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Rick and Chris Bartelt Featured in MKE Lifestyle Magazine

The Faces of Exceptional Design and Remodeling

The July 2019 issue of MKE Lifestyle magazine features Rick and Chris Bartelt in its “Faces of Metro MKE” special section.  Rick and Chris are hanging out in downtown Delafield, the charming community where our office is located.

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MKE Lifestyle Features Bartelt as Industry Leader

We were recently featured as the “Industry Leader of the Month” in MKE Lifestyle magazine’s May 2019 issue.  The spotlight is a great overview of our team and the work we do throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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Kitchen Zones

You’ve probably heard of the kitchen “work triangle,” a concept that keeps three main work areas – the sink, the range and the refrigerator – in close proximity.  Although this has been a mainstay in kitchen design, it often seems antiquated.  A work triangle is efficient and still useful, but it was developed during a time when the primary activities in the kitchen were cooking and cleaning up.

The role and size of the kitchen have evolved over time, and the space often serves as the home’s hub for both everyday living and entertaining.  Not to mention, there are many more appliances and fixtures used in modern kitchens.  It can be more practical to think of the kitchen in terms of zones.  We explore that idea here!

What Is a Zone?

Consider all the functions performed in the kitchen regularly – food storage, prep, cooking, baking, serving, eating, cleaning, coffee making, entertaining.  This is a great way to begin identifying the zones that will work best for you.  A zone keeps everything you need to perform a specific task together.  The kitchen is truly one of the hardest working rooms in a home, so grouping appliances, fixtures, storage and prep areas according to their use maximizes space and offers convenience while keeping aesthetics in mind.

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Example Zones

  • The Prep Zone – Chopping, mixing, blending, peeling – ample counter space is the key to success in your prep area. It’s helpful if it’s near the refrigerator, pantry and other storage, ensuring easy access to ingredients, small appliances and utensils.
  • The Cooking Zone – This is a busy spot. It often features the range or cooktop, wall ovens and warming drawers.  Ideally, it is adjacent to the prep zone, and it’s a bonus if it is near the dining space.  Many homeowners opt to have ample storage for trays, cookware, spices, cutlery, utensils and pot holders.
  • The Clean Up Zone – This area typically includes the sink and dishwasher with garbage and cabinetry strategically placed nearby to streamline clean up and unloading. Cleaning up isn’t the most exciting kitchen function, so the more efficient the process the better.
  • The Kids Zone – If you have children, it can be helpful to plan the kitchen with them in mind. Create room for the kids to do homework or have an after-school snack.  Easy access to kid-friendly glasses, plates and food gives them some independence.  This zone allows for family time, but it also keeps them out of the working part of the kitchen.
  • The Guest Zone – This can take many forms. Perhaps, it’s as simple as adding an island with comfortable seating to delineate the prep zone from the “hang out” area.  It could also be a beverage station with a refrigerator, bar sink, glass storage, ice maker and counter space for drink mixing.  Some homes even have a small sitting room off of the kitchen.

Zone options are truly endless, so when planning a kitchen, we always make sure we have a clear understanding of how people live in their homes.  Function always comes first in kitchen design.

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Zone Staples

  • Counter space – Not only is a landing area essential from an efficiency standpoint, but it is also an important safety feature. Cooks should be able to quickly set down hot items without trekking through the entire kitchen.
  • Storage – Ample storage is a vital component in any zone. Drawers, dividers, roll-outs and appliance garages help keep everything within arm’s reach of where it is needed.
  • Proximity – Rarely does a zone operate independently.  It’s important to think about the kitchen workflow, so you can keep certain areas adjacent to one another.Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Bartelt Wins 2019 National CotY Award

Bartelt was recently named the 2019 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 category.

“We are honored to be named the 2019 National Contractor of the Year in this category,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “We are incredibly thankful for our team, industry partners and clients. We would not be where we are today without their support and expertise.”

Contractors from seven regions nationwide vied for the National CotY awards. An impartial panel of judges, who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.  Bartelt beat out over 350 entries in a competition that equates to over $97 million worth of remodeling projects.

The homeowners of the winning project contemplated moving to find a home better suited for their family of six, but after years of searching, they realized that they did not want to leave their neighborhood. They decided to remodel their home to accommodate daily living and showcase their vintage style. An addition was built to expand the home to include a large kitchen, family room, mudroom, master suite and additional bedrooms. The home features details that complement both the existing character of the home and the homeowners’ style – brass fixtures and hardware, cased openings, built-in bookshelves, v-groove walls and a neutral color scheme.

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Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Texture | Adding Subtle Interest to Your Home

We talk about it all the time – how can we create a space that is timeless yet intriguing?  We are believers in creating simple spaces with subtle details, so a home can stand the test of time but also stand out.  How can you create a unique space, a room that shows off your personality without falling into a fleeting trend or adding too many ornate elements?  There are many ways, but today we’re focusing on a big one: texture.

What is Texture?

Texture doesn’t just refer to materials that are rough or bumpy.  It takes many forms and can evoke different feelings.  Organic or natural materials can create an intimate space while items with a smooth texture lend themselves to a sleeker look.  Texture offers both a tactile and visual experience, and we often layer different textures to showcase an architectural detail, communicate a specific style, differentiate design elements, and add depth and dimension.  It can elevate a design without overdoing it.

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What Is the Impact of Texture?

Texture serves many roles.  It can add visual weight to a space, drawing attention to specific details – a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace wall, an arched opening, a built-in nook or window seat.  In a monochromatic color scheme, texture is a tool to introduce subtle variation and interest.  It can also add warmth and contrast to a space.

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How Can You Use Texture?

There are endless ways to incorporate texture into your home.  Painted brick, v-groove or shiplap add dimension to a monochromatic design without straying from the color scheme, keeping the space neutral and serene while adding interest.  Natural stone, metals, and wood can balance a cooler palette.  Wallpaper is a great option for an accent wall.  You can also use juxtaposition to make elements “pop,” placing a rough surface near a smooth texture.  Architectural details are another opportunity to add texture – crown molding, a tray ceiling, beams, wainscoting, paneled openings.  However you decide to use texture in your home, it is important to remember the power of restraint.  Implementing too many textures can become distracting or overwhelming.

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Bartelt Entire House Remodel Featured in MKE Lifestyle

Our Elm Grove project is featured in the March 2019 issue of MKE Lifestyle Magazine, pages 55 – 58.

PROJECT DETAILS

The homeowners contemplated moving to find a home better suited for their family of six, but after years of searching, they realized that they did not want to leave their neighborhood. They decided to remodel their home to accommodate daily living and showcase their vintage style. An addition was built to expand the home to include a large kitchen, family room, mudroom, master suite and additional bedrooms. The home features details that complement both the existing character of the home and the homeowners’ style – brass fixtures and hardware, cased openings, built-in bookshelves, v-groove walls and a neutral color scheme.

This home also recently took home a GOLD Remodeler of the Year (RotY) award presented by NARI Milwaukee and a Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) presented by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

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Bartelt Named Best of Houzz 2019

We are excited to announce that we were recently named Best of Houzz 2019 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 excited to be named Best of Houzz 2019, our sixth consecutive year we have received this honor,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “We would not be where we are today without our team, industry partners and clients.”

Are you familiar with Houzz?  Whether you’re dreaming about a remodel or actively planning a project, it’s a great resource to find inspiration and learn about products and materials.  While you’re there, be sure to check out our profile!

Best of Houzz 2019

Bartelt Wins Two 2019 Regional CotY Awards

Bartelt was recently named the 2019 Region 3 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 and Entire House $750,001 – $1,000,000 categories.

“We are honored to be named 2019 Regional Contractor of the Year in these categories,” said Rick Bartelt, owner. “This accomplishment is the result of the expertise and creativity of our entire team, industry partners and clients.  We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”

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 12, 2019, in San Diego, California.

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Entire House $500,001 – $750,000

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Entire House $750,001 – $1,000,000

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Bartelt Wins Two Gold Remodeler of the Year Awards

On Friday, January 18, 2019, Bartelt took home two GOLD Remodeler of the Year (RotY) Awards.  Our team was recognized in the Entire House $500,001 – $750,000 and Entire House $750,001 – $1,000,000 categories.

“We are incredibly proud of this achievement,” said Rick Bartelt, owner.  “These awards are the result of the dedication and expertise of our entire team – our designers, carpenters, electricians, production staff, trade partners and clients.  We are truly fortunate to work with the best!”

The Remodeler of the Year Awards is an annual event hosted by NARI Milwaukee.  It is an opportunity to honor the outstanding work its members have accomplished throughout the year.

Entire House $500,001 – $750,000

Elm Grove Exterior Remodel Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

The homeowners contemplated moving to find a home better suited for their family of six, but after years of searching, they realized that they did not want to leave their neighborhood. They decided to remodel their home to accommodate daily living and showcase their vintage style. An addition was built to expand the home to include a large kitchen, family room, mudroom, master suite and additional bedrooms. The home features details that complement both the existing character of the home and the homeowners’ style – brass fixtures and hardware, cased openings, built-in bookshelves, v-groove walls and a neutral color scheme.

Entire House $750,0001 – $1,000,000

Pewaukee Exterior Remodel Pewaukee Kitchen Remodel

The homeowners loved the location of this family lake home, but it lacked character and didn’t function well for their lifestyle. It was important that the remodeled rooms accommodated entertaining and took advantage of the lake views. Walls were removed on the first floor to create a better flow between entertaining spaces and new windows and a folding glass door showcase the scenic backdrop. The home also features a new kitchen, a lower level pub, a screen room off the dining room and a large deck. Natural textures and a light color scheme give the home a nautical feel.

Bartelt Barn Featured in a “Houzz Tour”

Our custom barn is proving to be quite popular both online and locally.  The latest feature is a “Houzz Tour” highlighting details about the entire project.

The timber frame barn features white board and batten siding, black windows, reclaimed pine, Douglas fir columns, a 73″ chandelier, nickel board walls, and other rustic details.  It is the perfect complement to the 1870s farmhouse on the property.

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Bartelt Modern Barn

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