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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

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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.

Bartelt’s Milwaukee/NARI Tour Home in The Freeman

Bartelt’s first floor remodel in Waukesha, a project on the 2015 Milwaukee/NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes, was recently featured in The Waukesha Freeman.

Waukesha Kitchen RemodelOur customers’ home was dated and didn’t reflect their personality.  They wanted to create a functional layout and make their first floor more conducive to entertaining.

In the kitchen, a peninsula and soffits were eliminated, improving the overall flow of the room.  The remodeled space features custom quarter sawn oak cabinetry, a painted island, granite countertops, a subway tile backsplash, handmade glass pendants, and a recessed niche for oils and spices.  Situated between the kitchen and family room, the wet bar serves as the home’s entertaining hub.  It features beverage and wine refrigerators, wine cubbies, and ample storage for glasses and barware.

The family room’s updated fireplace became the space’s focal point, with a quarter sawn oak surround, custom corbels, an arched apron, and slate mosaic tile.  The room also includes built-in bookshelves with glass inserts and new red oak hardwood floors.

Bartelt Kitchen in Waukesha Freeman

Recent Project: Traditional Kitchen Remodel

This 1990s home had not been updated since it was built.  It was dated, and the homeowners wanted to create a space more conducive to entertaining.

Waukesha Kitchen Before

The existing kitchen did not accommodate entertaining and was “chopped up” by a large peninsula. The cooktop and hood at the small island left little room for food prep.  There was also a lot of wasted space above the cabinetry.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

The remodeled kitchen offers a better traffic pattern and updated look without straying too far from the feel of existing spaces.  The custom, raised panel birch cabinetry, travertine subway tile, and granite countertops complement the original feel of the house without matching it.  This creates a seamless transition, so the homeowners didn’t feel obligated to update the entire first floor.

The kitchen also includes a large island with two levels, making it multi-purpose: one level for food prep and the other with room for dining.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

The range hood is a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen.  It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the kitchen.

Kitchen Spice Storage

 

 

 

 

 

Everything has its place.  For example, a spice drawer in the island keeps the spices organized and within reach of food prep.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

The raised panel, arched valence adds character to the space and softens the look of the room, contrasting with the straight lines throughout the kitchen.

Sienna Bordeaux Granite

 

 

 

 

 

The Sienna Bordeaux granite countertops add warmth and movement to the island and perimeter tops.

Paneled Beverage Refrigerator  Wine Refrigerator

The paneled beverage refrigerator is ideal for entertaining and blends with the custom cabinetry.  The wine refrigerator is also a great “tool” for entertaining.  This area works a little “double duty,” as well.  It takes on a wet bar function, with glass storage and room to mix drinks, and it serves as a “drop zone” for phone charging.

Second sink in the island

The island sink is near the refrigerator and prep areas, creating a “work triangle.”  It also serves as a bar sink, being close to the beverage and wine refrigerators, so people don’t have to use the main sink when preparing drinks.

12 Days of Kitchen Remodels (and recipes)

12 Days of Kitchen Remodels

We’re sharing some of our favorite kitchen remodels with a holiday recipe to whip up in your own kitchen!

Day 1

The Kitchen

This classic kitchen features ample custom storage, a built-in banquette, a Calacatta marble island top, a marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern, and plenty of room for entertaining.

Fox Point Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These cookies are perfect for holiday baking.  They hold their shape, and they’re so delicious, they don’t even need frosting (not that we advise against frosting).

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

 

 

 

 

Day 2

The Kitchen

This traditional kitchen features custom cabinetry, a large, two-level island, Sienna Bordeaux granite tops, and an eye-catching hood.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

The Recipe

This is the perfect beverage to warm up with during the holidays. It’s frothy and maple-y! Yum!

Maple Hot Chocolate

 

 

 

 

Day 3

The Kitchen

This historic kitchen features a tin ceiling in copper patina, soapstone tops, a copper farmhouse sink, and custom cabinetry.

Milwaukee Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This beef tenderloin is a must-try for the holidays!  It will impress your guests (and your taste buds).

Beef Tenderloin

 

 

 

 

Day 4

The Kitchen

This rustic kitchen features granite tops with a leather texture, hand-scraped hickory floors, and a large island with a crackle-finish and butcher block top.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This appetizer is festive and colorful, the perfect addition to your holiday spread!

Tree-Shaped Crescent Veggie Appetizers

 

 

 

 

Day 5

The Kitchen

This classic kitchen features a custom metal hood, Danby Marble tops, subway tile, and custom painted cabinetry. It is the home’s entertaining “hub.”

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

The Recipe

This holiday beverage is easy and delicious – an ideal combination!

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

 

 

 

 

Day 6

The Kitchen

This 1880s farmhouse kitchen features a coffered ceiling, a distressed cherry island top, and ample storage.  It’s the perfect mix of rustic and refined.

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dessert is rich and delicious!  We guarantee compliments.

Heath Bar Chocolate Trifle

 

 

 

 

Day 7

The Kitchen

This 1930s kitchen features a custom limestone hood, a crackle-finish island, and a hand-hammered copper farmhouse sink.

Shorewood Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This appetizer is the perfect way to kick off your holiday party!  Melty cheese and warm apples. Delicious!

Crescent Wrapped Baked Apple Brie

 

 

 

 

Day 8

The Kitchen

This kitchen features handmade glass pendants, quarter sawn oak cabinetry, and a tile niche above the range.

Waukesha Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This side dish is very flavorful. With thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, even those skeptical of Brussels sprouts will enjoy it (probably)!

Shredded Brussels Sprouts

 

 

 

 

Day 9

The Kitchen

This 1800s Victorian kitchen features a tin ceiling, a wood hood with corbels, and colorful, hand-painted terra cotta tile behind the range.

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These buttery cookies truly melt in your mouth – a great treat to take to a cookie exchange!

Peppermint Meltaways

 

 

 

 

Day 10

The Kitchen

This open kitchen features a slate backsplash, custom stained and glazed cabinetry, and granite tops.

Colgate Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

These no-bake candies are another delightful option to bring to a cookie exchange or to give as a gift on a festive platter.

No Bake Avalanche Cookies

 

 

 

 

Day 11

The Kitchen

This family-friendly kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry, granite tops, and a large walk-in pantry.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dish, also fondly called “cheesy potatoes,” is a great partner for your holiday ham, beef tenderloin, or any meal, really!

Hash Brown Casserole

 

 

 

 

Day 12

The Kitchen

This lake home kitchen features a custom cherry table with an iron tree branch base, a pot rack, and cabinetry with a crackle finish.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

 

The Recipe

This dip is a crowd pleaser! Bonus: It’s easy!

Crock Pot Cream Cheese and Sausage Dip

 

 

 

 

Recent Project: Lake Home Remodel

The homeowners wanted to update their first floor to accommodate entertaining and daily living while taking advantage of the lake views.  The remodeled spaces enhance the home’s original charm and offer an open floor plan.

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel Before

Oconomowoc Kitchen Remodel After

The original kitchen was dark and dated, with little work space.  The remodeled kitchen features painted and glazed custom cabinetry, granite countertops, high-end appliances, and ample storage and counter space.  The large island accommodates casual meals and entertaining, and its contrasting color adds interest to the space.

Oconomowoc Wet Bar Before      Oconomowoc Wet Bar After

Neighboring the kitchen was the cramped wet bar area.  Now, the wet bar serves as an entertaining hub, having a direct connection to the kitchen, dining room, and family room.  It also features a coved ceiling to complement existing details.

Oconomowoc Sunroom Remodel Before

Oconomowoc Sunroom Remodle After

The back of the home was closed off to the lake views.  The homeowners wanted to improve the sight lines, so they could enjoy their backdrop.  The remodel opened up the back wall of the home to showcase their views and create space for a screened-in porch.  Heated floors allow the homeowners to enjoy the space into the fall months.

Recent Project: Inviting Sunroom Addition

Our clients enjoyed entertaining friends and family, but their kitchen and other existing spaces weren’t conducive to this hobby.  They desired a warm, inviting space for their frequent get-togethers.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Before     Waukesha Sunroom Addition - After

The home’s back elevation was “cookie cutter” and lacked character.  The sunroom addition features a cupola with Azek crown molding and trim, adding charm to the exterior and blending with the existing structure.  The exterior also includes fiber cement composite siding for less maintenance and more durability.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Bar

The sunroom’s interior offers easy access to the kitchen to assist with entertaining.  There is a pass-through, and the large archway allows people to flow from one room to the other, making it one useable space.  The bar area features Golden Fantasy granite, wood-framed doors with “water glass” inserts, a slate backsplash, a beverage refrigerator, and custom wood wine cubbies.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - View

The kitchen and entertaining space originally ended abruptly at the back of the house, so there was little room for guests.  The addition has an open concept, conducive to entertaining a group of people.  The large windows also showcase the conservancy views, and the patio door connects the space to the outdoors.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Ceiling     Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Ceiling Detail

The hand-framed, vaulted ceiling makes the addition feel more spacious, and the box beams at the hip rafters and cupola draw guests’ attention upward.  Rope lighting was incorporated at the crown molding and cupola to highlight the unique ceiling.

Waukesha Sunroom Addition - Fireplace

The fireplace is a focal point, giving the room a cozy feel.  It features hand-cut Lannon stone that ties the addition  into the home’s exterior.  The dynamic slate floor also uses hydronic heating, so the homeowners can comfortably enjoy the space in the winter (even without socks).

The Details

Handblown Pendant     Wine Cubbies

Sculpted, Furniture-Style Toe Kicks     Curved Casing

Bartelt Named 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year

Bartelt was named the 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Residential Interior $100,000 and Over category.

“We are honored to be named the 2014 Regional Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “These awards are the result of the expertise and dedication of the entire team, including our designers, carpenters, production staff, trade partners, and customers.”

Bartelt was selected as the winner of Region 3, 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 on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Marriott New Orleans.

The winning Bartelt project was previously dated and compartmentalized.  Bartelt created a layout conducive to entertaining and introduced a rustic aesthetic to complement the clients’ heavily wooded lot.  It features textured granite, hand-scraped floors, hand-trowelled plaster walls, custom cabinetry, and other rustic details.

Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2012, and November 30, 2013, and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.

To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.  NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner - Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

2014 Regional CotY Winner – Residential Interior $100,000 and Over

See more photos of this project on Houzz!

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

Recent Project: Rustic First Floor Remodel

Our customers’ home was dated and compartmentalized. They wanted to create a layout conducive to entertaining and introduce a rustic aesthetic to complement their heavily wooded lot. To achieve this objective, we remodeled the entire first floor, removing walls and incorporating details throughout the home to create a cohesive design.

The Dining Room

Hartland Dining Room Remodel

In the dining room, we added an arched entryway to open it up to the kitchen. It also features a custom, distressed buffet cabinet, candle-style sconces with an iron strap detail, and an “orb” chandelier made of wood and iron.

The Kitchen

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

In the kitchen, a peninsula, soffits, and dark oak cabinetry were eliminated. The remodeled space features glazed birch cabinetry, ample storage, granite countertops with a leather texture, a slate backsplash, hand-scraped hickory floors, and a custom wrought iron chandelier. The island is the focal point with a butcher block, olive, crackle-finish base, and round walnut table. To achieve an open concept, a portion of the wall was removed between the dinette and family room. The area is encased in hand-scraped Douglas fir beams.

The Living Room

Hartland Family Room Remodel

The family room originally had a fieldstone fireplace and cedar beams on the ceiling. The mason applied a heavy coat of mortar to the fireplace, a technique reminiscent of old farmhouse walls, and the cedar beams were replaced with hand-scraped beams. The space also includes a wet bar with custom cabinetry, a hammered copper sink, and a Bronzo Quartzite countertop.

The Powder Room

Hartland Powder Room Remodel

The remodeled powder room features a custom vanity, Bronzo Quartzite countertop, and vessel sink made from a boulder. The wall mount faucet is set into mosaic tiles, and the room’s large slate tile floor matches the flooring used in the back hall and laundry room.

For detail photos, check out this project on Houzz.

Bring the Outdoors In

Yes, it’s something we hear often, “Bring the outdoors in,” but what does it really mean? Does it imply you should add house plants to your décor or introduce floral prints to your space? The answer – yes, but there are also many other options to help you merge the indoors with the outdoors.

Connect indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

Establishing a better flow between your interior and exterior entertaining spaces expands the living area and creates an open atmosphere when hosting guests. If your outdoor space is easily accessible and comfortable, you will be more likely to use and enjoy it.

We recently designed and built a sunroom addition to facilitate better indoor and outdoor entertaining. Our customers’ kitchen and entertaining space ended abruptly at the back of the house, and it was difficult to access the backyard from this area.

The addition has an open concept, which is conducive to entertaining a group of people. We also included a patio door to connect the addition to their new patio, offering more room for guests.

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Take advantage of the views.

Many homes are situated on a beautiful, wooded lot, have access to a crystal-clear lake, or are near a sprawling field. No matter your location, you may have impressive views that you aren’t enjoying while you’re in your home. Why not highlight and frame those scenes?

We remodeled a home on Fowler Lake that had virtually no views of the water from the kitchen. The kitchen is often the “center” of the home, so we understood the importance of a good view. We relocated the kitchen and connected it to the lake porch, offering more natural light and better sight lines to the lake.

Oconomowoc Kitchen and Lake Porch

Venturing back to the sunroom addition…

The home is near the neighborhood conservancy area, so we included large windows with unique arch tops in the addition to showcase the green views. The windows also provide natural ventilation.

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Let your surroundings inspire your design.

People often spend time outdoors to find a sense of peace and enjoy their homes’ or communities’ beautiful backdrops. These calming components can be included in your interior design and décor with natural textures, colors, and materials.

A few years ago, we remodeled a home on a wooded lot on Pine Lake. The design didn’t reflect its natural setting, something the homeowner desired, so we paid special attention to the details. Not only did we open the home’s view to the lake, but we also “brought the outdoors in” with a custom table base that features iron tree branches to mimic the scene outside.

Hartland Kitchen Remodel

The owners of a Hartland home wanted to introduce a rustic aesthetic to the first floor to complement their heavily-wooded backyard. We achieved this by including natural elements in the remodel – granite countertops with a leather texture, a slate backsplash, hickory floors, earth tones, cedar beams, and other nature-inspired details.

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