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Recent Project: Rustic Lower Level Remodel

The homeowners wanted to transform their empty basement into another living space that both the adults and teenagers could enjoy.  It needed to be a comfortable area to watch movies, entertain, and relax.  The remodeled space offers a cozy, rustic aesthetic.

Oconomowoc Lower Level Before

The Bar

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

The lower level bar area is ideal for entertaining!  It features beverage refrigerators, a hammered copper sink, custom, character-grade cherry cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, and leathered Juparana Classico Supreme granite.

The Family Room

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

Neighboring the bar area, the family room includes a stacked stone fireplace and weathered beams.  This space also features French doors with views to the screened-in porch.

The Game Area

Oconomowoc Lower Level Remodel

Arched openings and travertine tile run throughout the lower level, adding character to the space. The billiards room has space for numerous games, something that can be enjoyed by both the kids and adults.

The Powder Room


The powder room features a floating top, a vessel sink made from a boulder, and double arches.

The Three-Season Room

Oconomowoc Walk-Out Before






Oconomowoc Screened Porch Addition








A portion of the existing lower level was exposed to create a walk-out with access to a new three-season room that showcases the homeowners’ scenic yard.

Oconomowoc Screened Porch Addition






The new three-season room allows the homeowners to enjoy their surroundings without having to worry about bugs or the elements.  It features cedar, a reclaimed brick wall, and a stained cement floor.

See this beautiful project on the Metropolitan Builders Association Parade of Remodeled Homes, Sept. 12-13, 2015.  More details, including the address, will be posted on our events page as the date gets closer.

Arches Add “Curve” Appeal

At Bartelt, we’re big fans of incorporating arches into a space.  Not only do arches add a softness to a room, but they also give a space character.  Doorways, ceilings, windows, niches – there are numerous opportunities to add an arch to a room to create elegance, architectural interest, and a timeless look.

ContrastMilwaukee Kitchen Remodel

A balanced mix of straight and curved lines makes for a dynamic room.  While straight lines offer symmetry, order, and structure, arches add softness and warmth.  The contrasting lines work together to create comfortable, inviting spaces.  Using only straight lines can make a room feel cold and boxy.  Too many arches can seem overly ornate and busy.

FrameWaukesha Kitchen Remodel

Whether it’s a doorway framing a beautiful room, a niche showcasing a piece of artwork, or a window highlighting an outdoor view, an arch can draw attention to key details in your home.  Here are a few other examples of items we’ve framed with arches:

  • Freestanding tubs or tub decks
  • Kitchen ranges
  • Built-in bookshelves or wine racks
  • Fireplace openings
  • Built-in beds

DefineMuskego Lower Level Remodel

Arches are a great opportunity to define two spaces while keeping them open to one another.  Many homeowners want an open concept layout, but it’s important that the home’s interior does not become a large, nondescript box.  An arch can create open, yet separate spaces while adding charm and intimacy to a home.

A look at more arches!

Recent Project: Family-Friendly Lower Level Remodel

The homeowners wanted to transform their empty basement into another living space that both the adults and kids could enjoy.  It was important that the lower level offered a comfortable area to watch movies, entertain, and play.

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

The remodeled space is a balanced mix of cozy and sophisticated details.  It features an informal entertaining area with engineered hickory flooring, a bold chandelier, ample storage, and room for a large table.

The arched openings and columns add character to the lower level and keep the entertaining area and living room open to one another while defining each space.

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

This space also includes a wet bar with marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry in a smoky gray color.

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

The lower level playroom features two chalkboard doors and can be closed off with barn-style doors to keep toys hidden during gatherings.

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

The lower level also includes a powder room, featuring unique lighting, and a fitness room.

For detail photos, see this project on Houzz.