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An Ode to Herringbone

You’re looking for timeless options in your home – something that won’t be dated in a matter of a few years but still adds style and intrigue to your space. May we suggest herringbone? Before we dive into the reasons we love herringbone and show you some of our fabulous examples, let’s look at a simple definition:

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NOUN | ˈher-iŋ-ˌbōn, ˈhe-riŋ-

Herringbone is a pattern made up of 45 degree angles that form a ‘V’ shape.

Now, why do we love it?

[ S T Y L E ] Whether used with simple materials or something more dynamic (such as marble), laying tile or wood in an unexpected pattern like herringbone adds an element of style and elegance. For instance, if this tile was laid in a standard grid or running bond pattern, it may not have been as interesting or unique.

Family Room Tile

[ T I M E L E S S ] Herringbone seems to be a pattern that stands the test of time. Perhaps, it’s the fact that it adds subtle interest and doesn’t overwhelm a room. You don’t grow weary of it like trendy or ornate details. It also isn’t associated with a specific time period, so in a couple of years, people won’t be saying, “That’s so 2017.”

Fox Point Kitchen Remodel

[ T E X T U R E ] If you’re looking for texture, herringbone may be the answer! Again, it’s an understated detail, adding just enough variation to create warmth and character in your home.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

[ M O V E M E N T ] Herringbone adds movement. It commands visitors’ attention and guides their eyes through a room, giving the illusion of more space.

Wauwatosa Sunroom Remodel

[ V E R S A T I L I T Y ] Herringbone isn’t reserved for one particular style. It can complement a contemporary space as well as traditional or rustic homes.  It also has various applications in the home – giving contrast to a traditional subway tile, spicing up the interior of a fireplace, adding texture to a hardwood floor, highlighting a niche in the bathroom, offering dimension to a tile floor. There are no limits!

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

A Look at Bartelt’s Award-Winning Projects

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted photos of some of Bartelt’s award-winning projects. Here is a compilation of those posts!

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This 1800s farmhouse remodel has a balanced mix of rustic and refined details – barn beams, painted cabinetry, fieldstone, coffered ceilings, distressed wood.

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This home is a blend of traditional elements and modern details. It features marble, painted cabinetry and gorgeous lighting. The spaces also boast unique materials like goldleaf tile and textured wallpaper!

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Our clients wanted a layout more conducive to entertaining and spaces that reflected their style and setting. The first floor features custom cabinetry, wrought iron light fixtures, slate tile, textured granite, and hand-scraped beams, creating a rustic aesthetic.

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This sunroom addition is the perfect spot to host family and friends. It features a bar, easy access to the kitchen, a Lannon stone fireplace, and a direct connection to outdoor entertaining spaces.

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Our clients’ 1800s Victorian lake home had been turned into a four family residence. It was their goal to restore it back to a single family home and reintroduce its original charm. This project features painted cabinetry, a tin ceiling, fireplace restorations, a bed nook for the grandchildren, and other details complementing the character of the home.

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This master bath features a custom vanity, a tub with a granite deck, and a frameless glass shower. The shower bench boasts porcelain- and marble-filled mosaic tile and mimics the curve of the vanity and tub.

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The homeowners wanted to update the home to accommodate their modern lifestyle while complementing the home’s original charm. This remodel features a new master suite, an exterior update, a new detached garage, a family room transformed from the old garage, and an expanded kitchen.

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This home was originally a 1850s barn and was converted to a home in 1938. 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.

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This kitchen is ideal for entertaining. It features a large island, efficient storage, double sinks, and a large arched opening into the family room (keeping the spaces open yet defined).

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This stunning lake home basement has it all – a bar with a copper top and a Lannon stone wall, a wine storage room, and a cozy family room for movie nights (not to mention a ton of space to entertain friends and family)!

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The homeowners wanted to enhance the home’s original charm while highlighting their eclectic style. 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.

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This remodeled lower level 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!

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We created a layout conducive to entertaining and updated this kitchen without straying too far from the feel of the home’s existing spaces. The space features custom, raised panel birch cabinetry, travertine subway tile, and granite countertops. It also has a two-level island, making it multi-purpose: one level for food prep and the other with seating for six.

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This finished lower level features a bar with leather-textured granite, character-grade cherry cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, and beverage refrigerators. Neighboring the bar, the family room includes a stacked stone fireplace. Arched openings, weathered beams, and travertine tile run throughout the basement, adding character to the space.

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The homeowners wanted to update the home to accommodate their modern lifestyle, showcase their eclectic style, and take advantage of their beautiful setting. The exterior of the house 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.

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The homeowners wanted to expand their home to accommodate their family of 7. This project doubled the size of their home and created functional spaces – a larger kitchen, a family room, a mudroom with custom lockers, a three and a half car garage, bathrooms, and other living spaces.

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The homeowners wanted to update the kitchen for their modern lifestyle while restoring and preserving the home’s original character. The space features a copper tin ceiling, custom furniture-style cabinetry, and soapstone.

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This beautiful lake home features a new kitchen with custom crackle-finish cabinetry, a custom cherry table, a wet bar, and toe kick lighting. The two fireplaces serve as focal points for the first floor.

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The fireplace, the lower level’s focal point, is a carved face of Prometheus, Greek god of fire. It features votive candles inset in his hair and beard. The basement also features a full kitchen with a hutch-like sink area, copper details, and reclaimed beams.

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The homeowners wanted their home to have an arts and crafts look. The remodeled exterior features low maintenance siding, a cedar pergola, a historically correct color scheme, and a custom quarter sawn oak door.

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This eye-catching kitchen features custom cabinetry and paneled appliances, a limestone hood, a crackle-finished island, and a copper farmhouse sink.

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This lower level is ideal for entertaining – bar, family room, game area. The space features granite tops, custom cherry cabinetry, a game table at the bar, custom storage for pool cues, and double crown molding at the ceiling.

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.

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Thank you to our team, clients, and industry partners for a wonderful 2016. Cheers to the new year!

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12 Days of Bars (+ Libations)

12 Days of Bars

We’re sharing some of our favorite bars and wet bars with holiday beverages to enjoy at home!

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T H E  B A R

Wauwatosa Wet Bar

The wet bar in this butler’s pantry serves as a focal point in the dining room. It’s the perfect spot to mix drinks and offers extra counter space. Check out the framed mirror backsplash and unique wallpaper, too!

T H E  D R I N K

Cranberry Moscow Mule

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T H E  B A R

Waukesha Sunroom Bar

With easy access to the kitchen, this sunroom bar is the perfect spot to host guests. It features wine cubbies, a beverage refrigerator, and room for seating.

T H E  D R I N K

Maple Hot Chocolate

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T H E  B A R

Hartland Wet Bar

This wet bar features custom cabinetry, a hammered copper sink, and Bronzo Quartzite tops. The beverage refrigerator and glass storage are ideal for entertaining.

T H E  D R I N K

The Candy Cane

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T H E  B A R

Fox Point Wet Bar

Want a well-stocked wet bar/butler’s pantry? Look no further! Storage, wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker – it has it all. Also, check out the gold leaf tile backsplash and the gold ceiling!

T H E  D R I N K

Brandy Old Fashioned

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T H E  B A R

Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This lower level bar is ideal for entertaining all ages! It features custom cabinetry, a raised game/snack table, and ample storage.

T H E  D R I N K

Apple Sangria

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T H E  B A R

Brookfield Basement Bar

Superhero. Bar. There’s not much more to say about this unique space!

T H E  D R I N K

Gingerbread Martini

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T H E  B A R

Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This lower level bar features character-grade cherry cabinetry, leather-textured granite, a hammered copper sink, a stacked stone backsplash, and gray weathered beams. It also has ample storage and two beverage refrigerators.

T H E  D R I N K

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

>>D A Y 8<<

T H E  B A R

Hartland Wet Bar

This wet bar has easy access to the kitchen and features custom cabinetry with a crackle finish and space to prep beverages.

T H E  D R I N K

White Christmas Margaritas

>>D A Y 9<<

T H E  B A R

Wauwatosa Wet Bar

This wet bar offers extra counter space in the dining room and ample storage for barware. Check out the corbels, too!

T H E  D R I N K

Mocha Punch

>>D A Y 10<<

T H E  B A R

Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This dreamy bar features a hammered copper top, a Lannon stone backsplash, and rustic custom cabinetry. It’s cozy and sophisticated.

T H E  D R I N K

Double Chocolate S'mores Martini

>>D A Y 11<<

T H E  B A R

Muskego Wet Bar

This lower level wet bar features marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry in a smoky gray color. It’s a comfortable spot to entertain!

T H E  D R I N K

Cranberry Orange Mimosa

>>D A Y 12<<

T H E  B A R

Delafield Basement Bar

The bar features custom walnut cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, honed/textured granite, and a recessed blue ceiling detail.

T H E  D R I N K

Jack Frost Martini

A Look at Tile Layouts

With endless material and pattern options, tile is a great opportunity to showcase your personal style and add interest to your home.  In this post, we take a look at some popular tile layouts to help you choose the option(s) that are best for you and the various spaces in your home.

BrickBrick Tile Layout

The brick, or running bond, layout is that classic subway tile pattern, with each row of tile offset by half a tile width.  It’s a timeless look and is ideal for really any spot in the home.  We often see it as a kitchen backsplash or on shower walls.  Looking to spice up this pattern?  Some of our homeowners opt for a contrasting grout to really define the brick pattern.

Vertical Brick

This layout is that classic brick pattern rotated.  It’s a contemporary twist on a classic and is often used to emphasize height or create an illusion of height.  It’s not uncommon to see the vertical brick pattern on a shower wall.

Large Brick Tile LayoutLarge Brick

A large brick is still that staggered pattern, but it offers a different feel than a typical brick layout.  With fewer grout lines, it can appear to be a more continuous surface of material – a great option for a floor or shower wall.  A fun twist to the large staggered brick look is swapping out a traditional rectangle tile and using a square tile, offsetting the grout joints for an unexpected look.

HerringboneLarge Herringbone Tile Layout

Herringbone is a timeless, elegant tile pattern.  It is created with 45 degree angles that form a ‘V’ shape.  Whether used with the simplest tile or a lovely marble, a herringbone layout adds subtle interest and texture to a space.  Size matters!  The look and feel of your herringbone pattern can be affected by the size of the tile, each option as beautiful as the last – 3” x 6,” 1” x 3,” 12” x 24.”

Basket Weave Tile LayoutBasket Weave

Alternating between horizontal and vertical tiles and often a mix of squares and rectangles, the basket weave pattern is another timeless option.  A basket weave is a great way to add a high-end look to a bathroom floor.

Mosaic Tile LayoutMosaic

Hexagon, square, and beyond – a mosaic is made up of small tiles in a repeated pattern or set of patterns.  Want to highlight a backsplash or niche?  A mosaic pattern is a great way to showcase these details.  It’s also frequently used on shower floors because it is easy to pitch smaller tiles for proper drainage.

Versaille Tile LayoutVersaille

A Versaille tile pattern is composed of four different tile sizes and adds character to your floor.  It is actually like a puzzle pieced together. This pattern is commonly used with a travertine tile for a rustic feel, but it can also be created with a porcelain tile.

Side Note – Borders

Not only do borders add an accent to a tile layout, but they can also be a little “trick” to compensate for imprecise tile-to-wall sizing.  A slightly wider or narrower strip can help you avoid having to cut off tops or bottoms of tiles to make everything fit properly.  It can be a fun option to lay a border in a vertical “waterfall” detail, as well.

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.

A Place to Entertain

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted entertaining space photos every day (every weekday and non-holiday, that is). Here is a compilation of the posts!

Space for Libations

Fox Point Butler's Pantry

This butler’s pantry 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 the home’s classic and modern aesthetics. The room serves as a connection between entertaining spaces.

Wauwatosa Family Room and Wet Bar

The wet bar is conveniently located between two entertaining spaces – the living room and the kitchen. It’s the perfect spot to mix drinks, store glasses, and serve as extra counter space.

Hartford Butler's Pantry

The butler’s pantry is a transition area, located between the dining room and the library. It serves as extra counter space for entertaining in the dining room and features custom cabinetry, glass storage, and a wine refrigerator.

Hartland Wet Bar

This remodeled wet bar features custom cabinetry, a hammered copper sink, and a Bronzo Quartzite top. The beverage refrigerator and glass storage are a great addition for their gatherings, and the deep drawer allows them to store spirits vertically.

Elm Grove Coffee Bar

This kitchen’s “beverage station” is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ coffee maker, mugs, and snacks.

Kitchen Entertaining

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen island offers ample space for food preparation and seating for guests – ideal for entertaining. The kitchen’s open design accommodates the natural flow between appliances and storage areas during meal prep.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

The custom island table is the perfect spot to host a casual brunch or dinner. The kitchen is open to the family room, so guests can move freely about the space and interact with people in the other room.

Hartland Kitchen Island

If you entertain regularly, you’ve probably started quite the collection of platters, linens, glasses, vases, and beyond. Make sure you have a place for everything. The island is a great spot to insert extra storage.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

These custom barn doors serve as a focal point and allow the homeowners to close off the (sometimes) chaotic kitchen from the dining room when hosting guests. It’s the perfect way to keep the spaces open to one another yet separate!

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

This large island is ideal for setting up a party buffet! The homeowner also wanted part of the island to be raised, so guests could lean against it during gatherings.

Room to Visit

Elm Grove Hearth Room Remodel

This hearth room is a cozy spot for guests to mingle and relax. Because it neighbors the kitchen, the homeowners can still engage their friends and family while prepping at the island.

Hartford Sunroom Addition

With direct access to the kitchen, this sunroom addition extends the homeowners’ entertaining space. It’s a great place for guests to socialize while you prep in the kitchen or a nice spot to enjoy libations after dinner.

Oconomowoc Screen Porch

The new three-season room allows the homeowners to entertain and enjoy their surroundings without having to worry about bugs or the elements. It is also located off the lower level bar and family room, offering a nice flow between entertaining spaces.

Wauwatosa Sunroom Remodel

This light and airy sunroom is the perfect spot to entertain guests with drinks and appetizers. It also has a direct connection to the patio!

Delafield Screen Porch

This 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.

Lower Level Shindigs

Muskego Basement Remodel

This lower level wet bar and sitting area is the perfect spot for the whole family to enjoy. It features engineered hickory flooring, a bold chandelier, and room for a large table (perfect for games or meals). The wet bar includes marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry.

Oconomowoc Basement Remodel

A great place to entertain friends and family! This bar neighbors a game room and offers ample seating and counter space to prepare cocktails and serve snacks. It features character-grade cherry cabinetry, leather-textured granite, and a stacked stone backsplash.

Muskego Basement Playroom

You need a spot for those kiddos when you’re entertaining! This lower level playroom features two chalkboard doors and has lots of space to move around! It can also be closed off with barn-style doors to keep toys hidden during gatherings.

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

This lower level game area and billiards room offer plenty of space for entertaining and playing. It features heated travertine floors, soft arches, and a mix of lighting to accommodate all activities.

 

Oconomowoc Basement Remodel

This lower level bar is ideal for entertaining! It’s cozy, featuring a copper top, a Lannon stone wall and fireplace, stained beams, and a travertine floor.

Formal Entertaining

Oconomowoc Dining Room Remodel

This dining room is the perfect spot to entertain family and friends. It has views to the lake and is near the wet bar, family room, and new sunroom.

Barn Door Style

It’s hard to deny that sliding barn doors can add instant character to a home.  Old or new, they are a functional statement in the home and give homeowners the opportunity to showcase their unique style.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource slides (get it?!) a bit deeper into the topic of barn doors.

StyleElm Grove Kitchen Remodel

The great thing about barn doors is that they can complement any style.  Opt for a reclaimed barn door, with authentic patina and distress marks, to achieve a rustic aesthetic.  Don’t have access to a reclaimed door?  Incorporate a new door that is made to look old to add a touch of farmhouse style – layers of paint, hand-distressing, sanding.  Do you have a more modern home?  A sleek barn door in a fresh color can easily tie in with your contemporary space.  Barn doors are versatile, so select a material and style that complement your home.

HardwareDelafield Butler's Pantry

Choosing barn door hardware can be a bit overwhelming, but it’s another opportunity to make a statement.  For instance, wrought iron hardware can emphasize a more rustic style while steel tends to be a bit more contemporary.  The style and placement of the hardware can also change the feel of the barn door.  Oversized wheels, small steel rollers, horseshoe-shaped or prop hardware – the options are endless.  Once you’ve decided on the hardware style, it’s time to consider the placement.  Will it be located on the interior or exterior of the door?  When it comes to pulls, many homeowners will opt for a more decorative option at the front of the door, but will use a flush piece on the backside to clear the wall when the door is sliding.

Location

There are no rules when it comes to deciding where to put a barn door.  We’ve seen them on pantries, in closets, to close off a playroom, at the bathroom, and to add division between a kitchen and dining room.  No matter their location, barn doors are a functional, often space-saving, option for any area of the home.

CustomizationMuskego Lower Level Remodel

Have fun with your barn door!  Add a chalkboard door for notes or kids’ artwork.  Incorporate transom windows to allow natural light into a space.  Pick a bold color.  Use glass panels as a modern alternative to French doors.  It’s a great opportunity to be creative.

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.