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Bartelt Master Bathroom in M Magazine

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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M Magazine July 2017

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.

The Classic Bathroom

Wauwatosa Classic Bathroom RemodelIt’s time to take the principles of “classic style,” a topic we’ve covered in the past, and apply them to the bathroom.  How can you create a bathroom that stands the test of time and offers flexibility to tie in with changing trends?  Simplicity and quality products are the key.  Bartelt shares tips and examples to create a classic look.

Marble Basketweave TileThe Floor

For a clean and elegant look, basketweave, hexagon, or herringbone tile patterns are timeless, adding texture to the floor.  Keep it simple with black and white or all white with a contrasting grout.  Choose a creative mosaic pattern.  Select a classic Carrara or Calacatta marble or maybe a travertine.  There are many opportunities to showcase your style through these time-honored options.

The WallsWainscoting

Simple drywall will never go out of style, but if you’re looking to add some character to your space without getting too trendy or ornate, there are many options.  Subway tile, beadboard, and wainscoting are just a few examples of architectural details that add interest, but don’t overpower the room.

Fox Point Classic Bathroom RemodelThe Vanity

Many homeowners either opt for a furniture-style vanity or no vanity at all.  First, let’s examine what we mean by “furniture-style.”  These vanities often look like freestanding pieces of furniture, featuring details such as legs, feet, varying heights and depths, inset drawers and doors, and base molding with a recessed toe kick.  They can be a new, custom piece or a reclaimed piece of furniture.  Another classic look is a pedestal sink or wall-hung lavatory.  Above the vanity, recessed medicine cabinets can be a nod to a bygone era as well as wall-mounted faucets.

The FinishesPolished Nickel

To create a classic look, use historic finishes.  Polished nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze are often popular choices for plumbing fixtures and knobs.  Marble, travertine, white painted woodwork, and dark wood tones are also examples of finishes that stand the test of time.

Freestanding TubThe Shower and Tub

There are many options to create a timeless, yet modern shower – frameless shower doors, subway tile, marble, a bench, built-in niches, and a series of hand sprays and shower heads are just a few selections.  The bathtub is another opportunity to insert a classic flair.  Freestanding tubs, especially claw-foot tubs, remain the hallmark of a classic bathroom.  They add an air of luxury and are available in many shapes and sizes to suit your style.  Add water supplies and tub controls on risers that come off the floor for a complete classic look!

The LightingVintage Light Fixture

For your light fixtures, consider restoring an antique chandelier and sconces or choosing lights that mimic the style of a vintage fixture.

Bartelt’s Mary Sweet in “Say ‘yes’ to a master suite” in 30West Magazine

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.

Master Suite 30West Magazine

Bartelt’s Mary Sweet in “Bathe in Luxury” in 30West Magazine

Bathrooms have become much more than a simple place to bathe, brush your teeth, and use the commode.  They have evolved into luxury spaces, a ‘getaway’ for homeowners looking to unwind.  Learn how you can create a personal retreat in the article “Bathe in Luxury” starting on page 14 of 30West magazine where our designer, Mary Sweet, is quoted again.

See the article here.

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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

Bartelt Wins Three 2012 Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards

On Friday, January, 18, 2013, we took home three 2012 Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards (WRAs).

The Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards is an annual event hosted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). It is an opportunity to honor the outstanding work its members have accomplished throughout the year. Categories range from the Residential Kitchen Under $30,000 category to the Entire House category.

We want to thank our employees, subcontractors, and customers for helping us create such beautiful, functional spaces!

Gold - Entire House $250,001 - $500,000 - Oconomowoc

Gold – Entire House $250,001 – $500,000

Gold - Disaster Restoration-Fire - Elm Grove

Gold – Disaster Restoration-Fire

Bronze - Residential Bath Over $60,000 - Pewaukee

Bronze – Residential Bath Over $60,000

Check out more photos of these projects on Houzz:

Entire House

Disaster Restoration

Residential Bath