floor tiles, and an eye-catching light fixture. It is easily accessible from the kitchen and new mudroom.
The kitchen was dated and cramped, chopped up by islands and peninsulas. It also didn’t match the style of or expectations from the home’s exterior. The remodeled kitchen features ample custom storage, a built-in banquette, a coffered ceiling, and a large island with marble, perfect for entertaining.
The space that would become the butler’s pantry was a “catchall,” with no specific purpose. Now, the butler’s pantry is a showpiece. It offers extra storage and features a wet bar with wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker, sink, and glass storage. It also has goldleaf tiles and a gold ceiling, tying into both the classic and modern styles. The butler’s pantry serves as the home’s entertaining “hub,” located between the kitchen, library, and dining room.
The existing library served as an office, TV room, and playroom. It was dated, and the homeowners wanted to make it a more sophisticated space to accommodate entertaining while maintaining its home office role. The remodeled library features a knotty alder coffered ceiling, wall paneling, and bookshelves, adding warmth to the first floor. It’s a cozy spot to host guests and has access to the outdoor entertaining space.
The original master bathroom was cramped and dated. The new space features a large shower with frameless glass panels, making the bathroom seem even larger. Calacatta marble and the large window give the space a clean, airy feel. There are also “his and her” vanities with custom cabinetry and ample storage.
For detail photos, see this project on Houzz.
How can you transform your master suite into a personal retreat? Find out in the article “Say ‘yes’ to a master suite” on page 14 of 30West magazine where our designer, Mary Sweet, is quoted.
See the article here.
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.
Use 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.
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.
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 shower.
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.