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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.

Bartelt Wins Two 2016 Regional Chrysalis Awards

On Monday, May 2, 2016, we were named a 2016 Regional Chrysalis Awards winner for the Addition Over $250,000 and Whole House Remodel $300,000 – $700,000 categories.

“We are honored to receive two 2016 Regional Chrysalis Awards, ” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the creativity and dedication of our outstanding team, trade partners, and customers.”

2016 Regional Chrysalis Winner - Addition Over $250,000The winning Bartelt projects each had unique components.  The Addition Over $250,000 home 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.

2016 Regional Chrysalis Winner - Whole House Remodel $300,000-$700,000The Whole House Remodel $300,000 – $700,000 home was dated, compartmentalized, and stale. The homeowners wanted to update the space to accommodate their modern lifestyle, showcase their eclectic style, and take advantage of their beautiful setting. The exterior of the home was transformed with a metal roof, fieldstone, low maintenance siding, a pergola, cedar columns and brackets, and a screen porch. Inside the home, each room tells a “story,” with reclaimed pieces throughout the first floor – barn doors, beams, and boards. The first floor now has a more open concept, and there is a natural flow between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

The Chrysalis Awards program, started in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in fifteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States.  The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

See more photos of these projects on Houzz:

Addition Over $250,000

Whole House Remodel $300,000 – $700,000

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.

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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.

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!

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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Kitchen Trends to Consider in 2015

“Trend” is a word we typically steer away from because it often implies that something is hot right now, but may not be two, five, ten years from now. Regardless, in this post, we’ll be using the word to talk about the popularity of the refined, simple, and not too trendy trend that Bartelt is seeing. There are many kitchen design elements on the rise that are smart and adaptable to your future style and upcoming trends.

WhiteFox Point Kitchen Remodel

The white kitchen is a popular option, and it is here to stay. It’s classic, yet versatile enough to work with any design style and highlight the homeowners’ personality. Offering a clean, airy look, white kitchens also seem to make everything else “pop” – wood floors, stainless steel appliances, lighting, and accessories.

Contrasting Island

More and more homeowners are using their kitchen island as an opportunity to add character and variation to the space. A contrasting stain or paint color can make the island a focal point and highlight your style. “One great option we’re seeing is walnut with a gray stain for that rustic, weathered look. It adds contrast to the room, yet still complements the elegance of white cabinetry,” said Heather Scott, interior designer at Bartelt.

Furniture-StyleTurned island legs

Sculpted toe kicks, corbels, faux finishes, crown molding, turned island legs – furniture-style cabinetry has become a staple in Bartelt remodels. It is evidence that the kitchen has evolved from a solely utilitarian room to the family’s hub. It’s the place where people tend to congregate, and it’s a room that seems to touch every other living space. “When your family spends a lot of time in a room, and it is open to other spaces, it’s important that it’s inviting. This is something furniture-style cabinetry offers. The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture,” explained Scott.

Hartford Kitchen RemodelJuxtaposition

In recent remodels, we’ve seen the integration of varying styles – modern mixed with traditional, rustic paired with refined. This is an important trend because it makes the space flexible and appeals to your varying tastes and needs. Want the clean simplicity of a modern kitchen, but desire some soft lines? A transitional style (modern and traditional) is a great option. Looking for the classic look of a white kitchen, but want to add warmth? White cabinetry contrasted by reclaimed beams or a distressed cherry top, for instance, strikes a nice balance.

TextureLeather-Texture Finish

Texture gives a room depth and character. How do you add texture? Reclaimed materials, tin ceilings, hand-scraped floors, brick, or stone are just a few examples. We’re also seeing a transition from high-gloss countertops to honed and leather-texture finishes.

Bartelt Wins Two MBA Achievement Awards

On Friday, September 27, 2013, we took home two Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) Achievement Awards – Best Remodeling Project $150,000+ and People’s Choice for the 2013 MBA Spring Tour.

The winning Bartelt projects each had unique components.  The first floor remodel transformed a dated and compartmentalized home into a rustic space conducive to entertaining.  It features custom cabinetry, hand-scraped floors, distressed beams, leather-textured granite countertops, and a large island with a butcher block top.

The first floor remodel featured on the 2013 Spring Tour offers the homeowners a functional layout and character.  The custom cherry cabinetry complements the sage-colored island and slate backsplash.  The remodel also includes laundry and mudroom space with custom lockers, a drop zone, and ample storage, serving as the home’s “launch pad” to get in and out of the door easily.

We are honored to receive two Achievement Awards.  These awards are the result of the creativity, dedication, and expertise of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and customers.

Hartland First Floor Remodel

Best Remodeling Project $150,000+

Mequon First Floor Remodel

2013 Spring Tour People’s Choice