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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.

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!

Farmhouse Charm in the Kitchen

Hartford Farmhouse KitchenThere is something romantic and timeless about a farmhouse kitchen.  From the simplicity of the style to the historical charm, many homeowners are embracing this pure form of design.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource discusses some options to retain and enhance that farmhouse aesthetic.

Apron-Front Sinks

Apron-front sinks are a common detail in any farmhouse kitchen.  With its deep bowl and sturdy construction, a farmhouse sink is ideal for everyday use and adds authenticity and subtle interest to the kitchen.  Opt for a more traditional feel with a fireclay or cast iron sink.  For a more modern farmhouse look, a stainless steel apron-front sink is a perfect twist on the original.

Elm Grove Farmhouse KitchenCabinetry

Simplicity is the key when it comes to farmhouse cabinetry.  Painted white cabinetry with inset doors is not uncommon and is a nod to old world craftsmanship.  Freestanding, furniture-style, flat or simple raised panel doors – it’s all in the modest details!

Open Shelving

Open shelving is a nod to the simple, functional, easy-to-access storage of a bygone era.  It’s a simple detail that adds character and an airiness to the kitchen.  It also allows homeowners to display dishes and décor.

Distressed Wood Elements

Distressed beams and wood island tops give a rustic, warm feel to your farmhouse kitchen.  These details can be an attractive contrast to white cabinetry.

Elm Grove Barn DoorsBarn Doors

Barn doors, although not a farmhouse kitchen requirement, are a nod to the home’s roots.  A reclaimed door is definitely a conversation piece, telling a story about its past life.  Whether reclaimed or new, barn doors offer a focal point and warmth to the space.

Simple Details

In every detail, there is an opportunity to add farmhouse character to the kitchen.  Glass uppers allow homeowners to display their dishes and servingware.  A bridge faucet perfectly complements a farmhouse sink.  Paneled appliances offer a furniture feel and conceal modern appliances.  There are also endless lighting and cabinet hardware options.

Reclaimed.

More and more homeowners are incorporating Delafield Butler's Pantryreclaimed materials in their homes.  Barn doors, brick, wood planks, boards, lighting – the options are endless.  Whether you appreciate sustainable design or want to add historical charm to your home, reclaimed materials have a lot to offer.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource explains some of the perks of using reclaimed materials in your remodeling project.

It’s green.

Using reclaimed materials is a great way to give old building materials a “new life” rather than sending them to the landfill.  Whether you’re repurposing an existing light fixture or bringing in antique barn beams, salvaged materials are truly a sustainable practice.

It adds character.Hartford Greeting Room

Want to avoid a “cookie-cutter” home?  Reclaimed details are an opportunity to create unique spaces.  These materials aren’t mass produced.  They’re authentic and one-of-a-kind.  Patina, distress marks, rough edges, faded stains – repurposed pieces add warmth and texture to a home.  They can make a big statement without being overwhelming, and the layering of reclaimed materials with new details offers charm and interest.

It’s versatile.

Reclaimed materials tie in with essentially any style.  They can complement rustic or classic rooms, or they can offer a nice contrast to the simple, sleek lines of contemporary or modern spaces.

It tells a story.Delafield Fireplace

Reclaimed details lend a sense of history to a home.  Where were these pieces and who used them in their past life?  Perhaps, you’re incorporating wood planks from an 1800s barn or Cream City brick from an old farmhouse.  No matter the material, you’ll instantly be adding a timeless quality to your space.

Bartelt’s Mary Sweet in “All about the find” in 30West Magazine

How can you create a “country chic” aesthetic?  Find out in the article “All about the find” on pages 30-31 of 30West magazine where our designer, Mary Sweet, is quoted.

See the article here.

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