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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

The Butler’s Pantry

Whether it serves as an entertaining hub or just a storage space, a butler’s pantry can be valuable to your home.  It’s an entertainer’s sidekick!  You can use the space to store your collection of platters and dishes or to stage a meal before serving.  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource offers tips to ensure you plan a functional butler’s pantry.

Delafield Butler's PantryLocation, Location, Location

The butler’s pantry should be easily accessible from the kitchen and dining room.  This makes serving less complicated and accommodates the flow between entertaining spaces.  Many butler’s pantries have extra counter and prep space, storage, and appliances, so when positioned properly in the house, they can serve as an extension to your kitchen or dining room.

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Dishes, platters, barware, linens, glasses, silverware – a well-prepared host or hostess has a lot to store.  Custom cabinetry with roll-outs, dividers, and other organizational systems ensure everything has its place.  Open shelving is another great option, so you can easily (and quickly) grab the serving bowl or dish you need for your soiree.  Other storage options include wine cubbies, baskets, and cabinetry with glass doors.

Equipment

Beyond storage, somFox Point Butler's Pantrye butler’s pantries are equipped with appliances – beverage and wine refrigerators, ice makers, microwave drawers, and built-in coffee makers.  It can also be useful to include a bar sink to help with food prep or drink mixing.  When a butler’s pantry is fully equipped, it essentially serves “double duty” as a pantry and a wet bar.

Style

Big or small, a butler’s pantry is the perfect place to showcase your style and get creative.  Whether you’re incorporating a unique backsplash, a bold ceiling detail, or a fun light fixture, the options are endless to customize this useful space.

It’s All in the Details

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

Kitchens

  1. This range hood serves as a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen.  It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the space.
  2. The base of this butcher block adds a pop of color to the kitchen, and the knife storage keeps tools within reach of where the homeowners need it.
  3. This kitchen niche not only adds interest to the backsplash, but it is also a great spot to store frequently used spices and oils.
  4. A furniture-style island leg is an important aspect of the kitchen.  The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture.
  5. Showcasing the homeowners’ style, this kitchen pendant offers ambient and task lighting over the island.
  6. The roll-out pantry allows the homeowners to take advantage of the entire depth of the cabinet without having to dig through boxes and canned goods.

Lower Levels

  1. This hammered copper countertop is the perfect addition to a lower level bar.
  2. A Tuscan-style lower level features textured plaster walls and arched brick openings.
  3. These chalkboard doors are a fun addition to a lower level playroom.
  4. A finished basement is a great opportunity to get creative with your lighting!
  5. Here is a close-up of that unique lower level fireplace, the face of Prometheus.

Bathrooms

  1. Check out this grand, double-door entrance into the master bath!  The arched doorway mimics the arch above the large soaking tub.
  2. Not only does a recessed niche add character to a bathroom, but it is also perfect for decor or storage needs.
  3. The tub’s handshower offers a classic and sophisticated look.
  4. This steam shower has frameless glass panels, a pivoting transom, and Pietra Calacatta, an innovative porcelain tile that looks like marble, but holds up to the steam.
  5. A wall-mounted faucet, slate tile, and boulder vessel sink help achieve a rustic aesthetic in this home’s powder room.

Other Spaces

  1. This custom, built-in bed takes advantage of an existing alcove and is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ grandchildren to snuggle in for a sleepover.
  2. In this library, a knotty alder coffered ceiling adds warmth and character.
  3. An arched opening between the sunroom and back hall keeps the spaces separate yet open to one another.
  4. The fieldstone and barn beams on this sunroom fireplace tie into the home’s exterior and create a nice balance of rustic and refined.

Keep the Bathroom Organized

There are a lot of “tools” often stored in the bathroom – hair items, linens, blow dryers, shaving kits, cleaning products, and beyond.  It can become a bit cluttered and chaotic in this relatively small space.  The good news?  There are many options for a well-organized bathroom.  We explore some storage ideas here.

Doors & Drawers

Like the kitchen, there are many organizational options for your vanity cabinets and drawers.  Drawer dividers keep everything in its place.  Deep drawers allow you to store bottles and other tall items vertically.  They also accommodate double drawers.  Other options include pull-outs, hideaway hampers, and “garages” with outlets for that curling iron or blow dryer.

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Vanity towers offer additional storage without taking up floor space or increasing vanity size.  If you opt for a recessed vanity tower, you do not have to sacrifice counter space either.  Customize your vanity tower to tie in with the room’s style and your specific storage needs – glass or mirrored doors, closed cabinetry, shelving, roll-outs, drawers, and beyond.

Built-Ins

Not only are built-ins a practical form of storage, but they also give a timeless look to the bathroom.  Built-in cabinetry and shelving allow you to maximize your space and seamlessly insert storage into sometimes wasted space.  They are especially useful in small bathrooms.

Medicine Cabinets

Medicine cabinets are a great place to stash frequently-used items – toothpaste, vitamins, contact solution, aspirin.  Whether the cabinet is recessed or wall-mounted, it’s versatile enough for any bathroom design style.

Colgate Bathroom RemodelOpen Vanities

Open vanities offer a spot to store and display guest towels and toiletries.  In smaller bathrooms, you can use the open shelving for items that you would normally have on the countertop, such as a tissue box.  Beyond the additional storage, an open vanity can also give the illusion of more space.

Linen Closets

The linen closet, whether in or just outside the bathroom, has been a staple in many homes.  There are numerous ways to tailor this common form of storage to fit your specific needs.  Opt for cubbies to keep towels and washcloths contained.  Consider adding drawers to ensure easy access to linens in the back of the closet.  Use a series of shelves and drawers to accommodate the various items you plan to store.

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Recessed shower niches offer extra space to neatly store shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and soap.  They also provide an opportunity to show some creativity with decorative tile, granite, glass, and other materials to add detail and texture to the bathroom.