The Beauty of Built-Ins

Whether it’s a window seat, bookshelf, bed, or bar, built-ins lend character and function to a home.  We love that they can be tailored to specific needs and that they offer a cohesive and seamless look.  Built-ins are a great opportunity to take advantage of every nook and cranny and can really maximize your space!  Let’s look at some examples.

W I N D O W   S E A T S

Window seats are versatile.  Incorporate them into a dining room, office, bedroom, family room, or hallway.  They are the perfect opportunity to make the most of otherwise wasted space and insert extra storage.  Plus, who hasn’t dreamed of having a window seat?  It’s a great place to curl up with a book or sip a cup of coffee.  And it can be a beautiful way to frame a view.

Hartford Library Remodel

Wauwatosa Master Bedroom

B O O K S H E L V E S

Built-in bookshelves are multi-purpose – a place to store items and a lovely way to display decor, books, and collectibles.  They truly give a room a finished and sophisticated look.

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

Fox Point Library Remodel

B E D S

A built-in bed is ideal for kid or guest bedrooms!  They can be tucked into an alcove or under a slanted wall. Let’s not forget to mention how cozy they are!  Bonus – they can offer extra storage.  Check out those built-in bookshelves and drawers!

Oconomowoc Guest Bedroom Remodel

M E D I A   C E N T E R S

Like all built-ins, a built-in media wall subdues clutter and makes a space feel more substantial.  It can also serve as the anchor of the room.  This example mixes in shelves, reclaimed windows, and drawers to break up the size of the wall, add interest, and offer even more storage.

Side note – the built-in cabinetry in the foreground of this photo was incorporated into the design to not only display the homeowners’ vintage treasures, but to also define two rooms while keeping them open to one another.

Waukesha Family Room Remodel

B A R S

A built-in wet bar often serves as the home’s entertaining hub.  The great thing about a built-in wet bar?  You don’t necessarily need to have ample square footage.  Big or small, a wet bar has a lot of utility in a home – extra counter space, glassware storage, an additional sink, cocktail mixing station.

Wauwatosa Family Room Remodel

B A T H R O O M   S T O R A G E

Built-in shelving, vanity towers, medicine cabinets, niches – built-ins definitely take on a large role in a well-organized and timeless bathroom.  Because bathrooms are often small, these options offer storage and style without sacrificing floor space.

Fox Point Bathroom Remodel - Vanity Towers

L O C K E R S  / /  C U B B I E S

Custom cubbies or lockers help everyone keep their belongings organized and out of other areas of the home.  Add a bench, and you have yourself the perfect “launch pad” to get your family out-the-door.

Wauwatosa Mudroom

Bartelt Wins Two 2018 Regional CotY Awards

Bartelt was named the 2018 Region 3 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in the Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 and Residential Bath Over $100,000 categories.

“We are honored to be named the 2018 Regional Contractor of the Year in these categories,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the expertise, creativity and dedication of our entire team, trade partners and clients.  We are fortunate to work with the best!”

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 20, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 | Regional CotY

Colgate Kitchen Remodel Colgate First Floor Remodel

The scenic backdrop drew this couple to the home, but the interior lacked style and function. It was vital to eliminate the compartmentalization on the first floor and create a home more conducive to entertaining. The remodeled spaces are now a balanced mix of feminine and rustic details – a blend of their individual tastes. The project features decorative lighting, antiqued oak floors, a distressed beam mantel, and a large kitchen. An open staircase with floating treads is the focal point of the first floor, and a master suite addition takes advantage of the home’s views and serves as a retreat.

Residential Bath Over $100,000 | Regional CotY

Wauwatosa Master Bath Remodel

These empty-nesters lead a busy life, often traveling for work. They wanted to update and expand their master bathroom to create a retreat after their time away and mimic the luxurious places they’ve visited. The remodeled space is flooded with natural light and boasts unique finishes that exude elegance and complement the homeowners’ eclectic taste. It features water jet cut glass and marble tile, a custom metallic-finished vanity, a freestanding tub, porcelain tile resembling marble, and a large frameless glass shower. It is also equipped with ample storage and “elbow room” for two.

Another Morning with Rick Bartelt and Amanda Coakley on WISN’s “The Remodeling Show”

News/Talk 1130 WISNOnce again, our very own Rick Bartelt and Amanda Coakley joined Paul Kronforst on News/Talk WISN 1130’s “The Remodeling Show.”

Kronforst and representatives from some of the area’s most respected remodelers, contractors, and home improvement companies take your questions about products, services, and more.

Listen here!

Bartelt Named Best of Houzz 2018

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded Best Of Houzz 2018 in the Design category by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.  Bartelt was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community.

“We are honored to be named Best Of Houzz 2018 in the Design category” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “It is the result of our team’s and industry partners’ dedication to innovative design and superior craftsmanship.”

Have you checked out Houzz yet?  It’s a great resource to research and gather ideas and inspiration for your home projects.  While you’re there, be sure to check out our profile!

Best of Houzz 2018

Bartelt Wins Four Wisconsin Remodelers Awards

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Bartelt took home four Wisconsin Remodelers Awards (WRAs). Our team was recognized in the Residential Addition Over $250,000, Entire House $250,000 – $500,000, and Residential Bath Over $100,000 categories.

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the dedication of our entire team – our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and clients.”

The Wisconsin Remodelers Awards is an annual event hosted by the Milwaukee NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc.  It is an opportunity to honor the outstanding work its members have accomplished throughout the year.

Residential Addition Over $250,000 | GOLD

Hartford Addition

The homeowners loved the aesthetic of their farmhouse, but they had two daughters with young families that they needed to accommodate. They wanted to expand their home, so guests would have their own space when visiting. They also desired more room to host family gatherings. The addition includes a large library and a guest suite that features a bedroom, kitchenette, bathroom, and bunk room. Details, such as copper gutters, a shake roof, clear siding, and high moldings, were incorporated into the design to blend with original details. The bunk room is a magical spot and even has a secret passage!

Residential Addition Over $250,000 | GOLD

Waukesha Addition

The homeowners of this charming 1920s lake cottage desired more space for their daily life, entertaining, and their ever-growing antique collection. They also wanted to restore and enhance the home’s original charm. The home was expanded to include a larger kitchen, a new family room, a lake porch, utility space, and a study. Details, such as exposed rafter tails, beadboard soffits, antique light fixtures, and reclaimed doors and windows, were incorporated into the design to complement existing features and highlight the homeowners’ vintage style. The addition is reminiscent of the home’s character while offering modern amenities and low maintenance materials.

Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 | GOLD

Colgate Entire House Remodel

The scenic backdrop drew this couple to the home, but the interior lacked style and function. It was vital to eliminate the compartmentalization on the first floor and create a home more conducive to entertaining. The remodeled spaces are now a balanced mix of feminine and rustic details – a blend of their individual tastes. The project features decorative lighting, antiqued oak floors, a distressed beam mantel, and a large kitchen. An open staircase with floating treads is the focal point of the first floor, and a master suite addition takes advantage of the home’s views and serves as a retreat.

Residential Bath Over $100,000 | BRONZE

Wauwatosa Master Bathroom Remodel

These empty-nesters lead a busy life, often traveling for work. They wanted to update and expand their master bathroom to create a retreat after their time away and mimic the luxurious places they’ve visited. The remodeled space is flooded with natural light and boasts unique finishes that exude elegance and complement the homeowners’ eclectic taste. It features water jet cut glass and marble tile, a custom metallic-finished vanity, a freestanding tub, porcelain tile resembling marble, and a large frameless glass shower. It is also equipped with ample storage and “elbow room” for two.

2017 | Year in Review

Bartelt Year in Review

NARI National Contractor of the Year

Hartford Barn Construction

Bartelt Electric

Bartelt Barn Wood Custom Frame

Qualified Remodeler Cover Story

M Mag FACES 2017

Gary Wetzel Welcome Home

Gary Wetzel Welcome Home

Gary Wetzel Welcome Home

Bartelt Summer Company Picnic

Bartelt Summer Company Picnic

Matt Retzak Viking Designer of Distinction

Bartelt Booth Remodel

Hunger Task Force Food Drive

Check Out Rick Bartelt and Amanda Coakley on News/Talk 1130 WISN’s “The Remodeling Show”

News/Talk 1130 WISNRecently our very own father-daughter duo, Rick Bartelt and Amanda Coakley, joined Paul Kronforst on News/Talk WISN 1130’s “The Remodeling Show.”

Kronforst and representatives from some of the area’s most respected remodelers, contractors, and home improvement companies take your questions about products, services, and more.

Listen here!

Bartelt Donates 1,151 Pounds of Food to Hunger Task Force

Bartelt's Hunger Task Force Food Drive

Bartelt hosted a food drive in December for Hunger Task Force and donated 1,151 pounds of non-perishable food items with the help of our clients, employees, industry partners and community.

We definitely weighed down their van!

Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity.  Its mission is to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.  Hunger Task Force makes sure donations stay “Free & Local.”

Custom Barn Time-Lapse

For the better part of 2017, we have been chronicling the progress of a custom barn we built for past clients.

This may be one of our favorite projects to date.  We cannot wait to share professional photos of the interior and exterior in spring 2018.

Enjoy!

Bartelt Kitchen in M Magazine

Be sure to check out the November 2017 issue of M Magazine!  One of our stunning kitchen remodels is featured on pages 72-75.

Click on the photo to read the article!

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel - M Magazine